Let’s start with the simplest version of my Wonky Stars
Cut 9 squares of equal size, in a variety of colours if you wish. I have used Oakshott Fabrics Ruby Reds, plus black and white, here

And 3-1/2 inch squares, but that’s up to you, of course. We are going to add starry points to the four blocks in the centre of the sides..


Cut some squares or rectangles for your star points – I’m using double-sided fabric here; if you want rectangles and you are using a single-sided fabric, don’t forget to cut some left and some right-handed. I like my stars pretty pointy…

Making sure you have enough fabric to overhang the edges, sew a corner on to each of your four blocks, with a straight seam. If you aren’t sure whether the point will cover the background, pin and fold before you sew…

Press towards the corner. Turn the block over and trim away the excess white so that it exactly matches the original edge. Trim away the excess underneath…


Repeat, so that each block has two points. Make them slightly different sizes, please. This is, after all, a Wonky Star

Be methodical, each time, sew, press, trim the point, trim underneath


Re-assemble your 9-patch, and sew together in the usual way. Press the seams to the outsides on the top and bottom row, inwards on the centre


Hey! A nice star!.. If you want a more “solid” look you can use the point colour in the middle, of course. And, like all my Improv blocks, these can be trimmed if not perfectly to size


Add more squares for an easy bigger block…

More next time…

Helen’s Improv series starts right here

 

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