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Star Quilt Block Pattern

by Nell Mathern
(Jacksonville, OR)

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I have a photo of a star quilt block that I would love to identify.

I've tried searching for "Star" blocks, but nothing comes up that looks like my "Star" pattern.

The fabric in my photo looks 80's, so it's not a new pattern.

Any help would be appreciated. I'd like to make this block.


UPDATE: February, 2014

I believe it's important to properly attribute original work to it's source and designer.

I am happy to let you know that I have received confirmation that this quilt block is, indeed, 'Charleston Quilt' designed by Judy Martin © 1990, from her book Scraps, Blocks and Quilts: Patterns and Techniques (Judy Martin's ultimate series). Used with permission.

I am a huge fan of Judy's and enthusiastically own and recommend two of her most recent books, Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book and Stellar Quilts.

Wonderfully written patterns and sources for inspiration!

My original response:

I've found two star quilt block patterns that are close relatives of this block.

The first is in the book "5500 Quilt Block Designs" by Maggie Malone on page 123.

Block 1642 is named "Starbound", an original block design by Judy Martin, ©1987, first published in Quiltmaker and then republished in Quilter's Newsletter in 1990.

This is what it looks like:

Star Bound Quilt Block pattern from QN, 1990

I found another variation of this block in Jinny Beyer's "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns" on page 160.

It's called simply 'Star' and appeared in "The Perfect Patchwork Primer" published in 1973. As you can see below, the square is on point behind the star and does not weave through the star points. It looks like this:

Star - Kaleidescope variation

Notice that in both blocks above, all the points touch the outside edges of the block.

However, in the pictures you've provided, only the points of the square touch the outside edges. The star points do not.

So I have drafted the block in EQ7 from your pictures (by the way, I LOVE EQ) and this is what it looks likes:

Nell's Star quilt block pattern

I have posted paper piecing patterns for both an 8" and 12" version of this block - Click here.

Thank you for your question. I hope this helps...if you need a size other than 8 inches, do let me know through the 'comment' link just below.


Julie Baird

Comments for Star Quilt Block Pattern

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18" pattern
by: Anonymous

I love this block and have done it in a barn quilt block, but never could find it anywhere. Thank you for your research. Could you please send me a copy of the 18" block pattern.

From the Editor: I'm sorry. I do not have it in 18" finished.

~ Julie

Picture of block to download
by: Judy

Why isn't there a picture to go along with the instructions? I don't always make a block right away so I need the picture for future reference and as a guide to what the block will look like when I do make it.

From the Editor: Hi Judy. The link to the paper piecing patterns is further down on the page. It will take you to a pinnable image of the block, the instructions and the free paper piecing pattern in two sizes to download and print.

~ Julie

Clever Lady Drafts Beautiful Paper Pieced Star Pattern
by: Avid Reader 099

Thank you for posting this pattern. I was searching for a star pattern and found yours. I'm going to give it a try this weekend.

From the Editor: I'm glad you like it!


Starbound Block
by: Chris

Hi...I bought a magazine on eBay last week and it had the Starbound quilt pattern inside (Quiltmaker 1987), I fell in love with it so even though I had never done a quilt with Templates before I thought I would give it a try...I gave up and thought that surely in 2014 I could Google and find a better way to do this and I found this site, I have just purchased EQ7 so maybe I can work this out myself...Thanks, Chris

Scraps, Blocks, & Quilts by Judy Martin
by: Anonymous

This block can also be found in SCRAPS, BLOCKS, & QUILTS by Judy Martin (1990 Crosley-Griffith). Charleston Quilt is like the one you have at the top. There are several nice variations of this as well (p 50). Baker Street Puzzle (p.58) adds a pinwheel star to the center.

Nell's star
by: pauline

You kindly said you would put the pattern for this on your site but I can't see it anywhere and would love to include the block in a sampler quilt that I am working on. Can you help

starbound templates
by: beatrice

is there anyway you could put the instructions for the starbound block on your site so that i could download it and try to make this star. it is very beautiful and would love to make this for hubby. thanks for any info. is my email just in case. thanks beatrice

Where's the pattern?
by: Trisha

I've looked all over this page and cannot find the pattern that is referred to. I'd love to make this quilt but I can't do it without directions. I'm not the kind of person who can just look at things and make them. I need a pattern.


Nell's Star
by: Shirl Hutchinson

I would love to have a copy of the Nell's Star block pattern and directions. Do you have it in 12"? If so, I would like it in both 8 and 12 inches.

Thank you so very much.

From the Editor: Hi Shirl,

FINALLY! I have the free, downloadable patterns up on the site. You can find them here:

Nell's Star Quilt Block. I hope you enjoy them!


Nell's Star
by: Nell

Thank you for finding my "star" and drafting a pattern for me. I'm so honored to have a star named for me.

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