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The Martha Washington Star
Quilting Block

layout of martha washington stars quilt blocks


grids of the Martha Washington quilt blockThe 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 pinwheel

the center split square quarter triangleThe 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 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.

layout of 4-patch quilt blocks




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Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is 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.



Crib 168
Twin 529
Double 624
Queen 728




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