Friendship Star Quilt Block Pattern with Extra Triangles

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    Make a Variation of the Friendship Star Quilt Block

    Friendship Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Friendship Star Quilt Block Variation. Janet Wickell

    The most basic Friendship Star quilt block has squares in its corners, but I replaced the squares with half square triangle units for this variation of the design. I like to use triangles in those positions because they add a burst of color when blocks are sewn together.

    If you plan to sew quilt blocks side-by-side, vary the colors and/or color values used in the corner triangles, otherwise four like-patches will intersect when blocks are joined, creating what appears to be a large square of a...MORE single fabric, and eliminating an opportunity to add that extra bit of visual interest.

    Other Friendship Star Quilt Blocks

    You’ll see lots of variations of the Friendship Star block used in quilts, and some will probably be tagged with a different name, depending on the configuration of their corners. Related quilt block patterns that I've written include:

    I've included cutting instructions for two block sizes, a 12-inch square block and a Friendship Star that finishes at 6-inches square, a good choice for a baby or toddler quilt.

    12" x 12" Friendship Star Cutting Chart

    Blue Print for stars

    • (1) 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” square
    • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares

    Small Scale Multicolor Print for corners

    • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares

    Light Neutral Print for background

    • (4) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares

    6" x 6" Friendship Star Cutting Chart

    Blue Print for stars

    • (1) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” square
    • (2) 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” squares

    Small Scale Multicolor Print for corners

    • (2) 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” squares

    Light Neutral Print for background

    • (4) 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” squares
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    Assemble the Friendship Star Quilt Block

    Friendship Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Assemble the Friendship Star Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    For the 12" x 12" Friendship Star Quilt Block

    1. Draw a diagonal line, from one corner to the opposite corner, on the reverse side of all light neutral squares.
    2. Use the quick pieced half-square triangle method to sew a light square to each blue print square of the same size. When complete, each of the four half-square triangle units should measure 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” for a 12" (finished size) quilt block. Set aside.
    3. Make four more half square triangle units by pairing the remaining 4-7/8" x...MORE 4-7/8" light squares with the multicolored squares (for the block's corner triangles) of the same size.
    4. Arrange the half square triangle units and the 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” blue print square into three rows. Units made with the blue fabric form the stars, and the multicolor print triangle units are used in block corners. Check to make sure the angles of all patches match the diagram.
    5. Sew the units in each row together. Press seam allowances in the top and bottom rows towards the outer units. Press seam allowances in the center row towards the solid square (see: Pressing Basics).
    6. Sew rows together, carefully matching patch edges and seam intersections.
    7. Press. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”.

    For the 6" x 6" Friendship Star Quilt Block

    • Use the same method to create half square triangle units, pairing each light square with a darker square. When complete, each half square triangle unit should measure 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
    • Assemble as instructed for the larger quilt block. Press. The smaller block should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".