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4X Star {quilt block tutorial}

I’ve had nine patch quilt blocks on my mind this spring and I love star blocks too. So, I went searching for a block that combined the two concepts and discovered the 4X Star quilt block.  I had so much fun sewing it that I had to write a tutorial to share with all my True Blue friends.

Tutorial live on YouTube. Watch now!

A springtime coloring of the 4X Star block
The 4X Star block
Source: EQ7 block library

I started with 2-1/2 inch squares, so my blocks finish at 10 inches.

Cutting

You will need 1 strip of fabric for each color.

Cut 5 squares of star fabric (pink) along with 4 squares of background (grey). Use the remaining strips of star and background to make 8 half-square triangles.

I like the Easy Angle Ruler, but there are many other methods.

(See my blog post – HST Three Ways for specific suggestions on alternate techniques.)

Cut 4 squares each from two accent colors (green and yellow).

Sewing

Once your half-square triangles are assembled, you can lay out the block pieces as shown in the diagram.

Sew two identical rows for the top and bottom of the block:

Row one of the 4X Star quilt block
Rows 1 and 5 of the 4X Star quilt block

Sew two identical rows for the star points:

Second row of 4X Star quilt block
Rows 2 and 4 of the 4X Star quilt block

Sew one row of squares for the center of the block:

Center of 4X Star quilt block
Center row of the 4X Star quilt block

Press the seams of odd rows to the left, and press the seams of even rows to the right. This will allow the seams to nest with each other and create less bulk in the finished block.

A springtime coloring of the 4X Star block
The 4X Star block
Source: EQ7 block library

Pin the rows together and sew the full block. Trim to 10-1/2 inches.

A 4X Star Baby Quilt

Make a total of six blocks. Adding a 2-1/2 inch finished sashing and a 4-inch border gives you a small quilt 35″ x 48″, perfect for a new baby.

Additional blocks and borders make an adorable baby quilt
Six 4X Star quilt blocks turn into a perfectly sized baby quilt

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