April Bee Block: Scrap Jar Star

Hi habibis!  We’re three weeks into April and I’ve finally crossed my first to-do item off my April sewing list: my April bee block for Stash Bee.

Shari asked for Scrap Jar Stars using this tutorial.  I found it easy to follow.  Shari wanted the following colors: aqua, navy, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, gray and purples, and as bright and scrappy as possible.  I pulled mostly from my scraps (but some of them are buried under other things, so I had to use a bit of a fat quarter here or there).  I also used up more of that quarter yard of Kona white I’d bought in February.

Here’s my layout.

First you make the center sixteen patch.  Then you add two sets of half-square triangles to the sides.  Then you make the corner patches and add those to the other sets of half-square triangles and viola!  You’re done.  Once I had everything cut, the assembly went quickly – it took me under an hour.

I tried to be sooo careful with the construction.  You’re supposed to press open the seams when you sew together the half-square triangles and mine came out so nice!

Careful or not, my sixteen patch was two small for my half-square triangle sets.  I think I need to work on my precision/construction skills.  I made it work, but I hope it meets Shari’s standards!

The instructions call for making eight HSTs from four prints, but Shari suggested making sixteen HSTs from eight prints for more variety, so I did that.  I sent along the extras to her, along with two sets of HSTs I’d made from solid brights, and a couple of extra 2″ squares I’d cut.

I liked making the block, and I like the result, but I’m frustrated that I seem to have construction issues every month.