Today let's look at the Christmas Star quilt block. With Christmas just around the corner, you probably won't have time to make anything with this block this year but why not get a head start on next year! This traditional Christmas Star quilt block that I'll be demonstrating in this tutorial is attributed to the Kansas City Star. Let's jump in!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Christmas Star Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 4 - 3" squares, and 24 - 2.5" squares (I couldn't count so there are only 16 squares in the picture - lol!)
- Medium/Purple: 4 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Blue: 1 - 4.5" square, and 8 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
- Dark/Blue: 4 - 3" squares, and 8 - 2.5" squares
Using the Light/White 3" squares and the Dark/Blue 3" squares, sew together eight Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. Trim/square up the units to 2.5" square. You can find a tutorial for my method of making Half Square Triangle blocks at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block
Lay out two of the Step 1 Half Square Triangle units with two of the Light/White 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.
Sew the Step 2 units into two rows as shown below. Press the seam allowances toward the Light/White 2.5" squares.
Now you can sew the two rows together and press the seam allowance as shown in the picture below. Repeat for a total of four Corner Units.
Combination Flying Geese Units:
Sew together eight Flying Geese units using the Light/White 2.5" squares and the Medium/Blue 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles as shown in the picture below. You can find my method for making a Flying Geese block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block Set aside four of these units.
Now you can sew what I call a Double Flying Geese unit for lack of a better name. Basically, you will be using the same steps for a basic Flying Geese unit. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of the eight Dark/Blue 2.5" squares. Using the photo below for reference, sew one of the Dark/Blue 2.5" squares onto one of the Step 5 Flying Geese units (top example). Match up the corners of the Dark/Blue 2.5" square and press (second example). Open the Dark/Blue 2.5" square and trim off the seam allowance (third example). Refold the Dark/Blue (fourth example).
Now you just have to repeat Step 6 on the other end! Repeat Steps 6 and 7 for a total of four units.
Sew a Step 5 unit to a Step 7 unit as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowance toward the Step 5 unit. Repeat for a total of four Combination Flying Geese units.
The Center unit is simply a Square in a Square block. Using the Medium/Blue 4.5" square and the four Medium/Purple 2.5" squares, make a Square in a Square unit as shown in the picture below. You can find the Square in a Square tutorial at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the Corner units, Combination Flying Geese units, and the Center unit as shown in the picture below. From here, the Christmas Star quilt block goes together like a simple Nine Patch block.
Now you can sew the units into three rows as shown below and ...
Press the seam allowances away from the Combination Flying Geese units as you can see in the picture below.
And now you sew the three rows together to complete the block!
I pressed the seam allowances toward the center of the Christmas Star quilt block as you can see in the photo below. This way will make it easier to sew blocks together as the seams will nest. But you can press in whatever direction you prefer.
I'm a sucker for star blocks but I really do like the looks of this Christmas Star quilt block! It is not a beginner block but not too difficult either. I saw a couple of tutorials for it that used Half Square Triangles in place of the Flying Geese. I may try doing it that way to see if it is any easier to piece or press.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial for a Christmas Star quilt block! If you decide to make it, I'd love to see a picture your project.
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