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 Five-point stars

 

You'll see below that every star except the first involves a star within a circle, which is one good way to make sure the points are all the same length.

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The small icons below serve as shortcuts to each block's information.




Five-pointed Star
Union Star
20th Century Star
Star of the West
Evening Star
Moon Flower
Star in a
Square

 


 

 

Five-pointed Star


Five-pointed Star

Ladies Art Co. #18
1897


The Ladies Art Company published this star block in 1897 as its #18. You could say it's doubly five-pointed, since the star is made up of five pieces that meet in the center. The icon at right links to our diagrams for making the block.



Five-pointed Star in patriotic colors

Five-pointed Star in an alternative layout

Star of the West

Star of the West

Ladies Art Co., #274
1897


The angle of rotation of the star in Star of the West is set by one star point's alignment with a quarter-block seam. Its contrasting inner pentagon makes it unique among the star blocks we've seen so far. What to do with that space? Perhaps place an emblem there? Or a miniature Evening Star (below)? That's up to you.

Nancy Page's Star of the West block (right) is an Ohio Star variation. Click on the icon:
Star of the West
 

Union Star

Union Star

Ladies Art Co., #381
1897


The Union Star was LAC's block #381 in the 1897 catalog. Like Star of the West, the star is set in a circle, and one star point aligns with a quarter-block seam.

Because we don't know the origins of the Ladies Art Company's blocks -- the company was established in St. Louis in 1889 -- Union Star could conceivably have been named by one of Missouri's many Union sympathizers. Missouri produced almost three times as many Union soldiers as Confederate. Problem is, we have not a shred of evidence to support the idea.
Union Star

20th Century Star

20th Century Star

Stone
1906


This pretty star is from Clara Stone's Practical Needlework (1906, #171). The star itself is seamless.

20th-century Star

...and just for variety, another layout

Star in a Square

Star in a Square

Kansas City Star
1951



The Kansas City Star published this variation of the LAC's five-pointed star in 1951. A 45 degree seam from the lower left corner to the lower left star point sets the angle of rotation.

Star in a Square

Moon Flower



Moon Flower
Farm Journal supplement
ca. 1941
This pretty block, with its subtle heart curves reminiscent of Hearts & Gizzards, could just as easily substitute for a sand dollar in a seashore-themed quilt, or it could be a star within a circle.

Moon Flower appeared in a supplement to the Farm Journal, called Farm Journal Quilt Patterns Old and New, which appeared in about 1941. Our graphic is as close to the original as we could make it.

Moon Flower

Evening Star



Evening Star

The Patchwork Book
1932


Making a quilt with a block shaped like a pentagon is tough to do, although the blocksdo make a handsome border. We've shown a few pentagon combinations here and border possibilities at right.