For the nine patch star quilt I have used a nine patch formation within one of the blocks and then again within the quilt itself. The quilt blocks are all 16″ square finished size and the quilt measures 56″ square. I have used 3/4 yard of blue fabric, 1.1/4 yards of red and 1.3/4 yards of white.
I have used nine patch star quilt blocks and pinwheel quilt blocks. Isn’t it fascinating how the pinwheels look so much larger than the nine patch star when you see them individually like this?
Cutting requirements for the nine patch star quilt
8.7/8″ squares: four blue, four red, eight white
4.1/2″ squares: twenty five red
2.7/8″ squares: twenty blue, twenty white
2.7/8″ by 4.7/8″ rectangles: twenty blue, twenty white
2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: twenty white
2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: twenty white
For the borders you will need five 2.1/2″ white strips and six 2.1/2″ red strips cut across the width of fabric
Making the pinwheel quilt blocks
Make half square triangles with the 8.7/8″ squares. Place a white square right sides together with either a blue or a red square 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 triangle units which are now 8.1/2″ squares.
Lay the half square triangles out in fours, rotating them to give the pinwheel formation as shown. Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the pinwheel block.
You will need two red and two blue pinwheel blocks.
Making the nine patch star quilt block
Make half square triangles as above with the blue and white 2.7/8″ squares. For this block you will also need half rectangle triangles. Cut the 2.7/8″ by 4.7/8″ rectangles along one diagonal, making sure that you cut them in pairs with wrong sides together – this is how fabric is normally folded when you buy it. This way you will get two mirror image half rectangle triangle units.
Place a blue and a white triangle together to form a rectangle again, as shown on the top right of the photo. Lay the two triangles right sides together and sew together. You will get the best results if you have the smallest (narrowest) tip of the blue triangle sticking out 1/4″ above the white triangle, and the smallest tip of the white triangle sticking out 1/4″ beyond the blue triangle. Press the seam allowance towards the blue and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
The central part of the nine patch star quilt block is unsurprisingly a nine patch formation. It is easiest to make this first and then add the outer frame of the block afterwards.
Lay the squares out in three rows as shown with a red square at each corner and in the middle. Place the half rectangle triangle units in pairs in the middle of each edge, with the blue triangles together forming a larger blue triangle pointing in towards the middle of the block.
Sew the pairs of half rectangle triangles together first. Now all the squares are the same size as each other and can be sewn together across each row.
Sew the rows to each other to complete the nine patch star quilt block central area.
Now the outer frame can be added. Across the top and bottom there are two half square triangle units with a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white rectangle on either side. Down each side there are two half square triangle units with a 6.1/2″ white rectangle above and below them.
Sew the parts of the four strips together first and then sew them to the central nine patch quilt block formation. Sew the top and bottom strips first and then add the sides.
You will need to make five of the nine patch star quilt blocks.
Assembling the nine patch star quilt
The blocks are sewn together in three rows of three. The first and third rows are made with a nine patch star quilt block at each end and a blue pinwheel quilt block in the middle.
The second row is made with a red pinwheel quilt block at each end and a nine patch star quilt block in the middle.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Adding the quilt borders
I had intended to add a simple red frame to the quilt, but I felt that some of the design was lost when I tried it out, so I added a white border first to give some separation between the quilt blocks and the border. Both the borders are made using 2.1/2″ strips of fabric.
For the white border you’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
For the red border you’ll need two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 56.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the nine patch star quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
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