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5 Stars

Another quick “Big Block” quilt. While I usually make scrappy quilts this one might look better as a two or three fabric quilt as shown below.

Quilt size is approximately 56 x 72

Squares are cut 6.5 inches

I used my Accuquilt GO 6 inch finished triangle die but use whatever method that you prefer to make 6 inch half square triangles (6.5 inch with seam allowances)

Estimated fabric requirements from EQ7. These are untested and here just as a guideline for you. I’d suggest having some extra on hand — for me that’s about a half yard extra!

For the two color quilt

Background – 2 yards

Brown – 3 and 1/4 yards – includes binding

For the three color quilt

Background – 2 yards

Red – 5/8 of a yard

Blue – 2 and 3/4 yards – includes binding

Arrange the squares and and half square triangles as show below.

Borders 1 and 2 are only on the top and bottom of the quilt, border 3 is on all sides.

1) Cut and sew a 2.5 inch border to the top and bottom of the quilt

2) Add the 6 inch border of half square triangles to the top and bottom of the quilt

3) Cut and sew a 4.5 inch border to the sides of the quilt and then the top and bottom of the quilt.

1-brown 5 stars


This was supposed to be a Red/White/Blue version but it looks more purple than blue on my monitor – you get the idea!

1-RWB 5 star


© Mary Johnson 2013 –

See Katy’s QOV version of this quilt on her blog.

11 Responses to “5 Stars”

  • Ellen Curran:

    I made the red, white and blue version for a Quilt of Valor. To make it a bit larger to be sure to meet the size requirements I made the blue border a bit bigger and added a small inner red border. I used more red for the binding. I love how it turned out. Thank you for posting this beautiful pattern.

  • zoanna:

    Your tutorials are very easy to understand. Thanks for writing in “my” style.

    I’ll be back after just finding your blog.

  • GwenH:

    They are both very nice!

  • Mary Ed Williams:

    It’ me again – is there any chance of a PDF coming for this quilt? I can’t get it to print and I want it for our guild’s QOV workshop.

  • Mary Ed Williams:

    Love your 5 stars quilt! I’m going to make one for our QOV chapter in Chapel Hill, NC. Thanks so much for all of your hard work!

  • charlottte:

    Love ,love, your “Stars of Valor” quilt!! I have to make this for the “Valor” club I’m in. Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work!!

  • Sorry, I don’t resize the quilts… I provide instructions for the quilts I make or those I intend to make. I can’t resize them to fit everyone’s needs.

  • sue:

    I would like to do this in a queen is there a pattern please thank you

  • Ollie ables:

    Do you have a queen size pattern

  • Cat:

    Mary, I am having trouble printing a copy of your 5 Stars quilt pattern. Can you please send me a pdf?
    Thank you,


  • vera carr:

    I like both quilts. Nice work to you both.I will make this for my Grandson , he has been in the Army 9 years this coming spring.Vera.