Rising Star Quilt Block Pattern

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    How to Make Rising Star Quilt Blocks

    Christmas Quilt Block Patterns
    Christmas Themed Rising Star Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    About the Rising Star Quilt Block

    Rising Star is an easy star-in-a-star quilt block pattern that's suitable for beginning to experienced quilters.

    The Rising Star quilt block finishes at 12" x 12". Use four fabrics to make a quilt block like the illustration, but don't hesitate to create a scrap quilt block by mixing up the fabrics in any way you wish.

    Rising star quilt blocks look good with sashing and cornerstones sewed between them, or alternated with a simple quilt block, such...MORE as a four-patch Snowball (corner triangles would stretch down to meet the edges of the block's corner squares). Take a look at the pattern for A Joyous Celebration for an example of Snowballs sewn next to typical Evening Star quilt blocks.

    Fabrics for the Rising Star Quilt Block

    My quilt block is Christmas-themed. Alter fabrics to suit any decor.

    Medium to larger scale poinsettia print for small star block center:

    • (1) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square

    Dark green Tone on Tone print for small star tips:

    • (8) 2" x 2" squares

    Red and gold print for large star tips:

    • (8) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares

    Background fabric for large star:

    • (4) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
    • (4) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares

    Background fabric for small star:

    • (4) 2" x 3-1/2" rectangles
    • (4) 2" x 2" squares
    Continue to 2 of 2 below.
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    Assemble the Rising Star Quilt Block

    Christmas Rising Star Quilt Block
    Assemble the Christmas Rising Star Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    Sew Patchwork and Assemble the Rising Star Block

    Star tips are created with quick pieced Flying Geese units.

    A member of our quilting community made a wonderful frugal suggestion: before you trim the tips from your geese units, sew another seam 1/2" outwards from the first. When you trim off the tips, the outer corners fall away and are small half square triangle units that can be used in another project.

    1. Gather a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" background rectangle and two 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" red...MORE squares.
    2. Use the quick flying geese technique to sew a red square to each end of the rectangle.
    3. Make three more identical geese units.
    4. Repeat, making four more geese units from the smaller background rectangles and small green squares.
    5. Assemble the small center star by arranging the green/background geese units, the four 2" x 2" squares and the 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" center square into three rows as shown (middle illustration).
    6. Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards the squares. Join the rows, butting seam intersections for a snug fit.
    7. Assemble the quilt block by arranging the red/background geese units, the four 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" background squares and the small star center into three rows as shown.
    8. Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards corner squares and center star. Join the rows, butting seam intersections for a snug fit.
    9. Press the quilt block. It should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".

    Try the No Waste Flying Geese Method Instead

    When you use the no waste flying geese method you'll sew four small squares to a larger square and then cut apart. It's a very simple technique that results in four very accurate flying geese and eliminates the waste when the little corner triangles are chopped off.

    For the Rising Star Quilt Block:

    • Replace the larger rectangles and squares with (1) 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" background square and (4) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares for star tips.
    • Replace the smaller rectangles and squares with (1) 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" background square and (4) 2-3/8" x 2-3/8" star tips.
    • Use my no waste flying geese tutorial to assemble the units.
    • Refer to my no waste flying geese cutting chart to make different sizes of flying geese.