Isn’t the Morning Star quilt block a beauty! It’s completely straightforward to make but makes a striking impression. It’s classified as a nine patch block and I have made it here as an 18″ block.
Cutting requirements for the morning star quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: four each in medium blue and white, four each in purple and white, four each in purple and light blue
3.1/2″ squares: four white, four medium blue and four light blue
Making the morning star quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations 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 triangle units. They are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. Once again, the layout for this block can be seen most easily as a series of four patch units. In each corner there is a four patch unit made with a medium blue and a light blue square diagonally opposite each other and two medium blue/white half square triangles in the other two positions. The middle of the block is a four patch of four white squares. The four remaining four patch units are made with two purple/white half square triangles next to each other and two purple/light blue half square triangles in the remaining two places. Note that these are placed so that the white triangles are always on the outside with the light blue triangles surrounding the central square.
It would also be possible to make the purple four patch units by making flying geese instead – using purple rectangles with one white square and one light blue square on the ends of the rectangles.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the morning star quilt block pattern.
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