How to Make the Combination Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Again this year, for the quilt guild I am apart of, I am providing instructions for how to make a different quilt block each month. For the month of May, we are still sequestered to our homes. But I will still share with you what we had planned on learning about! This month, it is the Combination Star Quilt Block. 

Combination Star Quilt Block

This block looks harder than it actually is.

For a 12 inch finished block (12.5 inch unfinished), you will need to cut the following: 

Color (Blue)

A - Cut five squares at 3 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches

C - Cut two squares at 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches


Background (White)

B - Cut ten squares at 3 by 3 inches

D - Cut two squares at 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches



Start by making the Square in Square Blocks. Cut the B squares in half diagonally to create 20 triangles. Match up the long sides of the triangles to each side of the A squares.

Square In a Square

Stitch alternating edges first, press, then stitch on the other two triangles.

Square in Square Quilt Block

Press, then trim to 4 1/2 inches square. Repeat to make 5 of these squares.

Next, make the quarter square triangles.

On the back of the light 5 1/2 inch squares, draw a diagonal line, corner to corner.  Pin the dark 5 1/2 inch square to the light square, right sides together. 

Stitch on both sides of the drawn line, a scant 1/4 inch away.

Quarter Square Block

Cut on the drawn line, and press to the dark side.

On one of the newly created squares, draw another line perpendicular to the seam on the back side. Place both squares together, matching the seams together and making sure the dark and light fabrics touch. (I accidentally made some extra lines on my square. Please ignore them.)

Quarter Square Triangles

Stitch on both sides of the drawn line, a scant 1/4 inch away. 

Quarter Square Triangles

Cut on the drawn line. Press to the dark side.

Quarter Square Triangle

Repeat for the other 5 1/2 inch squares. Trim them to be 4 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches.

After using all squares you should have four quarter squares.


Finally, sew the pieces together to create the final block. Press.

Combination Star Quilt Block

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Check back each month for a new How-To of quilt blocks! To see the other blocks, just search my blog for Quilt Guild Block of the Month.

If you would like a PDF version of these instructions, please check out Group #3 of the How-To Block of the Month Downloads.

This is classic block that has been designed and created by many people. As I have mentioned before, these block designs come from the book 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone. (c) 2003 but these instructions are written by me.) 

Have fun quilting!

1 comment

  • I, too, do a monthly block for my quilt guild! (Except June, July & August) We call it a “Block Lotto” and anyone that makes one puts it in a drawing to win the whole bunch!! :-) It’s always fun…I just hope we’ll be able to get back to having meetings soon! We canceled our quilt show that’s held annually in October, but the guild is still fun!! Thanks for sharing your blocks!! It’s fun to see blocks I haven’t seen before.

    Vivian Oaks

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