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Stars are one of the most basic motives found in quilt patterns. You’ll find them in traditional quilt blocks and modern patterns. And it’s no wonder! They are so versatile and create such beautiful quilts.
We’ve put together an overview of all sorts of star quilt patterns. We’ll start with the basic building blocks – that can be easily multiplied to create whole quilt tops. Then we’re sharing some inspiring free star quilt patterns, but also some paid star patterns – that are definitely worth buying!
Let’s get inspired by the stars!
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- Star Quilt Blocks for Star Quilt Patterns
- Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
- Half Square Triangle Eight-Point Star Quilt Block
- LeMoyne Star Quilt Block
- Radiating 8-Pointed Star Quilt Block
- Triangle in a Square Star Block
- Wonky Stars Quilt Block
- The Friendship Star Quilt Block
- The Double Friendship Star Quilt Block
- The Ohio Star Quilt Block
- Woven Star Quilt Block
- Lone Star Quilt Pattern
- Free Star Quilt Patterns
- Star Quilt Patterns to Buy
Star Quilt Blocks for Star Quilt Patterns
Many star quilt patterns out there are block-based. So many different star quilt blocks can be created using just the basic quilt blocks, such as half-square triangles and flying geese. So it’s not at all surprising that many traditional quilting blocks feature star motives.
Here are just some of the most basic (and some of our favorite) star quilt blocks that can be used to create star quilt patterns.
Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
The sawtooth star quilt block is probably one of the most classic star quilt blocks in star quilt patterns. In its most basic version, it is created using four flying geese arranged around a central square unit.
But the central square leaves lots of room for design upgrades, so you can make it your own!
Half Square Triangle Eight-Point Star Quilt Block
Instead of using flying geese like for the sawtooth star quilt blocks, half-square triangles are used to create an 8-pointed star. You can go all in with the HSTs and us HSTs for the central square, as well. This allows you to use a larger variety of fabrics, which makes for a totally different outcome.
You can go super scrappy and make all different HSTs. And with careful placement of fabrics in HSTs you can even create the effect of a Lemoyne star quilt block (which is much harder to make with its traditional technique).
LeMoyne Star Quilt Block
The LeMoyne star quilt block is also a version of 8-pointed star quilt blocks. What’s special about it is that it uses diamonds for each of its points. This means you have to deal with the tricky Y-seams, so it’s perhaps not among the most beginner-friendly stars quilt patterns.
Fran from Cotton and Joy has some great tips on how to make a LeMoyne star quilt block!
Radiating 8-Pointed Star Quilt Block
This is another version of 8-pointed star quilt blocks. It’s a 9-patch block, that uses triangle in a square blocks. You’ll need templates or special rulers (Creative Grids has an excellent ruler for this) to make these – or make two half-rectangle-triangles to replace one triangle in a square.
Triangle in a Square Star Block
This star block may look a lot different from the star quilt blocks above, but its construction is actually really similar to the radiating star. It uses the exact same blocks but arranges them so they form a 4-pointed star instead.
Wonky Stars Quilt Block
While it’s not as traditional as some of the other star quilt patterns here, the wonky stars are a really fun block. They are somewhat similar to the radiating 8-pointed star quilt blocks, but because of their wonkiness appear much more modern – and fun!
An improv technique is used to create the points. Eliane from Patchwork and Poodles has an excellent wonky stars tutorial on her blog!
The Friendship Star Quilt Block
The friendship star is a very basic quilt block, based on a 9-patch block. It uses half square triangles to create this simple pinwheel-like star quilt blocks.
The Double Friendship Star Quilt Block
If you like the look of a friendship star, but think it’s too simple, try a double friendship star quilt block. Instead of half-square triangles, this block uses split square QSTs (you can read all about how these are constructed in our quarter square triangle tutorial). With the right choice of colors, this layout creates the effect of two star layers.
The Ohio Star Quilt Block
The Ohio star quilt block is one of those very traditional quilt blocks that you’ve definitely seen in star quilt patterns. It’s constructed using hourglass quarter-square triangles and a central square. We have an in-depth Ohio star tutorial with a free pattern you can see for more detailed instructions.
Woven Star Quilt Block
I love the look of a woven star! There are different ways to construct it, but probably the most basic is with split square quarter-square triangles and HSTs.
If you’re making a larger block you can even simplify by using squares and HSTs only – like Hailey does in her big block woven star tutorial.
Lone Star Quilt Pattern
A lone star quilt usually consists of only one lone star block. The block is composed of diamond pieces radiating from a central point. For some lone star inspiration, check out these incredible lone star patterns.
Free Star Quilt Patterns
Now that you know all the different basic star quilt blocks, here are some amazing free star quilt patterns. They take those basic star quilt blocks and transform them into beautiful creative quilt patterns!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy quilt pattern with a star motive, look no further. This baby quilt is created using large pieces, which makes for a super quick project. And it looks amazing!
