Scrappy red-and-white star blocks capture your heart in the throw. Cleverly mixed prints make three versions of the same star block.

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Designer: Lila Taylor Scott

Materials

• 1-3⁄4 yards red print No.  1 (A blocks, setting and corner triangles, binding)

• 1⁄3 yard red print No. 2 (A, B, and C blocks; setting blocks)

• 1⁄3 yard each of white-and-red print No. 1 and red-and-white print No. 1 (A blocks)

• 1⁄4 yard white-and-red dot No. 1 (A blocks)

• 1⁄2 yard each of white-and-red dot Nos. 2 and 3 (B blocks, setting blocks)

• 5⁄8 yard red-and-white print No.  2 (B blocks, setting blocks)

• 1⁄4 yard red print No.  3 (B blocks, setting blocks)

• 1⁄2 yard red print No.  4 (B blocks, setting blocks)

• 1⁄3 yard each of white-and-red print No.  2 and red-and-white print No.  3 (C blocks)

• 1⁄2 yard red print No.  5 (C blocks)

• 3⁄8 yard red-and-black print (C blocks)

• 1⁄8 yard red-and-black dot (C blocks)

• 3-1⁄4 yards backing fabric

• 58" square batting

Finished quilt: 51-1⁄2" square

Finished blocks: 12" square, 6" square

Quantities are for 44⁄45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Choose Fabrics and Plan Blocks

Designer Lila Taylor Scott used 15 fabrics with varying amounts of red and white to make her quilt. Because of the number of similar-color fabrics used, you may wish to label a small sample of each and keep it for reference before cutting into the rest of each print. Lila used 4×6" index cards and stapled on a small scrap of each fabric, noting the position in the block. For example, Block A uses five fabrics, so the index card for Block A has five scraps of fabric. Blocks B and C each have six fabrics on their index cards.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the order that follows in each section.

From red print No. 1, cut:

• 6-2-1⁄2 ×42" binding strips

• 4-9-3⁄4" squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for 16 setting triangles total

• 2-9-3⁄8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 corner triangles total

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Cut and Assemble A Blocks

From red print No.  1, cut:

• 1-2×42" strip

• 25-3-1⁄2" squares

• 40-2" squares

From red print No.  2, cut:

• 1-2×42" strip

From white-and-red print No.  1, cut:

• 2-2×42" strips

• 20-2×3-1⁄2" rectangles

From red-and-white print No.  1, cut:

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×42" strips

• 1-2×42" strip

From white-and-red dot No.  1, cut:

• 40-2" squares

1. Join a red print No. 2-2×42" strip, a white-and-red print No. 1-2×42" strip, and a red-and-white print No. 1-2×42" strip to make strip set A (Diagram  1). Press seams open. Cut strip set A into 20-2"-wide A segments.

2. Join a white-and-red print No. 1-2×42" strip and a red-and-white print No. 1-3-1⁄2 ×42" strip to make strip set B (Diagram  2). Press seam open. Cut strip set B into 20-2"-wide B segments.

3. Join a red print No. 1-2×42" strip and a red-and-white print No. 1-3-1⁄2 ×42" strip to make strip set C (Diagram  3). Press seam open. Cut strip set C into 20-2"-wide C segments.

4. Referring to Diagram  4, join one each of segments A, B, and C to make a block corner unit. Press seams open. The block corner unit should be 5" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 block corner units total.

5. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each red print No. 1-2" square and white-and-red dot No. 1-2" square.

6. Align a marked red print No. 1 square with one end of a white-and-red print No. 1-2×3-1⁄2" rectangle (Diagram  5; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line; trim excess, leaving a 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle.

7. Align a second marked red print No. 1 square with opposite end of Step 6 rectangle (Diagram  5). Sew, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 3-1⁄2 ×2" including seam allowances.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make 20 Flying Geese units total.

9. Refer to steps 6 and 7 to add marked white-and-red dot No. 1-2" squares to adjacent corners of a red print No. 1-3-1⁄2" square to make a star point unit (Diagram 6). The unit should be 3-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 star point units total.

10. Referring to Block A Assembly Diagram, lay out one red print No. 1-3-1⁄2" square and four each of block corner units, Flying Geese units, and star point units in three rows. (Note that red print No. 2 squares in block corner units are positioned at outer edges.) Join Flying Geese and star point units in each row. Join pieces in each row; press seams open. Join rows to make Block A. Press seams open. The block should be 12-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make five A blocks total.

