This eccentric star quilt pattern uses both the eccentric star and the shoofly quilt blocks. I’ve used the same two colours throughout. I rather like the way that the corners of the shoofly block seem to extend the spokes of the eccentric star.
The quilt measures 40″ square and I’ve used 1 yard of the dark blue, 3/4 yard of the light blue and 1/2 yard of white fabric. The light blue is really more of a turquoise and it seems to show up as green in the photos, although I have referred to it as light blue throughout the eccentric star quilt pattern. To buy these fabrics at a 10% discount just click on this week’s special offer here.
Cutting requirements for the eccentric star quilt pattern
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two each in dark blue and white, sixteen each in dark blue and light blue
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen light blue, thirty two dark blue
For the border you will need four 2.1/2″ strips of light blue cut across the width of fabric
Making the eccentric star quilt block
Make half square triangles with thirty two each of the dark blue and white 3.7/8″ squares.
Place a dark blue and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangles for each pair of squares that you began with.
These are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the blue and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three – I said this was an easy pattern! The light blue square is in the middle and it is completely surrounded by dark blue/white half square triangles which create the spokes of the eccentric star. Note that these are placed so that the white triangles form a larger white triangle along each edge. This may help you with the placement.
Sew the squares together across each row and sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You will need to make eight of the eccentric star quilt block.
Making the shoofly quilt block
This is the most simple version of the shoofly block. Mak half square triangles with the sixteen dark blue and light blue 3.7/8″ squares.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three. The light blue square is in the middle, the same as in the eccentric star quilt block. There’s a dark blue square placed on each edge of the central square and a dark blue/light blue half square triangle in each corner. These are placed so that the dark blue is on the outside, forming the corner of each block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. You will need to make eight of the shoofly quilt block.
Assembling the eccentric star quilt pattern
Lay the blocks out in four rows of four. Begin rows one and three with an eccentric star quilt block and then alternate the blocks across the rows. Begin rows two and four with a shoofly quilt block and then alternate across the rows. This way you will have the blocks alternating across the rows and down the columns.
Sew the blocks to each other across the rows and then sew the rows to each other.
Adding the border
I have used 2.1/2″ strips of light blue fabric for the quilt border. You will need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the eccentric star quilt pattern. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section, towards the bottom of the page.
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