35 Free Star Quilt Patterns
You can never go wrong with a classic! These traditional star quilt patterns are truly timeless. This page also features unexpected and modern star quilt ideas.
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Star quilt patterns are the quintessential patchwork quilt designs. They are incredibly versatile and fairly easy to piece. Check out our list of 35 Free Star Quilt Patterns for free block designs and quilt ideas for all the star quilting tutorials you'll ever need!
New quilters can get started with star quilt patterns for beginners, while more advanced quilters can try one of the more complex and creative star quilt block patterns that are sure to make any quilt shine.
Besides the free star quilt patterns, we will go over What is a Star Quilt? and other variations of the pattern. If you like traditional quilt blocks and patterns or enjoy combining traditional with modern styles, then you are going to love all of the quilt ideas found in this collection.
One of the most creative, simple, and bright quilt patterns, the star design is a must-make for most quilters. The free patterns below offer a huge variety of interpretations of the classic star (along with many traditional blocks and quilts you will adore as well).
Plus! Don't miss our video on how to make a basic star block. It even shows you how to create a pretty DIY quilted pillow! Follow along with our friend Carolina Moore by clicking play on the video right below!
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Simple Star Quilt Blocks
These simple star quilt patterns, free of any complicated piecing, are the basic building blocks of all star quilt patterns. If you're new to quilting and have never made a quilt block before, then the traditional star is a fantastic place to start. A great way to practice working with half square triangles and basic piecing, these easy star designs are a must for beginner quilters.
Star Quilt Blocks Made with Half-Square Triangles
These star quilt blocks are some of our easiest quilt block patterns. Typical star blocks use a mixture of half square triangles, a basic technique used in traditional quilting, or quarter square triangles, to create their classic design. Grab your favorite precuts and start making HSTs because we know you won't be able to resist these easy star blocks.
Straight from a designer: "I love designing Star quilts, and if I can design something to use up some of my ever-growing scrap stash, well that is just a double bonus! Add in a rainbow of scraps in that star design, and well, it just doesn't get much better than that! This Scrappy Rainbow Star Quilt Block really is a culmination of my favorites in quilting!" -Melissa from happyquiltingmelissa.com
Want to try a new shape for your next quilt? Log cabins are the latest trend. Look at this article for 38 Free Log Cabin Quilt Patterns
Creative Star Quilt Blocks
How about some outside-the-box star quilting designs? Spice up your ho-hum star quilt patterns with some unusual star blocks. These star quilt blocks are variations of classic 8 point stars, and include more intricate piecing and cutting. If you've mastered the classic star, then these fun quilt blocks are a great way to take your skills to the next level.
Six-Pointed Star Quilt Patterns
Six-pointed stars are a bit uncommon in the quilting world, but these patterns show how bright they can shine! These six point star designs are full quilt patterns that you won't be able to resist showing off. Six point stars are a great way to play with design and direction, so don't be afraid to try out different quilting methods.
Straight from a designer: "I came up with this Counting Stars Bed Quilt design because 1, I love stars, and 2, I wanted to design a quilt with large blocks to showcase fabrics with large patterns. This is a very easy and simple quilt to make that has a 'wow' effect!" -Sachiko Aldous from tearosehome.blogspot.com
King and Queen Size Star Quilts
Go big with these larger star quilts to make. Cover your bedroom in stars with these gorgeous star quilt patterns or give any of these beauties as gifts for housewarming gifts to loved ones. If your bed's in need of a serious makeover, then these free quilt patterns and tutorials are the perfect way to show off your star-making skills.
Full and Twin Size Star Quilts
Smaller beds deserve love and beauty, too! Make a quilt for a guest bedroom or kid's bedroom with these star quilt patterns. These DIY star quilts also work as cozy and comfy throw and lap quilts, so if you've been searching for the best quilt to snuggle up with, be sure to check out these tutorials. Though still large enough to be a weekend (or longer) project, these smaller sizes are easier to manage.
Star Quilt Throw Patterns
When it comes to quilt design ideas we love, a lap throw is one of our favorites. Make a star quilt pattern free of the cost and time of a larger quilt. The best part about these lap and throw quilts is that they're large enough to snuggle with but are small enough to easily carry around. These medium size quilts also make beautiful wall hangings!
Bonus: What is a Star Quilt?
Star blocks and star quilt patterns are popular quilting designs that have been around for hundreds of years, but if you're new to quilting, you may be asking yourself, 'What is a star quilt?' Star quilts are given their name as they resemble evening stars, and can be composed of star blocks or one large star at the center of a quilt.
Star quilt blocks are typically made with 6 or 8 points and are composed of squares and half square triangles, although they can also be made using quarter square triangles. There are several variations of the traditional star block, including lone star blocks, which are also known as Star of Bethlehem and morning star designs. Lone star blocks are quite intricate and were named for the state of Texas, becoming popular after the fall of the Alamo.
Star quilts are also traditional designs within different Native American communities, in particular, the Lakota tribe, where intricate star designs hold special significance. If you're interested in the history of Native American star quilts, we recommend this excellent article by Cheyenne Cartwright, "Native American Star Quilt History". Whether you're new to quilting or are looking to step up your skills, be sure to check out all of our excellent star quilt patterns listed below!
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