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Starry Square-in-a-Square Quilt

Red and blue stars team up in a patriotic wall quilt that incorporates red, navy, cream, and olive green reproduction prints. Fabrics are from Jeanne Horton's American Spirit 1880-1910 collection for Windham Fabrics.


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Inspired by Wrapped in Red by designer Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke



3/8 yard red print (blocks, side units, corner units)
4-1/4-yard pieces assorted olive green prints (blocks, side units, corner units)
1-5/8 yards navy blue print No. 1 (blocks, side units, corner units, outer border, binding)
2-1/4-yard pieces assorted navy blue prints (blocks, side units, corner units)
5/8 yard cream floral (blocks, side units, corner units)
5-3/8-yard pieces assorted light prints (block backgrounds, side units, corner units)
1/4 yard light olive green print (blocks, side units, corner units)
1/3 yard red stripe (inner border)
3-5/8 yards backing fabric
64" square batting

Finished quilt: 55-3/4" square
Finished block: 16" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabric. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.



Plan the Quilt

Quilt tester Laura Boehnke kept the color palette controlled in this color option, but used multiple fabrics within each color (four olive greens, three navy blues, and five light print backgrounds) to add interest to the quilt. To get this look, you must use a design wall to carefully plan fabric placement within each color. Cutting instructions result in the matching sets of pieces from each fabric required to achieve the featured quilt's look. If you want the planned look of the original, lay out all pieces on a design wall before making any units. (Otherwise, use assorted print pieces for all placements, resulting in a scrappy look.) Pick up pieces for one unit at a time, then return the finished unit to the design wall after it's completed.