Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Author, teacher, fabric designer and BERNINA Ambassador Nancy Mahoney shows you how to create an Aurora Feathered Star quilt block in this tutorial.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

Finished size: 27″ square

Materials for Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Block Tutorial:

Cutting:

From the white print, cut:
• (3) squares, 9″ x 9″
• (4) squares, 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″; cut once diagonally to yield 8 half-square triangles (label as A1)
• (4) squares, 2″ x 2″; cut once diagonally to yield 8 half-square triangles (label as B1)
• (4) squares, 6-1/8″ x 6-1/8″ (label as D)
• (1) square 11-1/4″ x 11-1/4″; cut twice diagonally to yield 4 quarter-square triangles (label as E)
• (4) squares, 4-7/8″ x 4-7/8″; cut once diagonally to yield 8 half-square triangles (label as F)
• (4) rectangles, 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (label as G)
• (4) squares, 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (label as H)
• (1) rectangle, 7″ x 9″ (label as I)
• (4) inner-border strips, 1-1/2″ x width of fabric

From the red print, cut:
• (3) squares, 9″ x 9″
• (8) squares, 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (label as H)
• (1) strip, 1 ½” x width of fabric
• (4) outer-border strips, 2-1/2″ x width of fabric
• (3) binding strips, 2-1/4″ x width of fabric

Making Triangle Squares:

1. Layer 1 white 9″ square and 1 red square right sides facing up with raw edges aligned. Cut the squares in half diagonally.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

2. Cut 2-1/4″-wide strips, measuring from the center cut. Do not discard the small triangles!

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

3. Separate and rearrange the strips, alternating the colors. Using a 1/4″-wide seam allowance and offsetting the strips as shown, join one set of strips, making sure the lower edge and one adjacent side have straight edges. Press the seam allowances toward the darker fabric. (You’ll get 2 strips sets from each pair of squares.)

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

4. Beginning at the lower left corner, align the 45° line on the square ruler with the seam line. Each unit will require 4 cuts. The first and second cuts are along the side and top edges of the ruler. Cut the 2 sides and remove the unit from the strip set.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

5. The third and fourth cuts are made along the remaining 2 sides. To make these cuts, rotate the segment and align the cut edges with the required measurement on both sides of the ruler and the 45° line on the seam. Cut the remaining 2 sides of the unit.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

How to make an Aurora Feathered Star quilt block

6. Make a total of 6 strip sets. Cut (28) 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ units and label as A. Cut (36) 1-5/8″ x 1-5/8″ units and label as B.

Making the Feathered Star Units:

Unit A

1. Fold the red 1-1/2″-wide strip in half, wrong sides together. Using a ruler marked with a 45° line, trim the end of the strip at a 45° angle. Measure 1-5/8″ from the freshly cut edge to cut 2 diamonds. Cut a total of 4 C diamonds and 4 reversed C diamonds.

2. Sew a red C diamond and a white A1 triangle together as shown to make a diamond unit. Sew a red CR diamond and a white A1 triangle together to make a reversed diamond unit. Press seam allowances toward the diamonds. Make 4 of each unit.

Aurora Feathered Star

3. To make the feather rows, join 1 diamond unit and 3 A triangle-square units to make a short feather-row. Join 1 reversed diamond unit and 4 A triangle-square units to make a long feather-row. Make 4 of each unit.

Aurora Feathered Star Block

 

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

4. Each triangle-square unit should measure 1″ from seam to seam. On each diamond, measure 2-7/8″ from the seam line to the tip of the diamond (see diagram following step 5); trim off the tip of the diamond.

5. With right sides together, sew a short feather-row to a white D square. Sew a long feather-row to an adjacent side of the square. Press all seam allowances toward the square. Make a total of 4 A units.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

 

Aurora Feathered Star Block Tutorial

Unit B

These units are constructed using a partial seam technique.

1. To make the feather rows, join 4 B triangle-square units and 1 white B1 triangle to make a short feather-row. Join 5 B triangle-square units and 1 white B1 triangle to make a long feather-row. Press all seam allowances toward the dark triangles. Each triangle-square unit should now measure 1¹/8″ from seam to seam. Make 4 of each unit.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

 

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

2. With right sides together, sew a short feather-row to a white E triangle stopping about 1″ from the end of the feather-row with a backstitch. Sew a long feather-row to an adjacent side of the triangle, stopping about 1″ from the end of the feather-row with a backstitch. Press all seam allowances toward the triangle.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

 

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

3. To complete unit B, sew 2 white F triangles to the unit as shown. Make 4 B units.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

 

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

Making the Sawtooth Star Block:

1. Attach the embroidery module. Install an embroidery needle and an embroidery foot. Thread the machine with red thread. Select an embroidery design; on my B 780, I selected BD554 and reduced the size to 92 x 92 mm, or 84% of the original. Refer to the manual for your machine for help setting up your machine.

2. Place the white I rectangle on top of the stabilizer. Then place the layered rectangles in a medium hoop. Embroider the design.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for removing the stabilizer. Centering the design, trim the white rectangle to measure 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

4. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each red H square. Layer a marked square on one end of a white G rectangle, right sides together. Sew on the marked line and trim the excess corner fabric leaving a ¹/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowances toward the resulting triangle. In the same way, sew a marked square on the opposite end of the rectangle to make a flying-geese unit. Make 4 units.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

5. Lay out the flying-geese units, 4 white H squares, and the embroidered square. Join the pieces into rows and then join the rows to complete the block. Make 1 block.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial
Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

Completing the Block:

Arrange 4 A units, 4 B units, and the Sawtooth Star block in 3 rows as shown. Join the units in rows sewing the partial seam last. Join the rows, completing the partial seams last.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial
Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

Assembling the Quilt:

1. Measure the center of the star block from side to side. Cut two white inner-border strips to this length and sew them to opposite sides of the block.

2. Measure the center of the star block from top to bottom, including the side borders. Cut two white inner-border strips to this length and sew them to the top/bottom of the block to complete the inner border.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2, using the red outer-border strips to attach the outer border.

Quilting:

1. Layer the quilt top, batting and backing; baste. I used a walking foot, quilting needle, and monofilament to stitch-in-the-ditch. I changed to white thread and stitched straight lines in the inner border. White thread and a free-motion foot were used to quilt a tiny swirl design in the large white star.

TIP: Reduce the top tension when using monofilament. I set the tension to 1.5 on my machine. Be sure to return the tension to the normal setting when using regular thread.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

2. To quilt a diagonal grid in the large white triangles, I marked lines using a removal marker.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

3. Then, I installed a twin needle, a walking foot, and white thread. Use the marked lines as a guide to stitch the grid. TIP: Be sure to use a 5mm or 9mm stitch plate when using a twin needle.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

4. To quilt the large white squares, attach the embroidery module. Install an embroidery needle and an embroidery foot. Thread the machine with white thread. Select an embroidery design; on my B 780, I selected BD554 and increased the size to 115 x 115 mm, or 105% of the original.

5. Using a removable marker, mark the center of the white square. Center a white square in an oval hoop.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

6. Stitch an embroidery design in the center of each white square.

Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Tutorial

7. To complete the quilting, I used a walking foot, quilting needle, and red thread to quilt straight lines in the outer borders.

Finishing the Aurora Feathered Star Quilt Block:

1. Trim the backing and batting even with the quilt top. Stitch the red binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Fold and press the resulting long strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Stitch to the quilt front, matching raw edges and mitering the corners.

2. Fold the binding to the back of the quilt and hand stitch the folded edge to the quilt back.

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