This block goes by many names; Variable Star, Henry of the West, Lone Star, Star of the West, Star Spangled, Texas, Western Star and Star of Hope which is what I'm calling mine.
For a 12 inch finished Star of Hope block you need:
From yellow cut two 5 1/4 inch squares and one 4 1/2 inch square.
From blue cut one 5 1/4 inch square
From a background cut one 5 1/4 inch square and four 4 1/2 inch squares.
You will start with 5 1/4 inch squares, and cut them twice on each diagonal.
Sew these together in units as diagramed below. Be very careful when handling these pieces, as you are dealing with bias edges. Bias will stretch if handled roughly. I suggest that you pin carefully to avoid stretching.
Posted April 1, 2015
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