From Squares to Star

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Last Updated September 01, 2018

A star block made from squares.

I saw this technique at a retreat several years ago. These star blocks are easy to cut, easy to piece and make beautiful quilts. The block is made from 2-1/2″ squares and 3-1/2″ squares. I use two square templates and a rotating cutting mat to cut the squares. If you have odd shaped fabric scraps this is the perfect way to cut those.

The block in this demo uses the same fabric for all of the background squares and the same fabric for all of the star points but also looks great with scrappy fabrics for background and/or star points.

Cut the Squares

You’ll need the following squares:

background squares

8 background squares 3-1/2″


8 star point squares 2-1/2″

center square

1 center square 3-1/2″

For each of the 2-1/2” squares for the star points, on the wrong side of the fabric mark a line across one diagonal.

marking the diagonal

Stitch the Star Points

stitch on the diagonal line

Using 4 star point squares and 4 background squares, with right sides together place a star point on a background square as shown above. Stitch just to the right of the marked line for much better results. This is the perfect time for chain stitching.

Next you will trim off the corners as shown.

Next you will trim off the corners as shown.

Press the seams toward the star point fabric.

Press the seams toward the star point fabric.

Place and stitch the remaining 4 star point squares as shown. Trim the corners.

Place and stitch the remaining 4 star point squares as shown. Trim the corners.


Press the seams toward the star point fabric and your star points are complete.

Assemble the Star Block


Layout of all the pieces.


Stitch together in rows then stitch the rows

Star block finished

Make 48 blocks. Stitch together 8 rows of 6 blocks. Add a 3″ border to make a 60″ x 78″ finished quilt which is the perfect size for a Quilt of Valor.


Number-026-Favorite Stars

From Squares to Stars Quilt Pattern Plus

These stars float in the background so no worries about cutting off the points. Fat quarters are used to make the star blocks.

$5 from the sale of each pattern is donated to The PTSD Foundation of America for their Camp Hope program helping veterans with PTSD.

Skill Level: Beginner
Finished Block Size: 9″
Finished Quilt Size: approx 57″ x 75″

Cover quilt pieced and quilted by Carol Thelen.

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