Stars are a part of quilting history, popping up in numerous traditional quilt block patterns. But the star motif is being used in new and exciting ways all the time! From scrappy and wonky to precise and paper-pieced, star quilt blocks offer a versatile and exciting way to add whimsy to your quilting projects.
Here, we’ve rounded up 10 free star quilts and blocks to get you sewing in the new year!
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Confetti Star Block
The Confetti Star Block is a free star quilt block pattern from Craftsy member DuringQuietTime. The wonky look of the star is planned rather than improvisational, however, with a paper-piecing method. Use an assortment of colored fabric scraps to make this fun star quilt block. A group of four stars makes a 12″ finished quilt block.
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Marinar’s Star Pillow
Elizabeth’s Mariner’s Star Pillow Pattern is a free download that you can use to make a stand-alone quilt block, a pillow cover or an entire quilt. The paper-pieced block makes a great 20″ holiday pillow or anytime design, depending on your color scheme. Use a planned or scrappy fabric approach for this pillow, which incorporates log cabin piecing around the border.
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Diamond Star Paper Pieced Block
If you can’t get enough of paper-pieced star patterns, try the Diamond Star, designed by Kristy. “I love stars and I love blocks set on point. So I have combined these two loves in this pattern,” she says. Each 10″ star quilt block can represent its own color scheme. This block works great on point quilting techniques.
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Star Bright Quilt
Katie’s free Star Bright Quilt Pattern comes in a few sizes: crib, throw and another version that uses pre-cut 5″ or 10″ squares for added convenience! She designed this simple, beginner-friendly quilt pattern as a resource for participants in the 100 Quilts for Kids Charity Quilt drive.
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Basketweave Star Block
The Basketweave Star Block pattern is a four-section paper-pieced design that uses a “braided” fabric technique to achieve stunning results. Try this block in monochromatic scrappy prints, coordinating solids or perhaps a rainbow of fabric prints. Add a border to the resulting block to make a fabulous throw pillow.
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Giant Vintage Star Quilt
Start off your search for star quilt patterns with this Giant Vintage Star Quilt tutorial, which uses 8 to 16 fat quarters and 2 yards of background fabric. You can also follow Jeni’s lead and use vintage sheets to make a fabulous floral quilt.
See Jeni’s free Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial.
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The STARS quilt pattern makes a queen-size quilt, and incorporates 6 blocks each of 6 different star pattern blocks. You can also individualize your quilt by creating the stars in slightly different sizes (instructions included), though the blocks will measure the same size when you add borders and trim the blocks at a wonky angle.
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Inverted Star Block
This easy star quilt block pattern combines squares and half-square triangles for a rainbow-colored block that looks great in any colors you choose. Practice lining up your seams with an accurate ¼” seam allowance, and you’ll have no trouble whipping up several of these quilt blocks for a quilting bee or a project of your own.
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Star Seams Block
The challenge of the Star Seams Quilt Block adds to its beauty. Anna has created the free template for this advanced paper-pieced star quilt block inspired by a decorative mirror. You’ll just need to print two copies of the pattern for a 12.5″ finished block.
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Oh My Stars! Quilt
Created as part of Sheila’s Oh My Stars! Quilt Along, this free printable planning tool will help you arrange your star blocks for a throw, twin, full or queen-size quilt. Pick up 16 fat quarters or raid your overflowing stash of fabric scraps to make this quilt, pieced from star units in different sizes.
Wanting to create your own star quilt but not sure where to start? Be sure to check out The Luminous Lone Star to learn to create both single and multi-colored lone stars.
If you’re ready to jump right in, the Under the Stars Quilt Kit provides you with everything you need to create a a stellar star quilt.
Be sure to come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow. It’s our favorite day of the week: Free Pattern Friday!