Glorious Autumn: Autumn Star

Welcome to my stop of Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn Block Hop!

Today I’m very excited to be sharing a new quilt block tutorial with you, the Autumn Star. The Autumn Star is a 12.5″ x 12.5″ (unfinished) quilt square. The background consists of a variety of neutrals, starting from light at the top of the block and working their way darker as you go to the bottom of the block. (Scroll to the bottom of the post to see what I made with my star.) Let’s get started!

Autumn Star Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4β€³; Final block size 12.5β€³ unfinished

Step 1: Cut your fabric. I decided to make my quilt block scrappy which meant cutting extra print fabrics so none of my HST (half square triangles) per size were the same. You don’t have to do this, I just liked the look. The below chart shows the minimum requirements for cut fabric. If you’d like your star to be extra scrappy like mine, you will need to cut extra prints per size.

Pattern Piece Color/Print Size Number to Cut
Background Tan/Neutral 1 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
3.5″ x 3.5″ 2
Background Tan/Neutral 2 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
Background Tan/Neutral 3 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
Background Tan/Neutral 4 4.5″ x 4.5″ 1
3.5″ x 3.5″ 2
Background Cream/Text Print 2.5″ x 2.5″ 4
4.25″ x 4.25″ 4
Center Brown/Crosshatch 2.5″ x 2.5″ 1
Outer Star Points Various Prints 4.5″ x 4.5″ 4
Inner Star Points Various Prints 4.25″ x 4.25″ 4

Step 2: We will first assemble the inner star. Take your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ inner star point fabric and your (4) 4.25″ x 4.25″ cream/text print background fabric and cut them diagonally into HSTs. Pair up 1 of each print HST to 1 of the cream/text HSTs.

Step 3: Sew, right sides together, down the long end of the HSTs.

You should now have 8 squares.

Step 4: Trim your (8) squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.

Step 5: Using your quilting ruler, cut your squares diagonally in the opposite direction as your sewn seam, as shown below. You will now have (16) HSTs. Set aside 8 of these to use, and 8 for the scrap bin.

Step 6: Because I wanted a scrappy look, I decided to lay out my inner star points until I was pleased with the colors.

Once you are happy with the look, sew each of your HSTs together to form hourglasses as shown below.

Step 7: Trim your blocks to 2.5″ x 2.5″.

Step 8: Take your (4) 2.5″ x 2.5″ Cream/Text Print squares, your 2.5″ x 2.5″ Center Square and your (4) Hourglass squares and lay them out like a 9 patch, as shown below.

Step 9: Sew the squares together into rows.

Step 10: Sew the rows together to form a 6.5″ x 6.5″ square.

Step 11: Now we will make the star points for the outer star. Take your (4) 4.5″ x 4.5″ outer star point fabrics and cut them diagonally into HSTs.

Take each of your 4.5″ x 4.5″ tan background fabrics (you should have 1 of each of your shades of tan) and cut them diagonally into HSTs too.

Again, I wanted my block to be scrappy so I laid out my fabrics until they were just right.

If you are doing the varied shades of tan like me, keep in mind that your top row is your lightest fabric and work your way down to the bottom row, your darkest fabric.

Step 12: Sew each of your print HSTs to your tan HSTs, resulting in 8 squares.

Step 13: Trim your squares to 3.5″ x 3.5″.

Step 14: Layout your block using your sewn components and the remaining 3.5″ x 3.5″ tan background squares.

Step 15: Sew the top 4 squares together into a row. Sew the bottom 4 square together into a row. Sew the side 2 squares together into columns.

Step 16: Sew the left and right columns to the inner star you made in the first half of the tutorial.

Step 17: Sew your top and bottom rows to the middle rows.

You’re done! Enjoy your beautiful star!

I decided to add a bit of sashing to my block and turn it into a Fall pillow for my couch.

I free motion quilted the star portion (not the dark sashing) it in a nice meandering design. The backing is a great text print from Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew line.

I hope you enjoy making your very own Autumn Star. Be sure to check out Quilting Gallery’s Glorious Autumn page for more tutorials, coupons and giveaways!



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    November 1, 2012

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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      May 24, 2013

      hi how do you do a pillow if you want to do a design on it do you still put a backing under

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    November 1, 2012

    The transition for the background color was so subtle I hardly noticed it at first glance. Really nice way to add interest.

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    Kim in Michigan

    November 1, 2012

    That turned out so nice! A star in a star! Your tutorials are always so clear and easy to understand, Thank you!

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    Brenda F

    November 1, 2012

    I love your block! I cut all of my scraps into 5, 3.5 and 2″ squares. This block will work beautifully to use some of them!

