Ah, star quilt patterns. Is there anything more iconic in the quilting world?
Stars are often seen as symbols of hope and guidance, so it's no wonder that they've been a favorite among quilters for centuries.
These classic, traditional quilt blocks are a favorite of ALL quilters, regardless of your style—traditional or modern.
A beginner? An experienced quilter? No matter.
Today is your lucky day because we've collected 33 of the best blocks for star quilt patterns for you to try.
Get ready a touch of celestial beauty to your quilts.
What makes a star block a star block?
The points, of course. And knowing the techniques that work best for you, that give you the best results with the most satisfaction while you're stitching...
...well, that's what it's all about isn't it? Making the most out of your free time and spare cash.
On this website, I share many techniques for the same unit because a single method isn't always the best choice depending on the block you're working on.
Below are links to the different units if they're better suited to how you enjoy piecing.
From quick pieced to stitching 8-at-a-time to triangle paper, each is an opportunity to stitch your pointiest of points.
Rotary cut and stitch your patches accurately, or cut them generously, stitch and trim to perfection, the choice is yours. Throw in a bit of paper piecing when it's a 3-patch quarter square triangle. The choice is yours.
Acquaint yourself with 3 unique methods here. Another, still, is planned.
Single Flying Geese units are found in blocks like the Sawtooth and Double Star (drawn on a 10×10 grid). Pairs of Flying Geese are found in blocks like Memory.
Rotary cutting and traditionally pieced, paper piecing (my hands-down favorite!), or using trim-down specialty rulers—so many choices.
Additional methods are shared to make each of these units, too:
Usually, when the units are used in a star block, I include a free paper piecing patterns to download. That way you can try stitching the block without having to purchase an expensive ruler for a one-time use.
Once you've got sewing pointy points down, selecting background and point fabric with good contrast is essential for dazzling stars.
One of the easiest ways to do this is simply to choose star point fabric whose colors are entirely different from the background fabric.
As you browse all the blocks below, have a look at the difference between the points and backgrounds.
For best results, if a block or technique is new to you, make a sample block to test the cutting instructions. Does the direction you press your seams make a difference if you are setting blocks together, edge-to-edge?
Does the technique feel comfortable to you? For one block? For 25?
Make a note of anything you do that deviates from the directions. You bought the pattern. You CAN write on it. That way you won't have to remember a thing...even if it's months before you get back to your star block. (While I wish that wasn't a thing, we both know it is.)