BETHLEHEM STAR QUILT PATTERN


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What better quilt block pattern could I use in the week before Christmas?  The Star of Bethlehem quilt block is also known as the Star of the Magi and Winged Star – all of them lovely names.  I’ve used one complete star in the middle with a three quarter star in each corner.  The final quilt is 42″ square and I have used 38″ cut across the width of fabric of white fabric, 34″ of dark blue and 18″ of light blue fabric.

Cutting requirements for the Bethlehem Star quilt

You will need to cut the following:

sixty four 2.1/2″ dark blue squares

forty eight 2.7/8″ squares in both dark blue and white

twenty four 2.7/8″ squares in both light blue and white

twenty four 2.7/8″ squares in both light blue and dark blue

For the quilt borders you will need eight 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric and four 1.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric.

Making the Bethlehem star quilt blocks

making half square triangles

Making half square triangles

 

Use all the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the proportions listed above.  Place two squares 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 to produce two half square triangles.

 

 

Quarter of the Bethlehem star

Quarter of the Bethlehem star

I have made this Bethlehem star quilt pattern as simple as possible by making only quarter star blocks.  You will need sixteen of the block shown on the left which is four rows of four squares.  As you can see there are just squares and half square triangles used within each block.

 

 

Sew the squares together in rows

Sew the squares together in rows

sew the rows together

Sew the rows together

 

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to make the quarter Bethlehem star quilt block.  Note the large triangle formed in the top left corner.

 

 

Completing the Bethlehem star quilt top

the Bethlehem star quilt layout

The Behtlehem star quilt layout

The basic design of this Bethlehem star quilt is one complete star in the middle and one three quarter star in each corner.  I think that the easiest way for me to describe the layout is by saying where the large triangle is placed in each row.  In row one the triangle is placed (from left to right) top left, top right, top left, top right.

In row two the triangle is placed bottom left, top left, top right, bottom right.

 

In row three the triangle is placed top left, bottom left, bottom right, top right.

In the fourth row the triangle is placed bottom left, bottom right, bottom left, bottom right.  The pattern really is that simple!

First quilt border

First quilt border

 

The first quilt border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric:  two 32.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 36.1/2″ long for the sides.

 

 

Second quilt border

Second quilt border

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

The second border of 1.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric:  two at 36.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two at 38.1/2″ long for the sides of the quilt.  The third and final border is another round of 2.1/2″ white fabric:  two at 38.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two at 42.1/2″ long for the sides.

 

That’s the Bethlehem Star quilt top complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

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Comments

  1. j.f.mallet says:

    I am sure this has been pointed out already.If so i apologise but the instructions have left out.
    24 2.7/8 dark blue
    24 2.7/8 light blue.
    I have made the quilt and am very pleased with it.

    • Hi June. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to reply to your comment. Thank you so much for pointing out my mistake – no, I had not been told by anyone else and I am very glad of the chance to correct it. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Best Wishes, Rose

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