July star blocks tutorial

 

This is probably the most basic star block.   But it is a classic favorite that looks good in any fabric, and is easy to re-size to make smaller or larger.
You can see my full quilt top here.  Or the finished quilt here.
My blocks finish at 11″  (10.5″ after squaring…if you square them).

 

Start with 8 – 4″ background squares, 1 – 4″ center square, and 8 – 3″ squares for the star points.
On 4 of the background squares place a 3″ square in a corner right sides together and sew from corner to corner.  The tape trick comes in handy again on these blocks.  Cut the corner off leaving 1/4″ and press open.

 

Place another 3″ square in an adjacent corner and repeat the steps.

 

Layout your squares again and sew the squares into three rows.

 

Press the seams of each row in opposite directions, and sew the rows together.

 

The finished block should be 11″.  I squared my blocks up to 10.5″.
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48 blocks (6 in each row, 8 rows) makes a perfect twin size at 60″ x 80″.

48 Responses to July star blocks tutorial

  1. Carol June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Those are great…love the way they float! And no points to match at the center square and the flying geese…great block!

  2. Linda June 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I love the colors you used. This has always been among my favorite blocks. Good tutorial, too!

  3. Sandra June 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    A wonderful work!!

  4. danahollis June 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Oh I just LOVE this quilt!

  5. Plum Patchwork June 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I adore that quilt – the red, gray, white, and blue are so fabulous and summery!

  6. Esch House Quilts June 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial. I love the way the base of the star points overlap. I hadn't given much thought about how to do this, but the way you do it is so simple. Thanks!

  7. Sarah Craig June 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Great tutorial! I need to make some of these, and had been wondering just how you do it!!

  8. Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely June 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Normally I'm not big on red, white and blue quilts or anything of the sort, but I love this. It's so fresh and pretty.

  9. krisgray June 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Very cute! Thanks for the tute.

  10. Karenkay June 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    this block never gets old!

  11. Krista Hansen June 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this!!! I love this block but didn't know how to do it. You are my quilting idol as I start trying to become a quilter.I love everything you do.Thank you for sharing your talent.

  12. BECKY June 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    thanks for the tutorial!!!

  13. Ashlee June 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Al, that gray flower-y fabric is SO cute, where did you get it?!

  14. Lunden June 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Perfect timing for this post! Thank you so much for posting.

  15. tentenknits June 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    awesome tutorial!! now I just need to learn how to sew … haha!

  16. Brooke June 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Love the colors you chose for this quilt. The pattern is perfect to show them off. Thanks for this great tutorial.

  17. Rachel June 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I love this! Thanks for the tutorial – this quilt may just end up on my (long long long) to-make list.

  18. iluvmybugs June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Thanks so much for this easy-to-follow tutorial!

  19. **nicke... June 28, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    i love that red square fabric so much i bought myself some yesterday! hop over to my blog and check out my finished kaleidoscope. i am seriously in love and am thinking of hand quilting… am i crazy?

  20. Cathy June 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Your quilt is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your tutorial!!

  21. Sherrill June 29, 2011 at 1:56 am #

    I LOVE that way of making them. Will hafta do one like that for Quilts of Valor..AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. lindsay's sew trying June 29, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am so in love with this quilt!!!

  23. Penny June 29, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    Allison
    Thank you for continuing to share your amazing talent & giving us another easy to understand tutorial. You've made it so easy to make my fav star block I know that I will get a star quilt done for this 4th now & I thank you. Happy 4th!
    Penny

  24. Theophanie June 29, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    You just rocked my world! You mean to tell me your blocks don't just automatically turn out squared??? All this time I thought I had Patchwork Deficiency Disorder (PDD)! I feel SO much better now!

  25. Karen June 29, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  26. Melanie June 29, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Wow- you are so generous with your tutorial sharing! Thanks!

  27. Leslie June 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    i love a classic star and paired with the red white and blue theme….they go perfectly together. thanks for the tutorial

  28. Sandy June 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Great block/quilt….thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  29. franzif June 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    thank you so much for the tutorial. I hope to try it out sometime.

  30. Jamie Lee June 30, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Great tutorial! This is definitely on my to-do list. I would love to see how you quilt the top when you are all done.

  31. Deb June 30, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    You are magical!! I thought the stars would be much more difficult!! Thanks for showing how!!

    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

  32. notes of sincerity July 1, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Thank you *SO MUCH* for sharing your tutorial with us!!
    Your quilt had me swooning and now I have made a whole row of stars for my quilt and I just love them! :o) I used all my scraps of fabric!!
    Have a great weekend!!
    Sincerely, Trish

  33. amandajean July 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    thanks for the tutorial for this block! i love it! i'm a 4th of july baby, so is my sis. maybe we need matching quilts like this?

  34. yenni July 4, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    thank you for your tutorial…it's so helpful…^^

  35. I am Just One Mom July 18, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    have I told you recently how fabulous you are? well, I shant wait another minute: you did it again! you created a wonderful quilt and shared an easy to follow tutorial, also.
    I share your blog addy with all my quilty friends and students.
    bravo! and a well wishing thank you.

  36. Elisabeth July 28, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    I was so intimidated by star blocks, but your tutorial was amazing to follow. I can't wait to try another! I posted pictures of the baby quilt I made on my blog. 😀

  37. Jen Conlon February 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

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    Grab a brag button!

  38. pippi February 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    i like your work!
    i have see that you use a bernina ; ) i too- i'm swiss.
    sorry for my english!
    bye

  39. SewingSophia July 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    This is a great and stunning project!! This tutorial will certainly help a lot!! Thanks!!

  40. Wilma July 3, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Perfect Tutorial¡¡¡ Thank you for sharing beautiful works¡¡¡

  41. Unknown September 24, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    yay! i am pretty new to quilting & have only done squares & rectangles so far. i have been curious as to how these lovely stars were made & this seems really easy! thx so much! :)

  42. Shirley Tener September 26, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    We used this tutorial for our Sept Liberty and Justice Swap, you can see some on Flicker, mine are on my blog, they are super fun and easy.. Thank you, Shirley from SimpleSew funnymesjc at gmail dot com

  43. Mary Deckert February 4, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Hi there! Love this tutorial! Such a pretty quilt. I have a question: If I wanted to resize, are the corner star pieces always one inch smaller than the background pieces? Thank you!

  44. alittlebirdmademe June 7, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    I used this tutorial to make my first ever quilt – and my daughter loves it. Thank you so much!

    Now I have linked to it on my blog so others can use it too! http://alittlebirdmademe.wordpress.com/tutorials/

  45. Gayle January 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    Thank you for your awesome tutorials. I've been quilting for a couple of years, taken classes at quilting conventions, read books and so on. But as far as I'm concerned you have such fresh ideas/tip/quilting methods! (to a newbie anyway) I love your honesty too and sense of humor. Take a look at
    Debbie Caffrey Turquoise Trail quilt, sewing all tiny pieces! I have a job…that was hard and it’s now a UFO. Now with this tutorial I think I can make a star quilt, which is a good thing cause I love them. Keep posting and Thanks

  46. Pat Frontuto April 13, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    This was extremely helpful, and thanks so much!

  47. erkarts April 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am teaching myself to sew/quilt. I made this test block today and it's very easy with your directions.

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