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How to Make Rising Star Quilt Blocks
About the Rising Star Quilt Block
Rising Star is an easy star-in-a-star quilt block pattern that's suitable for beginning to experienced quilters.
The Rising Star quilt block finishes at 12" x 12". Use four fabrics to make a quilt block like the illustration, but don't hesitate to create a scrap quilt block by mixing up the fabrics in any way you wish.
Rising star quilt blocks look good with sashing and cornerstones sewed between them, or alternated with a simple quilt block, such... as a four-patch Snowball (corner triangles would stretch down to meet the edges of the block's corner squares). Take a look at the pattern for A Joyous Celebration for an example of Snowballs sewn next to typical Evening Star quilt blocks.
Fabrics for the Rising Star Quilt Block
My quilt block is Christmas-themed. Alter fabrics to suit any decor.
Medium to larger scale poinsettia print for small star block center:
- (1) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square
Dark green Tone on Tone print for small star tips:
- (8) 2" x 2" squares
Red and gold print for large star tips:
- (8) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
Background fabric for large star:
- (4) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
- (4) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
Background fabric for small star:
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- (4) 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles
- (4) 2" x 2" squares
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Assemble the Rising Star Quilt Block
Sew Patchwork and Assemble the Rising Star Block
Star tips are created with quick pieced Flying Geese units.
A member of our quilting community made a wonderful frugal suggestion: before you trim the tips from your geese units, sew another seam 1/2" outwards from the first. When you trim off the tips, the outer corners fall away and are small half square triangle units that can be used in another project.
- Gather a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" background rectangle and two 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" red... squares.
- Use the quick flying geese technique to sew a red square to each end of the rectangle.
- Make three more identical geese units.
- Repeat, making four more geese units from the smaller background rectangles and small green squares.
- Assemble the small center star by arranging the green/background geese units, the four 2" x 2" squares and the 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" center square into three rows as shown (middle illustration).
- Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards the squares. Join the rows, butting seam intersections for a snug fit.
- Assemble the quilt block by arranging the red/background geese units, the four 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" background squares and the small star center into three rows as shown.
- Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards corner squares and center star. Join the rows, butting seam intersections for a snug fit.
- Press the quilt block. It should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".
Try the No Waste Flying Geese Method Instead
When you use the no waste flying geese method you'll sew four small squares to a larger square and then cut apart. It's a very simple technique that results in four very accurate flying geese and eliminates the waste when the little corner triangles are chopped off.
For the Rising Star Quilt Block:
- Replace the larger rectangles and squares with (1) 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" background square and (4) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares for star tips.
- Replace the smaller rectangles and squares with (1) 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" background square and (4) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" star tips.
- Use my no waste flying geese tutorial to assemble the units.
- Refer to my no waste flying geese cutting chart to make different sizes of flying geese.