The Old Poinsettia quilt block is also known as spinning stars, but I prefer the Ladies Art Council name for it. It is classified as a four patch block and I have made it here as a 12″ square. The contrast between the red and gold doesn’t show up as well in the photo as it does in real life, but I think that you can see the design – a red triangle and gold stripe coming off each pink pinwheel blade.
Cutting requirements for the old poinsettia quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: two each in gold and white, two each in pink and white, two each in pink and red, two each in red and gold
Making the old poinsettia quilt block
The block is made entirely of half square triangle units. You need to make these in the colour pairings listed above. 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. This will produce two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. The four squares in the middle form a pink/white pinwheel and the squares on the edge of the block form a red triangle and a gold stripe on each edge.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the old poinsettia quilt block.
Here you can see how the blocks look when placed side by side in a quilt. I have used nine old poinsettia quilt blocks here, laid out in three rows of three and using the same red for the border.
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