Stars Over Scott - Free Pattern


Stars Over Scott
Original Design by Jamie Janow Elfert, L’Fair Quilts
Rights Reserved (2011- present)

A little history ….

“Stars Over Scott” was born on the design wall in 2011 and named for my only child, Scott.  With the help of the web and Social Media, this quilt has been made many times over by quilters all over the world.  I have imagined the appeal has been the use of one simple unit – the half square triangle (HST) --- to be exact, 168 HST’s. 

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 The size of the quilt is determined by the size of the HST’s used.  The quilt can be made with and without borders, therefore the sizes below reflect both options.  At the end of this post, a coloring page is provided for you to create your own color palette.  


Size of HSTs (Finished)
Quilt without Borders
Top with Borders
4” (Small)
48” X 56”
58” X 66”
5” (Medium)
60” X 70”
72” X 82”
6”(Large)
72” X 84”
86” X 98”

Fabric Requirements:


Small
Medium
Large
Medium/Dark Focus *
1-3/4 Yards
2-1/2 Yards
3-1/2 Yards
Background
1-3/4 Yards
2-1/2 Yards
3-1/2 Yards
Border #1
1/3 Yard
1/2 Yard
1/2 Yard
Border #2
1 Yard
1-1/2 Yards
1-3/4 Yards
Binding
2/3 Yard
3/4 Yard
3/4 Yard
Backing
4-1/4 Yards
5 Yards
9 Yards
    
*One focus fabric has been assumed; if you use an alternate and/or multi-color version, you will need to adjust the focus fabric requirements.  My favorite is a scrappy version, where you shop from your stash and use a large variety of fabrics. 

Cutting Directions:



Cut (11) 5” strips, then cut (84) 5” squares

Focus Fabric:
Cut (11) 5” strips, then cut (84) 5” squares

Border #1
Cut (6) 1 ½” strips, join together diagonally for one long strip.  Note:  Cut the border units after the top has been assembled.  Further instructions in the assembly.

Border #2
Cut (6) 4 ½” strips, join together on the straight edge for one long strip.  Note:  Cut the border units after the top has been assembled with Border #1 attached.  Further instructions in the assembly.

Binding
Cut (7) 2 ½” strips, join together diagonally

Medium (Blocks:  Trimmed to Unfinished size of 5 ½” square, Finished 5”)

Background Fabric:
Cut (14) 6” strips, then cut (84) 6” squares

Focus Fabric:
Cut (14) 6” strips, then cut (84) 6” squares

Border #1
Cut (7) 1 ½” strips, join together diagonally for one long strip.  Note:  Cut the border units after the top has been assembled.  Further instructions in the assembly.

Border #2
Cut (8) 5 ½” strips, join together on the straight edge for one long strip.  Note:  Cut the border units after the top has been assembled with Border #1 attached.  Further instructions in the assembly.

Binding
Cut (9) 2 ½” strips, join together diagonally


Large (Blocks:  Trimmed to Unfinished size of 6 ½” square, Finished 6”)

Background Fabric:
Cut (17) 7” strips, then cut (84) 7” squares

Focus Fabric:
Cut (17) 7” strips, then cut (84) 7” squares

Border #1
Cut (9) 1 ½” strips, join together diagonally for one long strip.  Note:  Cut the border units after the top has been assembled.  Further instructions in the assembly.

Border #2
Cut (9) 6 ½” strips, join together on the straight edge for one long strip.  Note:  Cut the border units after the top has been assembled with Border #1 attached.  Further instructions in the assembly.

Binding
Cut (10) 2 ½” strips, join together diagonally

Quilt Assembly

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)  -  (164) needed:  Note …. The HSTs are oversized to trim down.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the (84) background squares.  With right sides together, place a background square on top of a focus fabric square.  Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew on each side of the drawn line.  Cut in half along the drawn diagonal line and press to the darker focus fabric.  Repeat (84) times to generate (168) HSTs.

Trim each HST to size required:  Small (4.5”); Medium (5.5”); Large (6.5”).


On a design wall (floor), layout the (168) HSTs using the “Quilt Top Diagram”  below.  VERY IMPORTANT --- Take a snapshot of your design wall/floor before sewing the rows together, to verify the HSTs are positioned correctly.  Viewing a small picture on a phone/camera highlights a wrong turn.

Label each of the (14) rows.  Removing one row at a time, sew the (12) HSTs across, pressing the odd numbered rows to the right and even rows to the left for easy nesting of seams. 




Adding Border #1*:

·         After the (14) rows are sewn together, measure from top to bottom down the middle of the quilt top. 
·         Cut (2) lengths of this measurement from the long Border #1 strip (cutting directions instructed all border strips joined together).  
·         Attach to the sides of the quilt top.  Hint:  Start pinning the borders from the center; pin the corners; and then ease the remaining border evenly between corners and middle pins. 
·         Press toward the border. 
·         Measure from left to right sides of the quilt top across the middle. 
·         Cut (2) lengths of this measurement from the remaining Border #1 strip.
·         Attach to the top and bottom of the quilt top.



Adding Border #2:
·         After Border #1 has been attached, measure from top to bottom down the middle of the quilt top. 
·         Cut (2) lengths of this measurement from the long Border #2 strip (cutting directions instructed all border strips joined together).  
·         Attach to the sides of the quilt top. 
·         Press toward the border. 
·         Measure from left to right sides of the quilt top across the middle. 
·         Cut (2) lengths of this measurement from the remaining Border #2 strip.
·         Attach to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

Note*:  When you measure the middle of your quilt, it helps to block the quilt to a uniform size.



Stars over Scott is a free pattern provided for your personal use.  Permission is also granted to use this pattern for teaching a class  or guild program --- I only ask that there will be NO CHARGES passed on to the user for the pattern and all credits remain on patterns distributed.   If you are using this pattern for a class or guild program  .... please email me -- I'll send you a PDF file designed for distribution.

Please share your “Stars Over Scott” using my Instagram tag @lfairquilts or #starsoverscottquilt.  If you don’t have a social media account, email me a copy --- my email address is available in my blog page profile.  I would love to share with our readers.  For a variety of color options, PINTEREST is a great source for ideas -- search "Stars Over Scott Quilt".

I am also one of the designers for Black Cat Creations https://www.black-cat-creations.com/ .    Please feel free to visit their site and enjoy the patterns published by several of their designers.  

Happy Quilting,
Jamie Janow Elfert
L’ Fair Quilts