Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tutorial Tuesday - Magic Star Tutorial with Tiffany

Welcome to a new edition of Tutorial Tuesday!!  This post is for the benefit of my Sew/Craft Friends-zy Group.  It comes to the blog compliments of my friend Tiffany, who figured out how to make this from a photo on the internet.  I thought YOU might like to see it (and maybe give it a try), too.

A tutorial for Magic Stars...

  Note:  Blocks are made in pairs.

1. Using two 10" squares:

2. Stack them and cut a 3.5" strip from one side:

3. Turn and cut another 3.5" strip:

4. You should have two 6.5" squares, two 10.5" x 3.5" strips, and two 6.5" x 3.5" strips:

5. Sew 6.5" strips to squares.  Strips should be opposite color than the square:

6. Finger press seam and turn so short strip is on the bottom.  Add long strip and sew:

7. Press both blocks:

8. Line up blocks and trim extra fabric off side:

9. Turn stacked blocks on the diagonal, as shown:

10. Cut in half.  Make sure you cut in the right direction:

11. You will be left with something that looks like this:

12. Take one cut side and bring the back piece to the top:

13. Align the block halves with matching backgrounds:

14. Sew blocks together:

15. Then press:

16. Square up to 9 inches:

And a block count...

Tiffany started with 42 - 10" squares for a full size quilt.

Layout options...

Here is the way that I plan to put my quilt together:

Another layout option:

NOTE:. This quilt would also look great as a two-color quilt!!!

Here are my first two blocks:

Thank you to Tiffany for stepping us through the making of this Magic Stars quilt!!  It was mind blowing, when you consider how fast these blocks go together.

Update, only one week later, to share my completed quilt top...

If YOU make a quilt using these directions, I hope you will share a photo.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Linking up with Alycia
to share this tutorial
Finished (or not) Friday!


Sharing my 1st completed blocks with Sarah
Can I get a Whoop Whoop?!

Until next time...
SEW something new!!


  1. Thanks so much for the tutorial! The pattern reminds me of In Pecking Order. ;-)

  2. I've been meaning to reverse-engineer this block, and now I don't have to! Woo hoo! Thanks so much Tiffany and Joy :)

  3. Awesome!!! Thanks, Joy and Tiffany! I love how it looks in Grunge Dots. I'll definitely be trying this.

  4. That looks really neat! I'm going to have to go try that. Thanks, Joy!

  5. Wow! That's a clever way to piece the block. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Wow! Thank you, Tiffany, for that great tutorial for the clean and bright Magic Stars block. And Thank you, Joyful Quilter, for sharing that with us.

  7. Interesting block and I look forward to making a couple. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration.

  8. Great tuto, thanks for sharing! I have to try it ;)

  9. I tried the block with Batik fabric & it was easy to sew. I just need to look thru my stash for more color combinations to sew more of them.

  10. Excellent tutorial - have a problematic layer cake (love the fabrics, the squares bug me). Perfect solution. Thanks!

  11. How sweet you are to make this tutorial for everyone. It's such a beautiful looking finish. I wish I had the skills to make it but someday...

  12. I love this and can't wait to try it! Thanks, too for posting on my #TTot22!

  13. Oh this looks fun, I might just have a layer cake laying around;)

  14. This looks like fun! Kind of wish I hadn't seen these on Diann's blog, now I have to make one!

  15. Such a cool looking block. I'm bookmarking this!

  16. I'm going to make some today!!! Thanks girl!

  17. This is a fun block. You make a complicated pattern sew easy. I saw this on Ridge Top Quilts today. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat


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