Martha Washington Star Quilt Block is a classic quilt block that has been around
for a very long time. As you can see from the picture on the left it is a
4-patch quilt block that has been further subdivided into 16 patches or grids.
The center of this block is made from
quarter square split triangles. There are 4 of them, and they are
place so that they form a
small picture at the left is the upper left unit of the inside pinwheel.
Notice that the dark section of the block is on the bottom left. As you
move clockwise around the block, the dark section is turned so that you get the
After you make the center section, you use
flying geese units to finish the block. If you plan for the center
section to finish at 6 inches, your flying geese will be 3x6 inches.
Remember that your flying geese are always exactly twice as long as wide.
Review how to make these units with the above links, if needed, and you will not
have any problem making this star. As with most quilt blocks, value is the
key to success when making this block.
Since this is a 4-patch, it looks well with many other blocks. Here is a
visual of a few 4-patch blocks.