A Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Beautiful Star Quilt Update 05/2022

A star quilt is one of the most popular and well-known quilt patterns. Star quilt blocks come in a variety of styles, but they all have those lovely, clear points that identify them as stars.
If you look online for a quilted star pattern, you may be overwhelmed by the options and not know where to start.
But worry not: I’ll break down some of the most popular star quilt patterns for you, as well as provide a simple star quilt instruction.

What Is a Star Quilt?

Simply described, it’s a quilt featuring a star block in some form on the top. This star can be a single large star centerpiece, or it can be a quilt top with rows of stars that make up the entire top, like the quilt I construct in this lesson.
I did some research online to find out who created the original star quilt pattern. However, it appears that this is an unknown fact. Star quilts have been manufactured since the early 1800s, possibly even before that. These star designs are still quite popular today, demonstrating their versatility and timeless appeal.

Types of Star Quilt Patterns

There are many various sorts of star quilt patterns available, but I’ll offer the ones that I believe are the most popular and versatile, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an experienced quilter.
  • The Lone Star is distinguished by a large 8-point star that serves as the quilt’s focal point.
  • Sawtooth Star: For the lesson below, I used this pattern. The 8 points of the star in the shape of a saw blade surround a center square, giving it its name.
  • Crocheted Star: This lovely design is reminiscent of knitted stars on a sweater or scarf. It’s a fantastic choice for a winter quilt. The star is made up of strips if you look closely. This pattern would be an excellent jellyroll project.
  • Friendship Star: This design is a four-pointed star that moves. It’s an excellent starter pattern.

How to Make a Star Quilt Tutorial

I wanted to make sure I showed how to build a star quilt for beginners while I was thinking about what style of star block to teach for this tutorial. I also wanted to pick something that would encourage more experienced quilters.
The sawtooth star block was the one that stuck out in my mind, and I’ll explain why. This block appears to be more difficult than it is, but with just a few color changes, you can whip up a stunning quilt top in no time. This project can be done on a small or large scale with ease.
For example, you might make a magnificent mini centerpiece for your dining room table with only four blocks! On the other hand, if you’ve been promising yourself that you’d start that king-sized quilt “someday,” this would be a fantastic bed covering.
This lesson will result in 10 12″ finished blocks (10″ once sewed together).

Supplies Needed to Make a Star Quilt

  • The amount will be determined by the size of your quilt top and the number of different fabrics you use. My quilt top was made with five different fabrics: 12 yards of grey polka dot, black, and navy, and one yard each of light blue and medium blue.
  • Cutting mat, rotary cutter, and rulers: These will aid in time management and accuracy.
  • Sewing machine, thread, marking pen (optional but suggested), iron, and ironing board are all standard sewing supplies.
For each block, you’ll need to cut the following pieces:
  • 1- 5 ½” square (centerpiece)
  • 4- 3″ squares (corners)
  • 4- 5 12″ x 3″ rectangles (background: sawblade)
  • 8 3″ squares

For my quilt top, I’m sewing a throw-sized quilt with five rows by six rows and a total of 30 pieces. In this tutorial, I’ll also show you how to make two other variants of the block. The final size will be 54″x64″ with a 2″ border.

Block #1

I’ll use three different fabrics in this initial block: black, light blue, and medium blue.

Step 1: Sew the “flying geese” blocks.

A flying geese block will be the first block I make. It’s made up of three parts: the “sawblades,” the “sawblades” background, and the “sawblades” foreground.
To begin, draw a diagonal line down both squares with your marking pen. This will be the stitching line.

Line up one half of your rectangle with your square, aligning the line you drew with the top center of your rectangle and the opposing corner. Stitch the line down. Make a 14-inch seam allowance. A little triangle made from both materials will be your trim.

Now press your seam toward the center of the square.

Rep the steps for the second half of the flying geese block, mirroring the image.

Make three more matching blocks by repeating the process.

Step 2: Assemble your block.

I like to start by putting together little vertical rows of blocks. Take one of your flying geese blocks and two of your corner pieces. On all 3″ sides, sew a corner. Both seams should be pressed towards the corner pieces.

Rep with the remaining two corner pieces and the remaining flying geese block.
After that, sew your centerpiece and the last two flying geese blocks together. Make sure the sawblades are pointing out when sewing the side of the flying geese blocks. Seams should be pressed towards the center.

Sew your three tiny rows together, making ensuring the sawblade and centerpiece seams are aligned. Activate your block.

That concludes the first version!

Block #2

I used four different fabrics in this second block: navy blue, grey polka dot, light blue, and medium blue. Adding another fabric and altering the colors gives this block an entirely distinct vibe, as shown in the image below. This block will be made using the same techniques as block #1.

Step 3: Sew your blocks into rows.

When sewing the blocks together in rows, attempt to align the sawblade points on the two blocks you’re sewing together. This makes a huge impact in the overall appearance of your quilt.
Because I’m utilizing two separate blocks, I’ll arrange them in a checkerboard pattern.
After you’ve finished sewing your rows, press them open or in the same direction so that when you quilt the quilt sandwich, all of the seams are flat.

Step 4: Sew your rows together.

Line up those locations and press your seams, just like you did in Step 3.

Step 5: Add any borders you want to incorporate.

Even if it’s a small border, I like to include it to my quilts. It gives my quilt a more finished appearance and aids in squaring it up later when I’m ready to bind it. For this quilt, I used a 2″ black border, but you can use any size or design border you like.

Step 6: Finish up your quilt.

Now that you’ve finished your lovely quilt top, it’s time to quilt it. With the batting and backing of your choice, make your “quilt sandwich.” Quilt and bind as desired.
Isn’t this sawtooth star block fantastic? I love how different fabric choices can change the look and feel of a room while still working well together. You might make the centerpiece block much more interesting by utilizing little blocks. Have a good time with it!
I hope this tutorial has given you more confidence in using the sawtooth block or any other star block. With these star blocks, the sky is the limit!

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