andrea's LeMoyne star block instructions

Eight-Pointed Star Block

Tags: foundation piecing, free pattern, quilt block

I really like star blocks. I am not sure what it is that I like about them, I just do. There are so many different ones, a wonderful selection. Today I'm going to introduce you to an eight pointed star block called Andrea's LeMoyne star. There is a free template to download so you can work along too. Be warned though, this is not a beginner block. I found the easiest way to make this was with foundation pieces.

free block - andrea lemoyne 8 pointed star block
Andrea's LeMoyne 8-pointed star block

I'm making a 6" finished block. To make this I will need:

TWELVE 1 1/2" x 4" rectangles large star points
TWELVE 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles for both darker star points
FOUR 2 1/4" squares background
ONE 3 3/4" squares background cut through the diagonal twice to make four QST
EIGHT foundations (you can download the foundations here)

fabric cut to make andreas lemoyne block
template for andreas lemoyne star block

Start with the small sections - the two darker rectangles. Place them right sides together and place the foundation printed side up on the light fabric so section A1 is covered, leaving at least 1/4" around all sides. Stitch the short line. Do not stitch past the ends of the line.

foundation piecing andreas lemoyne block

Press the sections open so the darker of the two pieced covers A2.

foundation piecing andreas lemoyne second piece

Place the unit down on the cutting mat with foundation up. Place an index card or any piece of card will do, along the long line that runs through the center of the foundation. 

how to trim foundation pieced star block

Fold the foundation only, over the card.

folding template over card for a straight line

Place the ruler on top so the 1/4" line on the ruler is even with the fold and trim. This leaves a 1/4" seam allowance beyond the fold.

trimming pieced section to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance

Fold the foundation back in place and position the large star point, right side down on top of the two joined fabrics matching raw edge to the edge just trimmed.

foundation is ready for last section to be added

Flip it over again to the foundation side and sew down the center seam line. Then press the large rectangle in place.

last piece of foundation is added to complete the star point

Now that the unit is complete, trim all edges 1/4" from solid line on foundation. You need to make eight of these in total.

foundation is trimmed to complete unit of andreas lemoyne star

Now comes the joining. All dark sections go toward the middle of the block. Place two units together ready to join.

piecing the points of andreas lemoyne together

Flip them on top of each other and sew the inner seam. Be careful not to stitch past the end of the printed line.

accurately piecing the star points of andreas lemoyne

Position a background square or the square end of a triangle along one side of the pair of units just joined. The square will extend 1/4" pass the end point of the line on the foundation. You can see the stitching line in red on the background section. Turn the unit over and stitch on the other side.

adding set in seams on andreas lemoyne star block

Press the background piece over the seam allowance, then twist it around to meet the reminding seam.

second seam of set in seam for andreas lemoyne block

Sew down the remaining line on the foundation to complete the setin corner.

set in seam completed on the andreas lemoyne block

Next you will add another foundation unit as you did before, then a triangle and so forth until you complete the block. Press the seams in the center of the block all in one direction so they sit flatter. You may need to trim the seam allowance a little to reduce the bulk. Give it a good press and remove the foundations.

andreas lemoyne free block instructions
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