Martha Washington Star Quilt Block
The 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.
Notice that as you move clockwise around the block, the dark section is turned so that you get the pinwheel motion.
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.
Wall Hanging any size
Baby 36x36 up to 52x52
Lap 52-68 x 52-96
Twin 64-72 x 86-96
Full 70-88 x 88-100
Queen 88-99 x 94-108
King 94-108 x 94-108
Pre-cut Quilt Squares
Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While itis convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.
Finishing Your Project