LEMOYNE STAR QUILT PATTERN


Lemoyne star quilt

Lemoyne star quilt

The lemoyne star quilt block is a very old traditional block.  Usually it would be made with sixty degree triangles and inset seams, but I have designed a block that is not a full lemoyne but pretty close – and it uses just squares and half square triangles, so it can be made by a beginner quilter.

The full size of this quilt is 48″ by 60″ and I have used 1.1/4″ yards of red fabric, 1 yard of gold and 1/2 yard of white, black and yellow fabrics.

Cutting requirements

ninety six 2.1/2″ squares in black and yellow for the four patch units

forty eight squares each of red and gold for the blades of the stars

twenty four 2.7/8″ squares each of gold and white

twenty four 2.7/8″ squares each of white and red

five 2.1/2″ gold strips for the border

ten 2.1/2″ red strips for the border

Don’t cut the squares until you have read the whole quilt pattern because quite a lot of the squares are cut after sewing strips of fabric together.

Making the quilt blocks

Each patchwork quilt block is made using three simple sections:  pinwheel, four patch units and units for the star blades.  This is what makes it such a simple quilt pattern.

Make the four patch units

Make the four patch units

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of black and yellow and cut them at 2.1/2″ intervals to make a black/yellow strip.  Sew two of these together with the black squares diagonally opposite each other to make a four patch unit.  You will need forty eight of these.

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of red and gold and cut them at 2.1/2″ intervals to make a red/gold strip.  You will need forty eight of these for the blades of the star.

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Three different colour combinations for the half square triangles

Three different colour combinations for the half square triangles

Use all the 2.7/8″ squares in the combinations listed above to make half square triangles.  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 to produce two half square triangle units.  You will need forty eight of each of these triangles in red/white, red/gold and gold/white.

Make the pinwheels for the star

Make the pinwheels for the star

Sew the pairs of squares together

Sew the pairs of squares together

 

The pinwheels at the centre of the star are made using four red/gold half square triangles.  Sew these together in pairs and then sew the pairs together.  You will need twelve pinwheels.

 

Check that the gold square is next to the gold triangle

Check that the gold square is next to the gold triangle

Sew the pairs of squares together

Sew the pairs of squares together

The blades of the lemoyne star are made using a red/gold strip (made above) and two half square triangles.  Sew the triangles together with the white triangles touching to form a larger triangle.  Check that you have the red square against the red triangle.  Sew the two pairs of squares together.  You will need forty eight of these.

 

Lemoyne star quilt block layout

Lemoyne star quilt block layout

So now it’s just a case of pulling all these sections together to make the quilt block.  Place a black/yellow four patch unit in each corner with the black squares in the corners.  Place a pinwheel in the centre of the block.  Place a blade unit everywhere else, with the squares against the sides of the pinwheel and the white triangles on the edge.  Sew the units together across each row and the sew the three rows together to complete the lemoyne star quilt block.  Make twelve of these.

Completing the lemoyne star quilt top

Completed lemoyne star quilt block

Completed lemoyne star quilt block

Sew the quilt blocks together in four rows of three

Sew the quilt blocks together in four rows of three

 

As you can see, this is not a true lemoyne star quilt block, but it is a close enough approximation for me – and very simple to make.  Sew the blocks together in four rows of three.

 

The quilt borders

The red first quilt border

The red first quilt border

Add the gold second quilt border

Add the gold second quilt border

The first quilt border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric:  two 36.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two 52.1/2″ long for the sides.  The second border of 2.1/2″ gold strips needs two strips 40.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two strips 56.1/2″ long for the sides.

 

The third and final quilt border

The third and final quilt border

For the third and final border I used 2.1/2″ red strips again:  two 44.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two 60.1/2″ long for the sides.

 

That completes the lemoyne star quilt top and 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:

 

 




Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Speak Your Mind

*