I have used two star quilt blocks for this quilt pattern. The interesting thing is that they have different names because the colour placement is different, but in fact the layout is the same for each block. I’m pleased with the way that it has turned out and with all the secondary designs that show up when you keep looking at the quilt. The quilt measures 52″ by 64″ and I have used 1.1/4 yard of red fabric and dark blue, 3/4 yard light blue, 1.1/2 yards of white.
Cutting requirements for the cog star quilt pattern
3.1/2″ squares: forty dark blue, forty white
3.7/8″ squares: forty each in dark blue/white, twenty each in light blue/red, forty each in light blue/white, twenty each in dark blue/red
2.1/2″ red strips: cut six strips for the border
Making the half square triangles
Use all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above to make half square triangles. 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 to produce two half square triangles. These are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam towards the darker fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Make the cog quilt block
The star quilt block with the white star is called the cog block. Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There are four 3.1/2″ squares in the corners, four red/light blue half square triangles in the middle forming a red square and eight dark blue/white half square triangles around the edges of the block. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make ten of these.
Make the eight pointed star quilt block
The second star quilt block is known as the eight pointed star block. It has a light blue star but the same red centre. There are four white 3.1/2″ white squares in the corners, four dark blue/red half square triangles in the centre forming a red square and eight light blue/white half square triangles around the edges of the block. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make ten of these also.
The two completed star quilt blocks.
Assemble the cog star quilt
Sew the quilt blocks together in pairs and then fours, alternating the two different blocks. This gives you five rows of four blocks. Sew the rows together with each row starting with an alternate block: row one beginning with the cog block, row two beginning with the eight pointed star block and so on.
For the border, make four strips of 2.1/2″ red fabric, two at 48.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two at 64.1/2″ long for the sides.
The cog star quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.
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