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The Square in a Star Quilting Block

 

Square in a star quilt block

 

 

The Square in a Star quilt block is a 4 patch block, which can be further divided into 16 units.

 

the grid lines of the square in a starThis is not a hard block to make.  It is just like the Sawtooth star block, except the center block has been replaced with a 9 patch unit.

 

The block was constructed using simple measurements.  Each of the subdivided grids finish at 2 inches. The flying geese units finish at 2x4 inches. The corners finish at 2 inches.

 

As you can see from the picture, the center square takes up 2 units.  That means that it needs to finish at 4 inches.  In order for it to finish at 4 inches, the 9 patch must be pieced so that it comes out at 4 1/2 inches raw.

 

Here is where you have to do a little math to get the size of the strips of squares for the center unit.    4 1/2 inches raw, plus the 2 seams in the 9 patch is equal to 5 1/2 inches raw.  Divide that by 3, and you get 1.83.  Round that off to the higher measurement on your ruler, and it is 1 7/8 inches.

 

If you cut 3 strips 1 7/8 and join them, after taking away an inch for the seams, you have a raw width measurement of 5.625.  That is as close as you can get.  You want your block to finish at 5 1/2 inches.  After you get it made, you can just sliver cut the edges to make it exact.

 

Make all your units and lay them out.  Use standard piecing methods, and press.  The geese points press best to the center.

 

The 9 patch in the center of this block could be replaced with a 4 patch.  The math on that would be easy.  The squares or strips would be cut 2 1/2 inches raw.  (2 1/2 plus 2 1/2 is equal to 5 inches.  Take away the one seam, and you have a raw 4 1/2 inches).

 

Another option is to put a large print or fussy cut in the center block.  This is a great way to highlight a special fabric.

 

This is a versatile, frugal block.  It can be made scrappy, from leftover bits of fabric.  Have some fun with this one.

 

 
 

 

Quilt Sizes

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Miniature <36"
   
Wallhanging

any size

   
Baby 36x36 up to 52x52
   
Lap 52-68x 52-78
   
Twin 64-72 x 86-96
   
Full 70-88 x 88-100
   
Queen 88-99 x 94-108
   
King 94-108 x 94-108

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