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Rising Star Quilt

by Sharon Hultgren

45" x 60"

Image of Rising Star Quilt Image of Rising Star Quilt Grid

Materials Needed:



  • 4 yds. White
  • 1 1/2 yds. Red
  • 5/8 yd. Blue


Cutting Directions

  • Cut three 2" strips of white
  • Cut two 2" strips of red
  • Cut five 3 1/2" strips of white
  • Cut three 3 1/2" strips of red

schematic of chain piecingPlace 2" white strips right sides together with red 2" strips. Using the Easy Angle, cut forty-eight triangles. Triangles are now ready to be chain pieced. Chain piecing is sewing a series of components by continuously feeding them through the sewing machine without breaking the thread (see illustration at right). This method saves time.

Cut twenty-four 2" white squares.

Place 3 1/2" white strips right sides together with 3 1/2" red strips. Using Easy Angle, cut forty-eight triangles.

Cut thirty 3 1/2" white squares.

Block Assembly

Sew red and white triangles together to form triangle squares. Chain piece to save time. Cut apart and press seam toward dark fabric.

schematic of star pointsSew two triangle squares together to form star points. Sew twenty-four sets each of the 2" and the 3 1/2" size.

schematic of star point unitSew a square to either side of a star point set to make a star point unit. Make twelve of each size.

schematic of star point units attached to squareSew remaining small star point sets to either side of a 3 1/2" square. Make six.

schematic of small star unitsSew small star point units to top and bottom to create the six small stars.

schematic of small star units with big star points attachedSew two large star points to each side of the small star block.

schematic of big star units comprising the quilt blockSew the remaining large star point units to the top and bottom of the block to complete the quilt block.

Quilt Top Assembly

schematic of big star quilt blocks and sashingCut nine strips of white 3 1/2" x 12".

Sew strips to both sides of three blocks and to one side of remaining blocks.

Sew blocks together to make rows of two blocks.

schematic of sashing between rows of quilt blocksCut four strips 3 1/2" x 33 1/2" of white. Mark at intervals as shown to insure blocks line up perfectly. Sew strips between rows.


Inner Border

  • Cut ten strips 1 1/2" x 44" of blue
  • Cut five strips 1 1/2" x 44" of white
  • Cut one strip 3 1/2" x 44" of blue

Sew a 1 1/2" blue strip to both sides of each 1 1/2" white strip to make five border strip sets. Cut two 33 1/2" top and bottom borders. Piece to get two 48 1/2" side borders. Cut four blue 3 1/2" squares. Sew squares to either end of the top borders. Sew side borders to quilt, then sew top and bottom border units.

schematic of inner border

Outer Border:

Cut six 3 1/2" strips from white. Measure sides and cut or piece border strips to fit. Sew side borders first then add top and bottom borders.

Layer back, batting and top. Quilt as desired.

Don't forget to sign and date your quilt! Enjoy!

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