I would love to say that I designed this quilt block pattern deliberately, but in fact it was an accident. I was making up the fox and geese quit block, one of the oldest and very traditional blocks, when I sewed two patches together the wrong way round. I realised that if I repeated my mistake I would end up with this rather gorgeous block, so I’m calling it fox star because it began life as the fox and geese block.
thirteen 2.1/2″ brown squares
sixteen light blue 2.1/2″ squares, four dark blue 2.1/2″ squares
eight 2.7/8″ squares in both light blue and white fabric
Making the quilt block
All the 2.7/8″ squares are used to make half square triangles. Place a light blue and white 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 produces two half square triangle units.
Now if you were making the fox and geese quilt block you would lay the squares out as shown here in seven rows of seven squares. There’s a dark blue and brown nine patch square in the middle and the brown squares make a cross with the white half square triangles either side of the brown squares to highlight them. Sew the squares together across each row.
Take a look at the sixth row and you’ll see how I managed to make this into a fox star quilt block. I placed the sixth row upside down and formed those two two lovely stars in white. Having seen how attractive it made the quilt block, I then unpicked the second row and re sewed it the other way up so that I had the white stars at the top and bottom.
Whichever way you choose to make it, sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows together to make either the fox star quilt block or the fox and geese quilt block.