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My Favorite Classic Quilt Block


I’m excited to share a fun twist on a traditional quilt block, the Eight pointed star.

pink and purple star flower quilt block
Star Flower, also known as Eight-Pointed Star

Why I Love the Eight Pointed Star

  1. It is simple to make. (Think Half Square Triangles)
  2. Its beauty is timeless. (First appeared in the middle ages)
  3. Simplicity never looked so good.
  4. I have one hanging in my quilt room, in the form of a wooden barn quilt from Red Rainboots Handmade.


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.

Making and Eight Pointed Star

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.

Making and Eight Pointed Star6. 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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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.  Be sure to check out my other FREE tutorials, like making a Fabric Book Mark.


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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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