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How to Make a Large Friendship Ribbon Quilt Block

For a different take on the traditional Friendship Star quilt block why not think about this fun version. With just a few added half square triangles, it takes on an entirely different look. I always like a well-known block that has a little twist to it. It adds a little bit of extra interest. Learn how to make a large friendship star ribbon quilt block with this tutorial.

By the way, when I say large, it is very large, 18 1/2″ to be exact. That means that is great on its own, or as part of a large quilt with just a few blocks. Sometimes it is nice to make a quilt that does not have a million pieces in it.

This block is also part of my 2021 Stars of the Prairie mystery quilt. It is the 8th block. If you are quilting along with us, after this block there are only three more blocks to go before we put it all together! You will find out all of the information you need to know at the end of this tutorial. And if you are curious about the mystery quilt, it is a free event that you can join at any time.

This is my second year doing this and it is a fun project. You can find out all about in this article here.

Head over to your sewing space and get ready to make this fun block.

*Download the Free Friendship Ribbon Quilt Block Pattern PDF Here*

Please read all instructions carefully before beginning. Use a scant 1/4″ seam allowance when sewing this block.

Supplies Needed

Along with the fabric, you will need some general quilting supplies.

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How to Make a Large Friendship Ribbon Quilt Block (18 1/2″)

Fabric Needed:

Background Fabric: Fat eighth, Fabric A: Fat quarter, Fabric B: Fat eighth, Fabric C: 6 ½ inch square

Cutting Instructions:

Background Fabric:

  • 2 squares cut 7 ¼ inches by 7 ¼ inches

Fabric A:

  • 4 squares cut 7 ¼ inches by 7 ¼ inches

Fabric B:

  • 2 squares cut 7 ¼ inches by 7 ¼ inches

Fabric C:

  • 1 square cut 6 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches.

Video Tutorial

Block Assembly:

Make the half square triangles first. Pair up the 7 ¼ inch squares as follows:

  • Background Fabric with Fabric A – 2 pairs
  • Fabric A with Fabric B – 2 Pairs

Take one of the pairs and draw a diagonal line on the back (wrong) side of the lighter fabric. This will be your sewing guide.

Line up each pair of squares with front (right) sides facing each other. Using a ¼ inch seam allowance, sew along both sides of the drawn diagonal line.

Cut down the center, along the drawn line. You will end up with two blocks that need to be pressed open.

Trim them down to 6 ½ inches square. Repeat with the other pairs. You will end up with 8 half square triangles.

Lay out your blocks as shown and then sew together. Sew the individual rows together first and then join the rows. The block should measure 18 ½ inches.

Finished Block
My Test Block

If You Are Participating in the 2021 Stars of the Prairie Mystery Quilt:

You need to make 1 of these blocks this month.

Feel free to join in the mystery quilt fun. You can find all of the details in this article.

In addition, I have this FB group for people who are participating. It’s a fun place to see what other people are doing for their blocks.

What we’ve done so far:

Show off your progress on social media! Make sure to use the hashtag #createwithclaudiaqal if you post any pictures!

*This mystery quilt along is for entertainment purposes only. Therefore, there are no prizes or giveaways.* Best efforts have been made to ensure that the instructions are correct, however sometime errors occur. If you have any questions, please contact us *


  1. Bleu Mirabelle

    August 27, 2021 at 2:39 AM

    Hi Claudia, I am from Belgium and I follow your instructions since the beginning of the year. Thank you very much for this lessons and the free BOM. I’m learning full of things with you, it’s a real pleasure. Wishing you the best. Kisses

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      August 27, 2021 at 5:57 AM

      That’s wonderful. I am glad you are enjoying the quilt along. Thanks.

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