Hidden Star Quilt Block

Hidden star quilt block

Hidden star quilt block

The hidden star quilt block is classified as a nine patch block and I love the way that the star is quite under stated.  When I first looked at it, I thought that the central square should also be yellow, but now I realise that having a white central square gives the star a different feel altogether.  I have made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the hidden star quilt block

4.7/8″ squares:  two red, two white

4.1/2″ squares:  one white

2.7/8″ squares:  eight red, four white, four yellow

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the hidden star quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares and the 2.7/8″ squares.  Place a red square with either a white or a yellow square, 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 half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the corners.

Hidden star quilt block layout

Hidden star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out as shown.  The half square triangles made using 4.7/8″ squares are placed in the corners with the white on the outside.  The four white squares make a four patch unit in the middle of the block.  All the smaller half square triangle units are placed as four patch units along the edges between the corners.  In each unit you need two red/yellow and two red/white half squar triangles.  Be careful to place these so that the yellow triangles are on the edges of the central square while the white triangles are on the outer edge of the hidden star quilt block.

Sew the four patch units together first

Sew the four patch units together first


Sew the four patch units together first.  This will give you three rows of three squares each.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the hidden star quilt block.


Hidden star quilt

Hidden star quilt

Sometimes when I write the patterns for quilt blocks, I also add them to the computer programme EQ7 so that I can see how they come out when repeated in a quilt.  Here’s the quilt image for this block (which I forgot to add to the article at first!)




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  1. Dear Rose – thanks. I think I’m going to need it. LOL.

    all best Janny

  2. Dear Rose – I look forward to whatever you post. It should be exciting.

    I really need to make two fairly (for me) large wall hangings. Both about five feet in width and about three feet in depth. They are to cover stone walls in the house that are always cold. I will just have to get on with them before it starts to be gardening time.

    best wishes to you. Janny

  3. Dear Rose – thank you for getting back to me. I know it uses more material but I do try to make my quilts fit my bed or act as throws for the settee and as you are aware this not only uses more material but takes more time. I don’t think anyone would want to receive any of my quilts just for decoration. Nothing wrong with them, as far as I can see but none of my family want anything like that.
    best wishes Janny

    • Hi Janny. That sounds very sensible. I often use individual quilt blocks for cushion covers or tote bags. I know that some quilters use a dozen or so of them to make a sampler quilt. In the new year I am going to be a little more adventurous and maybe look at some patchwork clothing – I’ve been asked for a patchwork waistcoat many times.

  4. Dear Rose – thanks for this. I think it looks more attractive repeated as for a larger quilt so thanks for showing this. I’m glad you think it is quite easy. Just at the moment I think I’ll add it to my to-do-one-day patterns. Do you think it would enlarge in size fairly easily? By that I mean larger pieces of material.
    best wishes Janny.

    • Hi Janny. I must try and put a quilt image in more often with the quilt block patterns. You could make it into an 18″ block by using 6.7/8″ squares for the large triangles, 3.7/8″ for the smaller ones and 3.1/2″ squares in the middle.

  5. I do like this one as well as all your other nes.

  6. Hi Rose,
    Thank you for adding the Full Quilt in the Hidden Stars Blocks. It really looks lovely, one more for me to try out in the New Year.
    Thank you Rose,

    • Hi Jean. I just wish that I had remembered to add it when I wrote the article. My brain has turned to mush at the moment!

  7. I Like this block ( The Hidden Star )–should be very easy to do and it would look nice in a full quilt.

    • Hi Jean. Do you know, for once I made up a quilt of this block in EQ7 but then I forgot to add the quilt image to the article. Give me five minutes and then you should see it in the article.