Eccentric Star Quilt Pattern


Eccentric star quilt pattern

Eccentric star quilt pattern

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Eccentric star quilt block layout

Eccentric star quilt block layout

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.

Shoofly quilt block layout

Shoofly quilt block layout

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.

Alternate the blocks across the rows

Alternate the blocks across the rows

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.

Add the border

Add the border

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.

Here’s the video:

We have storms and high winds forecast for this weekend, so I think that a quiet couple of days catching up on some Christmas sewing will be in order.

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  1. angeljeanne says:

    Rose these have been so great and yes love the blue lovely quilt and i like how you have done all that I have seen hugs and cheers to you Rose angeljeanne (jeanne) xo

  2. I like the way the two blocks go together.

  3. This pattern is just right for me to tuck myself in for the weekend and get sewing. Thank you for the inspiration Rose your videos are so easy to follow.

  4. Love the eccentric block. I think I will make one block to put in my quilt that I am making for my son & daughter in law. Have 3 more block to make before putting it together.

  5. Beryl Holmes says:

    What an effective and simply assembled quilt. Like it a lot and thanks for all your weekly ideas.

  6. Sandra Barnett says:

    Another great idea and great blocks. Looks easy enough with you explaining. Might be a good weekend to work on quilts. Finished the binding on my Christmas quilt. DONE put it away for now. Time to start the next one. Might try this one in purples my favorite color.
    Have a pleasant, peaceful weekend. And thank you for your ideas.

    • Thanks, Sandra. Well done for finishing your Christmas quilt – what a relief. The eccentric star quilt would look great in purples – that’s also my daughter’s favourite colour.

  7. This is a very nice pattern that looks easy to make even for a beginner like me. The light blue you chose shows up green on my screen. Both colors are complimentary and the quilt/s would look beautiful on any bed. We are having summer like weather here in New England. The fall colors are breathtakingly beautiful.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you like the quilt pattern – you’re not a beginner: you’ve been quilting for ages. I’d love to see the New England fall colours – I must make the trip one day.

  8. Ann Lundie says:

    I love these two blocks together Rose. Half square triangles are so versatile.

  9. Rose, I love the Shoofly block and in combination
    with your other block it’s lovely.
    Plus it’s a quilt that can be made bigger without
    too much hassle.
    Thank you.

    • Hi Mary. They are two of the very old, traditional blocks – always popular. Yes, just keep adding blocks to change the size.

  10. I like it thank you Rose, I am not a great blue person, but think I will try this one.


  11. Nice combination. I bet there are all kinds of different variations available. I’m going to enjoy these patterns.

  12. The blocks work really well together, thank you for the inspiration…

  13. Very nice. Like it.

    • Thanks, Irena.

      • Hi Rose,
        Very nice quilt. I final got to the end of my quilt. I am getting ready to start quilting. My boyfriend just bought me a crescendo from baby lock. Now I can do free motion quilting on that. I have been watching many videos and practicing on mini quilts.Wish me Luck!

        • Hi Carol. You’re definitely doing the right thing – plenty of practice. Free motion quilting is often easier than straight line quilting, because no matter where your lines go you can always make it look like part of the design! What a thoughtful boyfriend you have.