Last time, we did a regular Wonky Star, if that’s not too improbable.. This time I want to show you the more interesting version.

Start with a background square – mine is about 10 inches. If you need a particular finished size, add about 2 inches, so, for an 8-inch finished block, use at least a 10-inch square. If in doubt, add a bit, as these can and should be trimmed to size
Cut this into 9 pieces using a ruler, keeping the cuts parallel with the edges and a bit uneven. I don’t measure. Trust your eye!
Mark the four central pieces as shown with a pin in the outside edge of each one – this makes it easy to keep track of the pieces you will add star points to, and which way round (and which way up!) they need to be…


Cut some star point pieces – make sure they are fairly generous, as it’s horrible to unpick these.
Making sure the point is big enough to cover the background when pressed, sew the pieces onto your corners with a straight seam, like so. Use a small stitch (and a matching thread, this one is a contrast so you can see it).  Keep all the pieces that you cut on the mat next to your machine, and work methodically. Sew one star point to each of your four “pinned” pieces, making sure the point is pointing from the inner edge each time.. Pay attention!


Press these pieces neatly – you can see the background underneath the star point here, and the pin..


Turn the piece over and trim off the excess point fabric to exactly match the edge of your background piece…


Like so…


Then trim away the excess underneath
Repeat on all four pieces, putting them back on the mat in the right place each time…

Then go round and add another point on to each of these pieces, to make your star, starry. Make the pieces a little different each time, for proper wonkiness…

 

 

 


When all the parts are done, pressed, trimmed and ready, sew the 9-patch back together in the usual way.
This star is “hollow” – if you want a solid centre or another colour, use the original centre piece as a pattern and cut exactly the same size..


Here’s the back, to show pressing at the first stage..

When all is done, trim to the exact size you want, allowing 1/2 inch for seams, of course…

And, of course, there is no reason why all the points have to be the same colour…

More next time, and a Mini-quilt pattern for you to make

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