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Lesson # 10

The Square in a Star Block

Now we are really going to have some fun and get creative.  We are going to combine some of the skills we have learned to make different blocks.

As you can see from the picture at the top of the page, the first thing we are going to make is the square in a star, or in our case, a 4-patch square in the star. (The above picture has a 9-patch in the center.  You could put anything you wanted in the center of that star!)

The block we are using is the Sawtooth Star, from Lesson # 9, with a 4-patch in the center instead of a plain block.

Your biggest challenge will just be the math.  There are several ways to do it.  You can start with the square, and then make the geese to match, or you can start with the geese, and then figure out the center.

Let's assume you are going to finish the geese at 2x4 inches.  Since the block goes under the width of the geese, it also needs to finish at 4-inches wide.

If the geese finishes at 4-inches wide, that means that it is 4 1/2 inches wide raw.

We need a center block that measures 4 1/2 inches wide to match.

There is one seam in a 4-patch, which takes up 1/2 inch, so we add 1/2 inch to  4 1/2 inches.

That gives us 5 inches.  Divide that by 2, and our strips or pieces for the 4-patch will be 2 1/2 inches wide.

When two pieces 2 1/2 inches wide are sewn together, they measure 4 1/2 inches.  (5 inches minus the 1/2 inch seam)

You should have all the skills now to make this block.  It is now just a matter of math.


On to Lesson #11 -
The Bear Claw Block

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