Friendship Star

This is a very simple block, and a very popular one too. I will give you directions on how to make a 12 1/2 inch star here, but at the bottom of the page will give you cuts to make a variety of different sizes.

For the Friendship Star block you will need:
from your first color, I chose brown, cut two 4 7/8 inch squares and one 4 1/2 inch square.
from your second color, I'm using a tone-on-tone, cut two 4 7/8 inch squares and four 4 1/2 inch squares.

How to make diagonal half squares....
Place one of each color 4 7/8 squares right sides together. Carefully draw a line down the center, corner to corner, diagonally across one of the squares. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.)
Now if you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of this drawn line. If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. This will be your sewing line.
After you have sewn on your sewing line, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on your cutting line.
You will now have two diagonal half-squares,
which should measure exactly 4 1/2 inches.
Now you can assemble your block. Make two sets like this.


Make one set like this.


Now you can finish your block and it should look like this and measure 12 1/2 inches exactly!

Here are different sizes to make your friendship stars in, and the cuts to make them that way:
Cutting your squares 1 1/2 inches (1 7/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 3 inches.
Cutting your squares 2 inches (2 3/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 4 1/2 inches.
Cutting your squares 2 1/2 inches (2 7/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 6 inches.
Cutting your squares 3 inches (3 3/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 7 1/2 inches.
Cutting your squares 3 1/2 inches (3 7/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 9 inches.
Cutting your squares 4 inches (4 3/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 10 1/2 inches.
Cutting your squares 4 1/2 inches (4 7/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 12 inches.
Cutting your squares 5 1/2 inches (5 7/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 15 inches.
Cutting your squares 6 1/2 inches (6 7/8 for diagonals) will give you a finished block of 18 inches.


This pattern can be used for personal use only and can not be used commercially without the owner's permission. No copies may be made without the owner's permission. This includes the patterns as well as any graphics and/or instructions that are associated with a pattern.
Friendship Star Delaware Quilts May 2003


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