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Dolly Madison's Star

Assemble an 18" square Dolly Madison's Star block.

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Assemble the Block

1.  Lay out the solid yellow 2-1⁄2" squares and muslin 2-1⁄2" squares in three horizontal rows (Diagram 1). Sew together the squares in each row. Press the seam allowances toward the yellow squares. Then join the rows to make a Nine-Patch unit. Press the seam allowances open. The Nine-Patch unit should measure 6-1⁄2" square, including seam allowances.

2.  Sew together one solid yellow small triangle and one muslin small triangle to make a triangle-square (Diagram 2). Press the seam allowance toward the yellow triangle. Repeat to make a total of 12 triangle-squares.

3.  Sew two muslin small triangles to a triangle-square to make a Triangle Unit 1 (Diagram 3). Press the seam allowances toward the triangle-square. Repeat to make a total of four of Triangle Unit 1. 

4.  Sew two solid yellow small triangles to a triangle-square to make a Triangle Unit 2 (Diagram 4). Press the seam allowances toward the yellow triangles. Repeat to make a total of eight of Triangle Unit 2.

5.  Sew together one Triangle Unit 1, two of Triangle Unit 2, and one muslin large triangle in pairs (Diagram 5). Press the seam allowances toward the Triangle Unit 1 and the muslin triangle. Then join the pairs to make a star point unit. The pieced star point unit should measure 6-1⁄2" square, including seam allowances. Repeat to make a total of four star point units.

6.  Lay out the Nine-Patch unit, four star point units, and four muslin 6-1⁄2" squares in three horizontal rows (Block Assembly Diagram). Sew together the pieces in each row. Press the seam allowances toward the Nine-Patch unit and muslin squares. Then join the rows to make a block. Press the seam allowances in one direction.

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