Quilt For Lovers bringing news to you! Easy Friendship Star Quilt Block offer a great way to practice square triangles and can be surprisingly friendly for beginners, perfect for all levels of quilters.
Each block contains four semi-square triangles and five squares of plain fabric. For impressive results, try making quilt blocks with a rich black background and solid stars or tone on tone in bright colors.
When the blocks are sewn, a secondary pattern appears between the colored spots. This type of block is a classic version of a friendship star pattern. You can also try a friendship star pattern with a triangle frame to get a different look, explore your imagination or better use your creativity!
- For a quilt, making 30 friendship star blocks of the 12-inch size requires 3 yards of black fabric and 1 3/4 yards of bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric.
- Making 30 six-inch blocks requires 1 1/8 yard of black and 3/4 yards of colored fabric.
Cut the pieces of fabric: Cut the following pieces for a single 12 or 6 inch star quilt block, using black fabric and solid fabric or if you prefer a tone on tone.
- Black fabric: Cut four 4 1/2-inch squares and two 4 7/8-inch squares
- Bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric: Cut one 4 1/2-inch square and two 4 7/8-inch squares
- Black fabric: Cut four 2 1/2-inch squares and two 2 7/8-inch squares
- Bright solid or tone-on-tone fabric: Cut one 2 1/2-inch square and two 2 7/8-inch squares
Create the Half-Square Triangle Units
Begin the assembly of the quilt block by making the semi-square triangles. Don’t forget to always sew with a 1/4 inch seam.
- Pair a 4 7/8 inch black square with a shiny square of the same size (use 2 7/8 inch squares for a 6 inch block). Use a quick half-square-triangle method to sew the pairs together, creating two black / shiny square triangle units.
- Repeat with the remaining pair of the same size of squares.
- Cut the sewn squares in half, corner by corner between the seams, to make a total of four identical triangular square units.
- Measure the complete triangular square units: For the 12 inch block, they should measure 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches; for the 6 inch block, they should measure 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.
- Trim the edges of the units, as needed, so that they are perfectly square and the same size.
Assemble the Rows
Complete the block by sewing the solid and triangle squares together into three rows, then sewing the rows together.
- Arrange the triangle squares, bright squares, and plain black squares into three rows: The top and bottom rows have two black squares on the outside and a triangle square in the middle; the center row has two triangle squares on the outside and a bright square in the middle.
- Sew the components of each row together, and press the seam allowances toward the plain squares.
- Sew the rows together, using the loft created by pressed seams to butt the seam intersections into each other for a snug fit. Use straight pins to keep the fabrics from shifting.
- Measure the completed block. The 12-inch block should measure 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches; the 6-inch block should measure 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches. If your block is smaller than it should be or it is skewed along one side, press it and measure again. If it still isn’t quite right, use a squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.
Yardage and Cuts for 30 Quilt Blocks
When turning your blocks into a bedspread, be sure to allow extra fabric as needed for edges, backing and binding. If you want to scrap, use a variety of shiny fabrics instead of a color. Cut the following pieces into 30 blocks of one of two sizes.
12 inch blocks
- Black fabric: cut 120 squares in 4 1/2 inches and 60 squares in 4 7/8 inches
- Solid fabric or tone on bright tone: cut 30 squares at 4 1/2 inches and 60 squares at 4 7/8 inches
6 inch blocks
- Black fabric: cut 120 squares at 2 1/2 inches and 60 squares at 7/8 inches
- Solid fabric or tone on bright tone: cut 30 squares at 2 1/2 inches and 60 squares at 7/8 inches