Lesson # 10
The Square in a Star
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
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
from Lesson # 9, with a 4-patch in the center instead of a plain
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
The Bear Claw Block