Starry Path Quilt Block Pattern

Starry path quilt block

Starry path quilt block

The Starry Path quilt block should be simple to make – it’s made entirely with squares, rectangles and half square triangles.  However I ended up unpicking several times because it’s terribly easy to place the half square triangles incorrectly.

I’ve made it here as a big block (24″ square finished size), so that I can use it as the basis for a Linus quilt by adding a few borders to it.

Cutting requirements for the starry path quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  seventeen blue, seventeen white

3.1/2″ squares:  two blue, six white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  two white, two blue

9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  two white

15.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  two blue

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a blue and a white square 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.

This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue fabric and trim the two seams where the fabric sticks out.

Top four rows

Top four rows

The first four rows of the block

I am showing the layout in pairs of rows to make it easier to see how the block goes together.  It can become a bit of a blur of half square triangles otherwise.  Look for the larger shapes to help you place the triangles.  There’s an egg timer shape formed by four half square triangles at the end of the first pair of rows.  This shape is repeated two squares before the end of the second pair of rows.  Note the progression of the white on the left hand side of the rows:  a triangle in the first row, a square and a triangle in the second row, a 6.1/2″ strip and a triangle in the third row with a 9.1/2″ white strip plus triangle in the fourth row.

I found it easiest to sew the squares together across each of these rows and sew the rows together first before continuing with the bottom half of the starry path quilt block.

The lower 4 rows

The lower 4 rows

The lower four rows

Once again, look for the larger shapes.  The egg timer shape continues down the diagonal, appearing two squares before the beginning of the fifth and sixth rows and then in the bottom left hand corner.  Note that along the other diagonal the blue is now appearing below the diagonal whereas it had been above the diagonal in the top half of the block.

I also found it helped to check the length of each row as I laid them out.  When you have strips of so many different lengths it’s possible to leave a square out without realising that you have.

Finally, sew the squares together across the rows and sew these rows to the top four rows.

Basic starry path quilt design

Basic starry path quilt design

Quilt designs

I’ve shown a basic quilt design using nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.

Quilt design with rotations

Quilt design with rotations

However when you start rotating the blocks, a very pleasing design shows up.  You’d need to make the blocks smaller to make this quilt – it would be a 16″ block if you used 2.1/2″ and 2.7/8″ squares to make it.

Here’s the video:

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  1. That blue with the white is so stunning. Making a quilt like this must be a good workout for the brain. Gorgeous!

    • Hi June. I don’t think I’d make a quilt from it – I made too many mistakes with just the one block and had to keep unpicking!

  2. Hi Rose I have just had the thought that this design would make a lovely table runner although maybe a little wide.. So clever of you to design this. Thank you.
    all best Janny

    • Hi Janny. You’re right – it would make a great table runner. If you made it using 2.1/2″ and 2.7/8″ squares then it would be a 16″ block which would be fine for a table runner. I didn’t actually design the block – it’s a traditional block. I just worked out how to make it – with lots of unpicking every time my concentration wavered!

  3. Carol Tambourine says:

    This is a lovely pattern.

  4. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Hello from rainy Vancouver Canada. Definitely a keeper… this design. Blue and white is always a winner. Definitely on my to do list. Thanks Rose.

    • Thanks, Colleen. I always find that the blue, turquoise, white combination always seems to work well. Glad you like the quilt pattern.

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