Wandering Star Free Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's look at the Wandering Star quilt block. This traditional quilt block is a variation of the Friendship Star block. It's quick and easy - if you can sew together a Half-Square Triangle, you're good to go! Let's get started.

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Wandering Star Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 5" squares
  • Medium 1/Green: 1 - 5.5" square, and 1 - 5" square
  • Medium 2/Blue: 2 - 5" squares
  • Dark/Black: 1 - 5.5" square, and 1 - 5" square

fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Hourglass Unit:

Step 1:

Using the Medium 1/Green 5.5" square and the Dark/Black 5.5" square, make an Hourglass (or Quarter-Square Triangle) unit like shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making the Hourglass block at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-hourglass-or-quarter-square-triangle-block. I pressed my seam allowances using the tweak/twirl/furl method. Trim/square up the unit to 4.5" square. You will wind up with two units - use the best and save the other for another project.

hourglass unit

Half-Square Triangle Units:

Step 2:

Using the two of the Light/White 5" squares and the two Medium 2/Blue 5" squares, make four Half-Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. You can find my tutorial for making this unit at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block. Press the seam allowances toward the Light/White fabric. Trim/square up the units to 4.5" square.wandering star 2

Step 3:

Using two Light/White 5" squares and the Medium 1/Green 5" square and the Dark/Black 5" square, make four Half-Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. Press the seam allowances toward the Light/White fabric and trim/square up the units to 4.5" square.

wandering star 3

Putting It All Together:

Step 4:

Lay out the Hourglass unit, and all the Half-Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below. Make sure your star points all twirl the same direction! Now you can sew this Wandering Star block together just like a basic Nine Patch block.

wandering star 4

Step 5:

Sew the units together in three rows just like in the picture below.

wandering star 5

Step 6:

And press the seam allowances in the top and bottom row toward the outside of the block, and press the middle row seam allowances toward the center of the block. Which you can see in the picture below.

wandering star 6

Step 7:

Now you can sew the three rows together - you're done! Well, except for ...

wandering star

Step 8:

the pressing! I pressed my seam allowances toward the center of the block but you can press in either direction.

wandering star 8

Conclusion:

I had fun putting this Wandering Star quilt block together! Trimming up all the units is a little tedious but all in all I enjoyed it. If you sew several blocks together, you'll also get a diamond design where four blocks intersect.

Traditionally, this block is made with just two colors and a background fabric. I just had to make it my own by adding in the blue fabric. 

It's pretty easy to resize this block to 9" square - just reduce the size of all of the fabric squares by one inch.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for the Wandering Star quilt block!

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

P.S. I don't have much of this particular fabric line left. You can see what's available at: https://fabric406.com/collections/all/collection_poppies
I do have some fabrics from another line that is very similar: https://fabric406.com/collections/all/collection_roses-on-the-vine - Just in case you're interested!

 

 


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3 comments

  • Hi Jeanette,
    I don’t have much of that particular fabric line left. You can see what’s available at: https://fabric406.com/collections/all/collection_poppies
    I do have some fabrics from another line that is very similar: https://fabric406.com/collections/all/collection_roses-on-the-vine
    Elaine

    Elaine Huff on
  • Parabéns pelo trabalho. É lindo!!!!

    Gilma Maria Rios on
  • Can i purchase the fabric for this quilt?
    Thank you

    Jeannette boehning on

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