Check your measurements very carefully. Each block should measure 12 1/2 inches when it is finished. Accuracy from beginning to end will assure that your blocks come out perfectly. Measure carefully, sew carefully, and you will have a perfect block.
For the Hidden Star you will need –
From medium color of your choice cut
four 4 1/2 inch squares and
two 4 7/8 inch squares
From a dark color of your choice cut
eight 2 1/2 inch squares
and one 4 1/2 inch square.
From your background
two 4 7/8 inch squares and
eight 2 1/2 inch squares.
First we'll make the diagonal half squares using the background and medium color 4 7/8 inch squares. (You can find directions for diagonal half squares are here) Press to the medium side.
Next mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the sixteen 2 1/2" squares. This will be a sewing line, so mark lightly, or use a disappearing marker.
(a)Take one of the medium 4 1/2 inch squares, and a 2 1/2 inch marked dark square, and place them right sides together. Sew on that diagonal line. (b)Trim leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (c)Press to the outside. Repeat this step with the remaining medium 4 1/2 inch squares.
(a) (b) (c)
(a)On the opposite side add a 2 1/2 inch background square, and sew on the marked line. (b)Trim leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (c)Press to the outside. Repeat this step with the remaining 4 1/2 inch squares.
(a) (b) (c)
Now add a dark square as shown, and sew on the marked line.
Trim leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Press to the outside. Repeat this step
with the remaining 4 1/2 inch squares.
And then finish with the last four 2 1/2 inch background squares.
These four squares should measure 4 1/2 inches
when finished, and look like this square.
Make two sets like this,
and one set like this.
|Put the three rows together as shown here to
complete the Hidden Star block. Your finished
block should measure 12 1/2 inches.
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Updated June 16, 2020