How To Make the Trailing Star Quilt Block

Join me this year as I provide instructions for how to make a different quilt block each month. Eventually, all these blocks will turn into a great quilt! For the month of August, we are making the Trailing Star Quilt Block.  

Trailing Star Quilt Block made with teal, blue, and white half square triangles 

I love how simple this block is!

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

Teal Blue 4 of 4 x 4 inch squares

Dark Blue 4 of 4 x 4 inch squares

White 8 of 4 x 4 inch squares


First, create the half square triangles (HSTs). On the white 4 inch squares, draw a line diagonally, corner to corner. Match a white square to a 4 inch teal blue square, right sides together. Stitch 1/4 inch away from the line on both sides. Cut on the drawn line. Press open towards the dark side. Trim to 3 1/2 inches square.



Repeat using the remaining white 4 inch squares and the dark blue 4 inch squares.

Layout the half square triangles and the 3 1/2 inch squares to match the picture and stitch them together in rows. Press. Then stitch the rows together. Press.

Trailing Star Quilt Block in teal, dark blue, and a white background.

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 digital download of these instructions, check out Group #6 of the How-To Quilt Block of the Month.  Also, please check out the other blocks that are available for download here.

(This is classic block that has been designed by many people but these instructions are written by me.)  

Have fun quilting!

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