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Star Quilt

Random stars for wishing are fused on top of this colorful quilt.

Create your own beautiful "celestial" quilt in bright flannel.
  • 1 yard of royal blue print flannel for blocks and appliqués
  • 1 yard of red print flannel for blocks
  • 2-1/4 yards of magenta print flannel for blocks and border
  • 1/2 yard of turquoise print flannel for blocks and appliqués
  • 1/2 yard of gold print flannel for blocks and appliqués
  • 1/3 yard of purple print flannel for blocks
  • 1-1/4 yards of green print flannel for blocks and appliqués
  • 1-3/8 yards of black print flannel for setting squares, border corners, and binding
  • 2-1/4 yards of dark blue print flannel for appliqués and border
  • 3/8 yard of dark red print flannel for appliqués
  • 4-3/4 yards of backing fabric
  • 66 x 85 inches of quilt batting
  • 3 yards of lightweight fusible web

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. Cut the border strips the length of the fabric (parallel to the selvage). The border strips are cut longer than necessary to allow for creating the curves. To use fusible web for appliquéing, as was done in this project, complete the following steps.

Finished quilt top: 59-1/2 x 78-1/2 inches Finished block: 9-1/2-inch square Quantities specified for 44/45-inches-wide, 100 percent cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise indicated.

Instructions:

1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Quilt patterns

Star patterns

Chart of Optional Sizes

Adobe Acrobat

Using Moda cotton star prints, plaids, and pepper stripes makes for a crib-size quit top with visual vitality.

2. Lay the fusible web paper side up over the patterns. Use a pencil to trace each star pattern the number of times listed below, leaving 1/2 inch between tracings. Cut out the pieces, cutting 1/4 inch outside the traced lines.

3. Following the manufacturer's instructions, press the fusible-web shapes onto the backs of the designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out the fabric shapes on the drawn lines. Peel off the paper backings.

From royal blue print, cut:

  • 12 6-1/2-inch squares
  • 4 of large star pattern
  • 7 of medium star pattern
  • 5 of small star pattern

From red print, cut:

  • 24 2-1/4 x 10-inch rectangles
  • 24 2-1/4 x 6-1/2-inch rectangles

From magenta print, cut:

  • 1 7 x 73-inch strip for border
  • 1 7 x 54-inch strip for border
  • 24 3-1/4 x 10-inch rectangles
  • 24 3-1/4 x 4-1/2-inch rectangles

From turquoise print, cut:

  • 12 4-1/2-inch squares
  • 1 each of large, medium, and small star patterns

From gold print, cut:

  • 11 3-1/2-inch squares
  • 2 each of medium and large star patterns
  • 3 of small star pattern

From purple print, cut:

  • 22 1-1/2 x 5-1/2-inch rectangles
  • 22 1-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch rectangles

From green print, cut:

  • 22 2-3/4 x 10-inch rectangles
  • 22 2-3/4 x 5-1/2-inch rectangles
  • 1 of large star pattern
  • 4 each of medium and small star patterns

From black print, cut:

  • 7 2-1/2 x 42-inch binding strips
  • 4 6-1/2-inch squares
  • 96 3-inch squares

From dark blue print, cut:

  • 1 7 x 73-inch strip for border
  • 1 7 x 54-inch strip for border
  • 1 of medium star pattern
  • 2 each of large and small star patterns

From dark red print, cut:

  • 2 each of large, medium, and small star patterns

Instructions:

Piece block 1 should measure 10-inch square, including the seam allowances.

1. Sew a red print 2-1/4 x 6-1/2-inch rectangle to opposite edges of a royal blue 6-1/2-inch square. Then join a red print 2-1/4 x 10-inch rectangle to the remaining edges of the royal blue square to make a Block 1. Press all seam allowances toward the red print rectangles. Pieced Block 1 should measure 10-inch square, including the seam allowances.

2. Repeat step 1 to make a total of 12 of Block 1.

3. For accurate sewing lines, use a quilter's pencil to mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the black print 3-inch squares. (To prevent your fabric from stretching as you draw the lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under the squares.)

4. Align a marked black print 3-inch square with one corner of a Block 1 (see Diagram 2; note the placement of the marked diagonal line). Sew on the marked line; trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch. Press the attached triangle open to make a Block 1A.

5. Repeat Step 4 to make a total of 12 of Block 1A. Set aside one Block 1A.

6. Align a marked black print 3-inch square with an adjacent corner of a Block 1A (see Diagram 3; note the placement of the marked diagonal line). Sew on the marked line; trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch. Press the attached triangle open to make a Block 1B.

