Create the illusion that the spinning star block is actually spinning! All it takes is a thoughtful combination of quarter-square and half-square triangles.
Make a spinning star quilt block with this easy tutorial
12½” square unfinished, 12″ square finished
Notes: Use a scant ¼” seam. I used Luna Lounge fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover.Download a FREE 5-page printable PDF of the full pattern here!
- Cut four 4½” squares for the corners
- Cut one 5¼” square, then cut it diagonally twice to make four triangles
- Cut one 4½” square
Smaller print fabric:
- Cut two 3-7/8″ squares, then cut each in half diagonally once to make four total triangles
Larger print fabric:
- Cut two 4-7/8″ squares, then cut each in half diagonally once to make four total triangles
Piece the small quarter-square triangles as pictured. The background fabric should face up like a roof on a house. Align the other small triangle on the left side, so the short sides of both triangles touch. Stitch together with right sides facing, then press the seam toward the darker fabric.
Pair each set you just made with a half-square triangle of the larger printed fabric, so the long sides of each large triangle touch. Stitch with rights sides together, and press the seam toward the black.
You’ve already finished the trickiest part of this block! Wasn’t that easy? Here are your four quarter-half-square triangle units.
Trim off the dog ears from each unit. I like to use a rotary cutter for this, to make a few quick and easy cuts.
Align your units in three rows and three columns as pictured. The single 4½” square goes in the center, and the matching 4½” background squares go in the corners. Make sure each of the pieced units has the background triangle pointing out toward the border.
Sew together the three units in each row, and press the seams out toward the background fabric. Then, pin the rows together and stitch, making sure the seams align at each row. I like to press the final two seams open to eliminate excess bulk.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2015 and was updated in February 2018.