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.
- Place one solid colored square and one printed fabric square right sides together.
- Mark a line on the diagonal.
- Sew ¼" on both sides of the marked line.
- Cut on the marked line using a rotary cutter.
- Press units open, with the seams toward the printed fabric.
- 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".