The lovely thing about these stars is that nothing has to be exact until the final trimming of the block elements. Measurements and positioning can all be approximate – as long as they aren’t too small. Cut everything a little larger and they can be trimmed at the end.

Choose the size of your star block.

WST block

I decided on a 4” basic unit making 3 1/2” finished square.

The rays of the star are in a 4″ x 7 1/2″ rectangle, finished size 3 1/2″ x 7″. The star is in a 5 x 5 unit grid, giving a completed finished block size of 17 1/2″ square.

My star is red and the background is cream. The centre square of the star can be a contrast or background fabric, whichever you prefer. My centre square is the same fabric as the rays.

1 WST

Cut out one red centre square, four rectangles approximately 4″ x 3″,  and four cream rectangles slightly bigger than 4″ x 7 1/2″. Cut the red rectangles in rough diagonals, giving eight rough triangles.

Place one red triangle on a cream rectangle in the approximate position that it will be sewn.

Lay the cutting ruler parallel with the diagonal side and 1/2″ (a half inch) over the red ray.

Slide out the red ray without disturbing the position of the ruler.

Cut the cream rectangle along the edge, discard the small piece.

Turn over the red triangle with right sides together. (My fabric was the same on both sides – a deliberate choice to economise on fabric scraps.)

Line-up the diagonal of the red ray with the cut cream edge.

* Open out and press towards the red (darker) piece.  See note at the end.

Line up the second red triangle on the opposite side of the cream block in the same way and repeat the steps. 

Stitch 1/4″ seam along the diagonal line, open and press.

Trim the block to 4″ x 7 1/2″.  This creates one Ray block.

Repeat three more times for a total of four. 

16WST

Combine one centre and four rays with background fabric in the four corners to create one wonky star. This one was used in my quilt.

These stars are a lot of fun. Great for scraps, and can be any size at all.

You can be less careful

Of course you do not need to be as accurate as I have shown. You can make lovely wonky stars by sewing scraps in position, opening them out, and trimming to size. A word of warning, those pesky triangles sometime open out in unexpected positions.

Another small wonky star is made to complement my Wonky Stars quilt.

That left hand triangle was nearly too wonky to be used.

This will be a hot-mat, or mug rug to complement Wonky Stars quilt. The wadding is Insul-Bright which is specially made not to transfer heat.

*A note on pressing seams. 

I find that I get a better finish if I press in two steps.

First I lay the sewn pieces on my ironing mat/board with the dark piece up. And press.

17WST_upI open the piece, right side up (raw edges underneath) by folding the dark piece open. Then press.

18WST_up

The dark seam automatically goes beneath the dark piece, softens the fabric and allows a crisper edge.

Please overlook the parlous state of my ironing cover. There’s Misty Fuse, glue and water stains. I do wash it from time to time. Yes, the iron really is on, I am pressing my block. I had to overcome strong reluctance when leaving the hot iron facing down on the fabric while I adjusted my camera for these photographs!