The pattern is basicly a star within a star
I have a mass of fat quarters which I am always keen to use up but I wanted to use ALL of the fat quarter up - or at least have so little over that I could chuck the remainder without feeling guilty (I know some of you keep every last scrap but for me life is too short!).
So I decided to redraft the block and see how many blocks I could get out of a fat quarter.
First cut was three strips of 3".
Then cut into 3" squares and finally cut diagonally to produce 32 half square triangles.
The next strip was of 2 1/2" squares for the outer corners and the centre square.
I find that when I am chain piecing a lot of triangles, I am quite happy if they are a bit oversized as I like to square up each one individually. That way all the elements are the same and you don't have to waste so much time squaring up the blocks at the end.
So it was all cut out and then I started to lay it out on a piece of uncut fabric to get an idea of what it would look like. Well imagine my surprise when I could get four blocks instead of two.
But the original block required 5 different fabrics so I am not thinking that if I cut all five together in the same way I will be able to make 10 blocks (referring back to my sketch at the top)
1 fabric for the centre square
1 fabric for the inner star points
1 fabric for the star indents and corner patches
1 fabric for the outer star points
1 fabric for the outer indents and corner patches.
Oh dear I feel another quilt coming on - don't have time to actually do the sewing of it at the moment but a really good mental exercise and worth pursuing in due course I think. You have no idea how many tries I had to work out the cutting plan - up to 1am on two nights and again at 7am when I realised I was doing it all wrong!!!!
The initial object was to see if I could get 2 complete 12" blocks out of a fat quarter - I can tell you now the answer is no you can't but and 8" block can be quite delicate and you only need about 49 blocks for a lap quilt and that would reduce the stash nicely.
And here are the bits you are left with