A Wonky Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Like I mentioned on Monday, I’m LOVING the stars right now! And I’m loving them with a little ‘wonkiness’ added in!


The straight up and down ones are cool too, but I’m loving adding them in at a slant! And today I’ll show you how I make them.

Materials. Materials are um, simple… fabric, your cutting tools and thread (not pictured)


Step 1: Cut your fabrics! You’re going to make the quilt block much bigger than you actually want it to be. For this one I wanted about a 9 inch block with a 6 inch star. (plus or minus…)


You’ll need four corner squares. To make my 6 inch star, I started with (1) 3×3 inch center. I also needed (4) outer corner squares measuring 6×6 inches and (4) middle rectangles that measure 3×6 inches, both out of the background fabric. And you’ll need a pile of scraps about 2×4 inches or so. These star corners I don’t really measure!


Step 2: Putting all the stars points together!


Put the two fabrics right side together and fold over.


Although it doesn’t matter what the size of the star point fabric is, it does matter that it covers the 3×6 rectangle. Like so.


Sew the two pieces together once you get the star point laid out how you like it.


Then iron it flat.


Step 3: Trim!


I love using my little quilting square! You want to trim it so that you again have a 3×6 inch rectangle.


And then trim below to get a straight seam allowance.

Step 4: Repeat. Repeat.


You want to repeat Steps 2 and 3 on the other side of the rectangle for the other star point. And often you can use a scrap from the other side!


Then repeat and repeat and repeat for each side of the star!

Step 5: Sew the squares and rectangles together.


Sew two rectangles to the center square.


Sew one rectangle to two background squares. And repeat with the last three pieces.


Then sew all three pieces together.


And you have a block!


But you have a block that looks like the one above….


And we really want a block that looks like this one (above).

Step 7: Trim!


Rotate the block to the position you want it to be. Then trim off each side. You’ll end up with 4 triangles and one square block!


A wonky star block!


And then you can repeat and repeat and repeat until you’re hearts content! Enjoy!


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  1. Love the colors! Beautiful! 🙂

  2. Going to Nurture a Wonky STAR …

  3. Thank you for this tutorial. I love this block! By the way, I’m also an Architect, and sew-er. Just dabbling in quilting right now, but would like to do more. Maybe a wonky star quilt?!

  4. Aack!!!! These are FUN to make!!

  5. brigitte says:

    Thanks for this awesome star pattern tutorial.


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