Star and Squares Quilt – Free Pattern

Star and squares quilt

Star and squares quilt

The Star and Squares quilt is just as the name describes.  I’ve formed a large star in the middle with a pattern of squares in the corners.  These are shaded so that they form a blue diamond around the star.  I have used nine 15″ finished size blocks and the quilt measures 49″ square.  The quilt required 1 yard each of blue and green with 1.1/4 yards of white fabric.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  I should add that for the green I have used a green metallic fabric that I think is really pretty.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the star and squares quilt

8.3/8″ squares:  ten blue, ten green

3.7/8″ squares:  ten blue, ten green

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen green, sixteen blue, forty eight white

For the binding you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ white strips across the width of fabric.

Half square triangle units

Half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use both the 8.3/8″ and the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a blue and a green square with right sides together and mark a line along one 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 either 3.1/2″ square or 7.7/8″ square.

Central block

Central block

Make the first block

Use four of the large half square triangles to create the central block.  I have used the simplest method of creating a diamond in a square block.  Place them in two pairs with the blue triangles in the middle.

Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  The block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make just one.

Second block

Second block

Make the second block

For the second block I have used the same four large half square triangles but arranged them differently.  This time the blue triangles form larger blue triangles pointing towards the middle while the green triangles also form larger green triangles, also pointing towards the middle.  As before, sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  This block also measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Corner block layout

Corner block layout

Make the squares block

For the corner blocks I have used a simple design of alternating squares, but I have shaded them so that the block is shaded blue in one half and shaded green in the other half.  The diagonal itself uses blue/green half square triangles.

The block consists of five rows of five squares.  I would recommend placing the half square triangles along the diagonal first and then adding blue and white to one side of the diagonal with green and white on the other side of the diagonal.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

At this stage the block measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the star and squares quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  For row one place a squares block at each end with the blue section nearest the middle and the green section forming the top corners of the quilt.  In the middle place one of the second blocks, laying it so that the blue triangles are vertical and the green triangles are horizontal.

Row two

Row two

In row two you need the diamond in a square block in the middle with a triangles block at each end.  Lay these so that the blue triangles are horizontal and the green triangles are vertical.

Row three

Row three

Row three is similar to row one, but the corner blocks are placed slightly differently.  The green triangles still form the quilt corners and the blue triangles still point towards the middle, but the diagonals move inwards now to complete the overall diamond in the background of the star – that was my intention anyway!

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

White quilt border

White quilt border

Add the quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric for the border.  You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

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

Here’s the video:

https://youtu.be/F68OKWVAJnI

Shugborough Hall

Shugborough Hall

When travelling north on the motorway I have often seen signs for Shugborough Hall.  Last time I went to Fabric Freedom I made a detour so that I could visit it.  To see my photos click here or click on the photo.

This week has been busy even by my standards.  I have been making a very large quilt for my appearance on the Sewing Quarter this morning.  It’s a gorgeous quilt, but it certainly took some time.  Then Fabric Freedom asked me to make some sample quilts for them, so I have been very busy.  After my two craft stalls this weekend I think I will need a day of quiet reading to recover!

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  1. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Great pattern. Going to try and make one but maybe in colours purple and green.
    You need a day of just relaxing and reading. You certainly keep very busy.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Love seeing the ideas you come up with.
    Hope you had a great weekend sorry I am so late responding.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I thought you might prefer this pattern in purple – it would look great. I had an enjoyable but busy weekend at craft fairs – I could have spent a fortune at the other lovely stalls!

  2. Hi Rose,
    Pretty quilt pattern. Like the blue/green combination. I can’t for the life of me find you on the Sewing Quarter! Please tell me what I should type in the YouTube Search bar? I’ve typed in schedule, name, date, etc but have no luck watching those particular shows.
    Hurricane heading for Florida. Just hope it fizzles out and goes out to sea.

    • Hi Claire. I’m so sorry that I’m proving elusive on Sewing Quarter! Thanks for persevering. I had a little play on youtube and found that if you search Sewing Quarter Rosemary Smith it comes up with a list of dates. Click any of them and the video for that day comes up. You will probably need to fast forward through the bits and pieces to get to my part in the show. I’m always on at 9 am and 11am but actually appear about 10 minutes after those times. Hope that helps.

      • Thanks for the instructions but I’ve already tried it this way and got nowhere. I’ll give it another try. I have just copied, pasted and printed your instructions. I will get back to you to let you know if I succeeded.

        • Hi Claire. I’m so sorry – I was convinced that it would work. I’m afraid I’m all out of ideas now. What do you get on your screen when you search as I suggested?

          • It did work! What I was NOT doing was fast forwarding. I’ve seen four of your shows and it’s fun watching you move around, sewing, cutting fabric, and doing your thing. You look great and I’ll be logging on YouTube to see all your shows. Thanks for sending the instructions.

          • Phew! I’m so pleased that my instructions worked. I’ve certainly enjoyed the projects that I have made with Sewing Quarter – some lovely quilt patterns and they always use lovely quality fabrics.

  3. Lynne Barker says:

    Hi Rose
    I really like this design, going to try and make a small lap quilt with it. Thank you for your kindness to share
    Kind regards
    Lynne

  4. Thanks Rose for the quilt blocks. Blue is my favorite color

  5. Lovely!!!

  6. Rose,
    Lovely pattern thank you.
    The 25 patch block with HST would make a lovely quilt.
    Rose, you were/are excellent on the Sewing Quarter. When I look
    at these type of programmes I always feel the person giving the tutorials
    are under pressure but you come across as very calm.
    A quiet week-end is definitely what you need.

    • Thanks, Mary. Yes, the squares block on its own could make a lovely quilt. I was very nervous the first time that I demonstrated on Sewing Quarter, but now I feel quite relaxed when I turn up at the studio. The presenters are all very good at making me feel at home.

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