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