Star Gems Quilt Block

Are you looking for a quick and easy scrap busting project? Grab your scrap basket and let's make some Star Gems blocks!

Star Gems is a modern scrappy quilt block pattern perfect for making a dent in your scrap stash. Make a single block, or as many as you like to make the quilt size you need.

Easy scrap buster

Star Gems is a fun and easy to sew scrap buster. The pattern is written for a single block, in three sizes, so you can turn it into any size quilt from a one-block pillow or tote bag, to a table runner or wall hanging, up to a king size quilt, whatever your scrap basket will accommodate.

Star Gems quilt block pattern by Penny Spool Quilts - sample block in yellow blue and turquoise

Three block sizes

The pattern comes in three block sizes:

  • 12" x 12"
  • 18" x 18"
  • 24" x 24"

The pattern includes two layout options for quilts made with multiple Star Gems blocks. Since there are 3 block sizes, this means there are options in the pattern for 6 quilt sizes. 

Choosing colours

This quilt pattern is perfect for all sorts of colourways, and you can make it as scrappy or as coordinated as you like. When making a multi-block project, the corners will turn into secondary stars, and the triangles at the sides become faceted gems. Here I've taken the block above and turned it into a full quilt thanks to some digital magic.

Star Gems scrappy quilt block pattern - blue and yellow quilt block photo multiplied to mock  up a full quilt

Of course there are lots of other colour options you can choose. Here are a few more to give you some inspiration.

This one is one of my favourite mockups, I love the idea of neutral corners and triangles, and making a rainbow of stars that pop. And this works really well if you don't have many scraps, as you will only need a few of each colour.

Star Gems quilt block pattern by Penny Spool Quilts - full quilt mockup in black and white with rainbow stars

And if you have a lot of one or two colours of scraps, make all the stars and corners the same like in this mockup here. Choose a complementary colour to make the gems pop and give the quilt a different focus and look.

Star Gems quilt block pattern by Penny Spool Quilts - full quilt mockup in blue and yellow

Star Gems quilt block pattern_ Penny Spool Quilts_throw green pink mockup

Quilt block pattern

Star Gems is a quilt block pattern, which means it includes instructions for making the block but not a finished quilt. There are lots of diagrams and step-by-step instructions to make the block in three different sizes, as well as links to tutorials on my blog for extra help if needed.

Star Gems is available in the pattern shop as a PDF pattern.

Star Gems quilt block pattern by Penny Spool Quilts - sample block in aqua blue and yellow

Precut your scraps

How do you organize your scraps? I love to precut my scraps before storing them. If this idea is new to you, have a look at this blog post where I dive deeper into my preferred method of scrap management.

Star Gems is a perfect scrappy project to use up homemade precuts. Just pull the squares you need from your scrap bins and start sewing!

Star Gems quilt block pattern

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