Martha Washington Star Quilt Block

Martha Washington Star quilt block

Martha Washington Star quilt block

The Martha Washington Star quilt block is a four patch block also known by the rather lovely names of Queen Victoria, Dewey’s Victory, Annie’s Choice and Octagonal Star.  I’ve made it here as a 16″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Martha Washington Star Quilt Block

4.1/2″ squares:  four red

4.7/8″ squares:  four blue, eight red

5.1/4″ squares:  two red, two blue




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the Martha Washington Star quilt block

Make half square triangle units with four red and four blue 4.7/8″ squares.  Place a red and a blue square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 4.1/2″ squares.  Put these somewhere safe so they don’t get mixed up with the squares for the next stage.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

Now for the quarter square triangle units:  make half square triangle units with the 5.1/4″ squares in the same way as above.  Place one half square triangle right sides together with a plain 4.7/8″ red square.

Mark a line along the diagonal that doesn’t follow the seam line of the half square triangle unit – so it’s from bottom right to top left in the units shown one the left hand side of the photo.  Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two quarter square triangle units as shown on the right of the photo.  Note that these are not the same as each other.  In some patterns you can both of these units, but for the Martha Washington star quilt block you will only need the one shown on the top, with the blue along the bottom of the square.

Layout for the central area

Layout for the central area

The central area of the quilt block is made using the quarter square triangle units only.  These are laid out as a four patch unit, rotating the blocks so that the blue forms a pinwheel.  On the right of the photo I’ve shown the quarter square triangle units that are not used.

Martha Washington star quilt block layout

Martha Washington star quilt block layout

The outer frame is now simple to add.  There’s a 4.1/2″ red square in each corner with a pair of half square triangles between the corners.  These are placed so that the red triangles combine to form a larger red triangle pointing in towards the middle.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Martha Washington star quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

For a quilt idea, I began by showing nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  This was pretty, but the design of the block does get rather blurred.

Added sashing

Added sashing

I preferred it with added sashing to keep the blocks separate from each other.

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  1. Hi Rose, I love this pattern. I have also made it with a prairie point in the middle that was not stitched down. It was table topper and matching oven mitts with a matching apron. A bridal shower gift for a grand daughter.

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