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Make Friendship Star Quilt Blocks
Friendship Star Quilt Block in 2 Sizes
Here's a beginner friendly Friendship Star quilt block pattern.
Try making quilt blocks with a rich, black background and brightly colored solid or tone-on-tone stars. When the blocks are sewn together, a secondary pattern emerges between the colorful patches -- see page 3 for an example.
There are many variations of the Friendship Star, and this version is the most basic. Try my triangle-framed Friendship Star pattern to create a different look.
I've... included cutting instructions for a 12-inch finished quilt block and a 6-inch finished quilt block. See page 3 for yardages and cutting instructions for (30) 12" quilt blocks.
Friendship Star - 12-inch Block
- Black: cut four 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares; cut two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
- Bright solid or tone on tone: Cut one 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square; cut two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
Friendship Star - 6-inch Block
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- Black: cut four 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares; cut two 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
- Bright solid or tone on tone: Cut one 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square; cut two 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
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Assemble Friendship Star Quilt Block
Quilt Block Assembly
Refer to the illustration above as you make the Friendship Star quilt block. Sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Make Half Square Triangle Units
- Pair a 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" black square with a bright square of the same size (2-7/8" squares for the 6-inch block). Use my quick pieced half square triangle method to sew the pairs together, creating two black/bright half-square triangle units.
- Repeat with the remaining pair of the same size to make a total of four identical... triangle square units.
- Completed triangle square units for the 12-inch block should measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2". Completed triangle square units for the 6-inch block should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
Assemble Three Rows
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- Arrange your triangle square units, bright square and plain black squares into three rows as shown above. Sew the components of each row together and press the seam allowances towards the plain squares.
- Sew the rows together, using the loft created by pressed seams to butt seam intersections into each other for a snug fit. Use straight pins to keep fabrics from shifting.
- The larger block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2". The smaller block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2". If your block is smaller than it should be, or skewed along one side, press and recheck. If it still isn't quite right, use my easy squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.
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Yardage and Cutting Tips for Multiple Star Quilt Blocks
Friendship Star Quilt Block Yardages
Allow extra fabric as needed for borders, backing, and binding. If you want to go scrappy, use an assortment of bright fabrics instead of one color.
30 Friendship Star Blocks - 12-inch Finished Size
Black: 3 yards
Bright solids or tone on tone: 1-3/4 yards
- Black: cut one-hundred-twenty 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares; cut sixty 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares***
- Bright solid or tone on tone: Cut thirty 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares; cut sixty 4-7/8" x... 4-7/8" squares***
30 Friendship Star Blocks - 6-inch Finished
Black: 1-1/8 yard
Bright solids or tone on tone: 3/4 yards
- Black: cut one-hundred-twenty 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares; cut sixty 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares***
- Bright solid or tone on tone: Cut thirty 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares; cut sixty 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares***
***There are other ways to quick-piece triangle square units. If you are sewing lots of identical units, you might want to try the Magic 8 half square triangle unit method or assemble the units on a long grid instead of cutting individual squares.