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The Morning Star Quilting Block

 

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There are many star quilt blocks that are named Morning Star.  This is just one of them. I choose to present this block in soft pastel colors, but it would look dynamic in rich jewel tones.  Notice how when 4 blocks are placed together, a secondary block is make in the center.

the grids of the 9-patch morning star quilt blockThe Morning Star is a 9-patch quilt blocks.  This block can be made scrappy, as long as attention is paid to value. 

This block is only difficult because of all the small units in the block.  This block is made from squares, half square triangles, and quarter square triangles. 

If you look at the patches in this block, it is easy to see that the corners are made from 1 small square and 3 half square triangles.  There are quarter square triangles placed between these block on the outside of the block, and there is a single square in the center.

Decide the size of your patches, and then size the different blocks.  One common measurement for a 9-patch block is to make the patches 3 inches finished.  This will give you a 9- inch finished block.

Cut your center square 3 1/2 inches, make your quarter square triangles to finish at 3 1/2 inches, and then make your small half square triangles finish at 1 1/2 inches so that when they are sewn together for the patch, together with the one small square,  they will finish at 3 inches.

Here is a visual of this 9-patch block with other 9-patch stars. 

Each of these blocks is a "star" as opposed to a background or "worker" block.  These stars need to be separated by lattice or less dynamic squares so that they will be highlighted.  It looks too busy to place these blocks next to each other.

However, when you make a quilt with just one of them, you have secondary patterns formed in the corners and they look good on their own.

 

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