Thursday, March 31, 2022

Star Quilt Block (Nine Patch Block)

Make a star quilt block using 5 inch squares! 

I created this fun quilt block because I wanted a simple nine patch quilt block with a star pattern in the center.  

The construction is pretty easy and you can utilize a charm pack.

quilt block with yellow star in the middle

I created a baby quilt using this quilt block. If there is enough interest, I will write up the pattern. 

Another star quilt block option is the sawtooth star.


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Below are some essential quilting tools that I use each time I quilt.


To make a star block you will need two different sizes of squares in contrasting colors. For example, I wanted my stars to be yellow. For the background pieces, I used a variety of printed fabrics. 

I wanted to utilize a charm pack, so the quilt block I made ended up being 13 1/2 inches. 

Below I have listed the cutting measurements for 4 different quilt block sizes.

Tip: It is easier if you do NOT use a directional fabric like I did for the stars.

Cutting measurements for 6 inch block:

  • 8 squares 2 1/2 inches (various colors)
  • 1 square 2 1/2 inches (star)
  • 8 squares 1 1/2 inches (star)

Cutting measurements for 9 inch block:

  • 8 squares 3 1/2 inches (various colors)
  • 1 square 3 1/2 inches (star)
  • 8 squares 2 inches (star)

Cutting measurements for 12 inch block:

  • 8 squares 4 1/2 inches (various colors)
  • 1 square 4 1/2 inches (star)
  • 8 squares 2 1/2 inches (star)

Cutting measurements for 13.5 inch block: (Perfect for using charm packs)

  • 8 squares 5 inches (various colors)
  • 1 square 5 inches (star)
  • 8 squares 2 3/4 inches (star)
squares of fabric cut out to make a star quilt block


For this tutorial, I will be making a 13 1/2 inch block. All measurements will reflect that. If you make a smaller block use the corresponding measurements listed above. 

I also made a video tutorial.

Begin by laying out your nine patch with nine 5" squares in three rows of three. In the very center make sure you place your star fabric, for my block the star is going to be yellow.

You will need to add star points to each square that touches the center block. To do this take a 2 3/4" square of yellow fabric. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.
collage showing how to stitch fabrics together

  With right sides together, place the smaller square on the larger square lining up the corners. The line should be placed so the ends of the line are towards the edges of the larger block, not pointing to the corner.

creating a star quilt block with fabric

Sew along the line.  Trim the edge 1/4 inch from the seam. Press.

making a star point block

Create another star point by repeating the same process on an adjacent side.

Make 4 blocks in this manner. 

star nine patch block

Lay out your nine patch and sew together each row. Then sew the rows together. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance to sew them together.

nine patch star quilt block

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star quilt block with text overlayoverhead view of a star quilt block

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