BLOCK Friday: LeMoyne Star Quilt Block

It’s Block Friday and that means that we get to take a closer look at how quilts become… well… quilts!

It’s a challenge to pick one block to discuss since there are so many interesting blocks out there. I’ve been talking a lot about LeMoyne Star quilt blocks recently and thought I’d pass the information along. This block is fascinating!

Links Quilt Pattern

The LeMoyne Star quilt block is a traditional block that is often used in star quilts. You may have seen this block referred to as “Star of LeMoyne” or “Lemon Star.” You may also have seen it spelled “Lemoyne Star,” with a lowercase “m.” Whatever you call it, and however you spell it, it all points to the same quilt block. Yvonne M. Khin, author of The Collector’s Dictionary of Quilt Names & Patterns, gives us a peek into the history of this quilt block. Khin references The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, explaining that the LeMoyne Star quilt block is named after brothers Jean Baptiste and Pierre LeMoyne, who founded the city of New Orleans in 1718. French speakers named and referred to the 8-pointed star as LeMoyne; “however, in the North, the non-French-speaking quilters renamed it LEMON STAR, shortening the original name,” (p. 194).

Rapid Fire LeMoyne Star Template One of our favorite LeMoyne Star quilts at Fons & Porter is Links, the quilt above designed by Deb Tucker. This is a special quilt as the LeMoyne Star quilt blocks were designed without set-in piecing. Quite a feat, isn’t it? To bypass the Y-seams, Deb used her Rapid Fire LeMoyne Star Template to create the blocks with ease. Whew! Set-in seams aren’t always a crowd pleaser – I can hear the applause from here!


Liz's LeMoyne StarHere’s another quilt featuring this lovely star quilt block. Liz Porter designed this quilt called Liz’s LeMoyne Star and used scraps and an eye-catching green print to leave a lasting impression. She took advantage of the Rapid Fire Tool when assembling this quilt, as well. Another LeMoyne Star quilt block that doesn’t have set-in seams means more happy quilters!

Keep an eye out for a tree skirt featuring LeMoyne Stars in the upcoming Love of Quilting November/December 2015 issue. In the meantime, if I’ve put the Christmas bug in your ear and you’re looking for a tree skirt to work on, the Hexagon Tree Skirt digital pattern and Hexagon Tree Skirt kit from the Jim Shore Christmas collection are great ways to prepare for the holidays and are currently available.

Hexagon Tree Skirt


LeMoyne Star quilt blocks make beautiful quilts! Have you made a LeMoyne Star quilt yet? If you haven’t, it’s certainly worth your time and effort. A traditional quilt never goes out of style and the LeMoyne Star quilt block is as traditional as they come.

Do you have any comments or tips about quilting with LeMoyne Stars? If so, please share!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter Online Editor

Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter Online Editor

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

3 thoughts on “BLOCK Friday: LeMoyne Star Quilt Block

  1. Love Lemoyne stars! It was one of the first blocks I ever made. I never do set-in seams. I use half square triangles. I first saw them done this way in the Jan. 2004 edition of Big Block Quilts and this is always the way I make them. Simple, effective, no set -ins, no special ruler.

  2. I don’t know why quilter call them “the dreaded Y-seams”! They really aren’t that hard IF you cut accurately! My first quilt was a Lone Star. My second was a combination of LeMoyne stars and 1/2 triangle blocks. All you need to do is put a dot at the juncture of the two sides on the Star and the background. Run the needle. Right to the dot, pivot and sew up the other side! Sometimes we instill fear into quilters, and we shouldn’t! Y-seams are not a big deal!