Place two 2 7/8" squares of color 1 or 2 at opposite corners of a 5 1/4" background square, right sides together. Stitch 1/4" each side of the center diagonal lines of the color 1 or color 2 squares. Cut apart between the stitching lines. Press the color triangles away from the background triangle.
Place a 2 7/8" square of the other color right side down on the corner of the background triangle and stitch 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line of the color square.
Cut apart between stitching lines.
Press triangles away from center. Makes four flying geese units with colors one way and four with colors opposite. Each unit should measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Now make unit for center of star.
Take a 4 1/2" background square and place 2 1/2" squares of color 1 or 2 in opposite corners, right sides together.
Stitch on drawn lines. Trim 1/4" from stitching line and press triangles away from cneter. Place 2 1/2" squares of same color on remaining opposite corners of background square and stitch. Trim 1/4" from seam lines, press. Each unit should measure a 4 1/2" square.
Now arrange center unit, flying geese units and 2 1/2" background squares to make the block. Sew pieces into three rows, sew rows together to make two blocks.
Alternately you can assemble this block on-point.
The applique blocks can be set in wool or in cotton. Wool is pictured here.
The alternate colorway is in thirties prints.