There’s something mesmerizing about this pattern and I love the fabric combo! The pattern requires just three different 1-yard pieces of fabric!
This pattern combines the simple sawtooth star quilt block with an adorable selection of panels by Ruby Star Society. I just love RSS fabrics!
If you – like us – like the simplicity of a simple patchwork quilt, but want to add a little interest, try this fun combo by Diary of a Quilter.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Here’s a basic Ohio Star quilt pattern.
Make this simple but stunning double-star quilt. It should come together pretty quickly and with the right fabrics, it can be a real show-stopper.
I love these simple star quilt patterns. And this one is cleverly designed so there are no points to match (hence the name). Choose from 5 quilt sizes and make your own!
Here’s another simple but effective star quilt pattern. Make it scrappy or choose just a few colors – it will look great either way!
This adorable pattern is for a mini quilt but you could easily multiply the blocks and make it into a baby-size quilt (or larger).
If you’re looking for modern monochromatic star quilt patterns, this one looks amazing. It’s available in two sizes.
Based on the classic sawtooth block, this pattern looks amazing in this scrappy version. Although, as a solids lover, I think it would look incredible in a solids version, too!
Another adorable mini quilt, this pattern uses the split square quarter-triangle blocks. It’s a simple pattern, but the right fabric choices really make for an amazingly cute quilt.
If you love scrappy quilts, you’ll love this pattern. It’s a mix of a patchwork quilt and 8-point star quilt blocks.
Make a bursting star with this fat-quarter-friendly pattern. So colorful and so cute!
I am in love with this giant block baby quilt. The exaggerated size makes this the perfect last-minute gift and at the same time creates a very modern effect.
Here’s another beautiful big block pattern. It features a woven star block, built entirely of squares and half square triangles. And it’s a fat-quarter-friendly pattern! So if you’ve got a few fat quarters lying around, this is a great pattern.
This is another fat-quarter-friendly pattern. And it’s a true explosion of color, so it’s perfect for color lovers like us!
This is another great giant block quilt. It’s a mix of a patchwork quilt, an 8-point star, and a square in a square quilt block. And although that sounds super complicated, it’s actually pretty easy to make!
Put those flying geese skills to the test and make this gorgeous superstar quilt!
You will need special rulers to make this pattern, but I thought you might like it, so I included it anyway. I love the ombre effect and the white shining stars!
This is not a full pattern, but I think these blocks would make such an amazing quilt, I just had to include them. And they’re perfect for using up leftover HSTs and other kinds of scraps!
Star Quilt Patterns to Buy
Of course, I can’t go past some incredible paid star quilt patterns. These are some incredible pattern designers who have some seriously creative takes on the traditional star quilt patterns.
Make these incredibly beautiful falling stars. You know we love the vibrant color version, but a more elegant, dark version is also included on the website.
If you’re looking for beginner-friendly star quilt patterns, this one is perfect. It works with solids, prints, and scraps. So get star sewing!
How beautiful is this starflower design? I also love this pink and green combo. Such a great use of the rules of the quilting color wheel.
Throw some log cabins into the mix and you’ll get this fun starry log cabin pattern. The black accents in this quilt are incredible!
Here’s another fun star quilt pattern where the black fabric really makes everything pop. So fun!
Make this fun star quilt pattern! Suzy has instructions for all sorts of versions, including an ombre version, and a layer cake one!
This medallion-style quilt pattern is assembled with blocks and lots of options!
A fun mix of Ohio stars and basic Sawtooth blocks, this pattern is a lovely option if you’re looking for a basic star quilt pattern.
This confetti star uses the traditional Hunter Star – but with no Y-seams! It’s even layer cake friendly pattern.
How stunning are these interlaced stars? I love how the simplest shapes can create such an intricate design.
If you’re looking for a more intricate design that still has a modern feel, I think you’ll love this one!
You can go past star quilt patterns without mentioning Plains and Pine. She has so many amazing star designs – the Hyalite star is one of our favorites!
Make these radiating stars with a diamond center. So pretty, especially in these gorgeous colors.
I love this radiating effect around the simple sawtooth block. Very modern, don’t you think?
This precut friendly pattern is a fun mix of stripes and star quilt blocks. It’s like a starry picnic blanket! I love it!
I love this dark sparkly quilt – the navy background is so fitting for this sparkle quilt!
This pattern features a clever starry design with triangular sparkles floating around the stars. I also really like the color choices in this quilt, so fresh and modern!
This pattern plays with a basic 8-point star and a friendship star, creating this intricate starry design.
I love this fun play of Xs and stars. Quilt Cakes also has some amazing colorway ideas for you, so make sure you check it out!
What a fun take on a classic sawtooth star. I love the effect these stacked ‘rocks’ create. And the solid fabrics really make this a super modern quilt.
What do you think? Have these star quilt patterns inspired you to make your very own star quilt? Or maybe the star quilt blocks have given you an idea for your own design! I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!