July 1998’s block was a Log Cabin with an appliquéd star.

The finished block measures 8 1/2 inches square (9  inches unfinished).

  1. Cut muslin 3 inches square.
  2. Cut “log” strips 1 1/2 inches wide.
  1. Sew a red print strip to the left side of the muslin square.
  2. Press the seam toward the red.  Trim strip even with the square.
  3. Sew a different red print to the top of the square, press and trim as in step 4.
  1. Continue stitching in this manner, using two blue prints for the next adjacent sides, repeating red print strips on the red sides and blue print strips on the blue sides until there are three strips on each side of the muslin square.
  1. Appliqué an appropriate size star, using gold/yellow fabric, in the center of the muslin.  You may use any method of appliqué you wish.
  2. An alternate method might be to begin with a 2 1/2 inch paper pieced star, then add the “logs.”

    Your finished (unfinished) block should measure nine inches.  Be sure to leave the seam allowance on the block, DO NOT cut it to the 8 1/2 inch finished size -- as the “finished” measurement represents the block size after it is sewn into a quilt top.

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