Spiked Star – Free 12″ Paper Piece Quilt Block

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I’m so excited to be here for the second annual New Quilt Block Hop! Last year I hosted with Cheryl, Yvonne & Stephanie but this year I’ve needed to focus on Mini Barn Quilts and prepping all the Country Living Exclusive blocks.

Free tutorial for 12" Spiked Star foundation paper piece tutorial

This year we got to use this lovely color palette from Paintbrush Studio’s new solid fabrics. My block is based on a sketch I was working out earlier this year. I chose to turn the design into a foundation paper piece template to get lovely sharp edges. You can download the 4 page PDF of templates here.

Cut Pieces

The PDF template includes information on what size pieces you need to cut to make the pattern. You’ll need 2 of each unit A and B and 4 of unit C.

[one-third-first]Unit A Pieces (make 2)[/one-third-first]
[one-third]Unit B Pieces (make 2)[/one-third]
[one-third]Unit C Pieces (make 4)[/one-third]

Foundation paper piecing

The templates are labeled with the order in which you should follow. If you are familiar with foundation paper piecing then you’ll recognize this labeling system. If you are new to foundation paper piecing then I’d recommend checking out this foundation paper piecing tutorial on Craftsy to learn more about this technique on a more basic FPP design first!

Completed units on the cuttin gmat

After the units are all assembled, you’ll need to trim them up

Trimming the units

Once the units are trimmed, arrange them as shown below.

Arrange Trimmed Units

Sew the units into rows.

Sew units into rows

Then sew rows together to complete this fun star block!

Sew rows together to complete the block

If you missed the link earlier, you can download the 4 page PDF of templates here.

Free tutorial for 12" Spiked Star foundation paper piece tutorial

After I had designed the block I was playing with layouts and really hope at some point I can make the time to explore this beautiful layout with this star with sashing, both on point and with offset rows.

Spiked Star in a Large Quilt Layout

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the other beautiful blocks that my favorite other quilt bloggers are sharing today and be sure to check out the hosts’ posts for information about 6 different giveaways going on during the hop!

Day 1 (Monday 3/28)

Host: Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl
Jess of Quilty Habit
Silvia of A Stranger View
Cristy of Love You Sew
Kelly of Quilting It Out
Renee of Quilts of a Feather
Bernie of Needle and Foot
Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination
Chelsea of Patch the Giraffe
Mary of Quilting is in my Blood
Diana of Red Delicious Life
Sarah of 123 Quilt

Day 2 (Tuesday 3/29)

Host: Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
Kim of Leland Ave Studios
Andrea of The Sewing Fools
Cassandra of The (not so) Dramatic Life
Stephanie of Quilt’n Party
Irene of Patchwork and Pastry
Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Abby of Hashtag Quilt
Sarah of Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie of The Zen Quilter
Wanda of Wanda’s Life Sampler
Jayne of Twiggy and Opal

Day 3 (Wednesday 3/30)

Host: Stephanie of Late Night Quilter
Vicki of Orchid Owl Quilts
Shelly of The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts
Amy of 13 Spools
Geraldine of Living Water Quilter
Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic
Sharla of Thistle Thicket Studio
Jinger of Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Kathryn of Kupitis
Jane of Jolly and Delilah
Josi of Avocado Quilts
Deanna of Stitches Quilting
Lori of SewPsyched!

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  1. Oooh, I just love this block! It’s definitely my favorite from the hop so far. Offset and on point gives it even more of a wow factor. This is also a design that would lend itself well with print and blender fabrics. Thanks for the great block!

    1. I couldn’t agree more Diana! Prints and blenders will work great with this block. I was actually surprised how much I loved the combination of the offset rows with this, it gives it a fun floral shape that way.

  2. Terri Ann, I love your block! This is definitely one I would be interested in making. I love how your choices is fabric/ color layout as well.

  3. I really like this block, especially with the on-point, off-set layout. I’m a very beginner paper-piecer but would like to try making it some time.

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