Sewing Seams

Cut. Sew. Press. Repeat

Patriotic Stars Quilt



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The Fourth of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays. There are so many firework displays around us so every night over the long weekend, my husband and I pack a cooler and a quilt and set off to watch! Tyler actually asked me out on the 4th of July under the fireworks!

This quilt uses nine of the American Flag star blocks that I made in the previous blog post – that can be found here.

Fabric Requirements – 72″ square quilt

  • 9 red fat quarters
  • 3 blue fat quarters
  • 4 yards white
  • 1.75 yards solid navy blue
  • 2/3 yards binding
  • 4.5 yards backing


You will create 9 of the American Flag star blocks using the red and blue fat quarters with the white background. In the previous star block tutorial, I wanted a scrappy look so I mixed up the red flying geese star points in each block. For the quilt, I wanted a more cohesive look so I chose to keep the red flying geese consistent within each block. The American Flag centers are made using scraps from the red and blue fat quarters.


Cutting for Quilt Sashing

Solid Navy Blue

  • 24 – 2″ strips width of fabric (WOF)
    -Subcut these into 48 – 18.5″ x 2″ strips
  • 4 – 2″ strips
    -These will be used for the 9-patch cornerstones so keep these whole


  • 12 – 2″ strips WOF
    -Subcut these into 24 – 18.5″ x 2″ strips
  • 5 – 2″ strips
    -These will be used for the 9-patch cornerstones so keep these whole


Piecing Sashing Sets

  • Sew a white 2″ x 18.5″ piece between two blue 2″ x 18.5″ pieces to make a blue-white-blue strip set
  • Press seams open
  • Repeat to make 24 sashing sets measuring 5″ x 18.5″


Piecing 9-Patch Cornerstones

  • Using the 2″ WOF blue and white strips pieces cut previously, you will sew together a blue-white-blue section, as well as two of the white-blue-white sections.
  • These three sets will each measure 5″ x WOF
  • Press seams open
  • Cut 2″ sections off
  • Cut 16 from the blue-white-blue section
  • Cut 32 from the white-blue-white sections
  • Sew 16, 9-patch blocks
  • Blocks measure 5″ square



Assembly of Quilt

(I did this very late one night so no good pictures of this part – sorry!)

  • Arrange the nine star blocks into a 3 x 3 pattern
  • Working in rows, sew sashing between the three blocks in a row, as well as on the ends
  • Sew the sashing and cornerstone rows as follows: Cornerstone – Sashing – Cornerstone – Sashing – Cornerstone – Sashing – Cornerstone
  • Sew four of the sashing and cornerstone rows
  • Assemble quilt top!

A note on backing choice – I went with a darker color fabric because I knew this quilt was going to be an outside quilt (dirt and stains expected!) and would be washed frequently.



The quilt will measure 72″ square. Quilt as desired, I decided on a free motion stars and swirls design. Cut 8 – 2.5″ strips for your binding.

I hope you enjoy making this quilt to share my love for all things red, white and blue! You now have 364 days until the next Fourth of July to make your own!




6 thoughts on “Patriotic Stars Quilt

  1. Thank you Sara! Your quilt is so beautiful! It was so generous of you to share both the pillow and quilt…I plan on making both❤️ Hoping you had a wonderful 4th!


  2. Beautiful quilt and pillow! A nice tutorial too. I decorate with the Americana theme all summer-from Memorial to Labor Day…so i still have time to add another Americana pillow to add to my couch 🙂


  3. Pingback: July’s Gridster Bee Block | OccasionalPiece--Quilt!

  4. This is an awesome patriotic quilt. Thank you for taking the time to write and post the tutorial.


  5. This is so pretty! Thank you for the tutorial!


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