Today let's sew together this Ribbon Star quilt block. With only two colors and easy piecing, this Ribbon Star goes together fast and looks great! I've included fabric requirements for a 13.5" finished block and a 9" finished block. There are several blocks out there that are called Ribbon Star (including one I did a tutorial on awhile back which you can find here: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/ribbon-star-quilt-block-tutorial Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 13.5" Finished Ribbon Star Quilt Block (9" Fabric Requirements are Further Below):
- Light: 4 - 5" squares, 4 - 2" x 5" rectangles, and 13 - 2" squares
- Dark: 8 - 2" x 5" rectangles, and 4 - 2" squares
Using five of the Light 2" squares and the four Dark 2" squares, sew together a Nine Patch unit like the one shown below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Nine Patch block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-nine-patch-quilt-block
Here you can see how I've pressed the seam allowances toward the Dark fabric.
Star Point Units:
Mark a diagonal line on the back of the remaining eight Light 2" squares from corner to corner (oops - forgot to take a picture of this step!)
Using the picture below for a reference, place a Light 2" square on one end of a Dark 2" x 5" rectangle and sew on the diagonal line (top image). Then fold the 2" square on the sewn line and press (2nd image). Open the folded square up and trim off the seam allowance (3rd image). Refold (bottom image). Repeat for a total of four units.
Now repeat Step 4 but change the orientation of the marked line as shown in the picture below. Repeat for a total of four units.
Here's what you'll end up with. Four with points going one direction and four with points going the opposite.
Lay out one Step 4 unit, one Step 5 unit, and one Light 2" x 5" rectangle as shown in the picture below.
Sew the units together and press the seam allowance toward the Dark fabric as shown below. Repeat for a total of four units.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the Center Unit, the Star Point Units, and the four Light 5" squares as shown below.
From here the Ribbon Star block goes together like a simple Nine Patch. First you sew the units together into three rows as shown in the picture below.
Press the seam allowances away from the Star Point units as shown below.
Sew the three rows together and ...
press the seam allowances toward the center as shown in the picture below. You're done! Told you it was easy!
Fabric Requirements for a 9" Finished Block:
- Light: 4 - 3.5" squares, 4 - 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles, and 13 - 1.5" squares
- Dark: 8 - 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles, and 4 - 1.5" squares
Here's a picture of the finished 9" block:
This Ribbon Star block was really fun to sew. It went together quickly and looks stunning! I especially like the dark brownish red block - the more contrast, the better in my opinion.
So some of you may have realized that the ivory and brownish red block looks a bit off. Dummy here cut the rectangles 4.5" instead of 5" in length and the large Light squares at 4.5" instead of 5"! So the block came out square and looks good but it will finish at 12.5" square. I didn't even realize it until sewing the three rows together! With no extra time to make another block, I decided to use the pictures I had because it still looks great - just not as symmetrical as some might like. So I guess I inadvertently gave directions for a 12.5" finished block as well!
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