Block Tutorial: Builder’s Star

Today, I’m sharing a tutorial with you for a block that is similar to a Carpenter’s Star:
This block is 12.5″ square, so it will finish at 12″ square when sewn in a quilt.
For one block, you’ll need:
(16) squares 2″ x 2″
(12) rectangles 2″ x 3.5″
(1) square 4.75″ x 4.75″
Floral (center star)
(8) squares 2″ x 2″
(1) square 3.5″ x 3.5″
Purple Solid
(4) squares 3.5″ x 3.5″
(4) rectangles 2″ x 3.5″
(8) squares 2″ x 2″
Pink Print
(8) squares 2″ x 2″
(1) square 4.75″ x 4.75″
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Chevrons – Make 4
Each Chevron is composed of a pair of flying geese made with the white and purple fabrics.
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With your favorite marking tool, mark lines diagonally on the backs of 8 purple and 8 white 2″ x 2″ squares. You’ll also need 4 white rectangles and 4 purple rectangles.
To make the flying geese units, follow these instructions:
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Sew pairs of flying geese together. Press seams open.
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Star Points – Make 4
The Star Points are simply flying geese units with the white fabric and floral print. To make them, follow these instructions:
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As before, repeat steps on the other side with another floral print square to finish flying geese units.
You’re getting there!!
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Corner Units – Make 4
The corner units are made from a number of pieces. You will start with the 4.75″ x 4.75″ white square and 4.75″ x 4.75″ pink square.
With your favorite marking tool, mark lines as shown on the white square. Mark two lines diagonally, corner to corner, and two lines vertically/horizontally through the center of the square.
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Pin the white square to the pink square, right sides together. Sew 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal lines.
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Cut along the straight lines.
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Cut along the diagonal lines.
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Press open. You’ll now have 8 half-square-triangle units (HSTs).
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With your favorite marking tool, mark lines diagonally on 4 white 2″ x 2″ squares. Mark lines diagonally on the back of 8 pink squares. Then follow these instructions to create 4 square units:

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For final assembly of each corner unit, you’ll need (1) square unit, (2) HSTs, (1) white square 2″ x 2″, and (1) white rectangle 2″ x 3.5″.
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Sew the HSTs to the white background pieces. Then sew to the square units.
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Final Assembly
Sew the chevrons to the star points.
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Lay out the pieces as shown:
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Sew pieces together in rows, then sew rows together.
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Congratulations! You now have a beautiful Builder’s Star.
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    • Mema Beverly says

      Fantastic tutorial and Absolutely beautiful block! Workmanship is extremely wonderful!!!! Colors are also fantastic.

  1. Kathi May says

    I LOVE this! It’s gorgeous!!!
    My husband’s niece is nuts over purple and I would love to make a quilt for her. How do you resize it to make an entire quilt? I’m thinking a large center block with smaller (larger than 12 inches) blocks on the corners. I’m not good at math (totally mathematically challenged), so figuring out how to resize is difficult. Queen or King size quilt.

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