Negative space star quilt block – video tutorial

Have you tried to invert the front and background of a quilt block? That’s exactly what I’ll do on this star block.

I made the block scrappy but it can also be made in 2 colours, one for the star and one for the background.

Fabric needs

  • 8 squares, 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ in white
  • 1 square, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ in white
  • 8 squares, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ in assorted prints

Finished block size

12″ x 12″

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Negative space scrappy star quilt block


  1. Love this Teresa, …would make a beautiful baby quilt with an animal in the middle square appliqued or painted. Thank you,

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