7. Repeat Step 6 to make a total of 11 of Block 1B. Set aside six of Block 1B.

8. Align two marked black print 3-inch squares with the two remaining corners of a Block 1B (see Diagram 4; note the placement of the marked diagonal lines). Sew, trim, and press the attached triangles open as before to make a Block 1C.

9. Repeat Step 8 to make a total of five of Block 1C.

1. Sew a magenta print 3-1/4 x 4-1/2-inch rectangle to opposite edges of a turquoise print 4-1/2-inch square. Then join a magenta print 3-1/4 x 10-inch rectangle to the remaining edges of the turquoise print square to make Block 2 (see Diagram 5). Press all seam allowances toward the magenta print rectangles. Pieced Block 2 should measure 10-inch square, including the seam allowances.

2. Repeat step 1 to make a total of 12 of Block 2.

3. Referring to diagrams 6, 7, and 8, repeat Piece Block 1, steps 4, 6, and 8, to make a total of two of Block 2A, five of Block 2B, and five of Block 2C.

Piece Block 3

1. Sew a purple print 1-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch rectangle to opposite edges of a gold print 3-1/2-inch square. Then join a purple print 1-1/2 x 5-1/2-inch rectangle to the remaining edges of the gold print square (see Diagram 9). Press all seam allowances toward the purple print rectangles.

2. Sew a green print 2-3/4 x 5-1/2-inch rectangle to opposite edges of the Step 1 unit. Then join a green print 2-3/4 x 10-inch rectangle to the remaining edges of the Step 1 unit to make a Block 3 (see Diagram 10). Press all seam allowances toward the green print rectangles. Pieced Block 3 should measure 10-inch square, including the seam allowances.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 11 of Block 3.

4. Referring to diagrams 11, 12, and 13, repeat Piece Block 1, steps 4, 6, and 8 to make a total of one Block 3A, five of Block 3B, and five of Block 3C.

Assemble the Quilt Center

1. Referring to the Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out all the pieced blocks.

2. Sew together the blocks in each row. Press the seam allowances in one direction, alternating the direction with each row. Then join the rows to make the quilt center. The pieced quilt center should measure 48 x 67 inches, including the seam allowances.

Instructions:

1. With right sides up, place the dark blue print 7 x 73-inch border strip atop the magenta 7 x 73-inch border strip. Place the strips on a cutting mat. Use a chalk marker to draw a freehanded curvy line lengthwise in the middle of the border strips (see Diagram 14, opposite).

2. Cut on the marked curve to make two dark blue print side border pieces and two magenta side border pieces.

3. Layer one magenta side border piece and one dark blue print side border piece; sew together along the curved edge, easing the curves (see Diagram 15, opposite) to make a side border unit. Press the seam allowances to one side. Trim the border unit to measure 6-1/2 x 67 inches, including the seam allowances.

4. Repeat step 3 to make a second side border unit with the remaining pieces.

5. Join one side border unit to each side edge of the pieced quilt center with the magenta print on the outside edge. Press the seam allowances toward the border.

6. Repeat Step 1 with the dark blue print 7 x 54-inch border strip and the magenta print 7 x 54-inch border strip.

7. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make a pieced top border unit and a pieced bottom border unit. Press the seam allowances to one side. Trim the border units to measure 6-1/2 x 48 inches, including the seam allowances.

8. Sew a black 6-1/2-inch square to both ends of the top and bottom border units. Press the seam allowances toward the border units. The border units should now measure 6-1/2 x 60 inches, including the seam allowances.

9. Sew the border units to the top and bottom edges of the pieced quilt center with the magenta print on the outside edge. Press the seam allowances toward the border.

Instructions:

1. Position the star appliqués on the quilt top and fuse in place.

2. Using matching or contrasting machine-embroidery thread, machine-blanket-stitch the stars to the quilt top.

Complete the Quilt

1. Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing according to the instructions in Quilter's Schoolhouse.

2. Quilt as desired. The quiltmakers at Greenbaum's Quilted Forest used variegated thread and machine-quilted the top in a free-form design that includes stars.

3. Use the black print 2-1/2 x 42-inch strips to bind the quilt according to the instructions in Quilter's Schoolhouse.

Each of the three pieced blocks has three corner options (A, B, or C). The chart lists the total number of blocks you need of each corner style. You decide how many of each style will be Block 1, Block 2, or Block 3.

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