Four Five Star Quilt Pattern


Four five star quilt

Four five star quilt

The four five star quilt is made from four star blocks but they combine to form a fifth star in the middle – so that’s how I came by the totally unimaginative name that I have given it!  But before I begin I just want to say that I hope you are having a marvellous festive season and especially I would like to say thank you – I was completely overwhelmed by the good wishes and condolences that I have received over the last two weeks.  They meant such a lot to me.

Back to the four five star quilt:  it measures 44″ square and I have used two different colour pairings (purple and lilac for one with white and cream for the other) and a black floral fabric to give the overall design.  I have used 3/4 yard each of the purple, white and black, 1/2 yard of lilac and just 1/4 yard of the cream fabric.  As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount for this week’s special offer.

I have used strip piecing so don’t cut the squares listed below until you’ve decided if you wish to use strip piecing.

Four five star quilt block

Four five star quilt block

Cutting requirements for the four five star quilt

2.1/2″ squares:  sixty four purple, forty lilac, twenty four white

2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen purple, sixteen lilac

4.1/2″ squares:  four purple, sixteen black

4.7/8″ squares:  sixteen black, eight white, eight cream

For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric:  two lengths of 40.1/2″ and two lengths of 44.1/2″

At the bottom of the page you’ll see how the quilt would have looked with a cream border.


Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use strip piecing to save time

Use strip piecing to save time

Making the individual star quilt blocks

Begin by making half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares.  Lay a black square with either a cream or a white square, right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 4.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the black and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Cut squares or rectangles

Cut squares or rectangles

I have used strip piecing to save time for some of the other sections of the quilt block.

Cut 2.1/2″ strips of fabric and sew them together along the length.  You will need to do this with both purple and lilac and with purple and white.

Cut these panels at either 2.1/2″ intervals to make the four patch units or at 4.1/2″ intervals to make the rectangles that go around the central square.

Four five star quilt block layout

Four five star quilt block layout

Lay the patchwork out in five rows of five.  The lilac and white don’t stand out against each other very well which is why I have given you the digital image above where the colours are more clear.

Basically there is a four patch unit using purple and white in three of the corners with a purple/lilac four patch unit in the bottom right corner.  Between the corners there are black squares with black/white half square triangles along the top and left hand edges, but black/cream half square triangles along the bottom and right hand edges.

Sew the squares together across each row

Sew the squares together across each row

The central square is a 4.1/2″ purple square and it has a rectangle of lilac and then purple on each edge with a purple/lilac four patch unit off each corner of the central square.  Note that the four patch units are placed so that the purple squares run along both diagonals.

Sew the pairs of squares together to form the four patch units and then sew the squares together across each row.  Sew the rows to each other to complete the four five star quilt top.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the border to the four five star quilt

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the sides.

Cream border on the four five star quilt

Cream border on the four five star quilt

After I had finished the quilt top it occurred to me that a cream border might have looked better and because I had made a digital image of the quilt I was able to change the border to show you what it would have looked like.  I have to say that I think it does look better than the white – it matches the central cream diamond that shows through the black design.

My compliments of the season to you – I hope that you are having a happy and peaceful festive season.

Here’s the video:

Having gorged ourselves on too much of everything yesterda, we are now heading off to a friend’s house to do the same again today!

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  1. wonderful

  2. Dear Rose, I am very sorry to hear about your dear father.My deepest sympathies. Compliments of the season & wish you a happy new year 2015 filled with happiness, Peace & good health. Thank you for the lovely quilt. Anita

  3. Hi. Very sorry to read about your loss. It seems harder at Christmas for some reason. My very best wishes to you and thank you for the lovely tutorials.

    • Thanks, Susan. I suppose it’s because Christmas is a time of tradition. We found ourselves doing things the way my father had always done them.

  4. Sally Wasley says:

    Hi Rose. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Thank you for your regular emails, much appreciated and enjoyed! All the very best to you and your family for 2015. With love, Sally Wasley

  5. Another beautiful pattern and great tutorial. Thank you, Rose, for sharing so many wonderful blocks, patterns and tutorials!

  6. is there any way you can make the quilt biggher such as a queen or king size?

