This is block #3 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Seven Sisters and has seven appliqued stars.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures behind this block pattern, http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com.

I’m not good at needle turn applique and chose the easy method of fusing the stars to the background.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block:

After printing out the sheet to measure 8×8 inches, cut out one of the stars which should measure 2-1/2 inches across.

Lay the star pattern on a piece of double stick fusible web such as Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 and draw 7 stars on the smooth side of the web.  Press the rough side of the pattern sheet to the wrong side of the star fabric.

Cut out the seven stars.

Cut out a piece of background fabric 8-1/2×8-1/2 inches and a piece of single stick thin interfacing 8-1/2×8-1/2 inches.  Press the piece of interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric.

Place the background fabric right-side-up on the ironing surface and remove the backing from each star, using a pin to make a tear on the back and peeling off the backing.

Fold the background fabric into fourths to find the center.  Place the first star in the center of the fabric.

Continue to place the stars on the background fabric.  Be sure to leave at least 1/4 inch seam allowance on each side of the background fabric.  When you have them arranged the way you like, press each one in place.

Using a small zigzag stitch, machine stitch around each star.  Trim threads and trim block to 8-1/2×8-1/2 inches.

See the previous blocks in my category list on the right hand side of the page – Quilting – Civil War Quilt.