Scrappy Star Block Tutorial

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What better way to use up scraps of fabric than to build a quilt with them? I am a lover of scrap quilts and am in the midst of making a scrappy star quilt for my mom. My sister *might* start helping me along to make it an extra special quilt! Here I've made a tutorial for the star block I am making for the quilt. I've been making two at a time, one with a light background and a dark star and one the other way around. My tutorial is for two stars, but could easily be adapted to just make one at at time. The fabrics I am using are mostly tone on tones in colours my mom likes. Use your imagination to come up with many other colour combinations that suit your personality.

This tutorial is also my entry into the October Scrapbuster Contest with Sew Mama Sew.

Sew them together with a scant 1/4 inch seam. *See below for explanation.

*So here's where I messed up and didn't really take any photos. You need to sew each row together with a scant 1/4 inch seam. You need to be precise with this (also above when sewing the half square triangle blocks in pairs.) A scant 1/4 inch seam is just a few threads less than the full 1/4 inch. This gives room for pressing the seam. You need to be precise with this for a number of reasons. First, you do not want to stitch over your points. Second, if you are out a little bit in each step of sewing together a quilt it will add up to big problems in the end.

Please excuse the two different fonts. My computer decided I couldn't use the first font after awhile. I don't understand and I have spent enough time on this so this is the way it has to be.


  1. Thank you for the instuctions,They are very clear.

  2. wonderful tutorial. i can understand the pain of taking step-by step photos. very clear tute, amazing quilt blocks - the finished look is so classic.

  3. This is truly useful. Thanks for taking the time to post all the photos and walk us through it.

  4. Wonderful Idea!
    Thank you for your instructions!

  5. Great tutorial, you make it seem so easy. Will have to give this a try. Thank you both again. Love it

  6. trés bien expliqué.

  7. Great tutorial. Lots of pictures!! Love it!