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Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL – Eccentric Star Block #4

Posted on: February 11th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon

Welcome to the next block tutorial for the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL!
Today’s tutorial is for the Eccentric Star 6″ quilt block.

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Eccentric Star


Eccentric Star 6″ quilt block


Eccentric Star Block #4
1 @ 2.5” square
4 @ 3” squares
4 @ 3” squares


Draw a diagonal GUIDE line across the wrong side the (B) squares and place them on the (C) squares.  Sew ¼” on each side of the GUIDE line, as shown in red. Cut along the GUIDE line and press the seams open. Trim each HST to 2.5” square. Sew the HST and (A) squares together, making three rows. Sew the rows together.


I chose to display my Eccentric Star block using the Sweater #1 option, using the Watermelon fabric in place of the orange fabric. 

Sweater #1 Assembly Instructions:
2 @ 1.5” x 10.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 10.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 5.5”
2 @ 2.5” x 6.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 2.5”
2 @ 1.5” x 8.5”
1 @ 2.5” x 12.5”
2 @ 3.5” squares
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
Block finishes at 12” square
Step 1:  Sew the (A) and (B) rectangles together and crosscut into 2 units @ 2.5” wide and 3 units @ 1.5” wide. Sew the (C) and (D) rectangles together and crosscut into 3 units @ 1.5” wide. Sew the 1.5” wide units together to make a checkerboard that is 6.5” wide.
Step 2:  Sew the 6.5” wide (ABCD) unit to the bottom of the 6.5” feature block of your choice made in the previous steps of this pattern. For the Sleeves, sew the (E) rectangles to the 2 (AB) units @ 2.5” wide.
Step 3:  To complete the Sleeves, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (F) rectangles, place them on the ends of the (F) rectangles and sew along the diagonal. Trim ¼” seam and press open. Sew this (FG) unit to the sleeve unit made in the previous step.


Step 4:  Sew the Sleeves onto the sides of the feature block unit. Sew the (H) rectangle on top. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the (K) squares and place them on the corners. Sew along the diagonal lines, as shown in red.  Trim a 1/4″ seam and press open.
Step 5:  Sew the (L) and (M) rectangles together to make the collar and sew on top to finish the block.

Don’t forget!!! You can use the cut off corners when following the shoulder instructions in Step #4 to make these bonus 2.5″ half square triangles! I cut first and then sew along the cut edge to make mine. But you could also sew a seam 1/2″ away from your diagonal seam at the same time. And then cut between the two seams.

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