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Little Fabric Shop Quilt: Eccentric Star Blocks

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

Last month we sewed together a whole lotta Road to Oklahoma blocks! This month’s Eccentric Star block is a quick and easy make. With only 8 blocks needed, you can create them in no time. There is only one mini plot twist with this one. There are two layouts with this one block. This is not at all tricky, you will just need to pay attention to block placement as you work through the pattern instructions. Don’t worry, we’ve created step-by-step directions to keep you organized! Let’s start with a little information on this block.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Eccentric Star Block Details

The Eccentric Star block is a nine-patch block. That means this block is created using a patchwork of 3 rows of 3 squares each – just like a tic-tac-toe board. A series of 8 Half Square Triangles (HST) surround a center block.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

By simply rotating the HST blocks and/or changing colors within them, you can create many different variations from this one simple block. For this month’s block we will be rotating the direction of the HST to create four Eccentric Star “A” Blocks and four Eccentric Star “B” Blocks.

 

We will once again use the Creative Grids® Half-Square 4-in-1 Triangle Quilt Ruler and the exact same cutting and sewing techniques we used last month to create the Road to Oklahoma blocks.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Eccentric Star Quilt Block Directions

Let’s get started! Below is a PDF pattern download with all the steps to create this block.

 

PDF Download: Eccentric Star Block Directions

 

General Pattern Information

The is a beginner friendly block. All dimensions are written in height x width throughout the directions. It is important to read all the instructions prior to beginning this project. You will need a Cutting Ruler, Scissors, Rotary Cutter, Creative Grids® Half Square 4-in-1 Triangle Ruler, Cutting Mat, Pins, Iron, Starch, Sewing Machine and a ¼-Inch Presser Foot.

 

Fabric Sides

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Fabric Requirements

The table below indicates the fabric requirements for the ENTIRE quilt. Additionally, it provides information on color names and the color letters. We recommend quilter’s weight cotton for this project.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

We used Cotton + Steel Basics fabric. We have also created a fabric bundle for this quilt and all the fabrics follow the monthly instructions exactly.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Cutting Requirements

You will create a total of 8 blocks. These are directional blocks. Four blocks will have Half Square Triangles (HST) turned one direction and the other four blocks will have the HST turned the other direction. The Cutting Chart below will create a total of 8 blocks. Fabric placement and direction of HST will be explained in another section of this pattern.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

Little Fabric Shop Quilt: Eccentric Star Blocks

 

Create Half Square Triangles (HST)

You will create 64 individual Half Square Triangle Blocks in this section.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

STEP 1: Sew Blocks

Layer BLOCK 2 on top of BLOCK 3 with RSF each other. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on BLOCK 2 as shown below.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Pin to hold fabric layers in place. Sew a ¼-inch seam allowance on either side of the drawn lines as shown below.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

Repeat this step for the other 7 stacked blocks.

 

STEP 2: Cut Blocks

Cut the large square into four units as shown below.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Now cut along the drawn diagonal lines. You will have a total of 8 HST.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

STEP 3: Square-off HST

Trim to size by positioning the 4” horizontal dashed markings over the HST seam line. Trim.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

Press seams open. Repeat these 3 steps to create a total of 64 individual HST.

 

Assemble 4 Eccentric Star “A” Blocks

Layout all your fabric pieces as shown in diagram below.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Sew each row together as shown below. Alternate direct of pressing seams for each row as indicated by red arrows.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Sew all the rows together. Nest seams and pin. Sew using a ¼-inch seam allowance. Press seams open. This block should measure 12½” x 12½” (finished size will be 12” x 12”). Press open seams. Repeat steps to create 4 Eccentric Star “A” Blocks.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Assemble 4 Eccentric Star “B” Blocks

Layout all your fabric pieces as shown in diagram below.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Sew each row together as shown below. Alternate direct of pressing seams for each row as indicated by red arrows.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Sew all the rows together. Nest seams and pin. Sew using a ¼-inch seam allowance. Press seams open. This block should measure 12½” x 12½” (finished size will be 12” x 12”). Press open seams. Repeat steps to create 4 Eccentric Star “B” Blocks.

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

Next Steps

You should have a total of 8 Eccentric Star Blocks with 20 Road to Oklahoma Blocks, 8 Hourglass Variation Blocks, and 4 Log Cabin Blocks from the previous tutorials. Set these blocks aside for now. In the future, we will give you instructions on how to use these blocks to create the quilt top. Stay tuned!

Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

 

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Eccentric Star Quilt Block | Little Fabric Shop Quilt | Free Pattern

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