June 2018 Block of the Month: Friendship Star

Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Bundle featured in She's Our Star 2018 Block of the Month by Sewing With Nancy Zieman

June 2018 Block of the Month: Friendship Star

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She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month

June: Friendship Star

This month we’re stitching the traditional Friendship Star quilt block design—the sixth and final of the six star-based blocks in NZP’s 2018 Block of the Month series. Team Nancy Zieman is pleased to honor Nancy with this beautiful new block of the month series featuring Nancy’s NEW! Farmhouse Floral fabric line for Penny Rose from Riley Blake!

The Friendship Star block combines 1/2-square triangles, a solid center square and simple four-patch corners. This block showcases a unique 4-pointed rotating star.


Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Bundle featured in She's Our Star 2018 Block of the Month by Sewing With Nancy ZiemanEach month, we have featured one block design made in two color-ways. Both blocks were created using Farmhouse Floral fat quarters* (18″ x 22″ fabric rectangles) and background fabrics. Follow along as we demonstrate how to easily create Block A.

Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Bundle featured in She's Our Star 2018 Block of the Month by Sewing With Nancy Zieman


Block A

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Block B

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Keep your fabric choices sorted using this handy Fabric Planner diagram. Download the planner HERE. Print two and make notes or pin swatches to remind you of the fabric placements.

JUNE BOM Friendship Star_____________________________________________________________________________________

Choose the Fabrics

For the Friendship Star blocks, select the following fabrics from your Farmhouse Floral fat-quarter bundle and a No-Hassle Triangle Gauge.

Cut Fabric for Blocks

Block A:

  • Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Red Shiplap.
  • Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Cream Toss.
  • Cut two 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips from Cream Shiplap.
  • Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Pink Shiplap.
  • Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Blue Main.
  • Cut one 4 1/2″ square from Cream Floral.

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Block B:

  • Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Red Petals.
  • Cut one 2 1/2″ x 11″ strip from Pink Floral.
  • Cut two 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips from Pink Petals.
  • Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Blue Stripe.
  • Cut two 4 7/8″ squares from Pink Toss.
  • Cut one 4 1/2″ square from Blue Main.

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Construct the Units

Create the June block with 4-patch corners, four 1/2-square triangles, and one solid center square.

All seam allowances are scant 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

The step-by-step photos illustrate construction of BLOCK A. Block B construction is identical.

1. Create four 1/2-square triangle blocks from Pink Shiplap and Blue Main.

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Note From Team Nancy The advantage of using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge is accuracy. It’s easy to double-check that the block set fits within the confines of the gauge. If the block set extends beyond or is shorter, trim or cut another block.
  • Chain stitch on both sides of the marking, with right sides together.

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  • Cut apart, using a rotary cutter.

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  • Press the seam to the Blue Main side of the square.

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2 . Create 4-patch corner blocks.

  • Stitch the Red Shiplap and Cream Shiplap strips along one long edge, with right sides together.
  • Chain stitch the Cream Toss and Cream Shiplap strips together along one long edge, with right sides together.

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  • Cut strip sets apart.

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  • Press seams towards Cream Toss, and towards Red Shiplap.

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  • Cut strips into four 2 1/2″ sections, using a rotary cutter..

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  • Place the Cream Toss/Cream Shiplap section over the Red Shiplap/Cream Shiplap section, right sides together.

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  • Chain stitch each section along one long edge.

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  • Cut strip sets apart.

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  • Press seams towards darker fabric.

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3. Lay out Friendship Star block as below. Rotate squares as necessary.

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4. Stitch the Friendship Star block, joining squares to form a block.

  • Place squares from first row onto second row, right sides together.
  • Chain stitch from one block set to the next. Clip threads between blocks.
  • Place squares from row three onto stitched section; chain stitch. Clip threads between blocks.
  • Press seams open, or press seams to alternate sides.
  • Stitch rows together to create a complete block.

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  • Repeat steps above to create June Block B.

Block B

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The No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks book shows exactly how to create twelve additional 1/2-Square blocks. For best results, use the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge.

How to make 1/2-square triangles by Nancy Zieman

For more ideas, watch No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy Zieman's Blog GiveawayFor a chance to be the random winner of a Farmhouse Floral Fat Quarter Pack fabric pack, tell us what your favorite star block is in the NZP She’s Our Star 2018 Block of the Month Series.

Farmhouse Florals Fat Quarter Bundle featured in She's Our Star 2018 Block of the Month by Sewing With Nancy Zieman

The winner of the The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew book and DVD set from Nancy’s Notions, in the June 9 post, is Lani.


