Free star quilt block pattern
We've created this special free start quilt block pattern for you to try at home. Read on for our free step-by-step tutorial – it's a great stash-buster and beginner-friendly so a great first block to try if you're new to making quilts.
This easy-peasy star quilt block is a joy to stitch and a great way to use up small scraps of fabric from your stash that you can't bear to part with. Watch our video tutorial or scroll down for the full method, including cutting guide and step-by-step instructions.
You will need...
- Background fabric – 10in x 15in
- Fabric 1 – 10in square
- Fabric 2 – 10in square
121⁄2in square (unfinished)
From the background fabric cut as follows:
- Five (5) 41⁄2in squares
- One (1) 51⁄4in square
From fabric 1 cut as follows:
- Four (4) 21⁄2in squares
- Four (4) 27⁄8in squares
From fabric 2 cut four (4) 21⁄2in x 41⁄2in rectangles.
Making the Flying Geese
First make Flying Geese, four at a time using one (1) 51⁄4in background square and four (4) 27⁄8in fabric 1 squares. To do this, start by drawing a diagonal line (corner-to-corner) on the back of each small fabric 1 square.
Place two squares on opposite corners of the large background fabric square, right sides together and pin in place. The diagonal lines should match up and the small squares will overlap.
Stitch a 1⁄4in seam on either side of the marked lines. Press and cut apart along the marked line. Press units open.
Place a third fabric 1 square, right-sides-together with one of the pieced units. The marked line should go in the opposite direction to the seam. Stitch 1⁄4in on either side of the marked line, cut apart and press as before.
Repeat step seven with the remaining small fabric 1 square and remaining pieced unit. Check each Flying Geese unit measures 21⁄2in x 41⁄2in and trim the ‘dog-ears’.
Top tip: For more about making Flying Geese using different methods see our beginner's guide post – How to sew flying geese
Assembling the block
Stitch a 21⁄2in x 41⁄2in fabric 2 rectangle to each Flying Geese unit. Press. Stitch these units to opposite sides of the 41⁄2in background square. Press.
Draw a line on the back of a 21⁄2in fabric 1 square and place right sides together in one corner of a 41⁄2in background square. Sew along the marked line. Trim excess fabric to 1⁄4in seam allowance. Press corner open.
Stitch a unit from step 10 to either side of the remaining Flying Geese units with the fabric 1 corner facing inwards. Press.
Add these rows to the top and bottom of the centre unit to complete the block.
Now your block is finished!
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Laura has been sewing since she was a child and quilting for most of her adult life. Her work has been published in several quilting and craft magazines including Love Patchwork and Quilting, Mollie Makes and Simply Sewing. She is a technical pro and until recently worked as the Deputy Editor for Today’s Quilter magazine, where she worked since the magazine launched in 2015. She loves teaching and often runs workshops at The Festival of Quilts. She first launched her quilting career selling pet quilts on Etsy and notonthehighstreet.com, inspired by her own pampered cats. Away from the sewing machine, Laura is a book addict and interiors obsessor. She regularly posts photos on Instagram @laurapritchardquilts about her works-in-progress, finished quilts and her life in Bristol.
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