Design N Stitch- Week 6

This beginner-friendly quilt block is Color Burst by Alex Anderson and when you finish it, you’ll be one quarter of the way to completing the 24 blocks that make up this quilt top. Hi, I’m Susan from sewfeet.com. I’ve just joined the Quilt Along, starting with Block #6, but don’t worry, I’ll be playing catch-up to make blocks 1-5.

Half Square Triangles

I love the mix of colors that make up this block, so I chose similar ones from my scrap fabric stash. I also like the use of easy-to-sew half square triangle – 32 in all. The focal point of the block is the eight-point star, made of half square triangles – so easy with no Y-seams!

Presser Foot Tip

I sew on a BERNINA machine and use a patchwork foot to get consistent ¼” seams. Most quarter inch presser feet have a mark or notch ¼” in front of the needle. This will come in handy when creating the 4 at a time HSTs. Stitch along one side of the 5 ½” squares and sew until the notch/mark is at the fabric edge. With the needle in the fabric, pivot 90 degrees and continue sewing. This gives you the same ¼” seam allowances on all four edges of the fabric squares.

Color Burst Map

After cutting the pieces for this block, I stitched the half square triangles following Nicole’s directions. Once I trimmed the dog ears, I was ready to build the four quadrants of the block. Below is a “map” that shows the placement of the half square triangles and the eight 6 ½” fabric squares.

Have fun making your color burst block – can’t wait to see them – Happy Stitching!