Kathleen Tracy has graciously granted me permission to share her Civil War Stars Block pattern with you. I know, fun, isn’t it!?
Block: Little Star Block (4″ X 4″)
Suggested Fabric Colors: Red, Blue and Gold (or Tan)
For each block, cut:
16 squares, 1 ½” x 1 ½” of assorted colors to suit your block design
4 rectangles, 1 ½” x 2 ½” of one of the specified colors, or try assorted colors for a true scrappy look
(Another option—If you prefer to make the center of your star plain, choose 1 square, 2 ½” x 2 ½” for the center instead of a 4-patch.)
Make the block:
1. Combine 2 squares to make a unit, then sew 2 units together to make a four-patch unit for the center of the star.
2. Choose the 8 squares for your star points (for a really scrappy look, cut each square from a different fabric). Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each square. Layer a marked 1 ½” x 1 ½” square on one end of a 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle. Stitch on the diagonal line as shown. Flip and press open to the corner. Place another marked square on the other end of the rectangle and repeat.
Make 4 of these flying geese units. Trim to a 1/4 inch seam.
3. Sew a 1 ½” square to the ends of 2 of the flying geese units. Sew the other 2 flying geese units to the sides of the 4-patch unit from step 1. Combine the rows as shown.
* Copyright 2014, Kathleen Tracy. Do not reproduce or distribute without permission.
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