Lesson Three: the Friendship and Bear’s Paw blocks

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Here is Lesson 3 of the Perfect Points Sampler Pattern.
Lesson 3 gets more challenging. The Bear’s Paw and Friendship Star blocks are made with half-square triangles (HSTs). The one-inch finished size of the HSTs requires precise piecing and most likely a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. The blocks are surrounded by frames to allow them to fit in the 8″ finished framework of the sampler. This lets you practice maintaining sharp points set against another block or border.

For members new to quilting, the Friendship Star block may be especially difficult. You can substitute a block made with fewer, larger HSTs. We also have several wonderful tutorials on our website. Check out the beginner tutorials here.

Click here to join and the Perfect Points Quilt Along group on and download the PDFs for the tutorial and pattern introduction. You can even look at the suggested fabric requirements here before you begin.


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