The Kansas Star (or Crystal Star) quilt block is a classic block that first appeared in print in the Kansas City Star publication. The block is made entirely of square in a square patches so it is easy to sew together. Let's get started!
Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Kansas Star (or Crystal Star) Quilt Block:
- Light/White: 4 - 4.5" squares, and 20 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Print: 5 - 4.5" squares
- Medium/Blue: 8 - 2.5" squares
- Dark/Purple: 8 - 2.5" squares
Square in a Square Units:
Using a Medium/Print 4.5" square and four Light/White 2.5" squares, sew together a Square in a Square patch. You can find my detailed tutorial for making a basic Square in a Square block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-square-in-a-square-block. In the picture below you can see the first four steps.
Repeat Step 1 on the other two corners of the Medium/Print 4.5" square to complete the patch.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for a total of five Print/White Square in a Square units like the ones in the picture below.
Using the Light/White 4.5" squares, the Medium/Blue 2.5" squares, and the Dark/Purple 2.5" squares sew together four White/Blue/Purple Square in a Square patches like the ones shown in the picture below. Note the placement of the 2.5" squares.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out the five Print/White square in a square patches and the four White/Blue/Purple square in a square patches as shown in the picture below. From here the block goes together like a basic Nine Patch block.
Sew the patches into three rows as shown below. This is the hardest part of this block - getting those points to meet. Just take your time and don't worry if they're not perfect (mine certainly aren't!).
Press the seam allowances toward the Print/Blue/Purple square in a square units.
Sew those three rows together to complete the block!
Press the seam allowances away from the center of block as shown in the picture below. You're done!
Here's your basic 4 x 4 layout. It's a little too busy for my taste. Although you do get the darker star and a lighter star (the medium blue points) showing up.
And here is that basic 4 x 4 layout but with dark sashing and light cornerstones added.
In this example, I added in a pieced sashing and cornerstones to get another star to appear (the medium blue star). This also creates a light area for some fancy quilting!
For this layout I alternated every other block with a modified blue and white "Stepping Stones" block.
Here's the same idea as the previous layout but it is set on-point with light setting triangles.
For this example I've used the basic layout but put it on-point.
Here's an on-point layout using the pieced border and cornerstones idea.
And here I've added sashing and cornerstone to the basic on-point layout.
All in all the Kansas Star (or Crystal Star) block was easy (and quick) to sew together. I like all the different ways you can play with the block to get totally different looks. It was fun!
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