Her response is: I would love to have The Absolutely Easiest Way to Sew book and DVD set. I live in FL and my granddaughter lives in GA. I am teaching her to sew but am not with her all the time. This set would be a perfect reference guide for her when I am not there. (She is 13.) She is the only one in the family who has expressed interest in sewing and I am anxious to pass this craft on to her!


Note From Team Nancy     Mark Your Calendar: Be sure to stop back here at the NZP Blog on Saturday, July 21, 2018, when we’ll share assembly and finishing techniques for the 2018 Block of the Month series, She’s Our Star.


Happy Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Susie Furgason
    June 16, 2018

    The friendship star is so cool. I love how versatile it is.

  • Charlotte Brown
    June 16, 2018

    While they are all beautiful, I think my favorite is the “evening star”.

  • Susan Spiers
    June 16, 2018

    June’s Friendship Star is so very different & the fabric choices will make this block a zing! Amazing!

  • Max
    June 16, 2018

    It hard to select just one, the Friendship star, especially when giving the quilt to a friend.

  • Clovis
    June 16, 2018

    All of them are good, but I like the Friendship star. You can get that spinning effect by moving it around.

  • Patricia Evans
    June 16, 2018

    There is no favorite – they are all beautiful in their own right. I love stars of all types. And this colorway being used – beautiful

  • Sandy R.
    June 16, 2018

    My favorite is the Ohio Star and it has been a favorite of mine since I started making quilts.Some of my ancestors came to Iowa from Ohio so that makes it special for me..

  • Beverly
    June 16, 2018

    There are so many beautiful star blocks to be made, but the friendship star is my favorite simply because of its meaning. Would love to make up a quilt using only friendship stars and one other block with the farmhouse florals.

  • Florence Dupuis
    June 16, 2018

    I love them all. I can’t remember the names of all of them so it is difficult to select just one. I also love the farmhouse floral fabrics. I would use them to make a “she’s our star” for the next luck person I make a quilt for.

  • Laura M
    June 16, 2018

    Since I’m a fan of stars, but am only allowed to pick one it’s Hidden Star. It’s lovely to see these all sewn up.

  • Theresa Mirci-Smith
    June 16, 2018

    As a new quilter, I’ve fallen in love with these star blocks. I like the friendship star because of the movement it suggests. Longtime friendships are not stagnant; they grow and change over the years, responding to the joys and sorrows encountered along the way.

  • Norene K
    June 16, 2018

    This has been my first time making a Block of the Month series, I have so for enjoyed making all of these Star’s, I am making this for my Mom because she is the Star of our family. Can’t wait to make the June friendship star.

  • Sandy
    June 16, 2018

    Like all the star blocks, if I had to pick a favorite it would be Feb. with the 9 patch center.

  • Janet johnson
    June 16, 2018

    I love the friendship star. I am so new to quilting that it makes me a bit afraid to start any large project. I don’t have all the gadgets that quilters seem to have nowadays. I will try a few blocks just for fun and see if it is something I will stick with. I though I can always use a block to work into the front of a tote bag.

  • Shirley Clark
    June 16, 2018

    With these fabrics, any block is beautiful, but I think I like block B the most. I just love star quilt patterns, and they never get overused because there are so many variations!

  • Valerie Thompson
    June 16, 2018

    My favorite is the Ohio star because my momma and I were both born in Ohio. It’s been my favorite star for many years, as we were the only two born in Ohio out of my family. I would use the Farmhouse Floral to make my momma She’s Our Star quilt because my momma is the Star of our family. Good luck everyone! Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Starla
    June 16, 2018

    I really like the Friendship Star made with solids and prints — too many prints makes it difficult to see the “star.”

  • DebbieW
    June 16, 2018

    The May ‘Spinning Star’ is my favorite. I can picture in my mind the quilt that I would make using fabrics already in my stash. Winning the Farmhouse Floral fabric would be wonderful. More stash is better.

  • MoeWest
    June 16, 2018

    I like the Friendship Star with the star done in solid fabrics to make it more visible.

  • Brenda Ackerman
    June 16, 2018

    The Evening Star Block is my favorite star block. I look forward to creating all of the blocks as they are revealed throughout the year.

  • Lillian K
    June 16, 2018

    I love all kinds of stars – but I like Spinning Star.

  • Bonnye
    June 16, 2018

    The Ohio star is my favorite. Using theses fabrics would make a beautiful star.

