Four-X Star block - free pattern
In my selection of free block instructions I have mostly included 4-patch blocks and 9-patch blocks. Today I want to introduce a 5-patch block. This one is called a four-X Star block. I am making a 5" block but will also give cutting instructions for a 10" block as well.
You will need a background fabric and 3 other fabrics. I used a batik in a pink/purple for the star points and black for the connecting square, then a pale pink for my third color and a white on white for my background. Good thing about this block is, I used squares I had left over from another quilt that I'd made some time ago.
Just in case you cannot read the writing on the image above, here's what you'll need to cut:
From background fabric cut EIGHT 1 1/2" squares and FOUR 2" squares [for 10" block that will be EIGHT 2 1/2" squares and FOUR 3" squares]
From Star point fabric cut FOUR 2" squares [10" block: FOUR 3" squares]
From Dark fabric (connecting square) cut FOUR 1 1/2" squares [10" block: FOUR 2 1/2" squares]
From Light fabric cut FIVE 1 1/2" squares [10" block: FIVE 2 1/2" squares]
Using the EIGHT 2" [3"] squares (four of background and four of star point fabric) make EIGHT half square triangles. If you are not familiar with making these, check my earlier blog post: Half Square Triangles
Trim your half square triangles for 1 1/2" for the 5" block or 2 1/2" for the 10" block.
Now all your unit pieces will equal 1 1/2" or 2 1/2" depending on the size you make.
I like to lay all my pieces out to make assembly easy. I make less mistakes that way. I lay them out on a ruler so I can easily move them to my machine. Double check the HST units are the correct way around, then sew the units into rows.
I pressed away from the HST units which also meant I was pressing toward the dark connecting units. The arrows in the photo below show the direction I pressed them. This makes it easy to match the seams accurately because they butt together.
This is how my block turned out.
Next Monday I will show you another 5-patch block where the assembly construction is a little different. I'll only require two fabrics for this block. What colors do you think I should use?