Free Pattern Friday: Tessellating Stars

I have made a Tessellating Stars quilt multiple times in the past 25 years. What's tessellating mean? Interlocking is the best word to describe it. If you know the work of M.C. Escher (a Dutch graphic artist), you know tessellations.

But I think pictures (especially for quilters) are the best way to describe this! First, a block.

Tessellating Star from my Quilter's Block a Day calendar
Now a quilt. This was in my first book, Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts (AQS, 2004).

Tessellating Stars. 12" block; 59" x 59" quilt
And a small quilt with only 6 blocks. I split two blocks and put half on top and half on bottom.
6 Tessellating Stars blocks
Multi-colored stars with the same leaf print background.

Six blocks
And my Red and Gold Tessellating Stars (of four blocks):

Four bold, red blocks!
Now, here's a quilt I designed for Blank Fabrics several years ago. It uses some of those jelly roll strips (2-1/2"). I'm sure you must have some! This features only black and white (I'm sure you have some of those, too!)

I actually made a quilt for Blank. Not sure where it is now, but it's not in my house!

12 Tessellating Stars on my design wall
You can see that you need to audition color placement. I wasn't sure of having such a plain white as the background.
Auditioning blocks
And the final quilts. Quilt is 50" x 62" and the Table Runner is 32" x 44".

Both a quilt and a table topper
Here's the link to the Black and White Twinklers. The picture of the quilt shown above was left off the cover and I no longer can get it from Blank Fabrics (they were sold to another company). But this 6 page pdf has all the directions and illustrations to give you a beautiful quilt! Enjoy!


  1. Hi Debby! Thanks so much for the free pattern. I am really drawn to the black and white version - both the quilt and topper. I also just love the red version - but I'm a big red fan. When I make one I'll be sure to link back to your website. I would like to say it will be soon . . . but there's so many things to make and sew little time. HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. I really like the black and orange version with the green border. I also am drawn to the black and white. Thanks for the pattern.

  3. This I like. I think I would try Christmas colors.


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