The Free Motion Quilting Project: How to Make a Patchwork Star Block

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to Make a Patchwork Star Block

It's Quilty Box time and today I've pieced a beautiful six pointed patchwork star!

patchwork star block
This weekend I received my latest Quilty Box and found a book, thread, templates, and beautiful fabric designed by Angela Walters. Each month I challenge myself to make something from the supplies in my Quilty Box rather than hording them in my sewing room. Remember - having cool supplies does not make you a creative person!

It's always a fun challenge and of course a great excuse to shoot a video and teach you something new about quilting!


I used this AccuQuilt Go! die to cut my triangle shapes. Piecing the six pointed star was very easy because the die cuts the shapes so perfectly. I was able to cut 18 triangle shapes from one fat quarter of fabric by first slicing it into 5 inch strips, then being careful to rotate the strip on the die to cut with the least amount of waste.

Cutting patchwork triangles
I did get a bit confused when piecing the triangles together and often thought I'd pieced something wrong, only to rotate the shape one more time and find it fit perfectly. Making this block definitely made me have several blonde moments!

patchwork star block
Make sure to arrange all the pieces of the block on a nearby table so you don't get confused. You definitely can chain piece the triangles together, so long as you have somewhere to position the pieces and get them back into the right place.

I decided to piece all the blocks separately and my patchwork stars finished at 15 x 17. I then added 2 1/2 inch strips of black fabric to the top and bottom to have more background space around the patchwork star. I always like adding a bit more fabric around a patchwork shape so I have space to machine quilt without having to stitch right tot he edges.

machine quilting with rulers
Speaking of machine quilting, I'm planning to machine quilt these stars separately and since the Quilty Box came with a set of templates, why not try using them as rulers for ruler quilting?! Be looking for more videos on this star block coming soon!

Now for a bit more about Quilty Box - this is a subscription box of fun gear that arrives every month containing over $50 worth of quilting tools, books, and fabric. Click Here to learn more about Quilty Box!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

3 comments:

  1. I'm thinking this Quilty box might be a great gift for someone for Christmas! Thanks for showing what you got AND how you used it!

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  2. The stars came out beautifully! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. I subscribed to Quilty to see what it is all about. I love getting the goodies every month. I too was excited to get Angela Walter's fabric and book, as well as the templates. Thank you for taking the time to show new ways to create quilt blocks.

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