Congratulations; once you have pieced Block #3, you will have made 25% of the Diatom blocks. Well done! If you have already purchased the Diatom Quilt Along, you will receive an email today with the Block #3 instructions. Look for an email from email@example.com with the subject Diatom Quilt Along – Block #3. If you haven’t joined in yet, simply purchase the Diatom Quilt Along and I will add you to the email list and get the information out to you soon!
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The Moonlight Star block uses half-square triangles, square in a square blocks, and general piecing techniques.
Square in a Square Piecing Tip: When sewing the triangles onto the center square, use a full ¼” seam allowance. If you sew a scant ¼” seam allowance, you will find that it is hard (if not impossible) to trim the square and preserve ¼” beyond the points of the center square.
I did not have any directional fabric used in my Moonlight Star block. If you do have a directional print used in the same location as Fabric B, note that the 3⅜” squares should be cut on point as they are the center of the square in a square blocks.
Upcoming Diatom Quilt Along Schedule
- February 17, 2023 – Block 4
- March 3, 2023 – Block 5
- March 17, 2023 – Block 6
- March 31, 2023 – Block 7
- April 14, 2023 – Block 8
- April 28, 2023 – Block 9
- May 12, 2023 – Block 10
- May 26, 2023 – Block 11
- June 9, 2023 – Block 12 & Finishing Instructions
- June 23, 2023 through July 31, 2023 – Final Linkup for Pieced Quilt Tops or Finished Quilts