  • Robin Hessefort
    June 16, 2018

    Friendship star for sure. In the honor of Nancy

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    June 16, 2018

    I like the Hidden Star block even though I just finished a patriotic Friendship Star quilt.

  • Anne Z
    June 16, 2018

    I love all star blocks. They add such interest to a quilt. In this series I like the friendship block.

  • Gail Beam
    June 16, 2018

    I like all of the stars, so it is very difficult to pick a favorite, but if I have to, I guess I will pick the friendship star.

  • Jan C
    June 16, 2018

    I don’t have a favorite. I like all of them. I can’t wait until all of the “She’s Our Star” stars are out.

  • Edna Marks
    June 16, 2018

    So far the Ohio star is my favorite although I like them all!!

  • beth d.
    June 16, 2018

    My favorite star block is the friendship star. I would love to make the block with the farmhouse florals.

  • Carol
    June 16, 2018

    I like so many of the star blocks and I especially like the friendship star.

  • Bonnie
    June 17, 2018

    Love star blocks! My favorite in this series is the Friendship Star. It is so striking made with the beautiful Farmhouse Floral fabric. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Joyce P Schroeder
    June 17, 2018

    I have always been partial to Ohio Star blocks, and I think that one is my favorite in this quilt so far. Although all of them are really beautiful, and I can’t wait to put this quilt together and sleep under a starry field!

  • Janet Jordan
    June 17, 2018

    I love all of these blocks! But if I had to pick just one it’s the Star of Hope! I have a friend that was diagnosed with breast cancer six weeks ago. Several of us made her a quilt but while I’ve used my farmhouse fabrics for this quilt, I’d love to have a set to make her a quilt using f the Star of Hope blocks with the Friendship Star blocks in the 4 corners.
    Thank Y’all for doing this in Nancy’s memory and for the give aways!

  • Joanne T
    June 17, 2018

    I like the Friendship Star but I also like the Spinning Star.
    Hard to choose.

  • Kathy R Hartwell
    June 17, 2018

    I really like this Friendship Star block and with this fabric it is beautiful. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Michelle Hall
    June 17, 2018

    I think I like the Friendship Star the best for what it represents

  • Tere Homer
    June 18, 2018

    This block of the month has been fun. I’ve made my blocks from sewing themed fabric mixed with country calicos. I even have a fabric with a quote from Nancy Zieman and her signature. A special way to remember a great and talented lady. My favorite star is the spinning star.

  • Heidi
    June 18, 2018

    I LOVE a lot of the fabrics in this line. I would use some of them in scarves if they were in poly or silk. They are used to their best advantage in the Hidden Star, March Block of the Month. From a geometric standpoint, I really like the Ohio Star and Spinning Stars. If I am so lucky to win the fabric, I would use it to make these stars in color combinations that really make the designs POP! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • L Watson
    June 18, 2018

    I definitely would pick the friendship star in memory of Nancy. The fabrics would be lots of fun to work with.

  • Sarah
    June 18, 2018

    I like the friendship star block, it would be very fun to have the different fabrics!

  • Linda Edwards
    June 18, 2018

    This project is such a testament to Nancy, and I like the Friendship Star best for that reason. Thank you for the opportunity to win the FQ bundle of this gorgeous fabric.

  • Marcia Kerstetter
    June 18, 2018

    I have really been enjoying this BOM, especially because I have always been partial to star blocks. It was a difficult choice, but I am choosing the Evening Star as my favorite from this series of stars. I am so glad you have continued to have a yearly BON and thank you for the opportunity to try to win this beautiful fsbric!

  • Susan
    June 18, 2018

    Just love the classic Ohio Star. Its image is what many people identify with quilting. Stars make us feel connected with the universe.

  • E. Watson
    June 18, 2018

    My favorite is the Spinning Star block. I love how the star almost looks as though it’s folded into that shape, like origami! 🙂

  • Mary Power-Burke
    June 19, 2018

    I love anything with stars, but think the Star of Hope is my favorite.

  • Karen
    June 19, 2018

    I really love this friendship star! It looks great with the beautifully selected fabrics. I can’t wait to see the completed quilt!

    June 21, 2018


  • Elaine Gryczan
    June 21, 2018

    These blocks are finishing out so beautifully. I love the step by step instructions.

  • Lynn Greenwaldt
    June 27, 2018

    Since my first quilting project was a friendship star runner that has remained my favorite!

  • Deb
    July 20, 2018

    Love the magical 9 patch. This is just a beautiful quilt that looks like it is so much work and is not as hard as it looks. Not that they aren’t all beautiful. Would love to make them all!

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