This makes a 12" block and is part paper piecing!

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The first thing that I would recommend that you do, is go to the Practice Paper Piecing Page.  When you feel comfy with paper piecing, come on back and try The North Star Block! You will need to print out four copies of each template page per block you want to make on very lightweight paper. A Fat Quarter of each fabric will be ample! I used 2 blues, one gold, and a blue and gold print.

After your units are paper pieced, sew four of the corner units shown at left, starting from a point 1/4" from the inner intersection, out to the edge of the unit. Press seams open...

To sew the star portion of the block, mark a 1/4" point on each end of the base of the star bases, and on all four corners of the Color 1 square. Matching these points, sew between them, using a 1/4" seam. Repeat this with the opposite star point...

..and again with the two adjacent star points...

Now line up a corner unit with the top side of the left hand star point, and sew a scant 1/4" seam from the 1/4 point out to the tip of the star...on to Page 2!

Traditional  Block

Oct15 2002 Marcia Hohn