A Scrappy Star Quilt Block Tutorial [FREE Download!]

January Scrappy Star Block

This shiny star block for January is made up entirely of 1½” and 2″ strips and squares and will finish at 8″ square. This block will add a little sparkle to our collection of scrappy blocks. Sew one or sew a dozen, these are so easy that you’ll want to make many!

Scraps for January Block

As always, all seams are sewn using a ¼” seam allowance unless otherwise noted. This block requires eight to sixteen yellow fabrics and one background.

Let’s get started! 

Shiny Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Cutting for January Block

Step 1:

Cutting for this block is simple:

  • Sixteen yellow squares will be cut 2″ x 2″
The background fabric will need to be cut into the following:
  • Two strips 1½” x 8½”
  • Two strips 1½” x 6½”
  • Four rectangles 2″ x 3½”
  • Four squares 2″ x 2″
Marking for triangles

Step 2:

Layer four yellow squares on top of four yellow squares, right sides together. Draw a straight line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. This will be the sewing line.

Sewing triangles

Step 3:

Sew along the drawn line on all four yellow square sets.

trimming triangles

Step 4:

Using a ruler and a rotary cutter or scissors, cut ¼” away from the sewn line as shown. Press the blocks with the seams open.

Sew four triangle squares together

Step 5:

Sew these four squares together into a four patch. Arrange the diagonal seams as shown to create this diamond-in-a-square pattern. Pinwheel press the seams on the back to lay flat.

Sewing and trimming star points

Step 6:

Mark the remaining eight yellow squares on the wrong side of the fabric with a diagonal line. Layer one square and one background rectangle right sides together as shown. Sew on the drawn line, trim ¼” away from the sewn line as shown. Press the yellow fabric away from the background rectangle.

Adding second star points

Step 7:

Repeat Step 6 with the four remaining yellow squares. Be careful to arrange the drawn lines as shown to create a “flying geese unit” for the star points. 

sewing and trimming second star points

Step 8:

Sew on the drawn line, trim and press the seams away from the background fabric.

Star block layout

Step 9:

Arrange the sewn units as shown. 

Sew units into rows

Step 10:

Sew the units into rows. Press the seams toward the star points on the top and bottom rows. Press the seams away from the center unit on the middle row. This will allow the seams to nest when sewing the rows together.

Sew the borders onto the block

Step 11:

Sew the side borders onto the star unit. Press the seams toward the border strips. Sew the top and bottom borders onto the block. Press the seams toward the border strips.

Finished Star Block

Step 12:

Admire your beautiful star block! This is the last block of 12 blocks in this series. We will share a setting design and other fun options for these blocks next month.

If you missed any of the free scrappy block patterns, they can be found here: 

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