The Double Star Block was originally a part of The Beehive – an online quilt block tutorial series curate by Alyce Blythe of Blossom Heart Quilts. Click here to see all of the blocks with links to their tutorials.
The Double Star block finishes at 12″ x 12″
Here’s what the quilt layout looks like when the block is repeated. I just love the secondary pattern of stars and diamonds that is created when the blocks are joined together.
Stars and Diamonds Pattern Layout
The Double Star block uses half square triangles, fast flying geese, and regular squares. Follow the instructions below to make one block in black, white and grey. To make additional blocks, just multiply the piece count with the number of blocks you wish to make!
- From White fabric, cut: 4 squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″; 1 square 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
- From Light Grey fabric, cut: 8 squares, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
- From Medium Grey fabric, cut: 4 squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″; 1 square 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
- From Dark Grey fabric, cut: 1 square, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
- From Black fabric, cut: 8 squares, 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
Make Fast Flying Geese
Lay 2 medium grey 2 7/8″ squares onto opposite corners of 1 white 5 1/4″ square, right sides together. Draw a line down the middle of the grey squares and sew 1/4″ away on either side of the drawn line.
Cut on the drawn line and open up the grey squares so they are sticking out.
Lay another medium grey square onto each of the triangle geese units and draw another line. Sew 1/4″ on either side of the marked line and cut on the line to reveal 4 medium grey/white flying geese units.
Repeat this process with the small black squares and the larger medium grey squares, to create 4 black/medium grey flying geese units. Don’t forget to trim off the triangle tips!
You should have 4 white/grey flying geese and 4 black/grey geese.
Make Half-Square Triangles
Layer 4 white 2 7/8″ squares on top of 4 black 2 7/8″ squares. Draw a line down the middle and sew with 1/4″ seams on each side. Cut apart on the drawn line and press seams open to reveal 8 half-square triangles. Don’t forget to trim off the triangle tips!
Make a total of 8 black/white half square triangles.
Lay out all 25 block units into a 5 x 5 grid that looks like this:
Join each unit into rows and press seams open.
Join the rows to complete the block and press seams open.
Bonus: For Electric Quilt Users
Click here to to access the EQ download file and save it in EQ7. (File works for both Windows or Mac versions of EQ7. Mac users may need to save the file first before opening to access).
6 thoughts on “Double Star Block Tutorial”
I love this block, it’s up there with my favorite ones. . I can’t wait to make it and use it in my granddaughters T-Shirt quilt as filler blocks. I’ve always stayed away from this pattern before because of the flying geese construction combined with other colors. Now, after seeing the step by step explanation; I think I’m ready to try it. So thank you.
The Sawtooth Star block has so many possibilities as you show. I was playing around with it some time ago in EQ8, and by changing up color values, nesting, or rotating elements one can get a totally cool, but unrecognizable as a sawtooth block block!
Thank you so much for the EQ7 download for your double star block