Inspired by the Janet's Star block, this quick and easy redesign uses half-square triangles (HSTs), and the stitch-and-flip method to create a beautiful striped star. It uses six fabrics for the star (colors B - G) plus a background fabric (color A). This block finishes at 12" x 12" (or 12.5" x 12.5" unfinished).
To create a balanced, symmetrical star, use two dark fabrics for colors D and E, two medium fabrics for colors C and F, and two light fabrics for colors B and G.
For color A (background fabric):
- 2 squares, 3.25" x 3.25" (P1)
- 4 squares, 4.5" x 4.5" (P2)
- 4 squares, 2.5" x 2.5" (P3)
For colors B and G:
- 1 square, 3.25" x 3.25", from each color (P4)
For colors C and F:
- 1 rectangle, 2.5" x 4.5", from each color (P5)
For colors D and E:
- 1 rectangle, 12.5" x 2.5", from each color (P6)
1. Begin by constructing the HSTs that go at the top and bottom of the star. Draw a diagonal line down the back of both P1 squares.
2. Pin (1) P1 square to each P4 square, right sides together, and sew 1/4" away from the diagonal line on both sides of the line.
3. Cut along the line you drew to separate the two HSTs.
4. Press the seams open and trim the HSTs down to 2.5" x 2.5".
5. Sew the matching HSTs together (creating flying geese blocks) and press the seams open.
6. Sew each flying geese to the corresponding P5 block. Press your seams open or to the side (your choice).
7. Sew a P2 square to both sides of each block. Press your seam open or to the side (your choice).
8. Draw a diagonal line on the back of each P3 square and pin them to the end off of each P6 rectangle, right sides together, with the diagonal lines facing inward (like below).
9. Sew on the line you drew and trim 1/4" away from the sewn line. Flip the triangles out and press your seams open or to the side (your choice).
10. Sew each P6 rectangle to the previously sewn corresponding blocks. Then sew the two halves of the star together. Press your seams open or to the side (your choice).
And that's it! Turn these singular blocks into mini quilts or cushions or other small projects, or multiply the blocks and create your own quilt top!