This lap quilt pattern is made using the Empire Star quilt block. It measures 40″ square and it uses just under a yard of each of two fabrics.
thirty two 4.7/8″ squares of each fabric
Making the quilt
The half square triangles are made by placing one square of each fabric with right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal an dsew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line and this will produce two half square triangle units. Do this with all the squares to produce sixty four half square triangles.
Each empire star quilt block is made using sixteen squares laid out in four rows of four squares each. The inner four are angled so that the red forms a square in the middle and there’s a white triangle in each corner. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together. Make four of these blocks.
Lay the quilt blocks out in two rows of two blocks each and sew them together in pairs before sewing the two pairs together.
Empire star quilt border
I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of fabric for the quilt borders. the first border is made using two 32.1/2″ red strips on the top and bottom of the quilt and two 36.1/2″ strips down the sides.
The second quilt border uses two white strips 36.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two 40.1/2″ strips for the sides of the quilt.
The empire star quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. These steps can be found in the make a patchwork quilt section.
Here’s the video: