How to sew a World Star Quilt Block

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Hooray! This week is World Craft Week and to celebrate, we’re challenging you to take the Quilt Block Challenge! It’s fun to join in – simply sew a quilt block you’ve never tried before and share a pic of your finished block. If you’re feeling brave, show us yourself in the photo too for a patchwork selfie.

If you’re wondering which block to sew, our Technical Editor Laura has created this special World Star Block for you to try. Read on for Laura’s free tutorial. Remember to share a photo of your finished block online with the hashtags #worldcraftweek and #quiltblockchallenge and you could win a beautiful bundle of Lecien fabric!

Bristol Star Quilt Block

How to sew a World Star Quilt Block

You will need…

  • Background fabric – ­­10in x 15in
  • Fabric 1 – 10in square
  • Fabric 2 – 10in square

Finished size

1212in square (unfinished)

Cutting out

Step one: From the background fabric cut as follows:

  • Five (5) 412in squares
  • One (1) 514in square

Step two: From fabric 1 cut as follows:

  • Four (4) 212in squares
  • Four (4) 278in squares

Step three: From fabric 2 cut four (4) 212in x 412in rectangles.

Making the Flying Geese

Step four: First make Flying Geese, four at a time using one (1) 514in background square and four (4) 278in fabric 1 squares. To do this, start by drawing a diagonal line (corner-to-corner) on the back of each small fabric 1 square.

Step five: Place two squares on opposite corners of the large background fabric square, right sides together and pin in place. The diagonal lines should match up and the small squares will overlap.



Step six: Stitch a 14in seam on either side of the marked lines. Press and cut apart along the marked line. Press units open.

Step seven: Place a third fabric 1 square, right-sides-together with one of the pieced units. The marked line should go in the opposite direction to the seam. Stitch 14in on either side of the marked line, cut apart and press as before.

Step eight: Repeat step seven with the remaining small fabric 1 square and remaining pieced unit. Check each Flying Geese unit measures 212in x 412in and trim the ‘dog-ears’.

TOP TIP: For more about making Flying Geese using different methods see Lin Clements’ Essential Guide in issue 22.

Assembling the block

Step nine: Stitch a 212in x 412in fabric 2 rectangle to each Flying Geese unit. Press. Stitch these units to opposite sides of the 412in background square. Press.


Step 10: Draw a line on the back of a 212in fabric 1 square and place right sides together in one corner of a 412in background square. Sew along the marked line. Trim excess fabric to 14in seam allowance. Press corner open.

Step 11: Stitch a unit from step 10 to either side of the remaining Flying Geese units with the fabric 1 corner facing inwards. Press.

Step 12: Add these rows to the top and bottom of the centre unit to complete the block.


Now your block is finished! Share a photo on your Facebook or Instagram feed and tag #worldcraftweek and #quiltblockchallenge. Here’s our finished block…

And here’s what you could win if we pick your photo as the winning Quilt Block Challenge picture… 14 fat quarters of Lecien Antique Rose fabric… Good luck everyone! Post your pics before midnight this Saturday 8th April and we’ll pick our favourite and reveal the winner on our Facebook page next Monday.

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