The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt – Block 21 The Star

DHWQ goes Festive
Over the next 6 weeks I will be sharing Festive blocks that do not use Christmas fabrics. I will be exploring Christmas quilting designs that combine any colours, textures or patterns used with the shapes and concepts familiar to this celebration.
Welcome to week 21 of the ‘The Desperate Housewife’s Quilt’. Todays block is about foundation piecing. Remember, this is not a quilt-a-long. Just follow the blog every week and pick and choose which blocks you would like to make. I will be injecting some uniqueness into traditional blocks, applique, three dimensional, crazy and thread-art blocks. If you make a block please post it on the Flickr group for everyone to enjoy. Also, I have this nifty button under each post that allows you to save the post as a PDF.
Be sure to visit this week’s Guest Blogger and their wonderful block.
(N.B Due to time and date differences, guest bloggers posts do not always coincide with my post)
My guest blogger this week is Sharon from Craizee Corner Blog. Sharon has created this wonderful festive block that is nameless. Visit her blog and find out why.
The Star
The Star that illuminates our life and brings Hope to all that follow it.
Techniques explored
  • Foundation Piecing


  • Small scraps of fabric no smaller than 2″ x 9″
  • 5 ” x 5″ square of feature fabric for centre circle
  • 5″ x 5″ Square of Heat N Bond Lite
Block Assembly

  • Print the foundation template here – 8″ version. Please remember not to ‘Fit to Page’ or Scale when printing.

(I have also included a 12″ finished version here).

  • Make 4 of section A and 4 of section B
  • Join the sections

1. Layout the pieced sections
2. Group the pieced sections into 2 sets of three and sew together.
3. Sew the remaining pieced sections to one end of each group.
4. Sew halves together.
  • Trace the circle template onto dull side of fusible web
  • Cut 1/4″ away from trace line
  • Press to wrong side of fabric and cut on trace line.
  • Peel off backing and place on centre of block. Press.
  • Applique circle to block.
Let’s Play
The Block

Horizontal Setting

Horizontal with solid setting blocks

On point with 2 variations of the same block. Different colour placement.

On Point one block
I hope you enjoyed this weeks festive block. Next week will be dressing up the tree.
*** Copyright 2011 Jane Davidson. Please remember that these blocks and any blocks designed by guest bloggers should not be used for commercial purposes ( sold as a pattern, published etc) without the written consent of the owner ***


  1. says

    LOVE this block! I want to make one into a pillow so would like the 12 inch version to work with. When I click on the link for that version it is taking me to the 8 inch version. Is there a different way to get the 12 inch version?

  2. says

    this is just the block i've been looking for, however i can't seem to get the foundation template to print off correctly…is there another way to receive the template?thanks…

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