Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Scrappy Nine-Patch Stars QOV Tutorial

Earlier in October I posted a QOV top that I had completed at retreat. The blocks were mostly leader/enders that were already made. Here the top is shown horizontally on my design wall.

This is a super easy project, a great scrap buster, suitable for all skill levels, and it's a great throw size, 60" x 84".  I promised a tutorial, so here it is.

Scrappy Nine-Patch Stars Tutorial

copyright 2017 Jan Ochterbeck

Nine-Patch Stars QOV, 60" x 84"

Use as much variety as possible. If using scraps, pieces must be large enough to cut 7” squares.
·       Assorted dark prints: reds, blues, tans, etc., about 3 yards total.
·       Assorted light neutral prints, about 3-1/2 yards total.
·       5-1/4  yards backing fabric

·       3/4 yard binding fabric

·       Cut the following from assorted Light prints:
o   35     7” squares
o   16     6-1/2” squares
o   224   2-1/2” squares (or 14 WOF strips)
·       Cut the following from assorted Red prints:
o   16     7” squares
·       Cut the following from assorted Blue Prints:
o   19     7” squares
·       From assorted dark prints (reds, blues, tans, etc.) cut the following:
o   262   2-1/2” squares (or 17 WOF strips)

Make blocks:
·       Half Square Triangles: Make 16 assorted red HSTs and make 19 blue HSTs
o   Mark each 7” light square on the diagonal on the wrong side
o   With a light and a dark 7” square right sides together, stitch 1/4” on each side of the diagonal line
o   Cut apart on the diagonal line and press seams open
o   Square up and trim to 6-1/2”

·       Nine-patch blocks: Make blocks as scrappy as possible. Note: strip piecing will speed up the process; sub-cut strips into 2-1/2” units. 
o   Make 46 nine-patch blocks with dark corners
o   Make 8 nine-patch blocks with light corners

·       Lay out blocks and plain light squares in rows following the diagram below.
·       Note that the light-corner nine-patch blocks are used only within the stars, alternating with dark-corner nine-patch blocks. All other nine-patch blocks used elsewhere have dark corners.
·       Sew blocks into rows; press seams in odd-numbered rows to the left and even-numbered rows to the right.
·       Sew rows together.
Row Assembly Diagram

·       Piece backing to 70” x 94”
·       Layer, baste, and quilt as desired.
·      Cut 8 WOF binding strips 2-1/2” wide; join lengthwise and bind using your preferred method.

This easy layout of simple nine-patch and HST components would make a great throw in any colorway, not just for QOV. Does someone on your list need a quilty gift this holiday season?
Christmas Colorway

Girly Colorway

If you would like a PDF of the tutorial, please leave a comment.
Be sure to include your email address so I can send the PDF to you. 

Link-ups:  Sew Fresh Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. I make quilts for QOV and would love a PDF please! Thank you!

    1. Donna, you are a no-reply blogger. Please send me your email address so I can send you the PDF.

  2. Yes, what Donna said! I love the Christmas color way-it's beautiful! Thanks!

    1. Suzanne, you are also a no-reply blogger. Please send me your email address so I can send you the PDF.

    2. Just saw that you needed my email address:

  3. I love it - thanks for taking the time to post a tutorial!

  4. This is wonderful! I'm finishing the last of 11 QOVs that will be presented at a local school's Veterans Day program next Friday and I've started pulling fabric (and patterns) for the next batch. Many, if not most of my QOVs are scrappy and I love the idea of making this using the leader/ender concept. I'd love a pdf of this quilt. Thanks for the tutorial and offering it to us. :-)

  5. I would love a pdf of this. dorthac at Thank you so much.

  6. Please send me a pdf of this 9 patch. It is excellent for my charity group. A78mandel at yahoo dot com

  7. A great scrap buster. Thanks for for sharing.

  8. Would appreciate it deeply to have a PDF sent to me. Thanks, dianequilter at

  9. I am always looking for an easier QOV pattern--yours looks perfect!! Would love the pattern.

  10. Send me the PDF. Thanks for sharing. Darlene

  11. PDF would be great, thanks

  12. I would love to have the PDF file. This will make a great project for our QOV group. Thanks

  13. Hi and thanks for the pdf to this great tutorial.

  14. Love this!

  15. I would a PDF of this
    Thank You

  16. I inherited patriotic prints from my mother and one of her favorite projects were QOV. Would love the pdf to make some donations in her memory.

  17. Would love the pdf to make these beautiful quilts.
    Thank you

  18. Love this colorful quilt

  19. Thanks for sharing this great pattern with us. Please send a PDF to our charity at:
    Thanks much!

  20. I would love a pdf of this beautiful quilt. Email is:
    Thank you.

  21. I would love a PDF of this quilt. thank you

  22. I love this pattern. Thank you

  23. would love pdf. Thank you.