The star block pattern is a very popular choice for quilters to use. Below I have selected a range of different star blocks for the beginner quilter to use. Most of these blocks require the use of only one type of piecing technique.
Most blocks come in a specific size and a few come in several sizes. Remember you can enlarge or reduce each block as needed. You can do this by using a photocopier. Go to new block size chart and scroll down to the New Block Size chart. I have given instructions below the chart for its use.
Most of the following patterns have been designed by Marcia Hohn. She has a fabulous website where she offers a wide range of traditional block and original block patterns.
For those patterns that require the paper piecing method go to paper piecing instructions and here you will be taken through a paper piecing tutorial. It will help guide you through this technique whether you are new to paper piecing or would just like to refresh your skills.
6" - 7" Star Patterns
8" Star Patterns
9" and 10" Star Patterns
12" Star Patterns
The above star patterns are traditional block patterns. Some of these blocks have their history dating back over 200 years.
As with a lot of names given to quilting blocks there can be several names for each block. This often has arisen due to the different placement of fabrics within a block and the number of different fabrics used to complete each block.
You will also notice that several of these blocks look almost identical. Again a slight change can create a new block and a new name. This is easily seen with the '8 pointed star' block. Have a close look at the Austin and the Indian blocks to see the slight changes.