Amish Star Quilt Block

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With all its patches, an Amish Star quilt block looks more complicated than it really is—it's just a simple 9-patch.

The Amish Star quilt block starts here...

We'll use the 8-at-a-time method to make our half square triangles. Paper piecing the Flying Geese makes for perfect units every time.

Not a fan of paper piecing? Don't worry. An connector corners method is provided just for you.

Everything else is just cut squares and rectangles.

You CAN do it!

Let's get STAR-ted! 

General Instructions

Sample Block:
  6" finished
  6½" unfinished

These abbreviations are used on this page:

  • SA - seam allowance
  • RST - right sides together
  • HST - half square triangle
  • FG - Flying Geese

Label your patches as you cut them.

SA are 1/4" and pressed towards the darker fabric unless noted otherwise.

I like to starch my quilt fabric before cutting.

In my humble opinion cutting and stitching is more accurate with nicely pressed, starched fabric.

I also like being able to fingerpress my seams as I go.

Step 1: Cut patches for an Amish Star

Amish Star patchwork designAmish Star design

Two fabrics are all you'll need to make this beauty!

The blue cutting chart is for traditional piecing and connector corners.

If you prefer to use paperpiecing to piece your Flying Geese units, use the yellow charting.

Instructions are provided for both methods.

The best way is the one that works best for you!

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Cutting Chart for an
Amish Star Quilt Block

~Traditional Piecing w/Connector Corners ~

PatchFabricQtyFinished Block Sizes
6" 9 " 12 "
1 L 1 4¼" x 4¼" 5¼" x 5¼" 6¼" x 6¼"
2 D 1 4¼" x 4¼" 5¼" x 5¼" 6¼" x 6¼"
3 D 8 1½" x 1½" 2" x 2" 2½" x 2½"
4 L 4 1½" x 2½" 2" x 3½" 2½" x 4½"
5 D 4 1½" x 2½" 2" x 3½" 2½" x 4½"
6 L 8 1½" x 1½" 2" x 2" 2½" x 2½"
7 L 1 2½" x 2½" 3½" x 3½" 4½" x 4½"
Unfinished Block Sizes 6½" 9½" 12½"
Grid Sizes 1" 1½" 2"

My personal preference is to paper piece my Flying Geese. If it's yours, too, use this cutting chart to cut your patches.

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Cutting Chart for an
Amish Star Quilt Block

~Includes Paper Piecing ~

PatchFabricQtyFinished Block SizesSub
6" 9" 12"
1 L 1 4¼" x 4¼" 5¼" x 5¼" 6¼" x 6¼" --
2 D 1 4¼" x 4¼" 5¼" x 5¼" 6¼" x 6¼" --
3 D 8 1½" x 1½" 2" x 2" 2½" x 2½" --
4 L 4 1½" x 2½" 2" x 3½" 2½" x 4½" --
5 D 1 3⅝" x 3⅝" 4⅝" x 4⅝" 5⅝" x 5⅝" Symbol for a quarter square triangle
6 L 4 2⅜" x 2⅜" 2⅞" x 2⅞" 3⅜" x 3⅜" Symbol for a half square triangle
7 L 1 2½" x 2½" 3½" x 3½" 4½" x 4½" --
Unfinished Block Sizes 6½" 9½" 12½" na
Grid Sizes 1" 1½" 2" na

My go-to thread for piecing is...

Optional Download: Paperpiecing patterns

If you cut your Amish Star patches from the yellow cutting chart, you MUST print paperpiecing patterns.

Print the paper piecing patterns you need

You'll need the most current version of Adobe installed on your computer to download the pattern.

On the Adobe Print Menu page, under 'Page Size and Handling' set 'Custom Scale' to 100% before printing for accurate results. Click here to see what it looks like on the Print Menu page.

After printing, use the 1" square graphic on the printed pages to confirm they are printed accurately.

Choose your finished block size from the chart below and print the corresponding page:

Print Flying Geese Patterns

Block Size
# of copies Link to PDF
6" 1 1"x2"
9" 1 1½"x3"
12" 1 2"x4"

Cut out all four units. A rough cut is good enough. There are no points for cutting exactly on the outside line of each. :D

Step 2: Assemble the units


Make 4

Corner design

We use  8-at-a-time method to make our eight HSTs. If you are making a whole quilt of this block you might want to try using triangle paper for faster piecing results.

Install your favorite 1/4" foot on your sewing machine.

On the backside of each #1, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner. Use a light touch. The mark should only be as dark as you need to see it. 

For this sample, I've used my favorite Bohin Mechanical Chalk pencil for marking.

Repeat for the second diagonal.

With RST layer a #1 and #2. Stitch 1/4" from both sides of the line.

A funny thing happened on the way to making this block...

 As with so many of the sample blocks I sew, this block was constructed at a Sunday Sew-In with my bee. 

