Rolling Star Quilt Pattern -My Variation

Rolling star quilt

Rolling star quilt

I had the Rolling Star quilt block in mind when I began this quilt design, but then I changed it so much that it’s probably no longer correct to call it a rolling star.  Do tell me if you can think of a better name!  I’m really pleased with the design – lots of secondary patterns to grab your attention when you look at it.  The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used four 20″ finished size blocks.

For the quilt I used 1/2 yard each of gold and white, 3/4 yard of brown, 1 yard of blue and 1.1/4 yards of red fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the rolling star quilt

4.1/2″ squares:  four red

4.7/8″ squares:  sixteen each in blue and red, six each in red and gold, two each in red and white

2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty two brown

2.1/2″ squares:  sixteen white, sixteen gold

2.7/8″ squares:  sixteen each brown and white, sixteen each in brown and gold, sixteen each in red and white

For the borders you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric in both blue and red.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use both the 2.7/8″ and the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations 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.  This will produce two half square triangles which are now either 2.1/2″ or 4.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners on each square where the fabric sticks out.  Sorry – there are quite a lot of half square triangles in this pattern!

Central star

Central star

Make the red star

The star in the middle of each block is a simple eight pointed star.  First place a 4.1/2″ red square in the middle. Then place a pair of red/white half square triangles on each edge of the red square.  Lay these so that the two white triangles are side by side and together they form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.  Now add a 2.1/2″ white square in each corner.

For this block I think that it’s more simple to sew sections together as you go rather than laying out the entire block and then sewing the pieces together.  So begin by sewing the pairs of half squares triangles together.  Sew one pair to the top of the red square and another to the bottom of the square.  Now sew the white squares to the other two pairs of half square triangles to make two columns.  Sew one to each side of the block.  This section now measures 8.1/2″ square.

First frame

First frame

Add the first frame

The next frame is mostly brown and gold.  Place a pair of brown/white half square triangles in the middle of each edge.  Lay them so that the two white triangles form a larger white triangle pointing away from the middle.  You’ll see that they now form white diamonds with the larger white triangles in the red star block.

Add a brown/gold half square triangle on each side of the brown/white ones – that’s two on each edge.  Make sure that the brown triangles are together so that they form a short stripe around the white large triangles.  Add a gold 2.1/2″ square in each corner.  Note that the corners are now large gold triangles – that’s another way to check that you have all the triangles correctly placed.

Sew together the four half square triangles at the top and sew them to the central section.  Repeat with the bottom four half square triangles.  Sew the patchwork pieces down the sides into two columns and sew one to each side of the block.  At this stage the block measures 12.1/2″ square.

Final frame

Final frame

The final frame

For this final frame I have increased the size of the squares to give 4″ finished size patches.  Place a pair of blue/red half square triangles in the middle of each edge.  Lay them so that the blue triangles lie together, forming a larger blue triangle pointing away from the middle.  Place a 2.1/2″ brown rectangle on either side of the half square triangles.

In three corners add a red/gold half square triangle with the gold on the outside, forming the corner of the block.  For the fourth corner use a red/white half square triangle.  As before, sew together the two half square triangles and the rectangles at the top and bottom and sew them to the central block.  Sew the squares on the sides together to form two columns and sew one column to each side of the block.

That completes the rolling star quilt block.  It measures 20.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make four of them.

Keep the white triangles in the middle

Keep the white triangles in the middle

Assemble the rolling star quilt

Sew the blocks together in two pairs and sew the pairs to each other.  Rotate the blocks so that the white triangle is always in the middle.  These together form the white diamond in the middle of the quilt.

I have added two borders, both made with 2.1/2″ strips of fabric.

Add the borders

Add the borders

For the first border use blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the sides.  Make the second, red border with two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the rolling star quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

As a final thought I would love to hear your ideas for a better name for this quilt.  Let me know in the Comments section below.  There’s a pack of four fat quarters for the name that I like best from among your suggestions.

Fabric shop in Tenerife

Fabric shop in Tenerife

The weather seems to have turned very cold for those of us in the northern hemisphere so I am doubly glad that I spent nearly a week enjoying some winter sun in the Canary Islands.  To see my photos click here or click on the photo.  As you can see, I managed to find a wonderful fabric shop which sold every type of fabric imaginable!


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  1. Elizajane C says:

    How about Tumbling Star ? A lot of good suggestions , I haven’t been able to get out because of all the snow and Ice, so able to get some quilting finished, and going through patterns, so many I know (at 77) that I’m no longer going to make, but my Start collection is still growing , lol !

    • Thanks, Elizajane. Great suggestion. Like you, I enjoy looking at quilts and quilt patterns even if I don’t have the time to make them.

  2. Reminds me of snowflakes we used to cut out of paper as kids

  3. The first thing I thought of was STAR DIAMOND or DIAMOND STAR.

  4. I too saw roses when I clicked on the link. So how about simply ‘Rose Star’ ….

  5. Loving your ideas, thanks.

    For the first day of Black History month would you consider the Sojourner quilt ?

  6. JoAnn Hussey says:

    A name could be, Stars all Around I will make a sample block , maybe in jewel tones very pretty block

    • Thanks for the suggestion, JoAnn. I wasn’t sure if I would get away with changing size for the last frame, but in the end it worked well.

