Scrappy Star Quilt Block Tutorial

scrappy variable star quilt block

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. 

variable star quilt by megan collins

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. 

purple scrappy variable star quilt full view

And now the tutorial!  You can also see more examples of this quilt block on Instagram by searching #scrappyvariablestar .

Variable Star quilt block tutorial

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.

Block Assembly:

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. 

variable star quilt block tutorial

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. 

variable star quilt block tutorial

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 .