On saturday, I joined a class at Patchwork Angel to learn to make a 'stack & slash' star quilt. Penny was teaching the class her version of the star pattern. You need to use fat quarters of fabric (I used nine), stacked on top of each other, then trim into a square. Copy the pattern onto freezer paper (paper side). Iron the pattern to the fabric on top of the pile (shiny side down) . Then following the cutting sequence, cut through all the layers of fabric. There is five straight lines to cut to get the star shape. Penny showed us how by cutting the first one. It is a little tricky, as you have to move some pieces out of the way to cut some of the lines. Peel off the freezer paper.
Next comes the fun part. Swap around the star pieces to go with the backgrounds you want. This can take a while :) For another different look, you can swap the middle piece of the star around too.
Sewing the stars is a bit tricky, as there aren't any seam allowances, so you will get some interesting looking seams (some big fat ones). When the block is finished, you will need to trim off the edges to make it all square. A big square ruler is best for this job. I will post some of my finished blocks soon.
Penny showed us some books by Buggy Barn that have stack and slash patterns in them. Available from the Patchwork Angel :)