Cluster of Stars Quilt Block Free Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's sew together this cute Cluster of Stars quilt block! While you could certainly just make little 6" Ohio Star blocks, the method of construction I'm going to show you makes for fewer seams. Also, the traditional coloring for this block is to only use two colors - a light and a dark of the same color. But of course I had to do it my way (more on that later) and make it scrappy. Let's do this!

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Cluster of Stars Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 3.5" squares, 4 - 2" squares, and 12 - 2" x 3.5" rectangles
  • Medium/Blue: 4 - 3.5" squares
  • Assorted Prints: 32 - 2" squares

fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Step 1:

Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of all of the Assorted Prints 2" squares.

Square in a Square Units:

Step 2:

Using four of the Light/White 3.5" squares and 16 of the Assorted Prints 2" squares, make four Square in a Square units as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for a Square in a Square Block at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block

cluster stars 2

Flying Geese Units:

Step 3:

Using 8 of the Light/White 2" x 3.5" rectangles and the remaining 16 Assorted Prints 2" squares, piece together 8 Flying Geese units like what you see in the picture below. You can find my virtually foolproof method for making Flying Geese blocks at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block (A wonderful quilting teacher and friend taught me this method when I first started quilting and I've never had issues with Flying Geese.)

flying geese units

Putting It All Together:

Step 4:

Using the picture below as a reference, lay out the Square in a Square units, the Flying Geese units, the Medium/Blue 3.5" squares, the Light/White 2" squares, and the Light/White 2" x 3.5" rectangles.

cluster stars layout

Step 5:

Sew the units together in rows like I have done in the picture below.

cluster stars 5

Step 6:

Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units and the Square in a Square units as shown in the photograph below.

cluster stars 6

Step 7:

Now all you need to do is sew the rows together to complete the quilt block...

cluster of stars 7

Step 8:

And press the seam allowances. I've pressed mine with the outside seams going toward the middle of the block and the two inside seams going toward the outside of the block (as you can see in the picture below), but you can press them all in one direction or open - whatever you would like to do!

cluster stars 8

In Conclusion:

So I didn't want to make a boring two-color quilt and thought this Cluster of Stars quilt block would look really good as a scrappy block. Well, my first attempt didn't look so good - way too scrappy! The star points kind of got lost.

cluster stars 10

This was my second attempt - better but still not great.

cluster stars 11

Maybe a two-color block was the way to go! But I like my scrappy star points against the white so I'm happy with the way it turned out. The block went together quickly. I can see myself making the Square in a Square and Flying Geese units whenever I have a few minutes and when I get enough made, put them together into this Cluster of Stars block.

cluster of stars

I hope you enjoy this tutorial for a Cluster of Stars quilt block! 

Until next time,

Happy Quilting!

Elaine


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  • Like the two different ways you made the quilt. The first more on the modern side and the second more traditional.

    Karen on

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