Double Star Block Tutorial

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″

Double Star BlockHere’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.

Double Star QuiltStars 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!

Cutting

  • 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.

doublestar_1

Cut on the drawn line and open up the grey squares so they are sticking out.

doublestar_2

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.

doublestar_3

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!

doublestar_4You 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!

doublestar5Make a total of 8 black/white half square triangles.

Block assembly

Lay out all 25 block units into a 5 x 5 grid that looks like this:

doublestar_explodedblock

Join each unit into rows and press seams open.

doublestar_rows

Join the rows to complete the block and press seams open.

doublestar_finished

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).

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