Every now and then I try and make some quilt blocks that can be made with scrap fabric. That’s where this mosaic star quilt block came from. It’s very loosely based on a mosaic pattern from the Ladies Art Company but I changed the colour placement a bit to give this rather lovely star. It’s classified as a four patch block and I have made it as a 16″ square.
Cutting requirements for the mosaic star quilt block
4.7/8″ squares: four blue, two gold, four black, six cream
Making the mosaic star quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the squares in the following combinations: two blue and gold squares together, two blue and cream squares together, four black and cream squares together. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the corners. These are now 4.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork squares out in four rows of four. All the black/cream squares are on rows one and four, placed so that the black triangles form the corners of the block and the two in the middle of each row are placed to form a larger cream triangle pointing towards the middle. All the gold triangles are placed in the middle to form a diamond and the remaining blue/cream squares are placed down the sides with the cream triangles forming a larger triangle pointing towards the middle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the mosaic star quilt block.
I always think that half square triangles are enormously versatile squares to work with. I began with a variety of squares from stash, made them into half square triangles and then just played with the layout. I hadn’t really planned on making a star quilt block, but I love this one now that I have made it. I think that this one will definitely be made into a tote bag so that I can show it off!
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