Quilt Block: Variable Star Quilt Block

Variable Star

Another quick and easy quilt block with endless possibilities. This would make a lovely block with the centre piece fussy cut to a theme, such as shabby chic roses surrounded by pale apricot and cream coloured  fabrics, or a jungle theme with a wild animal as the centre square. I don’t know, my mind runs wild at the options.

This quilt block measures 10″ finished.

What you Need:

  • 1  x 5½” square – for the centre
  • 4  x 3″ squares – for the corners
  • 4 x 3½” squares same colour as the corner squares
  • 1 x 3½” square of 4 contrasting colours

Variable Star Materials


Put aside the corner squares and the centre square for a moment.

Make 8 half square triangles:

  • Place one dark square over each of the 4 contrasting coloured squares.

Variable Star Tutorial

  • Draw a diagonal line on each set of squares

Variable Star Tutorial

  • Sew a seam line ¼” on either side of the drawn line
  • Cut diagonally across the square on the line you drew earlier.

Variable Star Tutorial

  • Press the seam to the dark side.
  • Open the square and press.

You now have 8 half square triangles.

Variable Star Tutorial

Trim the blocks to 3″.  Here is a link to our video tutorial on how to trim a half square triangle

Lay out the block as follows:

  • Place the centre square on your work surface
  • Place the 4 corner squares in the corners
  • Place your half square triangles making sure that the dark colour creates a triangle.

Variable Star Tutorial

Assemble the Block in the following manner:

  • Using a ¼” seam sew the top row  squares together and then sew the bottom row of squares together.

Variable Star Tutorial

  • Using a ¼” seam sew the two side squares on each side of the block, right sides together.

Variable Star Tutorial

  • Using a ¼” seam sew  the side blocks to the centre block.

Variable Star Tutorial

  • Press the seams on the side blocks open.
  • And after you have sewn the side blocks to the centre square, press those seams towards the centre.

Variable Star Tutorial

  • Now sew the top and bottom rows to the centre block.
  • Because of how the seams were pressed at the start theywill nest nicely together.  So that you will have nice neat joins on the front.

Variable Star Tutorial

  • And here is the finished block.

Variable Star

And here is the video tutorial

  • Ellie says:

    Thank you for the great visuals and specific, accurate instructions. Some of us need written instructions as well as pictures and YT videos to sail through making our blocks. The result is a successful, enjoyable experience. Thanks for all you do. By the way, I love the cheerful music at the beginning of your YT videos too! Keep up the good work.

  • Martha Hoffman says:

    I have made this block before but like your technique in making the points of the star better. I want to embroider a design in the center block, maybe stitch in the ditch to quilt the star then join the blocks already quilted.

  • James Earney says:

    i am interested in your quilting block, how can i get your instruction?

    • Alanda says:

      Can you please clarify exactly what you are wanting, as the full written instructions plus the video are on this page.

  • Summer says:

    I’ve looked but can not seem to find the finished block size of the variable star block.

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