Friendship Star Quilt Block: a Tutorial

Every quilter should have a few star blocks in her bag of tricks. This week’s easy quilt block, the Friendship Star, is one of the simplest star blocks you can make. I also like it best among the star blocks because of its charming pinwheel quality. The block is made by combining squares with half-square triangle blocks.  Here are two Friendship Star blocks I just made. The first one has a pale star with a darker background:

Friendship Star Quilt Block 2 LargeAnd the second one has a darker star with a pale background:Frinedship Star Quilt Block Finished Large

Friendship Star Supply List

The instructions in this post show you how to make a 12-1/2″ inch block (finished size 12″). You can make a smaller block by using smaller squares.

You need two fabrics to make a simple star block: one lighter and one darker. For each block, you will need to cut a number of fabric squares.

  • You will need two 5″ squares of each fabric to make the half-square triangle blocks for the star points. (If you are a very accurate cutter, you can cut these squares 4-7/8″, but I prefer to make the triangle blocks a bit larger and trim them to the perfect size.)

Friendship Star Quilt Block 5 Inch Squares

  • You will also need one 4-1/2″ square of the star fabric to be the center of the star, and four 4-1/2″ squares of the background fabric:

Friendship Star Quilt Block 4 and half inch squares

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Take the two sets of 5″ squares and use them to make four half-square triangle blocks. These will be the points of the star. 
  2. Lay out the squares and triangle blocks like this:Friendship Star Quilt Block Squares Laid Out
  3. Sew each row of blocks together with a scant 1/4″ seam. I like to sew the rows from top to bottom. When you have joined the rows, the block should look like this:Friendship Star Quilt Block Rows joined
  4. Sew the rows together and trim the block to square it.

You’re done! You have made a Friendship Star.

  • February 11, 2013

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Felicity Walker
 

Felicity Walker is the author of the best-selling Quilting for Beginners book series and other books for quilters. She has been quilting for nearly twenty years and loves finding easier, faster, and more fun ways to make quilts.

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