The Antique Star pattern was put out a few years ago by Bonnie Blue Quilts (now Red Crinoline). You can still buy the pattern on their website. This quilt requires 85 blocks in two different value placements. Each star block uses four hour glass blocks, for a total of 340.
In the past I have found making hour glass blocks tedious, and quite frustrating, because they would never all end up the same size. There is a tool that makes all that a thing of the past, and I promise hour glass blocks will become a fun thing to make.
The ruler is the Fit to be Quarter 6.5, designed by the brilliant Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts. Achieving the perfect accuracy with this ruler involves making your hour glass units a trifle larger than you need. I won't go into detail on how to make an hour glass block, there are plenty of places to go to see how to do that. I want to focus on how to trim them down to the perfect size. You take your slightly too big hour glass unit and place the Fit to be Quarter ruler on top of it, lining things up with the numbered lines. Do you see that piece of pink tape right over the center intersection? I stuck that on there so my old eyes would easily find my sweet spot every time. You just trim away the little bit of excess on the right side and the top, then flip your unit around 180 degrees and do it again. Perfect 2.5 inch squares every time. This ruler allows you to make units up to 6.5 inches, hence the name.
If you like, Monique also makes a 2.5 inch version of this ruler, which I tried out as well. No guess work there, that is for sure. I switched to the larger ruler because I was having an issue of my hand slipping and getting off the spot I needed to be. It was my fault, not the ruler. I just preferred the control I felt I had when I held down the larger ruler over my unit while trimming.
Another fun thing I am enjoying while making these star blocks is that you can use diagonal prints and get the lines all going in the same direction every time. Nothing I hate more than having diagonal prints going every which way in a block. Is that print adorable or what? Doesn't it look like little olives? So cute.