Friendship Star

Joyce Darr's Friendship Star quilt
Joyce Darr’s Friendship Star quilt

The Friendship Star block is such a simple, but meaningful block. Piece and Plenty calls upon our members to create friendship star blocks for our members who are moving away, getting married, or having a baby (participation is always strictly voluntary).

Members should always sign their blocks on the front!

Piece and Plenty guild blocks should be 9 1/2 inches UNFINISHED

Here is a good tutorial on how to make the Friendship Star block.
Note that the cutting directions are for a 6” finished block, so scroll all the way down for the measurements for a 9” finished block.
You will need to cut the following:

friendship star blockBackground fabric:

  • FOUR 3 1/2” squares (for corners)
  • TWO 3 7/8” squares (for half-square triangles). I usually don’t mess with that pesky 7/8” business! I cut 4” squares instead, then after the half-square triangles are made, I trim them to exactly 3 1/2” square.
  • Star fabric:
  • ONE 3 1/2” square (for center)
  • TWO 3 7/8” squares (for half-square triangles). **Try cutting 4” squares and trim after sewing.**
Some background information: Several years ago, after much discussion, our executive board decided that we would not make Friendship Star blocks for members who are ill or who are having surgery. It seemed that someone was always getting sick or getting operated on… and how ill do you have to be? …and what kind of surgery?  As a group, PPQG now makes blocks (or sometimes makes a quilt) only for a retiring president, or a member who is moving away, getting married, or having a baby. The membership agreed with the board, and this is in our by-laws under the “Guidelines” section.
Note that there is nothing in our by-laws that prevents you, as an individual, from soliciting blocks from your friends for any reason. For example, if you want to make a quilt for your church, of course you can ask your quilting friends to make blocks for you. But it will not be a PPQG project, however good the cause.

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