Star and Chains Quilt Block Pattern

Star and chains quilt block

Star and chains quilt block

The star and chains quilt block is a total delight and is easily made with just squares and half square triangles.  It is also known as rolling star and ring around the star, which are both very appropriate names for it.  I’ve made it here as a 16″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the star and chains quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  twelve red, twelve white

2.7/8″ squares:  twenty red, twenty white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use all the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red and a white square 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 produces two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red triangle and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the star and chains quilt block

Central section

Central section

I am showing the layout in stages for the sake of clarity.  The central section is made in four rows of four.  In the middle I have placed four 2.1/2″ red squares, although you could use a 4.1/2″ square if you prefer.

Place a white square in each corner with two half square triangle units between each pair of corners.  Lay the half square triangles so that the two white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle of the block.

The next frame

Add the next frame

Add the next frame

Placement of the next frame is more simple than it may look.

Once again there is a white square in each corner.  Between each pair of corners there are four half square triangles.  Now these can be placed most easily by beginning with two half square triangles in the middle of each edge.  Place these so that the white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing away from the middle – and also completing a white diamond with the white triangles inside it.  Once these middle two half square triangles are in place, it is more clear to see how to place the remaining two along each edge so that they form red stripes.

Add the outer frame

Full layout of the star and chains quilt block

Full layout of the star and chains quilt block

Finally you can add the outer frame of the star and chains quilt block. Begin with a white square in each corner.  Add the two half square triangles in the middle , forming a larger white triangle pointing outwards.  On each side of this pair place a red square and then another half square triangle.

As ever, it helps if you look for the larger shapes:  check that you have a star in the middle, four white diamonds around the star and larger white triangles in the corners and also just inside the corners.

Once you’re happy with the layout, sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the star and chains quilt block.

Basic star and chains quilt

Basic star and chains quilt

Quilt suggestions

For the basic quilt I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  As expected, this makes a lovely eyecatching quilt.

With added yellow

With added yellow

For a second quilt option, I tried adding a little yellow to each block.  This doesn’t make a huge difference to the look of the quilt, but I was pleased with this version of the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Rose

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  1. Dear Rose – this quilt looks great fun. Now that I have conquered my little worry I will definitely have to have a go at this. Thank you.

    Hope you are keeping well and have not yet developed webbed feet with all this rain.

    All best Janny

    • Hi Janny. No webbed feet – but then I haven’t been going out for many walks and I do miss them. Roll on springtime!

  2. BarbaRandy Grossman says:

    Just found your fantastic site. Saw your tutorial on Youtube dated 2012 for a 40×40 lap quilt and it’s pattern. It said quaternary blocks black material with design and white. This will be my very first attempt at making a quit. I am a certain senior and so excited. My problem the link there will not let me get to it . How can I purchase the pattern? Should I send a screen shot of it. Thank you so very much. Barbara, State of Tennessee USA

  3. Enchanting! Great fabric combination again Rose and I agree, the tiny touch of yellow makes an already stunning quilt look even more appealing.

  4. Marie Martinez says:

    Rose, this pattern and color selection are absolutely wonderful! Many thanks for a great blog and tutorials.

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