Block of the Month

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 red, cut two 4 7/8 inch squares and one 4 1/2 inch square.
from your second color, I'm using white, cut two 4 7/8 inch squares and four 4 1/2 inch squares.

We will be making triangle squares for this block. (Triangle squares, diagonal half squares, or half square triangles. They are all the same thing, just different names.) You may use which ever method you like to make these, below is my favorite.

We will make the red and white triangle squares first. Carefully draw a line corner to corner, (diagonally) through the white 4 7/8 inch squares. This will be a cutting line when you are finished. Place red and white 4 7/8 inch square right sides together. If you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of the drawn line.

If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. They will be your sewing lines. After you have sewn on your sewing lines, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on the drawn cutting line. Clip off the corners as shown.

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 the cuts needed to make friendship stars in many different sizes:
Cutting your squares 1 1/2 inches (1 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 3 inches.
Cutting your squares 2 inches (2 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 4 1/2 inches.
Cutting your squares 2 1/2 inches (2 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 6 inches.
Cutting your squares 3 inches (3 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 7 1/2 inches.
Cutting your squares 3 1/2 inches (3 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 9 inches.
Cutting your squares 4 inches (4 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 10 1/2 inches.
Cutting your squares 4 1/2 inches (4 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 12 inches.
Cutting your squares 5 1/2 inches (5 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 15 inches.
Cutting your squares 6 1/2 inches (6 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 18 inches.
These are finished sizes, after the block is sewn into a quilt.

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Updated June 27, 2014