green and pink lemoyne star quilt block with title.

LeMoyne Star quilt block

LeMoyne Star is an old quilt block. Traditionally, it was made with parallelograms and lots of y-seams. The thought of that causes many quilters to break out into a cold sweat. If you are hand-piecing, then definitely go the traditional route. But if you are piecing by machine, these shortcuts will make your life a lot easier.

This method takes the parallelograms (diamond shapes) and breaks them down into half-square triangles. It adds extra seams, but the time savings make it worth it.

Enjoy this block on its own or as part of the Twinkle Sampler Quilt.

Fabric requirements

For a 12″ block

  • four 3-1/2″ squares background fabric
  • four 3-1/2″ half square triangles* feature fabric 1 and feature fabric 2
  • four 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ flying geese units** background fabric, feature fabric 1 and feature fabric 2

*Use your favourite method to make the half square triangles. For this block, I recommend the Most Popular Method. It makes two at a time and they are trimmed to the exact size. Remember that the finish size is 3″, so this piece will be 3-1/2″.

**Use whatever method you want for the flying geese units, but be careful with the Most Popular Method. Because this unit has two different colours of “wings” in it, that method won’t work. It will result in units with the colours on opposite sides. If you are making more than one block, you can use it twice and end up with two sets. If you are only making one block, I recommend paper piecing. It makes accurate pieces, and is simple to do. Remember that the finish size is 3″ x 6″, so this piece will be 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

fabric pieces laid out for LeMoyne star quilt block.

Block assembly

Layout all the pieces according to the picture. Double check to make sure that the fabrics in the middle pinwheel match the placement of the flying geese.

Begin by assembling the pinwheel. Join pairs of half-square triangles. Press the seams toward the darker fabric.

joining inner pinwheel pieces for lemoyne star quilt block.

Then join the pairs to make the pinwheel. To eliminate bulk, press the final seam open.

reverse side of pinwheel showing seam pressed open.

Once the inner pinwheel is made, it becomes like a nine-patch block. There are three pieces across and three down.

Join the pieces into rows. Press all the seams toward the flying geese.

making rows for lemoyne star block.

Once the rows have been assembled, you will join them together. Because the seams were pressed toward the flying geese, they alternate directions between the rows. This will make it easier to join the rows.

rows for leymoyne star quilt block assembly.
final seam for lemoyne star quilt block.

After the last row is added, give the block a good press. It will be 12-1/2″ square.

lemoyne star quilt block in green and two shades of pink.

You’re done!

Video tutorial

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Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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