When choosing your fabrics for block 2, remember it's placement in the quilt is top and center. Your eyes are drawn to this position, and having a block with a little more contrast and color may balance out some of the focus on the Daylilies and Twinkling Stars in the bottom two corner blocks. I made sure to choose a couple of red toned fabrics for my center star, and I used pure black as my darkest fabric. I wanted a very high contrast between all the outer star points and my background fabric, so I picked one of the lightest tans for star points to set against the black.
As I mentioned in my last article, I try to incorporate one or two patterned fabrics into each block as well. Many of the fabrics in this quilt read as simple solids and textures, so the use of a patterned fabric will stand out, and give your block a lot of visual interest. One of the patterned fabrics I chose for this block was the red plaid. I put this right in the very center of the inner star. I used one other patterned fabric, a nice medium scale brown/gray plaid that I used for the 4 outer block corners.
At first glance, Block 2 looks like quite a complex block, but it is made from very simple units, and as you see each step, you will realize it is not difficult at all. The designer does make one very good suggestion with this block, and that is to press your seams open. I did this throughout most the block, and it made construction a lot easier. Note the open seams in these two photos. You will also see seams pressed open in later photos as we begin to put the units together.
Begin by making large and small half square triangle units A/B and a/b. These are cut a little oversized and then trimmed down to the correct size as in the previous block.
|Note the diagonal direction|
You will then make rectangular units F/G by lining up a square G over one end of a rectangle F, right sides together. On 4 of these, draw a diagonal line corner to corner on the back of square G. Sew on this line and clip extra corner fabric away leaving just a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat these steps with the other 4 rectangles, but draw the diagonal line in the opposite direction, so you end up with 4 right hand units and 4 left hand units. They will be mirror images of each other. Flip the triangle corners and press.
Press the seams open to reduce bulk.
You will then make 4 large hourglass units from quarter square triangles C, D, and E
Our next unit is the Flying Geese. They are made the same way as the rectangle units above. Lay a square d over one end of a rectangle c, right sides together. Draw a diagonal corner to corner on the back of the square and sew on this line. Trim the excess triangles leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Flip and press these triangle corners. Now add a second square d on the opposite end of the rectangle c. This square will slightly overlap the corner of the previous piece.
You may have noticed that I have changed the placement of two of the fabrics in this block from the original pattern. I rotated the small half square triangles in the corner units so the gray is joining the red inner star points rather than the black. When I was laying out this block, I just liked the way this looked better. I just point this out to show you that you can make whatever changes you want during construction of your blocks. It is your quilt, and a pattern is only a guideline, and the layout is not set in stone.
Have fun with these blocks