Hexagon Star Flower – No ‘Y’ Seams tutorial

 

Finished Size : 8″ x 9 1/2 “
5″ sided hexagon
The hexagon star flower block has always been one of my favourites. Traditionally pieced with ‘Y’ seams it can be challenging block to make.
Recently, I had the opportunity to demo the Jaybird Quilts rulers. Jaybird has a wonderful collection of patterns that accompany the rulers but I wondered if I could cut and piece some of my favourite blocks that used shapes that had 60 degree angles or part therefore of – equilateral triangles, hexagons, half hexagons and jewels.
To make the block
Requirements:
(F8 and FQ friendly. Many blocks can be made from a bundle of these pre-cuts.)
  • 1 – 1 1/2″ x 22″ strip for centre
  • 2 – 2 1/2″ x 22″ strips of different fabrics for setting triangles
  • 1 – 3 1/2″ x 22″ for star points
Cutting:
Each segment  is made from setting triangles, a jewel and centre triangle. There are 6 segments.
I used the following markings on the mini ruler.
Setting Diamonds
Using the Mini Hex n More ruler cut:
  • 6 equilateral triangles from each 2 1/2″ strips. There is no marking on the ruler to cut at the 2 1/2″ mark so I placed 1/4″ tape under the dashed line. I left the overhanging ‘rabbit ears’ when cutting.

Flip the ruler to make the next cut.

You should have a total of 12 equilateral triangles –  6 of each fabric.
Centre
Cut from the 1 1/2″ strip:
  • 6 equilateral triangles.

 

Star Points
Cut from the 3 1/2″ strip:

 

  • 6 jewels. I fussy cut these pieces. I placed the ruler over the desired pattern repeat and cut a 3 1/2″ strip, centring the feature pattern ( Tour Eiffel ).
Assembly
  • Sew a centre triangle to the base of a jewel. There should be 1/4″ overhang at each end.

 

  • Press open seam. Make 6.

 

  • Add a setting triangle to one side of each jewel. There will be a 1/4″ overhang on each side of the piece.

 

  •  Press seam open and remove ‘rabbit ears’. Make 6.

 

 

  • Repeat for other side. Make 6.
  • Arrange finished units into 3 segments to make a 1/2 hexagon.
  • Sew together, matching seams at intersecting points.

 

 

  • Sew the 2 halves together.

 

I might continue using different fabrics and make a quilt. To make the assembly of a quilt top easier, I would leave the block unfinished in 2 halves, so I could join the rows without using ‘Y’ seams.
I would love to see blocks made with this method and ruler. Use #miniHexnMore on social media.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Wonderful block – maybe I'll finally get around to taking the shrikwrap off my hex and more ruler, ugh, it's been taunting me but I have more ideas than time to sew lately. A scrappy version with the design would be awesome. It looks paper pieced and isn't (happy face).

  2. says

    I don't have the mini, I have the larger hex n more – I can see that I will be playing around with some fun fabrics and sizing to get the same effect with the larger ruler.

  3. says

    I have the big version on the hex and more ruler and am doing her "Toes in the Sand" pattern. It is fun and the blocks are so easy. I need to get the mini ruler for smaller blocks. It is a great ruler, really genius.

  4. says

    Holy smokes! I have this ruler, and was wondering what I could do with it, and here you go giving such clear, easy directions. Thank you so much! This simplifies things tremendously.

  5. says

    wonderful. I had just watched the mini hex video but it was only about cutting. Your tutorial is great. Love the fussy cut design also.

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