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Block of the Day: Patriotic Double Friendship Star with Tutorial

Today’s Block of the Day if a Patriotic Double Friendship Star.  I made this block because I made a different block (which I’ll show you tomorrow) and I wasn’t really crazy about the way the star legs looked.  So, after much playing around with HSTs I came up with this.  Little did I know the Double Friendship Star quilt block is already a thing!  Oh, well.  Live and learn 🙂

What I Like About This Block

As you might remember, I love star quilt blocks.  I love the challenge in cutting the pieces precisely and I love the challenge of lining up points and seams.  What I love most about this double friendship star block is the way the legs look.  It looks like the main color is overlapping the secondary color.  Stars don’t just have 4 points, sparkling stars have many points and this looks like a sparkling star.

How To Make a Double Friendship Star Quilt Block

You can make this block with pre-cuts or yardage.  I used a combination because I had a few pieces leftover from a charm pack.

What you’ll need:

2 – 3 1/2″ squares of your main color for the legs (the white stars on red background)

2 – 4″ squares of your secondary color for the legs (the red stars on white)

2 – 4″ squares of background for the legs (I used white)

1 – 3″ square for center square (the blue with white stars)

4 – 3″  squares background for corners

Step One

Match one 4″ square of your secondary color and your background color, right sides together.  Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Sew a 1/4″ seam on both sides of the line.  Cut between your seams to form two half square triangles, and then turn the square and cut diagonally from the other two corners.  You should have 4 half triangles.

Repeat with your other two 4″ squares of your secondary and background colors.

You should now have a total of 8 half triangles.  You’re only going to use 4, but this was the only way I could get the long sides of the triangles going in the right direction.  In any case, the world we be a better place if we had more half square triangles, right? 🙂

That’s the trickiest part, I promise.  After this, it’s just another quilt block 🙂  Those four triangles with the big ‘X’?  Set them aside for another project.


Step Two

Cut your two 3 1/2″ squares of your main leg color diagonally to make 4 triangles.

Step Three

Match the primary and secondary triangles together, right sides together, and sew a 1/4″ seam on the long side to form the legs of the star.  It’s not necessary because you’re going to square these up but it helps to make sure the corners are going to the same point before you sew.

Step Four

Square legs to 3 inches.

Step Five

Now, just give everything a good press and it’s time to lay this out so you can sew it all together.

Step Six

Pay close attention to the angle of the triangles in the legs.  Your layout should look like this:

See how the long sides of each of the red triangles is going in the same direction?  It’s like a pinwheel.

Step Seven

Then you just add your 4 – 3″ background squares in the corners and just sew it together like any other 9-patch quilt block.  See?  Easy Peasy!

Isn’t it beautiful?

Donna Anderson

I loved my time working behind the cutting counter at Joann Fabrics but I love shopping at Joann Fabrics even more! What are you making today?

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