QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Friendship Star

Friendship Star Quilt by Tara Reed

FREE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Friendship Star

Want to learn to sew a quick and versatile quilt block? The Friendship Star quilt block  is a great place to start!

This tutorial creates a 15″ finished block. 


Example shown creates a 15″ finished block – see the cutting chart for alternate size finished blocks. Use a scant ¼″ seam allowance throughout.

Friendship Star Quilt Block tutorial by Tara Reed

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • FABRIC 1:
    • (4) 5½″ squares – for corners
    • (2) 5⅞″ squares – for HST
  • FABRIC 2:
    • fussy cut one 5½″ square for the center of your block 
  • FABRIC 3: 
    • (2) 5⅞″ squares – for HST
    • optional: use this fabric for the center square too instead of using FABRIC 2
Friendship Star - Size Cutting Chart

STEP 1: Create 4 half-square triangles (HST)

  • Place the FABRIC 1 and FABRIC 3 HST squares, right sides together. (You will make 2 sets)
  • Draw a line diagonally on one square.
  • Stitch ¼″ to each side of the line.
  • Cut on the diagonal line you drew originally.
  • Press towards the darker color fabric.
Friendship Star Quilt Block tutorial by Tara Reed

STEP 2: Arrange the blocks that make your Friendship Star

Friendship Star Quilt Block tutorial by Tara Reed

Layout your Friendship Star block as shown.

I like to put mine on a felt square or wool pressing square so everything stays in place and I can move it if need be. Pay attention to any directionality of your fabric.


STEP 3: Sew the Friendship Star Block together

  • Sew the 3 building blocks together for each row. Press seams open.
  • Sew the 3 rows together to make the Friendship Star block. Press seams open and square the block.
  • Your finished block should be 15½″ square.
Friendship Star Quilt Block tutorial by Tara Reed
Friendship Star Quilt Block tutorial by Tara Reed

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