Memory Star Assembly

This star pattern used half-square triangles and the Y seam. It makes a lovely Holiday Star. One can uses many colors

Memory Star in graphed out form.

Layout for Memory Star. 6 different fabrics were used, light, medium and dark.

The first unit to stitch is the paper pieced Half Square Triangle. Make 8.

Half Square triangles in a unit will measure 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2.”

Layout for y-seam unit. The unit will measure 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ when sewn together. Mark 1/4″ at point to begin and end stitching.

Y-seam layout with dots marked for stitching.

The Y seam is a special unit to be used when sewing fabrics to form a corner.

One section sewn together with 3 units.

Finished block will measure 12- 1/2″ x 12 -1/2.”

Patty’s Pinwheel Star

This star block is a variation of the Martha Washington Star. The techniques included in the star are the “flying geese” or double half square triangle and paper piecing of half square triangles. These techniques are fairly simple in themselves and come together to form an interesting star block that can be used for any occasion. This session, in my classes, the theme is the holidays, so I am selecting reds, greens and whites for the colors, an assortment of values in light, medium and dark. One could use 2-4 different fabrics.

The measurements are included in the handouts. I will illustrate with photos, the sewing together of the units. First and most important is cutting out the fabric to exact size, keeping the edges even when stitching and matching the seams using 1/4″ seam allowances

Tip: Sewing seam  using  scrap of fabric                       

Matching seams

Sewing through the X to match points.