Starry Night Block 5 | Variable Star

Variable star sewing instructions for Starry Night Sampler Quilt

Hi, I’m Heather from The Sewing Loft and normally, you can find me stitching up a storm or sharing easy tips to help improve your everyday sewing but today, I’m excited to kick off the next block in the Starry Night Sampler series.

To get started you will need a few basic sewing supplies and materials. To make it easy, I have created a printable download that you can get here. These additional tools will be helpful in creating your quilt. standard sewing machine iron/ironing board rotary cuter, quilting ruler and self healing mat are helpful *Note the white fabric is mixed in throughout the quilt blocks and also used as the borders & sashing. Backing fabric is not included on the supply list. The Starry Night Quilt finishes 45″ x 54″. The first block we are creating is called a 9 patch. Not only is the 9 patch quilt block a very basic block but it can help your build your skills in so many ways. It allows you to practice your stitching lines, seam alignment and nesting. This is one of those blocks you want to master! In the Starry Night Quilt, we are taking the standard 9 patch a step further by mixing things up with an extra color stripe in each section. Let’s take a look.

One of my favorite parts of this series, is that each month I get to visit my you at Fairfield and sew a new block. Then at the end of the year, we will put them altogether and create this lap size quilt. I designed each block and the overall design to showcase traditional quilt blocks with a modern twist and I am so excited to see your quilt blocks come together.

Starry Night Sampler Quilt Layout

Today’s block is the variable star. When finished it will measures 9″ and for our quilt, you will need to make 2. Okay, let’s take a look and get stitching.

**Please note that if you are just joining us, be sure to click here for the material list and first block. Don’t worry about being behind; you can jump in at anytime.

Click here for Variable Star printable instructions.


Free 2016 BOM quilt series Starry Night Block of the month designed by Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft

Cutting Instructions for the variable star:

  • Cut 4 Peony Polka Dot 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (a)
  • Cut 4 Blush Net 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (a)
  • Cut 4 Peony Polka Dot 5″ x 2 3/4″ (b)
  • Cut 4 Blush Net 5″ x 2 3/4″ (b)
  • Cut 4 Blush Net 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (c)
  • Cut 4 Smoke Dress Stripe 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (c)
  • Cut 1 Peony Polka Dot 5″ x 5″ (d)
  • Cut 1 Smoke Dress Stripe 5″ x 5″ (d)

**Cutting instructions yields 2 blocks in the reverse color way.

Variable star cutting instructions for Starry Night Sampler Quilt

Sewing Assembly: 

  1. Following color key, lightly draw a diagonal line from 1 corner to opposite corner on wrong side of (C) 2 3/4″ squares. Align square; right sides together, with rectangle B. Sew directly along line; trim seam allowance to 1/4″. Press open and repeat to opposite corner. These are called Flying Geese. Repeat to create 4 units for each block.Variable star sewing instructions for Starry Night Sampler Quilt
  2. Attach (A) 2 3/4″ squares to each end of the flying geese as diagram for each block. Variable star sewing instructions for Starry Night Sampler Quilt
  3. Join each unit together per final assembly diagram.
    Variable star sewing instructions for Starry Night Sampler Quilt4. Stitch balance of units to create a 9″ finished block (9 1/2″ including outer seam allowance). Create 2 blocks for quilt layout.

Now, for those seasoned quilter’s stitching along, flying geese may be a breeze but if you are just getting started you may find these additional tips helpful.  Flying geese are considered a traditional block basic and we will be working with them again later to create additional blocks in our quilt layout.

Remember, you will need 2 finished Variable Star blocks to complete the Starry Night Quilt Sampler. I made mine in the reverse fabrics for contrast.

Well, that’s it for now. Don’t forget that I’ll be back next month with block 6 in the Starry Night Quilt Block of the Month series. That means we are almost halfway there and at the end, you’ll have a cozy lap size quilt to snuggle under and watch tv or read your favorite book. In the meantime, be sure to come find me on social media here or here and share a few pictures of your finished block using #StarryNightQuilt as a tag, I want to see your blocks stitched together!

8 thoughts on “Starry Night Block 5 | Variable Star”

  1. Rosemary says:

    Your link for the printable doesn’t work!

    1. There was a glitch and it should work now Rosemary. Can’t wait to see how your block looks!

  2. Cordelia Perry says:

    I’m unable to download the printable instructions for May & June Starry Night blocks. I receive an error message for both pdfs. 🙁

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      June The link should work now.
      I tried May and it is working – but just in case this is the link

  3. Debby says:

    I’m receiving an error when I click on the link for a printable copy of these instructions

  4. Sarah Evans says:

    When is the next block coming out ? I thought that there should have been one for the month of August

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      It comes out today on the 15th.

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