Resizing Your Scrappy Lone Star


I’ve had several people ask me how they can make their own Scrappy Lone Star. I’ve put together this chart, so you can make a variety of sizes from 16″ to King-sized.

The top portion of the chart is for the original Scrappy Lone Star with 9 diamonds per panel. (Tutorial is here.)


I have also included measurements for a 36 diamond panel Lone Star, if you prefer the piecing to remain small as the size of the quilt increases.


Scroll down for descriptions of each column in the chart.

size chart

Size: this is the size of the star diagonally from point to point. The star will fill the top of the bed and shouldn’t drop over the side.  You will need to add extra background and/or borders for your quilt to drop over the mattress.


Strip Width:  How wide to cut your initial strips.  That one is easy!

Strip Length:  I overestimated, so that I was sure you would have enough.

Offset strips:  This is how much you stagger your strips before sewing them.

The 32″ star is offset 2.25″.  Each size varies.

Diagonal cutting width:  The width you cut your strips on the 45 degree angle.

Square Size:  This is the size you cut your background squares. I have listed the minimum size.  If you want the background to extend further, make your squares larger.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, and I will update the chart for clarification!

34 thoughts on “Resizing Your Scrappy Lone Star

  1. I’ve loved that off-center lone star ever since I first saw it. The Lone Star is what got me into quilting. You make it sound very simple. So I have a stupid question–do you appliqué the star on background fabric once it’s done?

    1. Width of Fabric- you may buy a yard and the yard is the length of the fabric. Width is from selvage to selvage edge. Usually 42″-44″.

  2. Thanks! There is a way to have many more options for sizes and designs depending on the width and number of diamonds. As long as it is an odd number you can do any size or number to adjust the size of the star itself. I just posted my first tutorial on how I do my stars and I change the sizes all the time depending on the scarps I have available. Check out
    Thanks again for the info! M

  3. I LOVE this quilt!! My mother gave me 3kitsto make for her but they are sewn piece by piece. One is pinks, one browns and one greens, I didn’t have any idea how to finish them. Thank you!!!!

  4. I want to know how to determine the size of the background squares and triangle. I know there must be a formula or something. Please share information about making the background.

  5. I would also like to know how to measure the background triangles and squares. Thanks so much for the tutorial

    1. My daughter loves the Scrappy Lone Star quilt and she would like a full size quilt. I am a beginning quilter and printed the size chart, but I do not understand the background. After making the lone star are the 8 16inch squares for the background. When pieced together will they then make up the total quilt?

  6. is there anyway you could tell me how to do it with 2.5 inch strips for a queen size quit. i will be using 7 different colors. i am new at this and i am having a hard time figuring out how to do it. also if i wanted to put the lonestar in the middle and do a design around it would it be better to do the 32″ one. also how many strips would i need of each color if im not doing a scrappy quit. i am doing one for my mom in shades of blue. as long as i hav light and dark blue the number doesnt have to be 7. im trying to figure this out. thank you any information will be helpful

  7. How can I make the star with the green off to the side. I need a block 24×24 including binding. I should say it just can’t be bigger than that. I would love to purchase the pattern if you think I can make it that size. Also is the star appliquéd on the green fabric?

  8. I would like to thank you for such didactical post (tutorial part I and part II are equally amazing!)!
    As soon as I finish my current project, I´m going to try this one! Thank you for the time you spent writing those amazing posts!

    1. I have made a lone star block using 1 1/4″ strips. I have added a 1″ border round each point but am stuck now on how to work out what size to cut the squares for the corner, please can you help.


  9. Hi,

    Thanks so much for the sizing chart. I’m nervous about starting this quilt, but my daughter is smitten so here I go! I want to be sure I understand your instructions about the size of the squares to cut. Out of the background fabric, I’m going to cut 8 squares measuring 26″ each and for a king size quilt with fabric overhang, I would need nearly 6 yards of background fabric?

    Thanks again, Mary

  10. Thanks so much for providing this chart. I’m one of those wacky people who like the wee pieces. Can you give a mathematical formula for a 12 and 9 inch block? Thanks.

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