Scrappy Star Quilt Block Tutorial
Star quilts are my favorite. And I love adding scraps to quilts. Anything that shows off how different fabrics and colors play together is a win. That’s how this star block came to be.
This is a partially paper pieced version of a traditional variable star block. It is also super-sized to finish at 18.5” square. I am in no way claiming to have invented this block! I struggled to piece it with precision in the traditional way, and chose instead to come up with a way to simplify the process for myself, and make it larger while I was working on it anyway. And now I’m sharing it with you!
The first version of this quilt was made with chambray and scraps on a Kona snow background. It was gifted to my niece way back in February of 2017.
The second scrappy star quilt was made with a mix of purples and low volume fabrics. I used a lot of favorite fabrics in this one, and really enjoyed going through my scrap bins for the low volume fabrics.
This past year, this quilt went to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our good friends have two children with cystic fibrosis and it’s a cause near and dear to our hearts. I couldn’t think of a better place for this quilt.
And now the tutorial! You can also see more examples of this quilt block on Instagram by searching #scrappyvariablestar .
Finished Size of Block: 18.5 x 18.5 inches
Before you begin:
Be sure to print your foundation paper pieces at ‘actual size’ and check the 1” test square for accuracy.
Step 1: Cut 5 ¾ x 5 ¾ “ center square.
Cut 16 – 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ “ blocks
Step 2: Piece 2 sections of 3 – 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ “ blocks
Piece 2 sections of 5 – 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ “ blocks
Step 3: Assemble center of block as shown in Figure 1. Attach 3 piece sections to opposite sides of center block. Press seams in. Attach 5 piece sections to remaining sides of center block. Press seams in.
Step 4: Complete the foundation paper piecing for each section (A, B, C, D)
Step 5: Attach smaller paper piecing sections A & B to opposite sides of completed center block. Press seams out toward star points. Attach paper piecing sections C & D to remaining sides of block. Press seams out.
You can find the foundation paper piecing sections for this block here! If you make a scrappy star block, I’d love to see it! Share on IG with the hashtag #scrappyvariablestar .