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How to Make Morning Star Quilt Blocks
Try the vibrant Morning Star quilt block pattern whenever you'd like to sew a batch of lovely quilt blocks with secondary designs that emerge when blocks are sewn side-by-side.
The blocks illustrated on this page aren't touching each other but you can see the interlocking patchwork that occurs when blocks are joined. Alter colors in some areas of the quilt blocks to create even more variations.
This design has been known by at least a few other names, including Virginia and Rosebud, and both names also refer to other quilt blocks designs, something that's common in the world of patchwork.
The quick pieced Morning Star quilt blocks are easy to sew. Some of the patchwork units are flipped around to create the layout, and the chevron pairs at block midpoints are mirror images of each other.
Prints of varying scales work nicely throughout the quilt block, but when you choose quilting fabrics, consider how striped fabrics and other directionals might look when they are turned in different ways.
Morning Star Quilt Blocks Finish at 12" x 12"
Fabrics for One Morning Star Quilt Block
Use longer strips for strip sets and cut more patches to create additional quilt blocks.
- (1) 3" x 12-1/2" strip
- (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
Deep Black (a tone on tone or solid would work nicely)
- (1) 2" x 12-1/2" strip
- (4) 2" x 4-1/2" bars
- (1) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square
Black Multicolor Print
- (8) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
Continue to 2 of 4 below.
- (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
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Begin Sewing Patchwork for the Morning Star Quilt Block
Sew the Beginning Patchwork
Refer to the diagrams as you sew.
Always consider pressing to set seams before you press them to one side. That simple step will improve your accuracy.
Continue to 3 of 4 below.
- Use a calibrated quarter inch seam allowance to sew the 3" x 12-1/2" light background strip lengthwise to the 2" x 12-1/2" deep black strip. Press seam allowance towards the darker strip.
- Square up one end of the strip set and then cut (4) 3" segments.
- Sew a 2" x 4-1/2" black bar to a segment from Step 2. Press seam allowance towards the black strip. Repeat to make three more patchwork units.
- Ignore the large black square for now -- you'll use it later.
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Make Chevron Patchwork for the Quilt Block
Sew Easy Chevrons for Star Tips
The patchwork created in the following steps are mirror image chevrons. The technique used to make the patchwork is the same method we use for the corners of Snowball quilt blocks and one type of technique that's handy for flying geese units.
Top Illustrations, Left to Right
- Draw a line on the reverse side of each light 2-1/2" square and each green 2-1/2" square.
- Align a marked green square right side down at the top edge of a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" black print rectangle, making sure the line flows as shown.
- Sew a seam directly on the marked line. Trim through all layers about 1/4" beyond the seam to remove the corner of the square.
- Press to set the seam, and then flip the green triangle that remains right side up.
- Align a marked background square right side down at the bottom of the same rectangle, orienting its line as shown.
- Sew on the line and trim as before. Press to set the seam and then press the light triangle right side up.
- Make four identical units.
Bottom Illustrations, Mirror Image Patchwork
Continue to 4 of 4 below.
- Make four more units, sewing them as mirror images of the first. The bottom row of the drawing illustrates the position of drawn lines and seams, but the assembly method is the same.
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Assemble the Morning Star Quilt Block
Finish Sewing the Morning Star
- Arrange all components into three rows as shown, left.
- Sew the patchwork in top and bottom rows together. Use straight pins to secure the fabric.
- Press seam allowances between chevron halves either direction. Press remaining seam allowances towards the outer patchwork.
- For the center row, sew chevron units into pairs first and press, and then sew the large center square between them. Press the new seam allowances towards the center square.
- Join all rows and press. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".