This is block #52 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Christmas Star.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

This is a very pretty block with a lot of half-square triangles.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.

I cut and sew the A pieces a little differently.

  • Cut the A squares as directed but not cut diagonally.  Place right sides together 2 background squares and 2 light green squares.  Draw a diagonal line on the background square on each set.
  • Stitch ¼ inch from the line on both sides.  Cut on the line to make four background and light green half-square triangles.  Press toward darker fabric, trim tails.  Squares should be 2 x 2 inches.

  • Continue in the same manner with 4 background squares and 4 dark green squares.
  • Continue in the same manner with 2 red squares and 2 light green squares.
  • Cut the B and C pieces as directed by Barbara.
  • Lay out the pieces on a mat in the proper order.

  • Join as directed by Barbara:  Sew four patches for the four corners.  Press seams in opposite directions so they will interlock when joined.  These four pieces should measure 3-½ x 3-½ inches.

  • Join the light background and dark green B pieces, making 4 patches that will measure 2-½ x 3-½ inches.

  • Make the center strip by placing two B units on either side of center square C.
  • Make 2 side units by adding 4-patches on either side of a B unit
  • Complete block by adding side strips to center strip.  Block should measure 8-½ x 8-½ inches.

See the previous blocks in this series in my category list on the right hand side of the page – Quilting – Civil War Quilt.