Delaware Quilts
Block of the Month

Eccentric Star      

At the bottom of the page is a list of different sizes. These directions are for a 6 inch finished block (in a quilt).

We will be making triangle squares for this block. (Triangle squares, diagonal half squares, or half square triangles. They are all the same thing, just different names.) You may use which ever method you like to make these, below is my favorite.

To make one red white and blue Eccentric Star you need two blue 2 7/8 inch squares, two red 2 7/8 inch squares and four white 2 7/8 inch squares. You also need one red 2 1/2 inch square.

We will make a red and white triangle square first. Carefully draw a line corner to corner, (diagonally) through the white 2 7/8 inch squares. This will be a cutting line when you are finished. Place red and white 2 7/8 inch square right sides together. If you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of the drawn line.

If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. They will be your sewing lines. After you have sewn on your sewing lines, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on the drawn cutting line. Clip off the corners as shown.

You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 2 1/2 inches.

You need four red and white triangle squares and four blue and white triangle squares.
   

Sew your triangle squares together. Make two sets like this. Pay close attention to the direction your triangle squares are pointing.

And for the middle row, make one like this. Again, be very careful of the direction your triangle squares.

Finally you sew the rows together to finish the block. Your finished block should measure 6 1/2 inches exactly.
   

To make this quilt you need 16 Eccentric Star blocks.
Fabric: 1 yard of white, 1 yard of red and 1/2 yard of blue.
Cut:
        16 Red 2 1/2 inch squares
        32 Red 2 7/8 inch squares
        32 Blue 2 7/8 inch squares
        64 White 2 7/8 inch squares
     


Here are the cuts needed to make Eccentric Stars in many different sizes:
        Cutting your squares 1 1/2 inches (1 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 3 inches.
        Cutting your squares 2 inches (2 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 4 1/2 inches.
        Cutting your squares 2 1/2 inches (2 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 6 inches.
        Cutting your squares 3 inches (3 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 7 1/2 inches.
        Cutting your squares 3 1/2 inches (3 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 9 inches.
        Cutting your squares 4 inches (4 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 10 1/2 inches.
        Cutting your squares 4 1/2 inches (4 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 12 inches.
        Cutting your squares 5 1/2 inches (5 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 15 inches.
        Cutting your squares 6 1/2 inches (6 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 18 inches.
These are finished sizes, after the block is sewn into a quilt.


Here's another variation of the Eccentric Star


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