Bet you can’t make just one! Potato Chip Star blocks – watch the video 📹

You’ve probably heard of Ohio Star, Amish Star, Sawtooth Star, Kansas Star, and Missouri Star blocks. But have you ever heard of Potato Chip Star blocks? We hadn’t either—until Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts introduced us to them!

Potato Chip Stars quilt
Potato Chip Stars from
Step Back in Time

Paula calls the 4″ block used in this quilt her “potato-chip block” because they’re like potato chips—you can’t stop sewing after just one!

In their latest book, Step Back in Time, Paula and Mary Ellen share an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of patterns for reproduction-fabric fans, and they’ve paired each quilt with a fascinating true story from the 1800s. Running with the potato-chip theme, the design duo decided to dig deep into history to find out one thing: how was the potato chip invented, anyway? Here’s an excerpt about that from the book.


One night during the 1850s, a dinner guest returned his French fries to the kitchen at a restaurant in upstate New York because he felt they were too thick. Chef George Crum (right) decided to annoy the customer by serving him a much thinner fry that he overcooked and salted. To his surprise, the guest was ecstatic over the browned, paper-thin potatoes, and the potato chip was born.

In 1860, George opened his own restaurant, called Crum’s, in Malta, New York. It’s said he served a basket of potato chips at every table. In 1932, Herman Lay founded Lay’s, and his potato chips became the first successfully marketed national brand.


You learn something new every day!

The Potato Chip quilt has become quite popular since the release of Step Back in Time, and you can see why—it’s spectacular:

Potato Chip Stars quilt

When we were at Quilt Market in May, we caught up with Paula and Mary Ellen and they showed us how they make their Potato Chip Star blocks—the Star Singles foundation papers they use turn out perfect little half-square triangles, eight at a time! Watch the video:


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HSTs don’t get much easier than that!

Check your local quilt shop for Star Singles foundation papers or order the papers directly from Paula and Mary Ellen at their website, Red Crinoline Quilts.

Want to see more quilts from Step Back in Time that use Star Singles? We thought you might!

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Step Back in TimeHave you tried Star Singles Papers to make quilt blocks?

  • Yes—I never make half-square triangles without them!
  • Yes, I use them when I’m making small units.
  • Not yet, but I think I need to give them a try!

Tell us in the comments!


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