Make a Quick + Easy Friendship Star Quilt Block

This one's a classic, but that doesn't make it boring! This beauty has plenty to offer all on its own, or combined with other blocks for a statement-making accent. Best of all, it's totally beginner-friendly: nothing more than squares and half-square triangles here!

How to make a friendship star quilt block


I'll give you the lowdown on how to make the block with a solid background and a printed fabric for the star. Of course, you can easily swap the solids and the prints however you'd like.

  • Four 2 ½" solid background squares
  • Two 2 ⅞" solid background squares for the HSTs
  • Two 2 ⅞" print squares for the HSTs
  • One 2 ½" print square for the center
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Quilt ruler

Start by making half-square triangles

Make two sets of half-square triangles using the 2 ⅞" solid and printed squares. 

  1. Place one solid colored square and one printed fabric square right sides together. 
  2. Mark a line on the diagonal. 
  3. Sew ¼" on both sides of the marked line.
  4. Cut on the marked line using a rotary cutter.
  5. Press units open, with the seams toward the printed fabric.
  6. Trim to 2 ½" square.

Then assemble the block

Assemble the quilt block in rows like you see above. Be sure to arrange the half-square triangles in the right orientation to get that star look (or else what's the point? Get it?!).

Once sewn, the friendship square quilt block should measure 6 ½". 

September 23, 2018
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