Sew 8-pointed Stars! Part 1

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks is one of the exquisite designs in Millefiori Quilts.

Thanks to Quiltmania, this fabulous design is Inklingo-able now, so I’ve added it to the Main Stars Page on the website.

Midnight Fireworks is based on an 8-pointed star and stars are fascinating. Let’s start with a star review, okay?


Fussy Cut 8-Pointed Star


  • The diamonds in 8-pointed stars have 45º angles. (The diamonds in 6-pointed stars have 60° angles.)


Fussy Cut 8-Pointed Star

  • The star points are equal distance from each other, except when a design uses parallelograms instead of diamonds.


Inklingo Featehered Star

  • Some 8-pointed star designs include octagons (8 sides), but not hexagons (6 sides).
  • Other 8-pointed stars are available on the Main Stars Page too, including LeMoyne Star, Feathered Star, Hunter’s Star, Inklingo Star, and Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda.


Fussy Cut 8-Pointed Star


Fussy Cut 4 diamonds

  • You may decide to fussy cut only 3, 4 or 6 of the eight 45º diamonds for special effects.
  • “Circling the intersection” ensures your stars will look their best. The sewing technique in the video for 6-pointed stars works perfectly for 8-pointed stars too.  (VIDEO on the Main Diamond Page)
  • The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer includes a fascinating array of 8-pointed stars (pages 276-308 and 343-347, etc.) This is one of my favorite quilt books. It should be in every quilter’s library. No affiliation, just couldn’t live without it.

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

  • The DVD lesson with the Quilted Diamonds 2 book includes close-up detailed instructions for sewing sequence, continuous stitching, inset seams, many seams converging at the center, and pressing stars. It is like taking a private hand piecing lesson with me.
  • When you learn how to sew stars with a running stitch, you can sew anything!


FREE Diamond Triangle Square

  • I love stars! In fact, the very first downloadable shape collection in 2008 included everything you need for an 8-pointed star (and many other designs)—diamonds, triangles and squares. These very versatile shapes are a great introduction to Inklingo—and you can download for free! Try printing on fabric before you buy anything.


Inklingo Smart Shopper's Idea Book

  • Many more stars have been requested. You can see them in the free Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book, under the Support & Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)


Part 2 about 8-pointed stars will be ready soon too.


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Print on quilt shapes on fabric


Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks shape collection is only $20—but only until Wednesday, July 15 at midnight. $25 is great value but $20 is even better.


Hand piecing on the front porch, anyone?

Oh! One more fun fact! Midnight Fireworks is a perfect hand piecing project for summers on the front porch—in daylight, probably not at midnight!

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Thank you for visiting! I hope it is a good weekend for sewing stars at your house too.

Linda & Monkey


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7 thoughts on “Sew 8-pointed Stars! Part 1”

  1. Hi Karen,
    I do use the name LeMoyne Stars for that block but in this article, I am also referring to several other kinds of stars with 8 points, like Feathered Star, Hunter’s Star, Midnight Fireworks, etc. All LeMoyne Stars are 8-pointed stars but not all 8-pointed stars are LeMoyne Stars.
    Hugs, Linda & Monkey in Canada

  2. I absolutely LOVE that fabric. It keeps showing up again and again. You must have purchased a whole bolt of it! It is perfect for fussy cutting/printing.

  3. Please identify the beautiful blue/grey fabric you show in the example
    of the no waste fussy cutting of stars above. Thank you.


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