Ornament #4 Quilt Block for Shiny + Bright Quilt

This sweet Christmas ornament #4 quilt block is inspired by the vintage Shiny Brite Christmas tree ornaments that I’ve collected over the years. 

This ornament #4 quilt block is so classic with the bright aqua star in the center of it!  And the best part of making this block is using a time and fabric saving technique to make the points of the star!!!

I love the red, aqua blue, teal, pink, gold, purple, and green color combinations of the Shiny Brite ornaments!! 

These ornaments bring back the nostalgia of my childhood and decorating the freshly cut balsam tree on Christmas Eve.

Besides decorating with vintage ornaments, I also love the thought of decorating with quilts over the holidays! Quilts add that cozy touch to any Christmas décor!

The Shiny + Bright quilt pattern will combine vintage ornaments made into a quilt!!

I have several holiday quilt patterns, you can find them all here!

Cutting the Fabric for Ornament #4

Use your favorite rotary cutter, plastic ruler, and cutting mat to cut out the following pieces.

For a quilt tutorial on using a rotary cutter check out my previous post.  I also have a post on choosing fabric for a quilt if you’re interested.

Red Fabric: 

Cut 4 – 2″ x 2″ squares; 1 – 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ square; 2 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ strips; and 2 – 2″ x 9 1/2″ strips


Cut 1 – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square and 4 – 2 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ squares

Cream Fabric:

Cut 4 – 3″ x 3″ squares; 2 – 2″ x 9 1/2″ strips; and 2 – 2″ x 12 1/2″ strips

General Sewing Directions for the Ornament #4 Quilt Block

Accurate cutting and sewing enhances the final product of your ornament #4 quilt block! 

Pin your pieces together before sewing them to ensure proper seam alignment.

Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.  I recommend using a special presser foot with a 1/4″ guide if you have one for your machine.  This will help you get uniform seams, and matching corners!

Follow the directions described below as you press the seams.

Finished block size is 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.

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Sewing the Ornament #4 Quilt Block

Follow each of the steps below to make the Ornament #4 quilt block!

Step 1 

Cut all necessary pieces listed above.

Step 2

Make 4 – 2″ x 3 1/2″ Easy No-Waste Flying Geese Units.  View my post on “Easy No Waste Flying Geese” to learn how to make these four units!  Follow the chart for sizes on making a 1 1/2″ x 3″ finished block (2″ x 3 1/2″ unfinished!)

Step 3

Arrange 2″ x 3 1/2″ flying geese units, 4 – 2″ x 2″ red squares, and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ aqua square into star center as shown in Step 3 diagram.

Sew pieces into three rows. 

Press the seams of the top and bottom rows to the left and press the seam of the center row to the right.  Then sew the rows together to form the center star unit.

Step 4

Lay out red strips around the center unit, with shorter strips on the sides and longer strips on the top and bottom. 

Right sides together, pin and sew 2″ x 6 1/2″ red strips to the sides of center star unit. 

Press seams toward red strips. 

Sew 2″ x 9 1/2″ red strips to the top and bottom of center star unit. 

Press seams toward red strips.

Step 5

Using a straight edge and a washable marking pen, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on wrong side of 3″ cream squares. 

Right sides together pin cream squares in each corner of the center star unit and sew along diagonal lines of cream squares. 

Trim corners 1/4″ from seam, press toward cream corner. 

Unit should measure 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″, trim if needed. 

Step 6

Layout cream strips around ornament unit.

Right sides together, pin and sew 2″ x 9 1/2″ cream strip on each side of the ornament unit. 

Press toward cream strips. 

Then sew 2″ x 12 1/2″ cream strips to the top and bottom of the ornament unit. 

Press toward cream strips. 

Block should measure 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, trim if needed.

Have fun making this Ornament #4 Quilt Block! 

Below you can check out the other ornament blocks inspired by vintage Shiny Brite ornaments!!! 

And check back for more upcoming ornament blocks!

Happy Quilting!


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