I want to preface this tutorial by saying that I certainly didn’t invent this way of making string stars. I am simply sharing with you the method I used to create the table runner.
1. Out of the red and green fabrics, cut strips that are 1.5″ wide and about 21″ long. I alternated the colors, so I needed 20 strips of each color.
2. Sew four strips together along the long edges. Arrange them red, green, red, green and try to mix up the values. (example, light red, dark green, dark red, light green). Press seams open.
3. Using the 60 degree ruler, cut triangles from the blocks of four strips. Line up the top edge and the 4.5″ strip width line (or the 4″ finished unit line) with the edges of the fabric. Cut one triangle, flip the ruler top to bottom, and then cut the next one. Continue across the block until you have six triangles.
4. For the solid triangles, cut the fabric into five 4.5″ x width of fabric strips. Using the 60 degree ruler, cut triangles from the strips. You can get 12 from each strip, for a total of 60.
5. Now the fun part…arrange the triangles into stars. Begin with six in the shape of a hexagon and add each point to the outer edges. Be sure to alternate red and green. There shouldn’t be any strips of the same color next to each other. Of course, it is okay if there is. This is a scrappy enough design that the placement isn’t crucial.
6. Arrange the five stars end to end, refer to the picture at the top of this tutorial. Fill in the blank spaces with white triangles. There are five triangles between the outer star points and two between each star.
7. To form the rows, sew the triangles together diagonally. You could sew four long rows across the length of the runner, but I find it easier to work with shorter pieces. I lay out each row by my sewing machine to ensure they stay in the right order and I am sewing along the correct edge. Press seams open.
8. Check the long edges for accuracy and trim off any extra. Note: don’t trim off those little pointy bits that are sticking out. They come in handy when joining the rows together.
9. Sew the rows together.
10. Completed top.
11. For the back, cut one yard of fabric in half (perpendicular to selvages). Sew the two pieces together end to end for a piece that measures 18″ by 87″. This will be plenty for the back, you can trim off the extra later.
12. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste. This is the perfect time to use basting spray like 505. Quilt as desired. I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the lengthwise seams and again 1/4″ around the star points.
13. For the binding, you will need five strips the width of the fabric by 2.5″ (or 2.25″ if you prefer). Sew and attach using your favorite method.