Category Archives: Big Star Quilt Block

Big Star Block, Part 2

Big Star Block is right – these layer cakes are on steroids! This is a big quilt. But it is an easy quilt. I think it is a good quilt for beginning quilters who want to make a large quilt. These blocks are 24″ x 24″ finished. I was just making a class sample, I should have made fewer blocks. Oh well, too late now. I have put together a lesson plan, I hop it makes sense.

Big Star Quilt Lesson

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Its All About the Shoes

Big Star Block

I was on YouTube looking at quilting tutorials and I saw one being demonstrated by “The Missouri Quilt Company called the Big Star Quilt. I thought it would be a great quilt for beginners to expand their skills. The block is 24″ finished and is made from Layer cakes or 10″ squares. So, I went to my stash. I don’t have a lot of layer cakes so I decided to use some of my Wizard of Oz stash (I only have about 6 tubs of Wizard of Oz fabric stashed away)!

I love their method for half square triangles. Place two layer cakes right side together and sew a 1/4 inch seam around all 4 sides of the square. Then cut diagonally, twice. You now have 4 half square triangles. I am in the process of making a lesson plan for this quilt. I’m making twelve – 24″ blocks with sashing. This quilt will measure about 94″ x 120”. Each block requires 6 layer cakes, 2 light, 2 dark and 2 background, plus four 5″ squares for the snowballs. The only part I hate is squaring up the half square triangles. I had 144 half square triangles, it only took an hour and a half. The quilt will be so much happier because I took the time to square up, and of course using the Tucker Trimmer makes it easier. This quilt can be made in miniature also by using charm square packs.

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Big Star Block