Wonky Star Block Tutorial

on January 29 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 12 Comments

Janice from Better Off Thread designed this pretty Wonky Star Block to use for quilts, pillows and more. We can’t wait to see what you do with your block! Learn more about Janice in her introduction, and check out some of her beautiful quilts.

Hi, I’m Janice, and today I’m going to show you how to make this Inset Wonky Star Block.

I originally designed this block for a sewing bee I participate in and I thought it would be fun block to use in a variety of projects.

It’s a large, 20” block, so one block is the perfect size for a pillow. If you want to make your own, sew up the block and then check out my pillow tutorial.

Four blocks and a 4” border will give you this great 47” x 47” starburst baby quilt. I can picture this made with comic book fabrics for a boy, or delicate, fussy cut fabrics for a girl.

Tackle 8 blocks and you have yourself a full-sized quilt! This layout is 88” x 88” with a 5” border.

For this block, you will need:

  • 1/3 yard of background fabric
  • A variety of scraps for the stars

From your background fabric, cut:

  • 11 5.5” squares
  • 11 3” squares
  • 15 1¾” squares

From your star fabric, cut:

  • 5 5.5” squares
  • 5 3” squares
  • 5 1¾” squares.

From your star fabric, take four 5.5” squares, four 3” squares and four 1¾” squares. Slice them diagonally so you have 8 triangles in each size. These will be your star points.

Take one 5.5” background square and one triangle cut from a 5.5” square. Pin triangle to square (as pictured above) with right sides together. Changing the angle of the triangle will change the wonkiness of the point. Make sure that when you flip and press your triangle flat, it extends past the edges of the background square.

Trim your seam allowance to ¼” and flip and press the star point flat.

Place a second star point on the left side of your background square and sew.

Trim seam allowance to ¼”, flip and press flat.

Trim your square back down to 5.5”. Your first one is done!

Now, do the same for the rest of the points. You’ll end up with 4 squares in each size.

Lay your squares out as pictured above.

Sew like-sized squares together horizontally and press seams open.

Then, sew the small and medium rows together, as pictured above.

Sew the remaining seams on the bottom two rows and then sew all four rows together. Trim to 20” square, and you are done.

Enjoy your block!

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12 Responses to Wonky Star Block Tutorial

  1. Jodie says:

    Nicely done!

  2. Wendy says:

    Great pattern and instructions!

  3. elsa says:

    I love stars and block is wonderful and so creative!

  4. Denise Briggs says:

    Thanks so much. YOU did such a great job!

  5. Lynnette says:

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Meg says:

    That’s a nice take the wonky star and I really, really like the various layout options! Thank you so much!

  7. Tammy Gilley says:

    I’m not Janice, but I love the “toot”! Thanks! :)

  8. Annie says:

    I love it! Thank you for sharing layouts on how to make this into a full size quilt. I’ve been looking for a nice star quilt to make for my husband.

  9. angela says:

    hi, i love your pillow!
    and i have some of that same fabric you’ve used, ( the green with white bows)
    it is old and was in my grandmothers stash :)

  10. kaholly says:

    How sweet is this? Awesome block, great tute! Of course, I’m gong ot have to clear my cutting table of debris and try this out this morning….just what I need! Another project!! But that’s ok, I’ve dedicated this week to trying new things to get it out of my system so I can get back to work on my WIPs!! Thanks! ~ karen

  11. Brenda says:

    very fun!

  12. Debbie Weishaar says:

    Very nice and different. I’ll have to give it a try!

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