And as has happened way too many times lately, my favorite 1/4" foot for this job wasn't in the accessory tray. <heavy sigh!>

Thank goodness there's always more than one way to get things done it quilting.

I simply drew my stitching lines a quarter inch from both sides of each center diagonal line, snapped on my open toe applique foot, and stitched the HSTs.



Stitch eight HSTs at one timeOpen toe applique foot to the rescue!

Press flat to set the seams.

Now we cut the #1/#2 sewn unit into four equal squares. It's helpful to have either a smaller (12"x18") or rotating mat for this step.

Use the chart below to find the center measurement that corresponds to your chosen block.

HST Dimensions

Block Size
Center or Midpoint
Trim HST to…
6" 2⅛" 1½"
9" 2⅜" 2"
12" 3⅛" 2½"

For my 6" sample, the center is 2-1/8".

Align that line on your ruler with the edge of the sewn squares (below).

Cut through the center of the block.

Subcut HST patches

Turn the block a quarter turn and repeat the process. You'll have four equal squares. 

Cut each in half on the diagonal line to create eight HST.

Press with the SA toward the darker #2.

Referring to the chart above, find your block size and trim each HST to size.

For more detailed instructions on this technique, click here.

To Complete the Corners

With RST, add a #3 to the #1 side of each HST. Make a total of 8.

Join #3 to #1/#2

SAs are pressed toward #3 to avoid bulk.

Join 2 units together. The seams nest to make matching the seam line easier. Use pins as needed.

Press this seam as shown in the photo below.

Backside of cornersThis seam is pressed towards the right as you look at the unit from the backside.

Notice how the seams end up pressed toward the lower right red square (identified by the blue star). Later as you arrange the blocks into the Amish Star design, position that starred patch towards the center of the block. That way all your seams will nest.

Click here to see what the back of the finished block looks like and the location of that patch.

After stitching, this four-patch unit measures 2½"x2½", 3½"x3½", and 4½"x4½" edge-to-edge for the 6", 9" and 12" finished block sizes, respectively.


Make 4

Side units

If you cut your patches from the blue chart, click here for a tutorial to make Flying Geese using the Connector Corner method.

Once finished, click the 'back' button on your browser bar to return here. 

Otherwise continue here for paperpiecing.

General Sewing Machine Setup for Paperpiecing

  • Reduce your stitch length to 15-20 stitches per inch. This perforates the paper. It also provides stability to the seam as you remove the pattern. 
  • Install an open toe applique foot if you have one (it's easier to see where you're stitching with one installed). 
  • Use a larger needle (90/14) if you have problems removing the pattern.
  • As you stitch each seam, start and stop a generous 1/4" before and after the solid stitching lines. Future lines of stitching secure the ends.

After adding each patch, press the unit as it came off the sewing machine to set the seam. Then press it open. It is automatically pressed towards the last patch added.

Steam is optional and usually curls the pattern. If that bothers you, don't use steam. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. It really just depends on my mood.

I use a tiny dot of Elmer's Washable Glue Stick to hold the Goose patch in place. Dashed placement lines(blue arrow) make positioning quick.

Position #5 using the guidelinesUsed the dashed lines for placement

Align the long edge of a #6 with one short side of the #5 patch.

Position #6

Stitch on the solid line between the two patches, starting and stopping past the outside light line that shows the outside edge of the unit.

Because this stitching line goes from outside edge to outside edge, you can chain piece your Flying Geese (below).

Stitch on the solid line between the Goose and Sky

Press SAs toward the lighter #6 patch to avoid bulk.

Add the second #6 to the other short side in the same manner.

Press towards the lighter #6.

Trim the FG to size. I prefer to lay the 1/4" line on my ruler on the solid outline of the block to trim accurately.

After trimming and removing the paper you've got four perfect patches.

Four finished Flying Geese

To complete the sides, add a #4 rectangle to the bottom side of the goose (below).

Add #4 to #6/#5/#6

Stitch with RST.

Press the SA toward the #4 rectangle.

Repeat for a total of four.

To complete the block, remember to return your stitch length to the one you regularly use for piecing and install your favorite quarter inch presser foot.

Step 3: Assemble your Amish Star quilt block

Arrange the units into the Amish Star design shown below. Solid patches are in the corners and the center sides.

Arrange the patches into the Amish Star design

Sew the rows together, again, pinning as needed. 

Pinning for accuracyInsert a pin through points that need to match (left). After stitching (right).

Press SA in the direction of the arrows.

For help with pinning for perfection, click here.

Pressing the SA

With RST, stitch the rows together. SA will nest, making matching so much easier.

Pin as needed.

Pinning the rows together

Here's our Amish Star from the backside (without the blue stars) to show how the SA were pressed.

Amish Star backside

...and from the front. Our Amish Star quilt block is ready to become part of a quilt top.

Amish Star front
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