We love star quilt blocks for the sparkle they bring to quilt designs. And there are so many to choose from! Our quilting heritage gifts us with a twinkling universe of star blocks—Sawtooth Star, Pinwheel Star, Ohio Star, Missouri Star, LeMoyne Star, Friendship Star, Lone Star, Feathered Star… Exploring all the different star quilt blocks could be a lifelong hobby!
Star blocks shine in so many quilts for a reason. Stars are a perfect design for cotton fabric; the simple squares and triangles needed to make stars work well with the straight grain of the fabric. Yet despite a limited range of patchwork shapes, how you construct the quilt block can vastly change the design—and then there’s fabric choice and color placement! There’s no single path to a star quilt block!
In Love of Quilting’s July/August 2019 issue, there are six patterns featuring star quilt blocks, and the techniques used to create those blocks range from paper foundation piecing to stitch-and-flip corners.
Take Indivisible, a Quilt of Valor by Diane Harris. The Friendship Star quilt blocks are a simple design that pairs perfectly with a basic block of striped fabric. The stars are constructed from Triangle Squares, for which you can use the Sew Easy: 8-at-a-Time Triangle Squares technique.
Natalie Crabtree’s marvelous Carpenter’s Song features a star-within-a-star design based on the Carpenter’s Star quilt block, and we chose to construct is using the Sew Easy: Quick-Pieced Triangle Squares technique.
And Gina Gempesaw’s La Grange has patriotically hued stars that use two techniques: Flying Geese and Stitch-and-Flip Corners.
Meanwhile, Angela Huffman’s Moon Hopper, which was featured in episode 3304 of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, uses paper piecing to create the spectacular stars in the quilt. Angela used an alternate approach for the show, showing how you can use Studio 180 Design’s V Block tool (affiliate link).
The September/October 2019 issue of Love of Quilting sparkles with even more stars.
Elaine Theriault’s Harvest Sky has Sawtooth Stars built from Quick-Pieced Flying Geese units. What we love about this star is that the large central space lets you Fussy Cut a fun fabric or, as Elaine did, explore some breathtaking machine embroidery options.
Natalie Crabtree’s show-stopping Star Show features two very different star blocks, one using templates to create a V-unit and the other relying on 3-Color Hourglass units. Combining the two stars in the design gives it a playful quality, and really lets you show off your star power!
Christina McCourt’s Garden Star Swap uses a Set-in Seams method. The end result is a spinning, almost circular effect. And this design is such a fabulous stashbuster! You can pull in all kinds of scrap fabrics to create unique blocks, or pull in a designer’s complete fabric collection—it’s a star-studded celebration of fabric!
Let your quilts shine with stars!
Quilting Company Staff