Easy stars are always the favorites for beginner quilters. The Friendship Star quilt block has all the elements in it, for a beginner to practice half square triangles, piecing, matching points, ironing and more.
I always like to teach using this block as my first example (…well maybe also the Pinwheel quilt block).
Cutting Instructions for the Friendship Star quilt block
This block is also used in the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Sampler, and it looks so beautiful using feedsack reproduction fabrics. You really can’t mess this block. Use just a light and a dark fabric, and you can never be wrong! In any case start by making a test block before cutting pieces for the whole quilt. It will make you more confident to continue and make the whole thing.
And always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included.
Finished Block Size
*SQ = Square/Squares
Cut 2 sq from light & dark fabric
Cut 5 sq from light fabric
Just by changing the layout of your half square triangles and/or maybe adding a color or two you can easily make the following variations of the block using the same tutorial. Some of these variations will be different tutorials as they have an extra interest.
Video tutorial of the Friendship Star quilt block
I hope you will enjoy this video tutorial on how to make the FRIENDSHIP STAR quilt block and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more quilt blocks!
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