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 center piece fussy cut to a theme, such as shabby chic roses surrounded by pale apricot and cream colored fabrics, or a jungle theme with a wild animal as the center square. I don’t know, my mind runs wild at the options.

This quilt block measures 10″ finished.

Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for the written instructions


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What You Need

  • 1  x 5½” square – for the center
  • 4  x 3″ squares – for the corners
  • 4 x 3½” squares the same color as the corner squares
  • 4 x 3½” squares ( make these in 4 contrasting colors)

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

Make 8 half square triangles:

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

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  • Draw a diagonal line on each set of squares

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

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

You now have 8 half square triangles.

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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 center 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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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And here is the finished block.

Variable Star