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My Favorite Classic Quilt Block

*Steps to Making a Quilt Top using this Traditional Quilt Block Below*

Dear Star Flower, how I love thee.  Let me count the ways:

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Star Flower, also known as Eight-Pointed Star
  1. You are simple to make. (Think Half Square Triangles)
  2. Your beauty is timeless. (First appeared in the middle ages)
  3. Simplicity never looked so good.
  4. Your versatility is stunning.
  5. I have you hanging in my quilt room.

Welcome to my turn on the Galentines / Valentines Blog Tour!  I hope you TOOK THE QUIZ to see which Traditional Quilt Block you are paired with.  (You can also enter to win this lovely fabric bundle from Cottoneer below). If you are paired with the Star Flower / Eight Pointed Star, you’re matched with my pick!

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I am going to share a simple way to make this traditional quilt block with a fun twist.  And if you make enough of them, how to put them together to make a quilt top.



I am giving you the easy way to make this block.  We’re going to avoid the diamond shape and Y seams, and stick with using Half Square Triangles.  CLICK HERE to get a cheat sheet on making HST’s.  I’m also designing the block with a slight variation.  The finished block will look like this:

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How is this a variation, you might ask?  Here is a picture of a traditional block without any variations:

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Star Flower, also known as Eight-Pointed Star

To Start:
1. Cut (2) 6″ squares in Color A.
2. Cut (2) 6″ squares in Color B.
3. Draw an ‘X’ on the wrong side of both Fabric B squares.

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4. Place (1) Color A 6″ square RST with (1)  Color B 6″ square.
5. Sew ¼” away from drawn lines.  Dotted lines show where to sew.

Screen Shot 2020-02-06 at 11.47.47 AM6. Cut on the drawn diagonal lines.  Without moving fabric, cut on the vertical and horizontal lines as well.

7. Press open, with seams toward the darker fabric.  Trim to measure 2 ½” x 2 ½”.
8. Repeat these steps with your second Fabric A and Fabric B 6″ squares.  You will have (16) 2 ½” HST’s.
Arrange your HST’s and sew together to form your Star Flower.  Press seams open as you go.

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Now let’s take this one step further.  You can make (12) Star Flowers to make the following quilt top.  I made a mock up with Amy Sinibaldi’s new Mayflower line for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Eight Pointed Star

To do this, you would just need to add some sashing in between each Star Flower.  It can make a traditional and stunning quilt top.

What do you think?  Is the Star Flower one of your favorite traditional blocks as well?  If you do end up making one of the blocks, be sure to use the following hashtags so we can see your work: #quiltycupid and #QuiltersCandy.

Have you taken the Quilty Cupid Quiz to see which block you are paired with?  And if you haven’t yet,  be sure to enter to win this lovely fabric collection from CottonJoy.  Happy Galentines!

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8 thoughts on “My Favorite Classic Quilt Block”

  1. This is me to a T! I love it. Thanks for sharing the pattern and quilt layout. I saw it and realized I have the most perfect fat quarter bundle to use for a pretty Star Flower quilt. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Oh yeah, this is my favourite block and one can make a variety of quilt blocks using the HST… so versatile and simple for a beginner quilter too!

  3. I just love this! Thanks for sharing. Now I need to make one. I was surprised that I am a nine patch because I love stars so much but on reflection I get it. Traditional, loyal, colorful, joyful, I guess that’s me. Funny that an upcoming project is a traditional quilt with stars and nine patches🤣🤣🤣.

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