Spinning Star Free Pattern

Welcome to another destination on the Canadian Christmas blog hop!  I hope you have enjoyed the creative designs presented by my colleagues so far, not to mention their mouth-watering recipes.  This week, I present “Spinning Star” – a design that can be used any number of ways.  Appliqué it onto circular coasters; stitch it on your next quilt; bead it on a star-shaped ornament; or come up with your unique “spin” on it!  I am also sharing our recipe for tourtière – a family tradition passed down through my French-Canadian matriarchs.  We enjoy this pastry-covered pie of ground pork, potatoes and onions on Christmas Eve.  Thanks for stopping by!

Download Spinning Star Templates here.

Spinning Star ~ Appliquéd Coasters

To prepare the Spinning Star appliqué:

  • Trace the double-line Spinning Star onto the paper side of fusible web
  • Iron onto wrong side of appliqué fabric
  • Cut out on traced lines

To prepare the round coaster:

  • Trace the inner 4″ circle onto the paper side of fusible web
  • Iron the 4″ circle onto the wrong side of background fabric
  • Cut out on traced lines
  • Trace two outer 4 1/4″ circles onto the paper side of fusible web
  • Iron the 4 1/4″ circles onto the wrong side of fabric used for appliqué
  • Cut out on traced lines

To assemble the coaster:

  • Peel off the paper backing from one 4 1/4″ circle
  • Fuse the two 4 1/4″ circles, wrong sides together, leaving one layer of paper between to add stiffness
  • Peel off the paper backing from the 4″ circle
  • Center the 4″ circle on the 4 1/4″ circle and fuse in place
  • Center the Spinning Star on the 4″ circle and fuse in place (image will be reversed)
  • Fuse a layer of Heat’n Bond Vinyl to top or both sides, following manufacturer’s directions


Spinning Star ~ Quilted Star

Using a water-soluble fabric marker:

  • Mark quilt top with double-line Spinning Star or single-line, as desired
  • Also mark the straight-line five-pointed star, if desired

For trapunto, using the double-line Spinning Star motif:

  • Layer quilt top with a layer of high-loft batting, such as wool or polyester, and baste
  • Using water-soluble thread in the needle and cotton thread in the bobbin, machine stitch the Spinning Star
  • Trim the batting close to the machine stitching
  • Layer the quilt top with batting and backing, and baste
  • Using matching or contrasting thread, machine stitch the Spinning Star and the five-pointed star
  • Fill the area inside the five-pointed star and around the Spinning Star with tight stippling
  • Add other quilting, as desired
  • Rinse completed quilt in water to dissolve the water-soluble thread and remove markings, block, and lay flat to dry


Spinning Star ~ Beaded Ornament

To bead the Spinning Star motif:

  • Trace the single-line Spinning Star onto the right side of ornament fabric
  • If desired, add a layer of batting and machine stitch on the traced line
  • Using either the traced line or the machine-stitched line, hand sew seed beads along the Spinning Star, back-stitching every three or four beads to secure

To assemble the five-pointed star ornament:

  • Make a template of the five-pointed star
  • Use the template to cut out the beaded front, adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance
  • Use the template to cut out another star for the back of the ornament, again adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance
  • With right sides together, sew the front and back together leaving an opening between an inside and outside point
  • Clip curves and trim seam allowance, then turn five-pointed star right side out
  • Use a crochet hook or other dull-tipped instrument to push out star points
  • Slip stitch opening closed
  • Add a bugle and seed bead to four of the star points
  • To create a hanging loop on the fifth star point, string a length of seed beads and fasten securely through the first bead on the string


Photography from Thibeault's Table, www.thibeaultstable.com


pastry for double-crust pie
1 lb. ground pork
1/2 cup water
1 onion, finely chopped
2 potatoes, cooked and mashed
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. clove
1 tsp. salt, pepper, garlic


  1. In a frying pan, cook ground pork, water and onion for 25 minutes.  Drain some of the liquid.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add mashed potatoes and seasonings to the cooked pork mixture and mix well.
  3. Place mixture in an uncooked pie shell.
  4. Add pastry to top of pie.  Trim and flute edges as desired.
  5. Bake at 400° for 20 – 25 minutes.

Serve with Garden Relish, Garden Salad Red Chow, or Salsa.  To freeze, cool completely after cooking.  Thaw and reheat before serving.

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  1. Kathy, I love your spinning star and appreciate your generosity in sharing the pattern.
    I have bookmarked you to follow that way. Happy Holidays

  2. Stars are my favorites, I was always looking at the sky and commenting on the Stars / moons with my Now husband of 55 years so for my wedding gift he gave me crystal dangling star earrings.
    Your star pattern is beautiful, look forward to beading and making a wall hanging.
    I’m really enjoying the blog hop. Great idea for we non travelers. Thank you.

  3. Congratulations on your newest award Kathy. As always, am awed by your work. And thanks for the pattern and recipe. Just saw tortieres on the Presidents Choice competition and was wanting to try them.

  4. Love this project! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Kathy, I love it, great job, I too will have to make these for Christmas! Thanks for joining us!


  6. You are a genius! This Spinning Star is so fun, thank you!! And that recipe!! Looks like a winner and a ‘must try’! ~karen

  7. Thanks, Kathy, for a beautiful project and for being part of our blog hop. I am in awe of your work.

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