Double Star Quilt Block Pattern

Double star quilt block

Double star quilt block

The double star quilt block is surprisingly easy to make – only two colours and it’s made from squares, rectangles and half square triangles only.  It is a big block, though.  I have made it here as a 30″ square finished size, but you could make it as a 20″ square using 2.1/2″ and 2.7/8″ squares instead.  In the size that I have made it, it just needs a few borders to become a lap quilt or a Linus quilt.

Cutting requirements for the double star quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  twelve white

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty red, twenty white

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  six red

9.1/2″ squares:  four white




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red and a white square 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 produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the central star block

Central star layout

Central star layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four.

Place two rectangles in the middle with a pair of half square triangles on each edge.  Lay the half square triangles so that the white triangles lie together, forming a larger white triangle pointing towards the rectangles.

Add a 3.1/2″ white square in each corner.

Sew the rows together

Sew the rows together

Sew the squares together across the top and bottom rows.  For the middle row you need to sew the two half square triangles together first and then you can sew the pieces together across the row.

Sew the three rows to each other.

Part star layout

Part star layout

Make the part star sections

The parts stars are obviously very similar to the full star block.  Lay the pieces out in three rows of four, using just one rectangle rather than the two used in the full star block.  Arrange the half square triangles in pairs around the rectangle.  Note that there are white squares in the first row only.

Sew the rows to each other

Sew the rows to each other

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.

You need to make four of these part star blocks.

Double star quilt block layout

Double star quilt block layout

Assemble the double star quilt block

This last bit is easy:  lay the blocks out in three rows of three.  Place a 9,1/2″ white square in each corner with the full star in the middle.  Lay one part star on each edge of the central star.  Rotate them so that the white corners are always on the outside.

Sew the blocks together across each row.  Note that the rows are different heights:  the first and third rows are 9.1/2″ high while the second row is 12.1/2″ high.  Sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Double star quilt suggestions

When the block has been made this large, it doesn’t need much to make it into a quilt.  For my first quilt suggestion I have just added three borders to the block.

The first and third borders are 3″ wide while the middle border is 1″ wide.

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

As an alternative I have added large half square triangles around the block to give it more of a frame.

These half square triangle units are made from both 4.7/8″ and 9.7/8″ squares.

Here’s the video:

Ombre Quilt – Free Pattern

Ombre quilt

Ombre quilt

The Ombre quilt block is more generally made in colours shading from light to dark, but I’ve chosen to use a strong red within the block to bring out more contrasts.

I have used only one block throughout the quilt, but I love the way that both crosses and diamond patterns appear when they are all sewn together.

The quilt measures 64″ square, using sixteen 15″ square finished size blocks.  I needed 1.3/4 yards each of dark blue, light blue and red fabric.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the ombre quilt

Ombre quilt block

Ombre quilt block

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two each in dark blue and red, thirty two each in dark blue and light blue, sixty four each in red and light blue

3.1/2″ squares:  sixty four light blue, sixty four red, sixteen dark blue

For the border you will need to cut seven 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Begin with the half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Central section layout

Central section layout

Make the ombre quilt block

Once again it is simpler to look at the central section first.  This is a nine patch unit made with a dark blue square in the middle and a red square on each edge of the central square.  Dark blue/light blue half square triangles are placed in the corners of this central unit with the dark blue nearest the middle.

Ombre quilt block full layout

Ombre quilt block full layout

The outer frame is then fairly easy to add on.  In each corner place a red/dark blue half square triangle with the dark blue on the outside, forming the corners of the block.  Between each pair of corners place a light blue square with a red/light blue half square triangle on either side of it.  Check the photo to be sure which way to place the half square triangles:  you are forming first a light blue and then a red diamond around the central area.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the ombre quilt block.  Make sixteen of these.

Assemble the ombre quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four.  This really is a very simple quilt to make!

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the ombre 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:

 

St Patricks Day Parade 2017

St Patricks Day Parade 2017

I know that today is St Patricks Day, but the parade in Birmingham was held last Sunday.  It was a lovely day and there was a wonderful atmosphere for the parade.

Last year I prepared a short video of it and most people commented on the bagpipes, so this year I’ve only really included the bagpipes. I hope you enjoy it:

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