Star in a Star Block
This will challenge you more by making a 6 1/2 inches simple Ohio Star for the center. It is a good scrappy block that will use up small scraps and that is why I chose it. I have lots of small reproduction fabrics to use up for this quilt block.
In order to make the 6 1/2 inches square center star you will need:
Cut one 6 inch square of light color and one 4 1/2 inch square of dark color. This is for the four the 2 inch by 3 1/2 unfinished flying geese blocks. It will sew in as finished size of 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. This is for the method of making flying geese that is shown in the Dutchman Puzzle block pattern. https://trkingmomoe.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/dutchmen-puzzle-block-sampler-quilt/
You can use what ever method that works for you.
Cut one 4 1/2 inches square block from light fabric for center.
Cut four 2 inches squares in the same light fabric used in the fly geese block.
Sew together the same way as the following picture.
For the outer star you will need:
Cut one 9 inches square from light fabric and one 7 1/2 inches from dark fabric to make four 3 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches flying geese the finishes up to 3 inches by 6 inches block.
Cut four 3 1/2 inches squares of dark fabric used in flying geese for corners.
Sew together like in the following picture.
I don’t have the history on this star block. I know it has been around for a very long time. Early quilters used every scrap that they could to make quilts and a small star would have been ideal for this.