Old Poinsettia Quilt Block

Old poinsettia quilt block

Old poinsettia quilt block

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

Old poinsettia quilt block layout

Old poinsettia quilt block layout

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.

Old poinsettia quilt idea

Old poinsettia quilt idea

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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Rose

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  1. Colleen says:

    Hello Rose,
    Really enjoy your quilt patterns and your interesting travels to various cities and quilt shows. Always something interesting to learn or read. Thank you so much.
    Colleen (sunny Vancouver Canada)

  2. Dear Rose – another winner.

    all best Janny

  3. Dear Rose – yes thanks. Plenty of breeze down here as well. Spending most of my time in the garden as there always seems so much to do.
    all best Janny

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