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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.

Friendship Star Quilt Block 3 Thumbnail


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  • cdahlgren2013 January 30, 2017, 10:46 am

    Here’s a block from the other QAL, it was super fast, and I used some of the fabric I got from one of our swaps! I’m going to do that as much as possible.

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