How to Make the Rising 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 April, we have been sequestered to our homes. But I will still share with you what we had planned on learning about! This month, it is the Rising Star Quilt Block. 

Rising Star Quilt Block

This block turned out so great! It might be my favorite so far!

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

Background (White)

(A)  5 of 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch squares

(B)  4 of 2 x 2 inch squares

(C)  1 of 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 inch square

(E)  1 of 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch square


Light Color (Small Star)

(F)  4 of 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inch squares


Dark Color (Large Star)

(D)  4 of 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 inch squares


Start by creating the flying geese units. I use the Four-In-One Flying Geese instructions from Connecting Threads.  Using the (C) and (D) pieces, lay two small squares on two diagonal corners of the large square, right sides together.

Making multiple flying geese

Draw a line, corner to corner, on the small squares, then stitch a scant 1/4"  away from both sides of the line. 

Making multiple flying geese

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

Making multiple flying geese

Next, match another small square into the corner of the large triangle. 

Making multiple flying geese

Draw a line from the corner to corner of the small square, as shown in the picture.  Stitch a scant 1/4" from the line.  Cut on the line and press to the dark side. 

Making multiple flying geese

Trim each block down to 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Make sure you stay 1/4 inch away from the top point of the flying geese so you don't loose your point when you sew it. 

Repeat this process with the (E) and (F) pieces. Trim to 2 x 3 1/2 inches. 

Layout the small flying geese, the (B) squares, and one (A) square to create the small inner star. Stitch together and press.

Small Star in the Rising Star Quilt Block

Layout the small star and all the remaining pieces to create the large outer star.

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

Rising Star Quilt Block Finished

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!

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