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Old Fashioned Stars Quilt

by Darlene Zimmerman

61" x 82"

Image of Old Fashioned Stars Quilt Grid

Materials Needed:



  • 3 1/4 yds. Vintage White
  • 1/4 yd. Nine Different Prints
  • 1 3/4 yds. Border & Binding

Cutting Directions
Fabric Cut To Yield
Vintage White73 1/2" strips68Squares for Block 1
182" strips4Patches for Blocks 1 and 2
43 1/2" strips72Tri Pieces for Block 2
39 1/2" strips58Sashing Rectangles 2" x 9 1/2"
From Each Print13 1/2" strip16Recs triangles (or 8 pairs)
4squares (block centers)
22" strips4Patches
32" squares for sashing corners
Border75" stripsBorder
1 1/4" Bias Strips for Binding to total 325"

Piecing Directions


schematic of two inch sectionsCut the 2" print strips into four 18" lengths. Sew the 18" lengths right sides together with the white 2" strips. Press the seam towards the print strip. Cut each 18" strip into eight 2" segments.

schematic of 4-patchMake a total of sixteen 4-patches from each print. Press.

Puss in the Corner Blocks (Block 1)

schematic of Block 1Join four 4-patches, four white squares, and one print square to make Block 1. (The print square can be the same as the 4-patches or different.) Press the seams as directed. Make 17.

Star Blocks (Block 2)

schematic of tri-rec unitAssemble eight Tri-Recs units from each print. Press as directed.

schematic of Block 2Join four 4-patches, a matching center square, and four contrasting Tri-Recs units to form Block 2. Press as directed. Make 18.

Assembling the Quilt

schematic of row of quilt blocksWhen all the blocks have been assembled, lay them out in rows, alternating Block 1 and 2, starting with a star block. Sew sashing strips between the blocks in each row. Press the seams toward the sashing.

Make 6 sashing/corner stones rows. Press toward the sashing.

schematic of sashing and cornerstone rowsJoin the block rows and the sashing rows. Press the seams toward the sashing.


Measure the quilt through the width. Cut two borders to this measurement. Sew to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the seams toward the borders.

Measure the quilt through the length. Cut two borders to this measurement. Sew to the sides of the quilt. Press the seams toward the borders.

Scalloped Edge

Measure 5 1/2" from each corner. Make a light mark at this point. Make marks at about 9" intervals along the borders. Make a second mark 2" below your first marks. Use the Easy Scallop Tool or find a lid or plate that will connect the inside marks you have made with a smooth curve. Use this "template" to mark the scalloped edge on the border of the quilt. Leave the corners square. Do not cut on the marked line!


Cut your batting and backing 4" larger than your quilt top. Baste. Quilt as desired. Before binding, hand-baste along the marked edge of the scalloped border. This will keep the edges from stretching or shifting as you sew on the binding.


Piece the single bias binding strips together with diagonal seams pressed open. Line up the edge of the binding with the marked edge of the quilt. Sew a 1/4" seam, and ease the binding around the curves. When you get to the inside corner of a curve, stop with the needle down, lift the presser foot, and pivot the quilt and binding until the binding edge is again even with the marked line on the quilt. Lower the presser foot and continue stitching. Continue in the manner around the quilt.

Trim the excess batting and backing at the edge of the binding. Turn the binding under 1/4" and turn it to the back side of the quilt. Stitch down by hand. At the inside corners, the binding will fold over itself like a reverse mitered corner.

Don't forget to sign and date your quilt! Enjoy!

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