Michigan Beauty Quilt Block

Michigan beauty quilt block

Michigan beauty quilt block

The Michigan Beauty quilt block is just one of several that have Michigan in their name.  And it is a real beauty!  I have made it here as an 18″ square finished size.

It also goes by the names of Arrowhead Star, Laurel Wreath and Many Pointed Star.

Cutting requirements for the Michigan beauty quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four yellow, eight white

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in yellow and white, eight each in brown and white

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the Michigan beauty quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place a white square with either a yellow or a brown 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 will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Michigan beauty quilt block layout

Michigan beauty quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  There’s a white square in each corner and four white squares in the middle.  Around each corner square there are two yellow/white half square triangle units and a yellow square.  Between the corners there’s a four patch unit made using four brown/white half square triangles.  These are placed so that the outer two squares form a larger brown triangle pointing away from the middle, and the inner two squares form a larger white triangle also pointing away from the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Michigan beauty quilt block.

Michigan beauty quilt idea

Michigan beauty quilt idea

Quilt ideas for the Michigan beauty quilt block

I’ve used nine blocks arranged in three rows of three.  It makes a pretty quilt, but I was worried that the block design was lost in the overall quilt.

Michigan beauty quilt with sashing

Michigan beauty quilt with sashing

I tried a similar layout but using sashing and different colours and that definitely shows the block design off better.

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  1. Stevan Silva says:

    Hi Rose, lovely block as usual but I don’t see the connection for the PDF file that I have come to love so much. Don’t see it on a few others as well.

    • Hi Stevan. Thanks for letting me know. I’ve been fiddling around to try and find where it’s gone, but I haven’t had any success yet. In the short term, I’m afraid the only option will be to highlight the pattern and then copy and paste into a word document. My apologies.

  2. Alison Bicklow says:

    I do like the multi coloured version with sashing.
    Could you show a whole quilt more often please?

    • Hi Alison. I always show a quilt suggestion now when I write a quilt block pattern. It’s only the older patterns that don’t have one.

  3. Rose, I think it’s a beautiful block. I have never seen this before. I absolutely have to make this quilt. I can’t thank you enough for all the trouble you went thru to find this for me.
    Your one in a million Rose. I think it would look great in blue and gold for U of M colors.
    Thanks again, much appreciated!

    • Hi Linda. I’m glad that you made the suggestion – I was thrilled to find such a pretty quilt block. It would look great in blue and gold – also the colours of the company that I used to work for before I took up quilting full time.