Delaware Quilts
Block of the Month

Star in a Star      

Here's a patriotic star for July, and it isn't as complicated as it looks.

For a 12 inch finished Star in a Star block you need:
        Five red 3 1/2 inch squares
        Four blue 2 inch squares
        Four red and white 3 7/8 inch squares
        Four blue and white 2 3/8 inch squares

First we will make our triangle squares. First, mark your white squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place the red square right sides together with the white. Sew on either side of the drawn line, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. Cut this square in half on the cutting line. (Don't forget to trim off the corners or dog ears) You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 3 1/2 inches.

You need eight red and white triangle squares for one Star in a Star block. For ease of construction, press half to the white and half to the red.


You will also need eight blue and white triangle squares, made with the 2 3/8 inch squares. Again, for ease of construction, press half to the white and half to the blue.


Now you will pair up all of your triangle squares, which is why you pressed them in opposite directions.


Next sew a blue square on two of the blue and white triangle pairs.


Sew the other two blue and white triangle pairs on opposite sides of a red square. Then finish the center star as shown.
Then repeat those same steps to complete the outside star, sewing a red square on two red and white triangle pairs. Sew red and white triangle squares on either side of the inside star and then finish your Star in a Star block.

Here are other size squares needed to make different size blocks.
        For a 6 inch block cut your squares 2 inches and 1 1/4 inches, and for the triangle squares cut 2 3/8 inches and 1 5/8 inches.
        For a 9 inch block cut your squares 2 3/4 inches and 1 5/8 inches, and for the triangle squares cut 3 1/8 inches and 2 inches.
        For a 10 inch block cut your squares 3 inches and 1 3/4 inches, and for the triangle squares cut 3 3/8 and 2 1/8.
Remember these are all finished sizes, in the quilt.

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Posted July 1, 2015

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