We’re seeing stars in this week’s Block Friday! I don’t know where to start when it comes to the Star quilt blocks because there are so many! A typical Star quilt block is comprised of six to eight points made of diamonds or triangles radiating from the center. Below is a list of some Star quilt blocks you’ve probably seen many a time:
The Blazing Star pattern is an eight-pointed star, and appears to be two four-pointed stars, one on top of the other. This quilt, Blaze of Stars, is actually a slight variation of the original because the arms of the star are comprised of diamonds instead of the triangle shapes typically cut using a fabric cutter or foundation paper piecing.
If you find yourself entranced by the intricacy of the Feathered Star quilt block, you’re not alone. This block is one of the most intricate Star block quilt patterns, and can be a bit tricky for some. Carefully arrange lots of triangle units and half-square triangles to make this stunning quilt block. Make a Feathered Star quilt of your own with the Feathered Star Not So Block of the Month by Marti Michell beginning in May 2015.
Broken Star is a magnificent quilt block that starts with a Lone Star quilt block in the center and appears to have broken pieces of star that form a border around the center Star. This quilt, Broken Spoke, is by our own Liz Porter and, boy, is it a stunner!
The LeMoyne Star is a straight-forward eight-pointed star made using 45-degree angle diamonds. You can really change the look of this Star block depending on color arrangement and contrast. This quilt, Links, always makes me think of hot apple cider and the color of leaves in the fall time. Use a template to make the LeMoyne Star quilt block more quickly.
What’s a Block Friday about stars if a patriotic quilt isn’t included? The Ohio Star quilt block is a nine-patch with a center square. This might be the star block you see most often as it’s one of the easier to make due to its nine-patch construction. Additionally, because it’s so recognizable, the Ohio Star barn quilt is quite popular and can be viewed from the road on long road trips.
The variety of patterns, colors, designs and variations available makes creating the Star quilt that fits your home decor surprisingly easy and also aesthetically pleasing. Are you gifting someone? You can’t go wrong with a Star quilt, and often they look more complicated than they actually are (we’ll get to the Feathered Star quilt later).
While this certainly isn’t an extensive list (trust me on that), it does give you an idea how vast the array of Star blocks are out there. There truly is a Star block for every quilter’s age, skill-level, style and goal. I hope seeing all these stars brightened up your day as much as it did mine. Now go out and make some stars!