Virginia Star Quilt Block Pattern

Virginia Star quilt block

Virginia Star quilt block

The Virginia Star quilt block is a simple block that goes by several names:  variable star and happy home are also good names for this block.  I have made it here as a 9″ square using just two blues with a white background.

Cutting requirements for the Virginia Star quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  five dark blue

4.1/4″ squares:  two light blue, two white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the Virginia star quilt block

This block uses the most simple form of quarter square triangles.  Begin by making half square triangle units with the 4.1/4″ squares.  Place a light blue and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.

Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.7/8″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the blue and clip the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make quarter square triangle units

Make quarter square triangle units

Now place two half square triangle units with right sides together.  Make sure that the blue triangle of the top unit lies against the white triangle of the lower unit and the two seam lines are in line with each other.

Mark a line along the other diagonal so that it crosses the original seam line.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line as before and cut along the line.  This will give you two quarter square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ squares.

Virginia star quilt block layout

Virginia star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.

The dark blue squares are in the corners and the middle.  There is a quarter square triangle unit on each edge of the central square.  The two above and below have the light blue triangles running in a vertical direction while the two on the sides have the blue triangles running in the horizontal direction.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Virginia Star quilt block.

Basic Virginia star quilt idea

Basic Virginia star quilt idea

For a quilt idea, you could sew nine blocks together in three rows of three.  Quite attractive, but I wasn’t too keen on the very large dark blue squares formed where four of them fell together.

Alternate quilt idea

Alternate quilt idea

So I tried switching the colours to give an alternate block – using light blue for the squares and dark blue for the quarter square triangle units.  Then I alternated the two different blocks across the rows and the columns – I think that this gives a much more interesting quilt.

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  1. Simplicity is often more effective than complex patterns. Sticking with just blue is very effective. It’s remarkable how you get such amazingly different effects just by changing a few things around. Both of your quilt versions are very attractive.

    • Thanks, June. It always amazes me how much depth we can get in quilts by using colour – although not as much depth as you get in your beautiful paintings.

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