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Kansas Star Quilt Block Pattern

Use my pattern to make the Kansas Star quilt block.

© Janet Wickell

Kansas Star is a traditional quilt block pattern that's also known as Eight Points Allover.

The block's framing is known by numerous names, depending on the color values used within specific areas. Historians are not sure, but the name Kansas Star may have been tagged onto the pattern by the pattern writers at the Kansas City Star.

Like other patchwork quilt blocks, there are many ways to construct Kansas Star. One of the easiest ways to assemble the quilt block is to sew it with nine square-in-a-square units.

Kansas Star is one of the quilt blocks used in the Backwards Medallion Sampler quilt pattern, but feel free to use the pattern for any quilt you would like to make.

Finished Block Size: 6" x 6"

I've also included cutting instructions for a 12" version of the block at the bottom of this page.

Quilting Fabrics

The yardages on page 2 of the Medallion Sampler project are somewhat generous -- enough so that you should be able to bring in a scattering of those fabrics if you would like to repeat them within blocks. 

Individual patches are fairly small, so it's usually best to avoid large prints. I recommend you use a combination of print scales for interest, plus a few tone on tone fabrics, which add a subtle visual texture without overwhelming the layout.

Quilting fabrics recommended below reflect the quilt block on this page -- your choice of color and color value may be different. Play up the inner star or let other elements be the primary focus. See page 3 for another example of color layout in this easy quilt block.

Components are listed by area to help you plug-in your own choices. Smaller squares are used to create corner triangles and larger squares become the centers of square-in-a-square quilt blocks. Stack each group of fabrics together to help fabrics organized.

For square-in-a-square blocks used in corners:

  • Light green print: (4) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
  • medium brown print: (8) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
  • somewhat muted gold/green/red print: (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares

For square-in-a-square blocks at midpoints of rows:

  • darker green print: (8) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
  • bright red print: (8) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
  • light neutral print: (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares

For center square-in-a-square block:

  • bright gold print: (8) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
  • dark brown or black print: (1) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square

 

Make a 12" Kansas Star Quilt Block

For square-in-a-square blocks used in corners:
  • Light green print: (4) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
  • medium brown print: (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
  • somewhat muted gold/green/red print: (4) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares

For square-in-a-square blocks at midpoints of rows:

  • darker green print: (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
  • bright red print: (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
  • light neutral print: (4) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares

For center square-in-a-square block:

  • bright gold print: (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
  • dark brown or black print: (1) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square

When complete, the block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".

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