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My Favourite Quilt Block: Quartered Star

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Kim over at Persimon Dreams is hosting a My Favourite Block Quilt-Along and today is my special day. Thanks so much for the invite Kim.

For my favourite block, I chose the Quartered Star as I really like how this block can be scrappy and still maintain it’s design effectively. Plus for the 12″ finished block, it’s great for using up charms to create the half-square triangles. Let’s get started with the tutorial…. it’s an easy one.

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For this quilt-along, all of the designers are providing instructions for creating both a 12″ and 6″ finished block. Here are the cutting instructions for the Quartered Star:

Fabric # of Units Cut for 12" Block Cut for 6" Block
Background (white) 1 4.5" square 2.5" square
Background (white) 4 5" squares 3" squares
Corner Triangles (grey) 1 5" square 3" square
Star & Corner Triangles (black) 3 5" squares 3" squares

For the instructions below, measurements in (brackets) are for the 6″ finished sized block.

Please note: The 5″ squares (3″ squares) are cut slightly over-sized so that the half-square triangle (HST) units can be trimmed accurately before being assembled into the block. If you prefer not to over-size the units, then cut the squares at 4 7/8″ (2 7/8″).

My fabrics:

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Step 1: Create the HST units. With the 5″ squares (3″ squares), on the back of your light fabric, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other.

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Step 2: Layer your background and star/corner triangle fabrics together with right sides facing. Sew a scant 1/4″ on each side of the drawn line.

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Step 3: Press each unit flat, then cut directly on the drawn line.

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Step 4: Press each HST unit open, pressing towards the darker fabric. Trim your units to exactly 4.5″ (2.5″) square.

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Step 5: Following the black & white diagram above, lay out your block units in the correct order.

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Step 6: Sew your units together into three rows. Press Rows 1 and 3 towards the outside edges. Press the middle row towards the middle block.

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Step 7: Sew your rows together to complete the block. If you’ve pressed as indicated in Step 6, your seams should nest perfectly, creating a flat block. Press the rows towards the middle block or press open if you prefer.

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That’s it .. easy, peasy right? If you need additional help creating the HST units, see my HST Tutorial that I created last year.

Download the tutorial:

I have created a PDF file for you. Download the tutorial for the Quartered Star block.

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Share your completed blocks in our Aiming for Accuracy Facebook Group.

Quilt-Along:

I answered a few FUN questions that Kim asked … can you guess what my favourite number is? View my profile here.

Be sure to check out the previous blocks created for the My Favourite Block Quilt-Along. Also, Jane will have a new original block for you later this week, visit her: Quilt Jane.

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This post was published on March 26th, 2013. Post topics: Free Projects, My Quilting Journey. Post tags: .

5 Responses to “My Favourite Quilt Block: Quartered Star”

  1. Melissa says:

    Great tutorial Michele!

  2. Linda S. says:

    this is one of my favorite blocks, too!! :-)

  3. Angela says:

    This is such a cute block. Great for scrape quilts. thank you so much for the tutorial. xx

  4. Janice says:

    I have been doing the blocks with my Christmas fabric. Thanks for the tutorial. 3bakergirlsgo@gmail.com

  5. Sharon Joyner Griffith says:

    I love this block but the fabric that you used is awesome…

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