How to Make the Easy Nine Patch Star Quilt Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's learn how to make this easy traditional block called Nine Patch Star. The beauty of this block is the star that appears when it's made into a quilt! Let's get sewing!

nine patch star quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 10" Finished Nine Patch Star Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 2.5" x 6.5" rectangles, and 5 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium/Green: 4 - 2.5" squares
  • Dark/Pink: 12 - 2.5" squares

nine patch star fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Nine Patch Unit:

Step 1:

Lay out the Medium/Green 2.5" squares and the Light/White 2.5" squares in the typical Nine Patch configuration as shown in the picture below. If you are making multiple blocks, there are other quicker ways to make a Nine Patch block which you can read about in my tutorial for the basic Nine Patch block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-nine-patch-quilt-block

Nine patch star 1

Step 2:

Sew the squares into three rows as shown below.

nine patch star 2

Step 3:

Press the seam allowances toward the Medium/Green squares as shown in the picture below.

nine patch star 3

Step 4:

Sew the three rows together as shown.

nine patch star 4

Step 5:

Press the seam allowances toward the center of the unit as shown in the picture below.

nine patch star 5

Modified Flying Geese Units:

Step 6:

The only difference between this Modified Flying Geese unit and a basic Flying Geese block is that the rectangle used is longer.

  • Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of 8 of the Dark/Pink 2.5" squares.
  • Place a Dark/Pink 2.5" square on each end of a Light/White 2.5" x 6.5" rectangle and sew along the marked line. Make sure to keep the the diagonal line going in the correct direction. (Top image)
  • Match up the corners of the Dark/Pink 2.5" squares and press. (Second image)
  • Trim away the excess seam allowance. (Third image)
  • Refold (Bottom image)

Repeat for a total of 4 Modified Flying Geese units. 

nine patch star 6

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Putting It All Together:

Step 7:

Lay out the center Nine Patch unit, the Modified Flying Geese units, and the 4 remaining Dark/Pink 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.

nine patch star 7

Step 8:

Sew the units into three rows as shown.

nine patch star 8

Step 9:

Press the seam allowances away from the Modified Flying Geese units as shown below.

nine patch star 9

Step 10:

Sew those rows together and...

nine patch star 10

Step 11:

Press the seam allowances toward the center of the block as shown in the picture below. Easy peasy!

nine patch star 11

Layout Options:

Here's where this block "shines".

The basic 4 x 4 layout. 

nine patch star quilt 1

Here's the same basic 4 x 4 layout but the corner squares of the block are made using two different prints. 

nine patch star quilt 2

In this layout, the Light/White 2.5" squares have been replaced with light blue squares.

nine patch star quilt 3

Here's a layout using sashing and cornerstones with the basic two-color plus background block. Completely changes the look.

nine patch star quilt 4

In this sashing and cornerstone example, the Light/White 2.5" squares have been substituted with light blue squares. 

nine patch star quilt 5

I had to show you what an on point layout looks like. Doesn't even look like the same block!

nine patch star quilt 6

Conclusion:

The Nine Patch Star was easy and fun to sew together. I also had fun playing around with the different colorings and layouts. I think you could also make this into a scrappy quilt by just making sure there is good contrast around the "stars".

hope you've enjoyed this Nine Patch Star quilt block tutorial. If you liked this post and want to see more quilting tutorials like this, simply click here to sign up for my newsletter and also receive a free PDF.

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

P.S. Check out my PDF patterns in the Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/fabric406?mcnav&section_id=29739767

 

P.P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need


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