Scrappy Star Sew Along 2017

(Star is 72'' x 72'' before borders, 92'' x 92'' with borders shown)

This entire quilt will be made from 2 1/2'' strips. The instructions will be given referring to all strips cut at 2 1/2'' x 18''. If your strips are longer, cut them to 18''. If your strips are shorter, you will need more than the directions call for, but you can still use them! You can even use 2 1/2'' squares. This project is all about using up the scraps!

The star will be made from 9 patches. We will make three kinds of 9 patches.

Make 48 of the star nine patches.

Make 60 of the background nine patches

Make 36 of the split nine patches.

For the Star blocks:
Choose or cut 72 strips (2 1/2'' x 18'') from you scrap bin. Press them if needed and sew them lengthwise into 24 sets of three.

Cross cut the strip sets into 2 1/2'' segments.  You will get 7 sections from each strip set. This will create more than you need for now, but we will save some of these for the border. I like to create more than I need now, because it will allow more variety for mixing and matching combinations. This will also allow your border sections to use some of the same fabrics as your star and that will look better. Sometimes I do plan ahead! LOL

Flip the middle section so that the seams will nest on the back. This will make you intersections nice and tidy and will reduce bulk at the corners.

Make 48 of these 9 patch blocks. The blocks will measure 6 1/2''.

For the Background blocks:
Cut 78 strips 2 1/2'' x 18 1/2''
Sew the strips into 26 sets of three.
Layer the strip sets as shown, staggered to prevent the seams from being directly on top of one another.
Trim the ends even.

Cut across the strip sets at five inches. Then slide the ruler back and cut across the strip sets at 2 1/2''. Repeat all the way across the strip sets.

Repeat until the strips are all cut into 2 1/2'' sections. Cut a total of 180 sections.

Sew these together into nine patch blocks.

Make 60 background nine patches.

Design note: I used all white on white prints for my backgrounds mostly because I found a stack of fat quarters in the back of a bin that I had forgotten I had. Many of them were from the same fat quarter bundle and were super similar in colors and design scale. I purposely went through my scrap bin and my other white fabrics and chose additional fabrics that were more creamy or different shades of white. I also chose some that had very large scale prints and geometric prints rather than the small scale floral and dot prints from the bundle. Adding variety of shades and scale prevents too much blending. Why do all this work if it's going to look like one fabric? Add things that will 'pop' or 'stand out' just a bit to keep things interesting. If in doubt, throw it in the mix, it's those fabrics that you think might not work that end up being the magic! So go for it!

For the Split Triangle blocks:

To make the triangle squares (or half square triangles) layer a background strip and a star fabric strip RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.

Trim the ends with a clean cut. Then place any 45 degree ruler on the strip pair as shown. If you don't have a 45 degree ruler, I recommend this one but any brand will do. I have several and use them all!

After making the first cut, rotate the ruler and cut again, then continue rotating and cutting.

This is a great time to use up some of the leftover strips and shorter strips as I did here.

Make 108 triangle squares.
Cut 108 star squares.
Cut 108 background squares.

You will need three of each to make a block. Arrange the square as shown above and sew them into three rows of three.

Sew the rows together.

Make 36 split nine patches.

Assembling the Star:

Using 9 of the background nine patches, sew them together into a nine patch. 

Make 4

Using 3 background nine patches, 3 star nine patches and 3 triangle nine patches as shown above, sew them into a nine patch.

Make 8

Using 6 star nine patches and 3 triangle nine patches, sew them together into a nine patch.

Make 4

Sew these large nine patches into four rows of four as shown above. 

Border Options:

finished size of quilt is 92'' x 92''

Option 1 uses 8'' x 10'' border blocks and 10'' corner blocks. All strips are cut the same size and pieced the same way as the nine patches are, the blocks are just sewn in four rows of five as shown above. Make 36 border blocks and 4 corner blocks.

finished size of quilt is 88'' x 88''

Option 2 uses 8'' blocks. All strips are cut the same size and pieced the same way, the blocks are just sewn in four rows of four as shown above. Make 36 border blocks and 4 corner blocks.

finished size of quilt is 84'' x 84''

Option 3 uses 6'' blocks just as the rest of the quilt. The border blocks and corner blocks are shown above. Make 48 border blocks and 4 corner blocks.

Whichever option you choose, I hope you have fun making this scrappy star quilt!
Enjoy every stitch! Diane

Butterfly Threads Quilting (c) 2017

PLEASE NOTE: please do not reproduce, distribute, copy or sell this pattern. It will be available here for a limited time, please download it now if you would like to keep a copy for yourself. If you would like to use this pattern for a guild or group sew along, please contact me for permission. 


  1. I don't see a link for the printout. Did I miss it?

  2. OOps! I missed that it was a download. I got it. Sorry, but I can't seem to get used to looking for that blue arrow.

  3. Wonderful job and thanks for sharing your talent and lovely quilt pattern! Hugs, Deb


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