Four-Patch Star Block
What You’ll Need:
This block calls for three fabrics – a background fabric, and two star fabrics. For a different look, consider using scraps for all of the star fabrics!
6 – 3.5″x3.5″ squares
2 – 3.5″x6.5″ rectangles
Fabric #1 (Star Center):
2 – 3.5″x3.5″ squares
Fabric #2 (Star Points):
8 – 3.5″x3.5″ squares
Cutting Implement and Ruler
What to Do:
This block has two basic elements: a Four-Patch center unit, and Flying Geese Star points.
- Take one 3.5” Background square and one 3.5” Star Center square and stitch them right sides together along one side. Press open with seam toward the dark fabric. Make a second pair to match.
- Place the two pairs right sides together, with the light and dark face to face. Fit the seams together snugly, and stitch down one side. This creates your Four-Patch unit. Set aside.
- Place one 3.5” Star Point square right sides together with one Background rectangle. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, and stitch on the line.
- Trim to a 1/4” seam allowance, and press open with the seam toward the darker fabric.
- Place a second 3.5” Star Point Square on the opposite corner of the Background rectangle. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner as before, and stitch on the line. Trim to 1/4” seam allowance and press open. This creates one Flying Geese unit.
- Repeat Steps 3-5 to make three more Flying Geese units.
- Place a Flying Geese unit right sides together on the Four Patch unit, with the intersection of the two triangles closest to the Four Patch. Stitch, and press open with the seam toward the Four-Patch. Repeat on the opposite side of the block.
- Stitch the remaining Background squares to either end of the 2 Flying Geese units and press seams toward the Background squares.
- Stitch the pieces from Step 8 to the top and bottom of the block, and press open.
When you’re done, you have a 12.5″ unfinished block that will finish to a 12″ block.
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