Quilt Block: Ribbon Star Quilt Block Tutorial

This block is just so easy to make. You can make a quilt by simply sewing a number of the blocks together or you could add sashing between the blocks. It looks great either way. Add some borders and you have a truly lovely quilt.

I have only used two contrasting colours but you could change it up by making each block a different colour or even each of star points in a different colour. There are just so many ways you can colourise this versatile block.

The instructions below are for a 12′ x12″ finished block.

Watch the video below or scroll down for the step-by-step written instructions

What You Need:

Background Fabric:

  • 4 squares (@ 3½” x 3½”) these are the corner squares.
  • 6 squares (@ 4″ x 4″)

Contrasting Fabric

  • 6 squares (@ 4″ x 4″)

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To make the half-square triangle (HST):-

  • Take one piece of  4″ background fabric and draw a line diagonally across the reverse side of the square.

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  • Place the piece on top of a piece of contrasting fabric (right sides together) making sure the edges match up.
  • Sew a seam line ¼” on either side of the drawn line.

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  • Cut along the drawn line.

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  • You now have 2 HST’s.

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  • Press the seams open.


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  • Repeat for all 6 squares and you will end up with 12 HST’s.
  • Lay the pieces out on the mat as shown below.

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Assemble the Block:

  • Place the right sides together and sew the first two squares in the row, together with a ¼” seam.
  • Place the right sides together and sew the last two squares in the row, together with a ¼” seam.

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  • Join the two sets of squares together.


  • Repeat this process with all of the rows.

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  • Press all the seams open.

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  • Join the rows together by placing the top row over the second row. Match up the seam lines and the edges and pin.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.

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  • Repeat with the bottom two rows.
  • Join the rows together, again matching up the seams and pinning along the edges.
  • Your gorgeous block is now finished.  Have fun playing with this one. Happy blocking.

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