Quilt Block of the Month: June

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but couldn't find just what you had in mind? The editors of Quilter's World magazine have compiled some block patterns, from the thousands of traditional blocks available, that you can download for free. With a few basic skills and a variety of block patterns, you can create countless designs in no time.

A new 8" x 8" finished block will be available each month along with helpful hints, tips and tricks. We will also give you ideas for block combinations and possible quilt settings from time to time to help you create fabulous quilted projects. We hope these blocks will inspire you to experiment with quilt design and create your own layouts. So get a binder and some page protectors to fill with block patterns and samples to fuel your creative juices.

Rising Star

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
Rising Star


From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut on both diagonals to make 4 A triangles.

    Rising Star

  • Cut 1 (3 1/4") square. Subcut on both diagonals to make 4 B triangles.

  • Cut 5 (2 1/2") C squares.

    Rising Star

  • Cut 4 (1 1/2") D squares.

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 4 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut on 1 diagonal to make 8 E triangles.

    Rising Star

  • Cut 4 (1 7/8") squares. Subcut on 1 diagonal to make 8 F triangles.


  1. Stitch an E and A triangle together along an angled edge (Figure 1); press seam toward E. Repeat on opposite angled edge of A to complete a flying geese unit. Repeat to make four large flying geese units.

    Rising Star

  2. Repeat step 1 with F and B triangles to make four small flying geese units (Figure 2).

    Rising Star

  3. Stitch a D square to each side of a small flying geese unit to make a top row (Figure 3). Repeat to make a bottom row.

    Rising Star

  4. Stitch a small flying geese unit to opposite sides of C referring to Figure 3 for orientation to make a center row.

  5. Stitch rows together to complete a block center referring again to Figure 3.

  6. Stitch a C square to each end of a large flying geese unit. Repeat to make two rows referring to Figure 4 for orientation.

    Rising Star

  7. Stitch a large flying geese unit to opposite sides of the block center to make block center row referring again to Figure 4 for orientation.

  8. Stitch rows together to complete the block.

Helpful Hints

  • Choose one each light and dark fabric for this block. Use scraps from other projects, or purchase fat eighths (9" x 22") or fat quarters (18" x 22") to make one sample block.
  • Cut individual pieces from scraps, or cut strips and then individual pieces from strips if using yardage or large pieces of fabric. For example, to cut several 2 1/2" squares, cut a 2 1/2"-wide strip the width of the fabric. Subcut the strip into 2 1/2" squares.
  • Use a 1/4"-wide seam allowance for all seams and stitch right sides together.
  • Use common sense and press seams to cut down on bulk. Traditionally, quilters press seams toward the darker fabric. However, some blocks may benefit from pressing seams open. Pressing tips are often given in the pattern.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Stitch Guide in the sidebar to access Quilting Basics or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.


Rising Star is shown here assembled in two colors. You can change the entire look of this block by choosing two different dark colors.

Cut E and F from different darks and you get two different-color stars. Go one step further and cut D, B and C from the same or a coordinating dark with E. Then cut F the same as A or a coordinating light. This would make the smaller star jump out of the center of the larger star.

Don’t forget when trying new color choices, it is a good idea to stitch one trial block, sketch the block and add color changes or use your quilt software to try out color choices.

In other words, make samples before committing resources and time to any idea.

Consult a complete quilting guide for ideas on how to do any of these things. If you are a first-time quilter you can learn the whole quilting process from Learn to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish by Carolyn S. Vagts, editor of Quilter's World, available at AnniesCraftStore.com. If you are a sometime quilter who needs a little refreshing of your skills, again consult a complete quilting guide (easily found at your local library, book or fabric store) or the Stitch Guide link at the Quilter's World website.

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For more detailed help with quilting techniques, view our Quilting Lessons or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

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