Building Foundations Sampler QAL — Block 19


This week’s quilt-along block, Block #19, is Double Star, attributed to Nancy Cabot:

double star

From Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman, ©1993: Published by Nancy Cabot Syndicated column written by Loretta Leitner Rising for the Chicago Tribune in the 1930s. There were hundreds of Cabot patterns that were sold mail-order and grouped in booklets. The same patterns were also sold by the Spinning Wheel syndicate and the Progressive Farmer. The Cabot column began in 1932 and continued through the decade. Patterns were reprinted in the 1960s and ’70s by several small publishers but are currently out-of-print again as far as I know. Many of those attributed to Cabot by various indexers are probably NOT actually from that source.

This block was also published in the February 1945 issue of Farm Journal with the name of Home of Hartford.



From background, (pale lavender in photo above) cut 4 — 2 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ rectangles, cut 1 — 4 3/4″ square (cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 A triangles).

From accent fabric #1 (rose color in photo above), cut 1 — 4 3/4″ square (cut in half diagonally twice to make 4 A triangles), cut 1 — 2 1/4″ square.

From accent fabric #2 (purple in photo above), cut 2 — 4 1/2″ squares (cut each in half diagonally to make 4 B triangles)



1. Join one background A triangle and one accent fabric #1 A triangle along short side. Press seam allowance toward print fabric. Repeat to make four triangle units:


2. Join an accent fabric #2 B triangle to the long side of each triangle unit as shown here:DoubleStar1

3. Press seam toward B triangle. Add a 2 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ background rectangle along the accent fabric #1 side. Press seam open.

4. To complete the block you will need to sew an inset seam. Lay your block out first, so you can see how it goes together:

DoubleStar35. The first seam you will sew is #1 in the diagram below. Line up, with right sides together, the large rectangle and the 2 1/4″ accent fabric #1 square. Stop sewing your seam 1/4″ from the end of the small square piece. Press seam toward accent fabric #1 square.

DoubleStar3a6. Add remaining rectangles in the order shown in above diagram. Press each seam toward larger rectangle.


7.  This is where you will sew your inset seam. Sew along seam line #4, stopping 1/4″ short of the end of the B triangle:

DoubleStar58. Press seam #4 toward B triangle. Align your two pieces together for seam #5. TIP: pin at point your seams need to match:


9. Set needle down at 1/4″ point you left off on seam #4, and sew to edge to complete block.


10. Square block to 9 1/2″.

Here is Trina’s finished block:

DoubleStar_TrinaRemember to share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group! Or email us a pic at rowhousecreations(at)yahoo(dot)com. We’d love to see them!


Happy Sewing,

Doris & Trina