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the quilt. Love the colours. I’d call it Granny Rose Star. But I have no imagination for names. Some of the other suggestions are quite good.
    Our weather has been VERY cold -4 yesterday and in some spots even lower but we are not quite as cold as the middle of the country. Should be 50′ on Tuesday.
    Just keep thinking that we are getting closer to Spring as each day passes.
    Stay in stay warm and enjoy your rugby and your quilting. Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting

    • Hi Sandra. Thanks for the suggestion – all the suggestions coming in are lovely. Your weather has definitely been much colder than ours. As you say, we just have to grit our teeth and remember that spring is on the way.

  8. Starburst!

  9. My idea for this lovely quilt is “Too hard for me” !!!
    Everyone else seems to be cold while we’re having heatwaves and in parts, bushfires in Australia.

    • Hi Judi. Great thought, but it shouldn’t be too hard – it’s only squares and half square triangles. Take it in small steps and you’ll soon have a complete block.

  10. Hello Rose, Thank you for all your fab designs, I really enjoy learning from your colour matching and tuition. I too, like Caroline thought of my childhood and my children’s Kaleidoscope. It’s lovely.

    • Thanks, Pauline. Glad you find the tutorials helpful. The kaleidoscopes of our childhood were amazing, weren’t they.

  11. I see “star burst” it’s difficult I would imagine for the person who invent these patterns, then try and give them an appropriate name! Tough one!

    • Great idea. Thanks, Louise. I usually name my quilts after the main block that I used, but I prefer all the lovely imaginative suggestions that I’m getting for this quilt.

  12. Janet McCloud says:

    Hi Rose, Soon as I saw the quilt I thought of sparkling rubies ! the colours stand out , its like they are twinkling!

  13. Lovely pattern Rose.
    Your right when you said it looks complicated but you
    broke it down to a level I understand. Thanks Rose.
    Glad you enjoyed a week in the sun.
    Wandering Star is my offering.

  14. Dear Rose – this is another lovely quilt design and it is certainly very eye-catching. I have the feeling that it will look stunning whatever colour combination is used. All the suggestions you have had so far are so imaginative and descriptive. However, I can see flowers in the blocks. Two suggestions as I can’t decide between them and in no particular order (alphabetic) :

    Cabbage Rose
    Passiflora incarnate.

    Hope you like them. Janny.

    • Hi Janny. Lovely suggestions – many thanks. I hope you’re okay down there – the weather seems to have been far worse in Cornwall than it is up here.

  15. Hi Rose, love the quilt. When I first saw it I immediately thought of “A Box of Stars”. But do love the other suggestions too. Enjoy your weekend. Here in my part of British Columbia, Canada…I have roses blooming in my garden. A bit unusual but very welcome.

    • Thanks, Marci. Great idea – the box would fit with the brown lines. How I wish my roses were out – I was just pleased to see the snowdrops arrive.

  16. Moira Hewitt says:

    How about Star Struck Rose.

  17. How about Wandering Star?

    Maybe a Mum could say to their child that they were born under it!

  18. Love your design Rose, it reminded me of confetti after a wedding.
    Perhaps it could be named “Confetti Quilt”?

  19. Donna Overbay says:

    Sailor’s Evening Star. I see a beautiful star after the evening sunset with a hue of glowing red from the sky, on a ship surrounded by blue water with the reflection of that red glow. This would be a beautiful sight. So I will settle for the image in my mind!

  20. Olive Procyshyn says:

    Really like this design Rose, and thank you for the pattern.
    As the star really catches the eye what about “Rising Star”
    Stay in the warm.

  21. Angie Detlefsen says:

    This is lovely. What a nice surprise up to make this ? eye catching. Hum… “Catching a Star”. “Staring Role”. “Simply Stars”. Haha. I just realized Carol had the same name. “Catching Stars”. “Stars at Daylight”

  22. It’s beautiful Rose! How about Kaleidoscope Stars. Each block reminds me of the changing patterns you can see when you look through a kaleidoscope.

    • Great idea, Caroline. You’re right – I can remember those lovely colours from kaleidoscopes that I had as a child.

  23. Jeannette Cyr says:

    Thank you for making this ‘print friendly’. So much easier to print it without all the ads. So many sites don’t allow that and it takes forever to copy and paste each step. Thanks you so much.

    • Hi Jeannette. I’m pleased if that’s the way the print friendly works now. I know it didn’t at one time, so they must have updated the instructions.

  24. I love this star!! As far as a new name, might I suggest either Winter Star or perhaps Tenerife Star!??!!
    Always enjoy your work Rose…thank you so much for all that you do!

    • Now there’s an idea. Isn’t it funny that several of you have thought of roses and I hadn’t seen it before when I was making the quilt.

  25. Lynn Henry says:

    Good morning from Texas. Love this quilt. How about “Birmingham Rose”? That is what I saw when I first looked at the pattern. I so enjoy your work.

  26. I immediately thought the red stars looked like roses. So I would suggest Rose Garden

  27. Mary Lange says:

    Starburst… That’s what came to mind when I first saw it

  28. Carol Tambourine says:

    I love it! Starring Role.