    • Hi Betty. You could certainly add extra blocks. I have used four blocks, but if you made twelve blocks (four rows of three) your quilt would be approximately 64″ by 84″. However you might lose the design of the cream central diamond. It might be safer to make sixteen blocks, in effect making four of the original star quilt. Your quilt would then be roughly 84″ square. I hope that helps.

  7. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Dear Rose,
    It’s so nice to see you back on the airwaves again. I wish you peace and happiness for the New Year filled with so many happy memories. A star quilt just like you; a star.

  8. Hi Rose. Nice to see you back at the Quilting – missed your weekly tutorial – haven’t had time to do any sewing for a few days! My grandson was delighted with his campervan cushions I made for his Christmas also my niece loves her xmas tree! Hope you had a peaceful Christmas and wish you all the best for 2015.

    • Thanks, Diane. It’s so lovely to be able to give unique hand crafted gifts, isn’t it. Like you, I haven’t managed much sewing recently but I have just layered two small quilts so that I can get stuck in after the children have returned to their homes.

  9. Debbie walker says:

    hi Rose lovely to hear and see another fantastic quilt from you. I hope that Christmas was as pleasant as pleasant could be for you and the family. My family and I had another lovely Christmas together and we always take five minutes to remember all those loved ones whose passed with a toast to their memories . May I wish you and your family a very healthy and happy 2015 and May all your hopes and dreams come true . Love Debbie .W xx

  10. Anne Coldron says:

    Greetings from Christchurch (NZ). So sorry to hear about your dad Rose. I lost my Dad in Aug, on my grand daughters 9th birthday in fact. It doesn’t matter how old they were or how old you are they are still missed and leave a hole that can’t be filled. Hope you had a good Christmas anyway. We are hoping we can enjoy the Summer now. Preferably with no more shakes like the one on Christmas Eve! (but at least it didn’t do any damage just brought back a lot of horrible memories). Anne

    • Hi Anne. Thanks for your kind words. As you say, there is no good time to lose a parent, but it must have been upsetting for your grand daughter. Best wishes for a happy and earthquake free new year.

  11. So sorry to hear of the loss of your father my condolences. No matter our age when we lose a parent we are like an child orphaned and bereft. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you. Have a beautiful blessed Christmas and thank you for another of your quilts it’s beautiful

  12. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and Best Wishes for 2015.

  13. Rose,
    I don’t know if you got my message earlier,but I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Your daughter must feel awful too. I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas, and hope the New Year is prosperous for you.
    Love the four star quilt. You do such a great job with the layout of how to make the quilt. Wish you were my neighbor.

    • Thanks, Carol – you’re very kind. Yes, it was definitely a mixed Christmas. My daughter insisted on cooking roast beef on Christmas Eve because that’s what her Grandad would have done.

  14. Thank you Rose. I always receiving your email and quilt tutorial on Fridays. All the best for 2015.

  15. It’s good to see you back. I missed you last week. Interesting block to say the least. It looks very complicated, yet looks easy when you show us how to make it step-by-step. I keep thinking that you must spend a small fortune on blades alone.
    I spent Christmas Day working on the Rail Fence quilt. Tell me, how would you tie the quilt all together? Do you sew in the ditch?
    Enjoy your weekend. I’ll look forward to what you have in store for us next Friday. Happy New Year to you.

    • Hi Claire. Thanks so much. Yes, I think that I probably spend more on blades and cutting mats than many quilters! For the rail fence, I would probably suggest stitch in the ditch, following the lines of the steps. One alternative might be a free motion design just the thickness of one or two strips, again following the steps of the design.

      • All the steps?! I’ll be sewing until the cows come home! Trust me, Rose, no more rail fence quilts for me. I love the pattern but I found that putting it together is all too time consuming. You would not have wanted to hear the salty language that came out of my mouth when I had to unpick 2 blocks that were not attached to the quilt in the right way. Hope I get it finished by my 84th birthday.

        • Hi Claire. I suppose you can say that at least the rail fence design shows up clearly if you’ve sewn some of the blocks wrong. I get very cross with myself when I sew two blocks wrong and don’t even notice until I’ve layered and quilted it. Try quilting every third or fourth step – that will reduce the amount of quilting.

  16. Love your videos! you make everything so clearly understood.