For the stars and squares quilt I have used two different blocks – unsurprisingly one’s a star and one’s a square! They are very different from each other, but I think that they go well together. The quilt measures 55″ square and I have used 1/2 yard each of dark blue and light blue, together with 1 yard each of red, yellow, brown and white. As ever, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
The yellow looks more like green in the photos, but that’s because it’s a batik and has lots of colours in it. The blocks are all 15″ square finished size.
Making half square triangles
You’ll need to make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. The numbers in each colour combination are given below in the cutting requirements. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Cutting requirements for the star quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: thirty each in dark blue and white, ten each in light blue and yellow
3.1/2″ squares: twenty white, twenty light blue, five yellow
For the quilt borders you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of brown across the width of fabric, five 1.1/2″ strips of yellow and five 2.1/2″ strips of red
Cutting requirements for the squares quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in red and yellow, sixteen each in red and brown
3.1/2″ squares: four brown
3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen white
Making the star quilt block
I think that it’s easiest to see the layout for this in stages, so I’m showing you the star in the middle first. This is made with a light blue square in each corner, a yellow square in the middle and a light blue/yellow half square triangle in the remaining spaces.
The frame around the star is made with three dark blue/white half square triangles around each corner and a white square in the middle of each edge. Notice that the blue triangles are all placed the same way as each other in each corner – so in the top left corner all three blue triangles are in the top left of the square while in the top right corner all three blue triangles are in the top right of the square, and so on.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the star quilt block. You will need to make five of these.
Making the squares quilt block
This block has a very different layout, but is still easy to put together. In each corner there are four half square triangle units – two red/yellow and two red/brown. These are all placed so that the red is on the outside and the yellow and brown form a diamond in the middle.
In the middle there’s a brown square with a white rectangle placed at each edge of the square, forming a cross shape.
You need to sew the four squares in each corner together first. Then you can sew them to either side of a white rectangle. Sew the two rectangles and brown square together across the main row. You now have three distinct rows of patchwork. Sew them to each other to complete the block. You will need to make four of these.
Assemble the stars and squares quilt
Arrange the blocks in three rows of three. The first and third rows have a squares block in the middle with a star block on either side. The second row is made with a star block in the middle and a squares block on either side.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
I have used three borders for the stars and squares quilt. The first border is made with 2.1/2″ strips of brown fabric – you’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides. For the second border I’ve used 1.1/2″ strips of yellow. You’ll need two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the sides. Finally for the third border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red – two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 55.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the stars and squares quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
On Sunday my eldest son turns 31. That makes me feel ancient! We’re meeting up for afternoon tea at a posh hotel in London, which should be a great treat. It’s much quicker to travel to London now since I’ve moved to Birmingham. I did have a pleasant walk round the newly opened New Street station and shopping centre in Birmingham last week, but I forgot to take my camera so can’t offer you a photo. It certainly is a lovely light and attractive area.