Rolling Stars Quilt Block Pattern

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    How to Make Rolling Stars Quilt Blocks

    Rolling Stars Quilt Blocks
    Four Rolling Stars Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Rolling Stars is a quilt block pattern that explains how to make 12" square quilt blocks with lots of opportunities to add color in different areas. It was used in the Scrap Happy Sampler quilt, but the design is perfect for any project that requires 12" quilt blocks.

    The inspiration for this quilt block came from the quilt barn trails of Sac County, Iowa, where an image of it is displayed on a barn built over 100 years ago.

    A traditional design, Rolling Stars has been known by several names over the years, depending on the variations used in its central patchwork. The block is easy to assemble using quick piecing techniques.

    Take a look at the four quilt blocks in the photograph and you'll see that when blocks are sewn side by side they create an on point appearance without the hassle of cutting setting triangles and sewing diagonal rows.

    Finished block size: 12" x 12"

    Cutting Charts

    OPTION 1

    The following cutting instructions assume you will use rectangles and squares to quick piece the flying geese units used for star tips. See Option 2 if you prefer to use the no-waste method.

    Light Background Fabric

    • (2) 3-7/8” x 3-7/8” squares
    • (4) 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles
    • (1) 6-1/2” x 6-1/2” square

    Grass Green

    • (2) 3-7/8” x 3-7/8” squares

    Vibrant Red

    • (8) 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” squares
    • (4) 2” x 2” squares

    OPTION 2

    Cutting Instructions for quilt blocks made with the no-waste Flying Geese technique.

    Light Background Fabric

    • (2) 3-7/8” x 3-7/8” squares
    • (1) 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" square
    • (1) 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" square

    Grass Green

    • (2) 3-7/8” x 3-7/8” squares

    Vibrant Red

    • (8) 3-7/8” x 3-7/8” squares

    Sky Blue

    • (4) 2” x 2” squares
    Continue to 2 of 2 below.
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    Sew the Rolling Stars Quilt Block

    Rolling Stars Quilt Block Pattern
    Sew a Rolling Stars Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    For Flying Geese Made with Rectangles and Squares

    Option 1 Cutting Instructions

    1. Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of each 3-1/2” red square, from one corner to the opposite corner. Use the quick pieced flying geese unit method to sew a red square to each end of a background rectangle (illustration, top left).
    2. Repeat to make a total of four identical flying geese. Each should measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2".

    For No-Waste Flying Geese Option

    Option 2 Cutting Instructions

    1. Gather the 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" background square and the four 3-7/8" red squares. Use the No Waste Flying Geese method to construct units for the block. When complete, each should measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2".

    Make Half Square Triangle Units

    1. Gather a 3-7/8” x 3-7/8” background square and a green print square of the same size. Use the quick pieced half square triangle method to create two half-square triangle units from the pair. Each of the new units should measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” (illustration, top middle).
    2. Repeat to make two more background/green half-square triangle units.
    3. Try the Magic 8 Method if you plan to make lots of identical units.

    Make the Quilt Block's Center

    The central section of the quilt block is a quick pieced Snowball block unit (illustration, top right).

    1. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each 2” blue square. Use the quick pieced Snowball method to sew a square to each corner of the 6-1/2” background square.
    2. Your Snowball will not look quite like the illustration you'll find when following the link -- the red triangle tips of this block are more delicate, but the method is identical.
    3. When complete, the block's center unit should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".

    Finish Sewing the Quilt Block

    1. Arrange patchwork components into three rows. Check the star tips of the flying geese units – the red tips should point towards the outer edges of the quilt block (illustration, lower left).
    2. Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances in the top and bottom rows towards the background/green half-square triangle units. Press seam allowances in the middle row towards the large background square.
    3. Join the rows and press, carefully matching edges and seam intersections. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”.