Rolling Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's look at this cute 8" block called Rolling Star. This Rolling Star quilt block is an easy block to piece together. If you can snowball a corner, you're good to go on this block! Let's get started!

rolling star quilt block

Fabric Requirements for an 8" Finished Rolling Star Quilt Block:

  • Light/Solid Aqua: 1 - 4.5" square, and 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
  • Medium 1/Light Aqua: 2 - 3" squares
  • Medium 2/Aqua Print: 4 - 2.5" squares
  • Medium 3/Dark Aqua: 8 - 2.5" squares
  • Dark/Navy: 2 - 3" squares

rolling star fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Center Unit:

Step 1:

Using the Light 4.5" square and the four Medium 2 - 2.5" squares, sew together a Square in a Square unit as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making a basic Square in a Square block at

rolling star 1

Half Square Triangle Units:

Step 2:

Next you need to make four Half Square Triangle units using the Medium 1 - 3" squares and the Dark 3" squares as shown below. Press the seam allowances toward the Dark fabric. Trim/square up the units to 2.5" square. You can find the tutorial for making a basic Half Square Triangle (HST) at

rolling star 2

Flying Geese Units:

Step 3:

This is the last unit for the Rolling Star. Using the four Light 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and the eight Medium 3 - 2.5" squares, sew together four Flying Geese units. Basically, you will be snowballing two corners of a rectangle - that's not so hard. You can find my method for making the Flying Geese block at

rolling star 3

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Putting It All Together:

Step 4:

Lay out the Center unit, the Half Square Triangle units, and the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below.

rolling star 4

Step 5:

From here the Rolling Star block goes together like a typical Nine Patch block. Sew the units together into three rows as shown in the picture below.

rolling star 5

Step 6:

Press the seam allowances toward the Flying Geese units as shown below.

rolling star 6

Step 7:

All that's left is to sew the three rows together, and...

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Step 8:

Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block as shown in the picture below. You're done!

rolling star 8


This little block went together so quick and looks great! I think I may have to start sewing a few of these blocks using my scraps!

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Happy Quilting!


P.S. Several of you have requested PDFs of tutorials. While I simple can't make a PDF of every tutorial I do (there is only so much time in the day!), I did find an app that you can use to print out the posts without the side bar and top menu, etc. Here's the link to that app: I tried it out and it worked great.

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