A Quilt Star Square Tutorial

Quilt Star Tutorial

Hi everyone Donna here! Sewing is definitely a passion of mine. My passion, however, extends to fabrics as well as different types of yarns. So maybe it is more about textiles in general? To be truthful, I could spend hours in fabric stores and even longer in stores that specialize in yarn. This has lead to multiple cabinets and closets full of fabrics and yarns. That being said, I do plenty of sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting. You may remember the post I did a while back on unfinished quilting projects, though, so even with all my determination, it is not easy to finish everything I begin.

Every now and again it is fun to just pull a pile of scrap fabric from my stash and see what I can create. This is a basic star pattern that requires the largest piece of fabric to be a 5 1/2 inch square.

One of the fun parts for me is to go through the closet and find fabrics that I like
together. I like to mix fabric types, so in this square I have plain cotton as well as cotton flannel. I did not have any wool that fit the color palette, but feel free to add those as well. Wool lends depth! Just be sure that you use washable wool or you will not be happy with the result. Anything I put on my tables needs to be washable. If it isn’t a grandchild spilling, it is my dear hubby.

I cut all my squares first. After you do your first star square, you will see how easy it is
to vary the look.

You will be using your rotary cutter, cutting mat, and nonslip rulers. If this equipment is new to you check them out on our supplies list HERE.

Background: one 5 1/2 inch square for small points and four 4 inch squares for the

Small points: one 5 1/2 inch square contrast

Large points: two 5 inch squares

Center: one 4 inch square

Corner stone: four 3 1/2 squares

Strip for border that is 3 1/2 inches wide. You will cut this later depending on your
finished square.

Quilt Star

Place your two 5 1/2 inch squares right sides together. Draw a pencil line diagonally,
cutting your square into 4 triangles.

Quilt Star

Stitch your 2 squares together 1/8 inch from your lines as illustrated.

Quilt StarCut along the pencil drawn lines. I use a rotary cutter and quilting ruler to get straight, sharp lines. You now have 4 triangles.

Quilt Star

Open press the seam to one side. These are your small points.

Quilt star

Cut each of your two 5 inch squares from corner to corner diagonally giving you 4 triangles. These are your large points. In other words your 2 squares are now 4 triangles.

Sew one small point section and one large point section right sides together
using a 1/4 inch seam. Note: Unless otherwise stated, all quilt seams are 1/4 inch.

star quiltPress seams to one side. You now have 4 finished squares. Square off each square so that it measures 4 inches.

quilt starLay out your pieces so you can assemble your square.

quilt starSew the top row, then the middle row, and then the bottom row. Press seams to one side.

quilt star

Next sew the top row and the bottom row to the center row. Your square is almost finished!

quilt square

Square up your piece. Cut four strips to match your square.

First you will sew one strip to each side of your finished square.

Then sew the cornerstone square to each side of the two remaining strips. Attach these pieces to the top and bottom of the square.

quilt star


Congratulations, you have a finished quilt square using only fabric scraps! Cut a piece of quilt or craft batting the same size as your square and a contrasting fabric to back the entire square. Quilting of this piece is quick and easy or as complicated as you want to make it. I will simply outline the star and stitch diagonally in each square and rectangle.

I like this pattern because it has endless variations, depending on what’s in your stash or how big you want your finished piece to be. You can simply make one square and use it on an end table or bedside stand for an accent or you can strip 4, 5, or 6 squares together and make a table runner. If you are really ambitious you can strip 10 or 12 squares together and then put 6 or 8 strips together to make a bed quilt, again depending on how large you want your final piece to be.

What will you do with your quilt star?

Happy Sewing,


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  • Pam November 3, 2012, 3:13 pm

    A few minutes in a fabric store always, always adds up to at least an hour. I have good intentions, but once I’m in, there’s so much to explore… like a kid in a candy store. Very easy to follow tutorial, Donna and it looks great. What’s the finished size of the square?

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 3, 2012, 8:19 pm

      My square was 15 1/2 inches as you see it here. When I finished it I added a 1/2 inch binding, so it turned out to be 16 inches after the binding went on. Quilting is not as exact a science as sewing a garment. Depending on how exact your 1/4 inch seam allowances are the square can vary slightly. They sometimes get off a little if there are lots of seams too. It’s part of the adventure!

  • Jessi @ Practically Functional November 3, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Great star! I love the fabrics you chose. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 3, 2012, 8:23 pm

      Thanks. I love mixing and matching fabrics. I am never quite sure what I will end up with.

  • CeLynn November 4, 2012, 8:26 pm

    Love your choice of fabrics for the star! I am making a Modern Star block that will end up as a fall garden flag when finished 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 4, 2012, 8:33 pm

      Sounds like a fun project!

  • debra November 5, 2012, 8:44 am

    lovely fabric choices! 🙂

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 5, 2012, 12:26 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Cathy@My1929Charmer November 6, 2012, 10:17 am

    I really like your fabric choices, and like the star quilt pattern. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 6, 2012, 4:00 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Rebecca Owen November 8, 2012, 1:06 pm

    i love the moose fabric!

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 8, 2012, 1:15 pm

      Thanks! Love when you can use those fun scraps different places.

  • Pam November 10, 2012, 5:35 am

    Hi Donna, I’ve featured your quilt square tutorial today…

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 10, 2012, 8:34 am

      Thanks Pam. I really enjoy doing these small quilt projects.

  • Pam @Threading My Way September 24, 2015, 6:49 am

    Hi Donna, I’ve featured your fab quilt star again, this time in a roundup of scrap busting projects…

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