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    Sandra Timmons

    November 1, 2012

    Your glorious Autumn block became a fall pillow. What a great idea and such a beautiful one it is. Good choice in fall colors. Would like great on a couch or to even dress up a bed. Thank you for your creative block.

    Sandi T.

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    November 1, 2012

    Love the block ~ a star in a star. Love all things starry!
    Thanks so much for the tutorial ~ I’ll be making one of these soon!

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    stephanie @ providence handmade

    November 1, 2012

    So glad you posted this…I love the little peek in your last post. Those warm fall colors are my absolute favorite! (And I’ve never really liked that particular text print before but I loooove it in this block!)

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    November 1, 2012

    What a great block, and love the sashing. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 1, 2012

    Very nice, Faith. Thanks for the how-to!

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    diane stanley

    November 1, 2012

    Faith, I love everything about this block and especially the way you featured the gradient background and text fabrics.

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    November 1, 2012

    ooo! love it faith! love how you made the background fabrics so interesting.

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    November 1, 2012

    Love your pillow Faith and the fabrics are beautiful. Thank you for the, as always, excellent tutorial.

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    November 1, 2012

    what a fantastic block, Faith. Love it! And the pillow looks just gorgeous!

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    Kathy Gordon

    November 1, 2012

    Great tute…love your work

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    Billie K

    November 1, 2012

    I love stars and this one is no exception.

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    November 1, 2012

    pretty block and pillow!

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    Judy Blinkenberg

    November 1, 2012

    I like this! What a nice pillow idea. Thank you.

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    Judy Blinkenberg

    November 1, 2012

    Love this block and what a wonderful pillow. Thank you very much.

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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    November 1, 2012

    Great block! I love the shaded background – it would be interesting to lay out a whole quilt of these blocks and play with the background shades πŸ™‚

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    November 1, 2012

    I love the star! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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    Richard Healey

    November 1, 2012

    I love your block it is a wonderful star.

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    November 1, 2012

    I love your block and your star is just beautiful!!

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    Jenelle Boxberger

    November 1, 2012

    I like your block and it looks great in a pillow. I have a hard time doing scrappy, but I’m learning to like it.

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    November 1, 2012

    Faith, this is so pretty – I love your colour choices.

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    diana alexander

    November 1, 2012

    So crisp and fall fresh! Love it!

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    November 1, 2012

    This project turned out great. Love the fabric choices.

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    Carrie P.

    November 2, 2012

    great tutorial. love star blocks and your fabric choices are perfect.

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    November 2, 2012

    I love those colors together!!!

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    November 3, 2012

    thanks for sharing this lovely block

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    November 4, 2012

    Love the autumn colours and the textiness πŸ™‚

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    November 4, 2012

    Great double star look. Thanks for the tutorial. The finished block looks terrific.

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    November 4, 2012

    EstΓ‘ precioso. Muchas gracias por el tutorial

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    November 5, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your block. I would love to make a pillow with fall colors to add to my fall decorations.

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    November 6, 2012

    Once again, you take a fabulous block, add fabulous fabric choices and the sum is equal to More than its parts– Love it!

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    November 6, 2012

    this is a GREAT tutorial…thanks!

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    Cathy Tomm

    November 6, 2012

    Thanks, I need a few star blocks for a Christmas runner and may just use this one.

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    January 9, 2013

    SOO pretty! I’m looking for a q-bee block and this might be one I use :).
    I wondered, what is that cute texty fabric your using??

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      January 9, 2013

      Hi Veronica, that is a fabric from an older Sweetwater line for Moda. I’m not sure the exact name of it though.

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    January 21, 2013

    Thanks, Faith, for another great tutorial! I noticed that the pieced squares require generous trimming in order to reduce down to 3.5″ x 3.5″ and 2.5″ x 2.5″. Is that intentional, i.e. better safe than sorry?

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      January 21, 2013

      Hi Andrea – thanks! Yes, I always leave room for error with trimming. I like to fly through my piecing and that usual means I have to trim up more later. πŸ™‚

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    Rita McCart

    May 24, 2013

    great pattern thank you! I’m going to make it for my daughter “Autumn Joy” πŸ™‚

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    Jocelyn Levendale

    June 8, 2013

    Thanks Faith.. I am new to tutourials!!! This is wonderful, keep up the good works of sharing

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    Reena Kaplowitz

    June 24, 2013

    Thanks for the tut- love that way of making hourglass blocks!

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    September 6, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful star. I love the fall pillow too.
    Have a nice day

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    Maria Filomena

    September 6, 2013

    beautiful work! Congratulacions!


    Maria Filomena

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    Mary Reinhardt

    September 6, 2013

    I love star block patterns and yours is so pretty. Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us.

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    September 30, 2015

    Thank you for sharing. For my second quilt I will try this for at least one of the squares. I want to make a sampler.