The Star in Window quilt block is very striking and it makes up well in a quilt without any additions. It’s a big block and I’ve made it here as a 20″ square. I felt that if I went any smaller the patches for the star in the middle would be very small and fiddly to work with.
Cutting requirements for the star in window quilt block
6.7/8″ squares: two red, two blue
2.1/2″ squares: four red
2.7/8″ squares: four red, four blue
4.1/2″ squares: one red
2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles: eight blue, four red
Making the star in window quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 2.7/8″ and the 6.7/8″ squares. Place a red and a blue square 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 give you two triangles, each with a seam along the base. Each one of these will open up to make a half square triangle unit. These are now either 2.1/2″ or 6.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork pieces out for the star first. There’s a 4.1/2″ red square in the middle with a 2.1/2″ red square in each corner. Between each pair of corners lay two half square triangles, positioned so that the two red triangles are together and form a larger red triangle pointing towards the middle.
For the next frame of this block you can save a little time by strip piecing. Sew together two 2.1/2″ strips of blue with a red strip between them. Cut this panel at 8.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles measuring 8.1/2″ by 6.1/2″. You’ll need four of these.
Now you can lay out the remaining frame around the star. This is really simple – a red/blue half square triangle in each corner placed so that the red is on the outside and a rectangle placed between each pair of corners. The top and bottom rectangles are placed horizontally while the two side rectangles are placed vertically.
Sew the central star together first. You now have three rows of three pieces each. Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the star in window quilt block.
For a quilt idea, I have just shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three. I think that it makes a lovely bold design – probably a good quilt for a man.
Here’s the video:
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