Welcome to the March installment of my Barn Quilt Block of the Month project! This is a personal challenge I decided to give myself in 2017 to keep pushing my pattern-making skills and add to my overall quilting abilities. Each month I’ll pick a cool barn quilt, turn it into an actual block, write up a pattern, and list it in my Craftsy shop.
This month’s block is an Eight-Pointed Star! There are literally hundreds — maybe thousands — of blocks you can make that feature some sort of star with eight points, but I came across this particular variation on a barn quilt in Grundy Center, Iowa. It’s one that works well as a barn quilt but would be challenging to piece it as it’s painted. Fortunately with one trick, it quickly becomes a manageable block that can be sewn without any inset or y-seams required!
I considered drawing up a paper piecing template for accuracy, but finally decided to piece it together in the usual way. The pattern has all the information you need to make a 12″ block and is only $2!
Nine blocks left before I wrap up the year with a nice barn quilt sampler!