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Scottish Stars Quilt

by Joy Hoffman

39" square

Image of Scottish Stars Quilt Image of Scottish Stars Quilt Grid

Materials Needed:



  • 3/4 yd. Red Plaid
  • 1 1/4 yd. Blue Plaid
  • 5/8 yd. Tan Plaid

Cutting Directions
Fabric Cut To Yield
Red Plaid52" strips
23 1/2" strips20Tri triangles
22 1/4" x 35 1/2"Borders*
22 1/4" x 39"Borders*
Blue Plaid52" strips
43 1/2" strips20Tri triangles
46 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
163 1/2" squares
2 1/4" bias strips3 1/2" squares
Tan Plaid52" strips40Tri-Mate triangles
21 1/2" x 33 1/2"Borders*
21 1/2" x 35 1/2"Borders*
13 1/2" strip53 1/2" squares
*These numbers are mathematically correct; adjust as needed.


Stitch together 5 sets of 2" blue plaid and red plaid strips. Press the seam towards the blue. Cut these sets apart into sections.

schematic of two inch sectionsCut into thirty-two 2" sections.

schematic of 3.5 inch sectionsCut into thirty-six 3 1/2" sections.

schematic of checkerboard fabric blocksThe 2" sections are sewn into 16 checkerboards. Press the seam open.

attaching checkerboard pieces to 3.5inch blocksStitch eight of the checkerboards to eight of the 3 1/2" sections with the checkerboard on the left hand side. The remaining eight are stitched to the right hand side of eight 3 1/2" sections. Press seams towards the checkerboards.

schematic of 3.5 inch sections attached to blue plaid fabricSew sixteen 3 1/2" sections to the 3 1/2" squares of blue plaid, pressing the seams towards the plaid squares.

schematic of corner units for star blocksAssemble the corner units for the star blocks by sewing the sections together, as shown in the diagram. Press the seam open.

schematic of hourglass quilt unitsSew together hourglass units for the star points by sewing twenty 3 1/2" Tri triangles to twenty 2" Tri-Mate triangles. Press the seams towards the Tri triangles. Referring to the photo for color placement, assemble twenty hourglass units. Press the final seam open.

schematic of assembling units for star blocksAssemble four star blocks in rows using the corner units, sixteen hourglass units, and four 3 1/2" tan squares. There will be four hourglass units left over. Press the seams in opposing directions.

schematic of sashingFour sashings are assembled by sewing an hourglass unit together with a 3 1/2" section of blue plaid and red plaid (from the first step), a 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" blue plaid rectangle. Press the seams open.

Refer to the completed quilt diagram to assemble the entire quilt in rows. The center star is formed when the four star blocks are sewn together with the sashings and a center 3 1/2" tan square. Add the inner 1 1/2" border of tan, followed by the 2 1/4" red plaid border. Quilt as desired, binding with 2 1/4" bias strips cut from the blue plaid.

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

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