Free Arrowhead Star Quilt Block Tutorial
Posted by Elaine Huff on
Today let's sew together an Arrowhead Star Quilt Block! The Kansas City Star gave it this name but it goes by a host of other names: Laurel Wreath (by Grandmother Clark), Many Pointed Star (by Nancy Cabot), Michigan Beauty (by Clara Stone), etc., etc. It seems that Arrowhead Star and Michigan Beauty are the two most common names. It's a fun traditional star to put together, so let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 9" Finished Arrowhead Star Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 12 - 2" squares, 4 - 2.5" squares, and 4 - 2" x 3.5" rectangles
- Medium/Orange: 4 - 2.5" squares, and 4 - 2" squares
- Dark 1/Small Print: 4 - 2" x 3.5" rectangles, and 8 - 2" squares
- Dark 2/Large Print: 1 - 3.5" square
Half Square Triangle Units:
Using the four Light/White 2.5" squares and the four Medium/Orange 2.5" squares, sew together eight Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Half Square Triangle block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block
Lay out two of the Half Square Triangle units you made in Step 1, a Light/White 2" square, and a Medium/Orange 2" square as shown in the picture below.
Now you can sew the patches together just like a simple Four Patch block. First sew them together in two rows as shown in the picture below.
And press the seam allowances away from the Half Square Triangle units as shown below.
Now you can sew the two rows together and press the seam allowance toward the Medium/Orange 2" square as shown in the picture below. Pressing the seam allowance this way will make it easy to nest with the other units when you sew the block together.
Stacked Flying Geese Units:
Using the eight Light/White 2" squares, and the four Dark 1/Small Print 2" x 3.5" rectangles, sew together four Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. You can find my method for sewing Flying Geese blocks together at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block
Now you're going to reverse it and use eight Dark 1/Small Print 2" squares and four Light/White 2" x 3.5" rectangles to make four Flying Geese units like the ones in the picture below.
Now you can pair up one Step 6 and one Step 7 Flying Geese units and sew together as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowance toward the Step 6 unit. This is what is called a Stacked Flying Geese block (or an Arrowhead block).
Putting It All Together:
From here on out, the block goes together like a simple Nine Patch. Lay out the Corner units, the Stacked Flying Geese units, and the Dark 2/Large Print 3.5" square as shown in the picture below.
Now you just sew the units into three rows as shown below and . . .
Press the seam allowances away from the Stacked Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.
Sew the three rows together (the seams should nest nicely because of the direction of the pressing) and you're done! Except for the final pressing anyway.
Press seam allowances toward the center of the Arrowhead Star quilt block as shown below.
The Arrowhead Star (or Michigan Beauty) was fun to put together. I like the diamond shape that appears in the block. It also will look amazing when put together in a quilt - might have to do a layout post on this one! I believe the difference between the Arrowhead Star and Michigan Beauty (although there's another block called Michigan Beauty too!) is the center patch. The Arrowhead Star has a light/white patch in the center and the Michigan Beauty has a colored center patch like what I've shown you in this tutorial.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial for the Arrowhead Star quilt block!
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