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Cut and Assemble B Blocks and Setting Blocks

From red print No.  2, cut:

• 2-2×42" strips

From white-and-red dot No.  2, cut:

• 4-2×42" strips

• 16-2×3-1⁄2" rectangles

From red-and-white print No.  2, cut:

• 4-3-1⁄2 ×42" strips

• 2-2×42" strips

From red print No.  3, cut:

• 2-2×42" strips

From red print No.  4, cut:

• 20-3-1⁄2" squares

• 32-2" squares

From white-and-red dot No.  3, cut:

• 8-2×6-1⁄2" rectangles

• 8-2×5" rectangles

• 32-2" squares

1. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 1, and Diagram  7, use red print No. 2, white-and-red dot No. 2, and red-and-white print No. 2-2×42" strips to make two A strip sets, cutting them into 24-2"-wide A segments total.

2. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 2, use white-and-red dot No. 2-2×42" strips and red-and-white print No. 2-3-1⁄2 ×42" strips to make two B strip sets, cutting them into 24-2"-wide B segments total.

3. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 3, use red-and-white print No. 2-3-1⁄2 ×42" strips and red print No. 3-2×42" strips to make two C strip sets, cutting them into 24-2"-wide C segments total.

4. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 4, and Diagram  8, join one each of segments A, B, and C to make a block corner unit. Repeat to make 24 block corner units total. (Eight of these units will be used in the setting blocks.)

5. Mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each red print No. 4-2" square and white-and-red dot No. 3-2" square.

6. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, steps 6 and 7, use marked red print No. 4 squares and white-and-red dot No. 2-2×3-1⁄2" rectangles to make 16 Flying Geese units.

7. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 9, use red print No. 4-3-1⁄2" squares and marked white-and-red dot No. 3 squares to make 16 star point units.

8. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 10 and Block  B Assembly Diagram, join one red print No. 4-3-1⁄2" square and four of each unit to make Block B. Repeat to make four B blocks total.​

9. Join a white-and-red dot No. 3-2×5" rectangle to C–segment edge of a block corner unit (Diagram  9). Sew a white-and-red dot No. 3-2×6-1⁄2" rectangle to adjacent edge to make a setting block. Press all seams open. The setting block should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight setting blocks total.

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Cut and Assemble C Blocks

From red print No.  2, cut:

• 1-2×42" strip

From white-and-red print No.  2, cut:

• 2-2×42" strips

• 16-2×3-1⁄2" rectangles

From red-and-white print No.  3, cut:

• 2-3-1⁄2 ×42" strips

• 1-2×42" strip

From red print No.  5, cut:

• 16-3-1⁄2" squares

• 32-2" squares

From red-and-black print, cut:

• 4-3-1⁄2" squares

• 32-2" squares

From red-and-black dot, cut:

• 1-2×42" strip

1. Refer to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, steps 1–4, and Diagram  10, to make the following segments and units. Use red print No. 2, white-and-red print No. 2, and red-and-white print No. 3-2×42" strips to make strip set A, cutting it into 16 A segments. Use white-and-red print No.  2-2×42" strip and red-and-white print No. 3-3-1⁄2 ×42" strip to make strip set B, cutting it into 16 B segments. Use a red-and-white print No. 3-3-1⁄2 ×42" strip and red-and-black dot 2×42" strip to make strip set C, cutting it into 16 C segments. Join one each of segments A, B, and C to make a block corner unit. Repeat to make 16 block corner units total.

2. Mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each red print No. 5-2" square and red-and-black print 2" square.

3. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, steps 5–7, use white-and-red print No. 2-2×3-1⁄2" rectangles and marked red print No. 5 squares to make 16 Flying Geese units.

4. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 9, use red print No. 5-3-1⁄2" squares and marked red-and-black print squares to make 16 star point units.

5. Referring to Cut and Assemble A Blocks, Step 10, and Block  C Assembly Diagram, join red-and-black print 3-1⁄2" square and four of each unit to make block C. Repeat to make four C blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out blocks A, B, and C; setting blocks; and setting triangles in diagonal rows.

2. Sew setting triangles to adjacent edges of setting blocks. Press seams open.

3. Join pieces in each row. Press seams open. Join rows; press seams open. Add corner triangles to complete quilt top. Press seams toward triangles.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired. Designer Lila Taylor Scott machine-quilted meandering curves through the blocks. She quilted a spiral at block intersections and followed the lines of the fabric's print to quilt the setting and corner triangles.

3. Bind with red print No. 1 binding strips.

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