Rising Star Variation

As mentioned in my blog post, I wanted to try a block I saw on a Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial called Rising Star.  However after I made a test block I decided I wanted to change it up and add an additional step to cut down on the bulk that occurred using their technique.

Here’s the block I will teach you to make that finishes at 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ square:

Rising Star

This block provides a lot of scraps as you’ll see as you are making it.  I give you a tip on what you might want to do with some of the scraps at the end of the tutorial.  Also note that in the photos some of my rectangles might look longer than the ones you cut.  It’s because they ARE as I planned on making a bigger starting square but discovered I didn’t have as much background fabric as I thought.  So I had to change the size up but had already cut some rectangles. It all still worked in the end, LOL!  The measurements below are accurate. 🙂


From your choice of background fabric, cut a 6 1/2″ square.

For the left “star point” (my purple fabric) cut a rectangle 4″ x 7 1/2″.

For the bottom “star point” (my multi-colored patterned fabric) cut a rectangle 3″ x 7″.

Starting with the bottom star point, sew the 3 ” x 7″ rectangle onto the 6 1/2″ background square as follows:

Lay the background square right side up, then lay the rectangle at a diagonal right side down, with the bottom point about 2 inches from the right edge of the square (as pictured below).

Bottom Point 2

You may want to stick a pin close to the top and bottom of the rectangle to hold it in place before you sew it on.

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew down the rectangle along the right edge.

Sew Bottom Point

Press the rectangle to to the right, then flip the unit over, right side down on your cutting mat.

Iron bottom pointTrim bottom point

Trim off the excess fabric that is sticking out beyond the background square.  Do not cut into the background square’s fabric.

Trim bottom point-3Trim bottom point-5

Flip the square back over to the front and fold the piece you attached to the left (right side down).

Trim bottom point extra

Lay a ruler along the right diagonal edge and trim off the excess background fabric on the right.

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Fold the attached piece back to the right and rotate the block so your attached fabric is at the bottom and your block will now look like this:

Trim bottom point done

Sew the 4″ x 7 1/2″ rectangle to the square as follows:

Lay the rectangle right side down diagonally on top of the square with the bottom edge 3 inches from the left edge of the square. You may want to pin the rectangle in place.

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew down the left edge of the rectangle.

Sew left point-2

Press the rectangle to the left.

Sew Left Point Done

Flip the unit over so that it’s right side down.

Trim left point

Trim all excess fabric that is sticking out beyond the base square.  Do not cut into the square’s fabric.

Trim left point-4Trim left point-5

Flip the square back over so it’s right side up as pictured, then fold the top strip back over to the left.

Trim left point-7

Lay a ruler over the diagonal sewn down edge and trim off the excess base square fabric on the right.

Trim left point-9

Flip the “star” arm back open and your finished block will look like this:

Trim left point Done

Make 3 more blocks exactly like this one to make the Star block.

Lay the blocks out like below to sew them together.

Sew Star

Take the left top block and the right top block and lay them right sides together.  Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew them together.  Do the same thing with the bottom two blocks.

Sew Star-6

Press your seams open to help eliminate bulk before sewing your two sections together.

Sew Star-7

Lay your top section and bottom section right sides together and line up your center seams.  They do not have to be perfect because the star doesn’t line up perfectly when finished anyway due to the design.

Sew Star-9

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew your two sections together.

Your big block will finish at 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

Rising Star Block

I hope you enjoy making this variation of the Rising Star block!

Now what to do with all of the scraps!

I’m planning on making some 6 1/2 ” x 6 1/2″ improvisational blocks with the scraps.  I may use them in the border, or in the back, or somewhere else within the quilt.  I’m still thinking about it. 🙂

Scraps Improv Block