Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spangled Stars QAL Block 2 - Bar Block

Welcome to the Spangled Stars Quiltalong for Block 2, the Bar Block. 

If you're just joining in, here's the schedule:

Bar Block - May 14, 2015
Click on the pink links to get all of the fabric requirements for all the sizes, and the tutorial on the first block.

The random number generator is picking the winner from the first block:

Congratulations to Ann! Send me your mailing info so I can send it out.

This week the prize was generously donated by the Missouri Star Quilt Company

                    Missouri Star Quilt Co

and consists of an issue of their Block magazine, an eight piece fat quarter bundle, and a handy tote bag.

Wish I could win!

So, what do you need to do to win? Just make up the required number of Bar Blocks for the size quilt you've chosen, and link up using the linky tool at the bottom of this post (blue box that says 'Add Your Link'). 

You can link a blog post (please link back to the Spangled Stars QAL somewhere on your page), the URL of your photo after adding it to the Spangled Stars Flickr group, or the URL of your photo after posting it to Instagram, using the hashtag #spangledstarsqal. Pretty easy! The winner is announced the following week.

Now, on to the Bar Blocks!

The chart below lists the number of Bar Blocks needed for each size quilt.

# of Bar
Wall Hanging


Those are big, scary numbers! But keep in mind, this block makes up the majority of the quilt, and is really, really easy to put together. I'm making two twin size quilts, and it took two hours to cut, sew, press, sew, press, subcut, and take pictures of 59 blocks. That's a fast block!

The next chart shows how many strips to cut of the white, for the background, and the medium blue, for the bar, based on a fabric width of 40".

Blue for bar
Wall Hanging
(4)  4 1/4” x WOF
(2) 2” x  WOF
(12)  4 1/4” x WOF
(6) 2” x  WOF
(20)  4 1/4” x WOF
(10) 2” x  WOF
(24)  4 1/4” x WOF
(12) 2” x  WOF
(28)  4 1/4” x WOF
(14) 2” x WOF
(32)  4 1/4” x WOF
(16) 2” x WOF

When it's all done, the block looks like this:

and measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/2".

So let's get sewing!

Cut background strips 4 1/4" wide, and medium blue strips 2" wide. I chose a darker medium blue for my project. It's definitely not my darkest blue!

Sew a blue strip to a background strip, using a scant 1/4" seam.

Press the seam to the blue, narrow strip. Sew another background strip to the other side of the blue, and again press the seam toward the blue. The strip sets should measure 9 1/2" wide.

Stack two strip sets on top of each other, carefully lining up the edges. 

Trim off an end, then subcut 6 1/2" blocks from the strip sets.

Once the required number of blocks are cut, you're done!

Congratulations! Don't forget to link up below!


  1. In a previous post you list fabric requirements for a light, medium and dark blue. You don't indicate which blue you used for this block. It looks like medium in the 6.5" x 9.5" example, but your photos seem to indicate a dark blue.


  2. GAH! I forgot to link up my 9 patches LOL...just know that they are awesome :P

    1. You can still put the picture in the Flickr group (, or on Instagram #spangledstarsqal - it's just not eligible for the first prize. And, besides, I want to see their awesomeness!!!

  3. I chose a medium, darker blue, and the fabric requirements are for the medium.

  4. Thanks for hosting this quilt along. I'm glad I found it on someone's blog!

  5. Hi Susan.....if I take (2) 4.5" strips and sew (1) 2.0" strip in the middle the resulting width is 10.0" not 9.5" so do I use 4.5" strips and a 2.0" strip or not? Thanks for clarifying.

    1. Sorry....I've read and reread the cutting instructions and still read it wrong! Now I see it's 4.25" inches....


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