Jacquelynne Steves

One Special Star Quilt Block Tutorial


Today, we’re making a 12″ block- I designed it as a Christmas block, but obviously it’s something you could use anytime! This block is named One Special Star, named for the special Star that led the shepherds to Bethlehem on that special Night of Nights. With this block, you could make quilts like this (these were designed in EQ7– so much fun to play with block, fabric and color placement!):

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Let’s get started!

You will need Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Cream fabrics. All seam allowances are 1/4″, sew with fabrics right sides together. Instructions below will yield one 12″ (12 1/2″ unfinished) block.

Cutting Instructions:

Dark Blue:

  •     4 squares, each 3 1/2″
  •     4 rectangles, each 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″

Light Blue

  •     2 squares, each 3 7/8″
  •     4 squares, each 3 1/2″


  •     2 squares, each 3 7/8″
  •     4 squares, each 3 1/2″

To  Make the Block:

First grab your large (3 7/8″) Light Blue and Cream Squaresa

Place a Light Blue Square right sides together with a Cream Square. Draw a line diagonally down the center of the square (on the wrong side of the fabric), then draw a line 1/4″ from the center line. I find that a clear ruler makes this super easy to do.


Pin the squares together. Sew on the side lines:


Cut on the center line:


Press the squares open:


Sew the squares into pairs so they look like this:


Then sew the pairs together to make the pinwheel center for the block:



Make the Flying Geese units- Get your small (3 1/2″) Light Blue and Cream squares and draw a line down the center of each diagonally (on the wrong side of the fabric):


Place a Cream square right sides together on the left side of the Dark Blue rectangle. Pin and stitch on the line:


Fold over the triangle to make sure it’s lined up properly:


Then trim off the extra fabric to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance:


Then press:


Sew Light Blue square to right side of rectangle in same way:

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Make 4 flying geese units:


Sew 2 of the flying geese units to opposite sides of the pinwheel square:


Sew a Dark Blue square (3 1/2″) to opposite ends of the 2 remaining flying geese units, and then sew onto block:



Click here for a printable PDF of this tutorial.

Have A Creative Day-ChristmasDonkey_JacquelynneSteves



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    Posted December 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial for this beautiful block and the ideas for quilts. Happy Holidays!

  • Posted December 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Your block is lovely, Jacquelynne. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Tammy
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    How nice is this! Thank you so much-I’m going to try this star pattern tonight. Hapy holidays to you!

  • Patricia Cash
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, this is a beautiful block and the colors and theme, I love.

  • Terry
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the tutorial…love the block! Happy Holidays to you and yours :)

  • Posted December 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I love this block, thanks for the tutorial. I think I’ll start this after the holidays. Merry Christmas.

  • Wendy
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    You are such a great person! Thanks for all the help you bring us! Lov this site. Hope you have a great holiday with your family, and daughter!!! Take care

  • Jean Tanner
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this block, it looks great all the different ways to put it together.

  • Beth Dick
    Posted December 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Jacquelynne, for sharing this pattern and the very clear tutorials. I can see many possibilities by mixing a variety of fabrics. I look forward to using this pattern more than once.

  • Elizabeth English
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the block. It is beautiful.

  • Sarah
    Posted December 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Amazing how different each quilt looks with the same three fabrics sewn in alternate ways and the addition of an extra fabric. Also wanted to thank you for the Christmas Emag and our lovely Christmas Red and White quilt. Christmas blessings.

  • Posted December 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Love your star, and the fabrics you used. That middle setting gave me a headache, though. LOL I will probably make it like the first one.

  • Diana
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I love how you give us so many colorways!! Merry Christmas to you and your family and I look forward to starting the new year with your lovely squares!

  • Jeanne
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much foe the star pattern .

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  • Kathy Mize
    Posted December 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your patterns.
    Absolutely love your Tera to

    Thank you for your site, love all your patterns …..

  • Laurie
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    How do I get the yardage necessary to make one of these quilts? I am a beginner.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted September 10, 2016 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Hi Laurie- The quilts shown are to give you some ideas of what can be done with the block, I have not written out the instructions. If you can go to a local quilt shop, they are an excellent resource for questions about fabric.

  • kathryn patton
    Posted October 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I just cone across your tutorials and they are excellent. I am looking for measurments to make a diamond in a square for a block 6 1/2 to finish 6 in. I can not find a tutorial do you have one

  • Rebecca L Satre
    Posted October 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! I’m going to try using this pattern to make Christmas Mug Rugs!

  • Jackie
    Posted January 3, 2020 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the beautiful block. Thinking of using it for a barn block.

  • Maggie Drafts
    Posted January 7, 2020 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the block and especially for your explanation for the block! Yes it was the star that led the shepards to find Jesus in a manager, we can find Him in our hearts, He’s just waiting for an invitation! (I want to use this block in a Valentine tablerunner!)

  • Lois I Barreto
    Posted January 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    TY for including a Pdf version of this tutorial. Many times I do a copy and paste to WORD.

  • Rena
    Posted January 7, 2020 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much, I love this pattern and want to do this.

  • Judy
    Posted January 24, 2020 at 1:29 am | Permalink

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