The hidden star quilt block is classified as a nine patch block and I love the way that the star is quite under stated. When I first looked at it, I thought that the central square should also be yellow, but now I realise that having a white central square gives the star a different feel altogether. I have made it here as a 12″ square.
Cutting requirements for the hidden star quilt block
4.7/8″ squares: two red, two white
4.1/2″ squares: one white
2.7/8″ squares: eight red, four white, four yellow
Making the hidden star quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares and the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a red square with either a white or a yellow square, 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. This will give you two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the corners.
Lay the squares out as shown. The half square triangles made using 4.7/8″ squares are placed in the corners with the white on the outside. The four white squares make a four patch unit in the middle of the block. All the smaller half square triangle units are placed as four patch units along the edges between the corners. In each unit you need two red/yellow and two red/white half squar triangles. Be careful to place these so that the yellow triangles are on the edges of the central square while the white triangles are on the outer edge of the hidden star quilt block.
Sew the four patch units together first. This will give you three rows of three squares each. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the hidden star quilt block.
Sometimes when I write the patterns for quilt blocks, I also add them to the computer programme EQ7 so that I can see how they come out when repeated in a quilt. Here’s the quilt image for this block (which I forgot to add to the article at first!)