Jackson Star Quilt Block Pattern

Jackson star quilt block

Jackson star quilt block

The Jackson star quilt block is a beauty.  I’ve made it in blues because I like blues, although it is more traditionally made in greens.  It’s classified as an eight patch block and I have made it here as a 24″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the Jackson star quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  eight white, twelve dark blue, four light blue

3.7/8″ squares:  twelve each in dark blue and white, four each in light blue and white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  four white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a white square right sides together with a dark blue or light blue square 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 blue triangles and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Central part of layout

Central part of layout

Make the Jackson star quilt block

I’ve shown the central part of the block first, using two white rectangles for the central square.  You could use a 6.1/2″ square or four 3.1/2″ squares if you prefer.  On each edge of this square place a pair of light blue/white half square triangles.  Note that the two white triangles together make a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.  In each corner of this section place a 3.1/2″ light blue square.

For the first frame around the central area place a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles outside the existing light blue/white half square triangles.  Place them so that the four white triangles now form a diamond.  On either side of the half square triangles lay two dark blue squares.  Use this layout on each edge of the central area.

In the outer frame place a white rectangle in the middle of the top and bottom rows, with two white squares in the middle of each side.  On each side of these place a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles.  Place these so that the white triangles form larger triangles pointing in towards the middle.  Lay a white square in each corner of the block.

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

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

For quilt ideas I have shown a basic Jackson star quilt using four blocks in two rows of two.

Alternate design

Alternate design

As an alternative design, I have used just one block but added three borders to it.

Here’s the video:

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Star in Window Quilt Block

Star in window quilt block

Star in window quilt block

The Star in Window quilt block is very striking and it makes up well in a quilt without any additions.  It’s a big block and I’ve made it here as a 20″ square.  I felt that if I went any smaller the patches for the star in the middle would be very small and fiddly to work with.

Cutting requirements for the star in window quilt block

6.7/8″ squares:  two red, two blue

2.1/2″ squares:  four red

2.7/8″ squares:  four red, four blue

4.1/2″ squares:  one red

2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles:  eight blue, four red




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the star in window quilt block

Make half square triangle units with the 2.7/8″ and the 6.7/8″ squares.  Place a red and a blue 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 will give you two triangles, each with a seam along the base.  Each one of these will open up to make a half square triangle unit.  These are now either 2.1/2″ or 6.1/2″ squares.

Star layout

Star layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out for the star first.  There’s a 4.1/2″ red square in the middle with a 2.1/2″ red square in each corner.  Between each pair of corners lay two half square triangles, positioned so that the two red triangles are together and form a larger red triangle pointing towards the middle.

Use strip piecing

Use strip piecing

For the next frame of this block you can save a little time by strip piecing.  Sew together two 2.1/2″ strips of blue with a red strip between them.  Cut this panel at 8.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles measuring 8.1/2″ by 6.1/2″.  You’ll need four of these.

Layout for the star in window quilt block

Layout for the star in window quilt block

Now you can lay out the remaining frame around the star.  This is really simple – a red/blue half square triangle in each corner placed so that the red is on the outside and a rectangle placed between each pair of corners.  The top and bottom rectangles are placed horizontally while the two side rectangles are placed vertically.

Sew the central star first

Sew the central star first

Sew the central star together first.  You now have three rows of three pieces each.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the star in window quilt block.

Star in window quilt image

Star in window quilt image

For a quilt idea, I have just shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  I think that it makes a lovely bold design – probably a good quilt for a man.

Here’s the video:

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Northumberland Star Quilt Block

Northumberland star quilt block

Northumberland star quilt block

This Northumberland Star quilt block is my slightly simplified version of the traditional design.  I have made it as a 24″ square – a very big block – but to make it any smaller would have meant using very small patches indeed.

I have used three different blues – light, medium and dark – with a white background.  The original Northumberland star quilt block has dark blue triangles in the middle – I have extended them to make dark blue diamonds because I thought that I liked them better that way.

Cutting requirements for the Northumberland star quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  twelve white, twenty medium blue

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in light blue and white, four each in medium blue and light blue, eight each in medium blue and white, eight each in dark blue and white

8.1/2″ squares:  four white

Making the Northumberland star quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.

This block can be put together in nine sections.  The corners are just 8.1/2″ white squares, so that’s easy enough.  You’ll need four of these.

Central section of the block

Central section of the block

The section in the middle is made with four rows of four squares.  There are four white squares, four medium blue squares and eight dark blue/white half square triangles.  The dark blue triangles are placed so that two of them combine to form a larger blue triangle pointing towards the middle.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the central section.  You need just one of these.

Remaining sections

Remaining sections

The remaining sections of the Northumberland star quilt block are also made using four rows of four squares.  The top row is made with two white squares and two light blue/white half square triangles.  The second row is made with a light blue/medium blue half square triangle on each end and two medium blue/white half square triangles between them.  The third row is made with a medium blue square at each end and two medium blue/white half square triangles between them.  The final row has a medium blue square at each end and two dark blue/white half square triangles between them.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You’ll need to make four of this section.

Northumberland star quilt block layout

Northumberland star quilt block layout

Assembling the Northumberland star quilt block

Lay the sections out in three rows of three.  Rotate the sections around the central square so that the dark blue triangles combine to form diamonds with the dark blue triangles in the central section.

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

Quilt with basic Northumberland star

Quilt with basic Northumberland star

I came up with several ideas for quilt designs.  Just putting several of the Northumberland star quilt blocks together was a little uninteresting.

Four dark blue/white corners

Four dark blue/white corners

3 dark blue/white, 1 red/white corner

3 dark blue/white, 1 red/white corner

Then I tried changing the white corner squares to half square triangles (using 8.7/8″ squares of each colour), using first just dark blue/white half square triangles and then trying it with three blue and one red corner.  I felt that these gave far more to look at within the quilt.

Here’s the video:

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Morning Star Quilt Block Pattern

Morning star quilt block

Morning star quilt block

Isn’t the Morning Star quilt block a beauty!  It’s completely straightforward to make but makes a striking impression.  It’s classified as a nine patch block and I have made it here as an 18″ block.

Cutting requirements for the morning star quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in medium blue and white, four each in purple and white, four each in purple and light blue

3.1/2″ squares:  four white, four medium blue and four light blue

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the morning star quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ 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 triangle units.  They are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Morning star quilt block layout

Morning star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  Once again, the layout for this block can be seen most easily as a series of four patch units.  In each corner there is a four patch unit made with a medium blue and a light blue square diagonally opposite each other and two medium blue/white half square triangles in the other two positions.  The middle of the block is a four patch of four white squares.  The four remaining four patch units are made with two purple/white half square triangles next to each other and two purple/light blue half square triangles in the remaining two places.  Note that these are placed so that the white triangles are always on the outside with the light blue triangles surrounding the central square.

It would also be possible to make the purple four patch units by making flying geese instead – using purple rectangles with one white square and one light blue square on the ends of the rectangles.

Sew the squares across the rows

Sew the squares across the rows

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the morning star quilt block pattern.

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