Free Eight Pointed Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

This variation of an Eight Pointed Star quilt block goes together quickly and makes a nice secondary design in a quilt. Lots of star blocks are called Eight Pointed Star - this one could be considered a variation of the Ohio Star block as well. Let's get sewing!

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Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Eight Pointed Star Quilt Block:

  • Light/Ivory: 5 - 4.5" squares, 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Pink: 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Green: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Flying Geese Units:

Step 1:

Using the Medium/Green 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and Light/Ivory 2.5" squares, sew together four Flying Geese blocks as shown in the picture below. You can find my easy, no-trim method for making Flying Geese blocks at

8 pointed star 1

Step 2:

Repeat Step 1 using the Light/Ivory 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and Medium/Pink 2.5" squares as shown below.

8 pointed star step 2

Step 3:

Now match up a Step 2 and a Step 3 Flying Geese and sew together as shown below. Press the seam allowance toward the Ivory/Pink unit.

8 pointed star 3

Step 4:

Repeat Step 3 for a total of four Flying Geese Units. We're now ready to sew the block together.

8 pointed star 4

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Putting It All Together:

Step 5:

Lay out the five Light/Ivory 4.5" squares and the four Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. From here the block goes together like a basic Nine Patch block.

8 pointed star 5

Step 6:

Sew the patches together into three rows as shown below.

8 pointed star 6

Step 7:

Press the seam allowances toward the Light/Ivory 4.5" squares as shown in the photo below. Pressing this way helps the block lay nice and flat when completed.

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Step 8:

Sew those three rows together to complete the block! So speedy!

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Step 9:

All that's left is to press the seam allowances away from the center of the block.

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Layout Options:

Here's an example of a basic 4 x 4 layout. I like the diamond shapes that form between the stars and the Light/Ivory squares would be a great place for a little fancy quilting!

quilt 1

In this example, I've added sashing and cornerstones for a different look.

quilt 2

For this example, I alternated the block with a large Half Square Triangle block. I like this design!

quilt 3

Here I've alternated with a chain block done in complementary colors. Looks pretty good.

quilt 8

Now on to some on-point layouts. Here's the basic one. It always amazes me with how an on-point layout can look so different.

quilt 5

For this top, I added narrow sashing, cornerstones, and setting triangles in the Medium/Green color for something a little different.

quilt 6


While I think this is an easy block to sew together, some would argue with me because of the Flying Geese units. So maybe we call this a confident beginner type block! It does go together fast and I like the various ways it can be laid out for a quilt.

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Happy Quilting!


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