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About the Friendship Star Quilt Block Pattern
Friendship Star Quilt Block Pattern

Variation of Friendship Star Quilt Block

© Janet Wickell

Friendship Star Quilt Block

The most basic Friendship Star quilt block has squares in its corners, but I replaced the squares with half square triangle units for this variation of the design. I like to use triangles in those positions, because they create a boost of color play and visual movement when blocks are sewn together.

If you plan to sew quilt blocks side-by-side, vary the colors and/or color values used in the corner triangles, otherwise four like-patches will intersect when blocks are joined, creating what appears to be a large square of a single fabric, and eliminating an opportunity to add that extra bit of visual interest. However, if you want that look, place a group of identical blocks next to each other to preview the layout.

Friendship Star Quilt Block Variations

You’ll see lots of variations of the Friendship Star block used in quilts, and some will probably be tagged with a different name, depending on the configuration of their corners. Related quilt block patterns that I've written include:

I've included cutting instructions for two block sizes, a 12-inch square block and a Friendship Star that finishes at 6-inches square (a good choice for a baby or toddler).

12" x 12" Friendship Star Cutting Chart

Blue Print for stars

  • (1) 4-1/2” x 4-1/2” square
  • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares

Small Scale Multicolor Print for corners

  • (2) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares

Light Neutral Print for background

  • (4) 4-7/8” x 4-7/8” squares

6" x 6" Friendship Star Cutting Chart

Blue Print for stars

  • (1) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” square
  • (2) 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” squares

Small Scale Multicolor Print for corners

  • (2) 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” squares

Light Neutral Print for background

  • (4) 2-7/8” x 2-7/8” squares

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