Stars and Blocks Quilt Pattern

Stars and blocks quilt

Stars and blocks quilt

For the Stars and Blocks quilt I have taken one fairly simple star block and rotated only the corner squares of the block to give an alternate block.  I’m thrilled with the result – plenty to look at within the design.

I have used nine 18″ finished size blocks, giving a quilt that is 58″ square.  This is one that can easily be made bigger by using more columns or rows of blocks.

In making the quilt I used 2 yards of purple, 1.1/2 yards of green and 1 yard of white fabric.  As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed blocks

Completed blocks

Cutting requirements for the stars and blocks quilt

6.7/8″ squares:  eighteen white, eighteen purple

6.1/2″ squares:  nine green

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty six purple

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty six purple, thirty six green

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with both the 3.7/8″ squares and the 6.7/8″ squares.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one 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 either 3.1/2″ or 6.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the dark fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Central area for both blocks

Central area for both blocks

Make the first stars and blocks quilt block

The central area of the stars and blocks quilt block is the same for both blocks.  Place a 6.1/2″ green square in the middle with a pair of purple/green half square triangles on each edge of the square.  Place these so that the purple triangles together form a larger purple triangle pointing towards the middle.

Complete layout for first block

Complete layout for first block

Now add the outer frame of the block:  a purple rectangle outside each pair of half square triangles and a large purple/white half square triangle in each corner.  Note that these are placed so that the white triangle is always on the outside, forming the corner of the block.

First you need to sew the small half square triangles together in pairs and sew the purple rectangles to each pair.  This will make them into 6.1/2″ squares.  Now sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  Make five of this version of the block.

Alternate block partially sewn

Alternate block partially sewn

Make the alternate stars and blocks quilt block

For the alternate block, rotate the half square triangles in the corners so that the purple is on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

Apart from that the layout is the same as for the first block – it always amazes me how much you can change the look of a block just by changing the corners!

As before, sew the small half square triangle sections together first then sew the squares together across each row and sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  You need to make four of this version of the block.

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

Assembling the stars and blocks quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Rows 1 and 3 are the same as each other, with a block with white corners at each end of the row and a block with purple corners in the middle.  Sorry – I forgot to take this photo before I sewed the blocks together.

Row 2

Row 2

Row 2 is made with a block with purple corners at each end of the row and a block with white corners in the middle.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows together.

Add the border

Add the border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the green fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the stars and blocks quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Weoley Castle ruins

Weoley Castle ruins

There’s an area quite near where I live called Weoley Castle.  I’d always just assumed that it was a name given to the area many centuries ago for long forgotten reasons.  So I was surprised (and pleased) to find that there is actually a Weoley Castle – well, the ruins of one – just a couple of miles from where I live.

It’s actually classified as a fortified manor house and was built in the late thirteenth century by the Lords of Dudley.  At one time it was set in a 1,000 acre deer park, although now the ruins are preserved in the small field that you can see in the photo.




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  1. This is a very special design Rosemary – well both of them are – but the first one is my favorite and the choice of fabrics is, once again, spot on. I so enjoy your little post scrips detailing your adventures.

    • Thanks, June. It always feels like an added bonus when I can share my explorations as well as my quilt patterns. There’s still so much of Birmingham that I haven’t seen!

  2. vani hegde says:

    Hai Rose. Really its nice design. Thanks for tutorial.

  3. Gwendy Burtz says:

    Hi!
    I so enjoy seeing all your hard work. Thanks for sharing every week. I love the Stars and Blocks Quilt! Such a great a idea just by turning 1 piece. Love how that happens.
    Sincerely, Gwendy

    • Hi Gwendy. That’s always my feeling – it’s quite astonishing what a difference it can make if you just rotate one square or swap one colour. It certainly makes quilt making exciting.

  4. Wendy Hansen says:

    Lovely quilt Rose. Aren’t grandchildren the best? I figure they are my reward for not killing my son.

  5. sheila lymn says:

    Hello Rose and my your quilt is a lot different to what mine will be ,I am using an 8 point diamond to make a star which I am hand sewing onto a 12 inch block ..
    I must tell you about the Norvik Advent stocking panel me and my daughter Charlott have been busy this week making the panel up. Charlott is making the Advent calendar for her Grandson Felix and I have made a Bunting to go across my large kitchen window 48 stockings in all whew all made with love .,
    thank you for the idea Rose
    love and hugs Sheila xxx

    • Hi Sheila. I don’t know how you manage all that you do. You did well to make so many of the stockings – I found them terribly fiddly even though they are very pretty. I’m sure you were glad to finish that project!

  6. Trish Tarbuck says:

    Love this quilt Rose the design and colors are just spot on.

  7. Jan in Victoria, BC says:

    Hello Rose,

    First, congratulations on being a new grandmother – it’s the best time of our lives. I suspect the beauty that comes through this week’s quilt design is actually a reflection on all that is happening in your world. I’m so inspired by this design, it’s off to the sewing room to audition fabrics to make this quilt. I simply love it. Well done.

    • Many thanks, Jan. I was definitely pleased with how the design turned out, and I think that it would work in many different colour combinations.

  8. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Great quilt Love the colours. Just may start to make this one as I have not started any recently.
    Glad you had a fun day with your grandbaby. Wait til she gets bigger you will have much more fun.
    Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I thought that the purple would appeal to you. My sister in law first introduced me to the purple/green combination – it’s her favourite choice and I think that they look great together.

  9. Ella WILSON says:

    Hi Rose, again I must say a big thank you for lovely quilts you make the Purple and green is so magical out of the many colours that is in fabric I must be honest and say green and purple are my favorites the pink one I bought from you was a life saver and thank you for that quilt keep up with the lovely things you make I have some quilts on face book go to face book and look in my page its all because of you im still quilting best wishes….Ella

    • Hi Ella. Thanks so much for those kind comments. I’m glad that the pink baby quilt was helpful. I do agree with you that purple and green make a great combination. I follow the Islay quilters on facebook but I didn’t realise that you had your own separate page – I’ll go and find it now!

  10. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Rich purple and deep green always a winning colour combination and with the addition of white to make it all pop with the corners is perfect. A beautiful quilt Rose. You must get a deal of enjoyment exploring your new environment; I love it when you share your finds. Have a great week

    • Thanks, Marilyn. I’m glad you like the quilt pattern. I love being able to share my explorations – there are still so many parts of Birmingham for me to explore!

  11. Good morning Rose, When I clicked on your email and up came a picture of your quilt, my
    first word was Wow!!!! I just loved it. This is one I will be putting in my to do quilt file. Many thanks. There’s not much left of the Weoley Castle unless your photo makes it look small.
    Shirley.

    • Hi Shirley. I’m glad you liked the quilt so much. You’re right – there isn’t much left of Weoley Castle, but I thought it was fascinating imagining it in the 13th century when it was built. There’s a particularly well preserved fortified manor house near where I used to live and I think that I’ll try and find my photos of it in time for next week’s email.

  12. Hi Rose,
    I like this pattern and the colors. I would still like to make your Christmas tree table runner. All the squares and triangles are cut out and all I have to do is make the blocks but I may end up making pot holders instead. They don’t take that much time and my hand surgery is in 2 weeks.

    • Hi Claire. I’m glad that you have a date at last for your hand surgery. Good luck. I think that making Christmas tree pot holders is a great idea – they’re quick to make and they make lovely presents.

  13. Carol Moser says:

    Hi Rose from Kentucky, USA I love getting your patterns every week. I especially love this block with the purple and green. It will be one of my go to patterns. Look forward to more things from you.

    Carol

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