Stars in Their Eyes Quilt

Stars in their eyes quilt

Stars in their eyes quilt

I’ve used a star quilt block and another block in two different colours to make this quilt and it gives a pretty overall effect.  Both the blocks are simple ones and the star comes together quite quickly.  It is 60″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of the blue star fabric, 1/2 yard each of the yellow and pink star fabrics,  3/4 yard of the green star fabric, 1 yard of the light pink fabric and 1.1/4 yards each of the white and light green fabric.  You can buy all these fabrics as a kit at a discount of 10% off the normal fabric price. Click on this week’s special offer.

Star quilt block

Star quilt block

Cutting requirements for the five star quilt blocks

6.1/2″ squares:  five yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  ten each in blue and white, twenty each in yellow and white

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the evening star quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  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 to produce two half square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ squares.

Star quilt block layout

Star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four – well it would be if you count the yellow square in the centre as four squares.  There’s a blue/white half square triangle in each corner, the 6.1/2″ yellow square in the middle and yellow/white half square triangles everywhere else.  Note that the white triangles are placed so that they form a larger white triangle on each edge of the star quilt block, pointing in towards the middle.

Sew the squares in pairs

Sew the squares in pairs

Sew the squares together in pairs – in rows one and four they can be sewn in pairs across the rows, but in the middle the two half square triangles are sewn together vertically so that they are then the right size to sew to the large square.

Sew all the rows to each other to complete the evening star quilt block.

Green quilt block

Green quilt block

The next quilt block is a version of the new album block, but I’ve added a few extra half square triangles in.  You will need to make twelve green blocks and eight pink blocks.

Cutting requirements for the twelve green quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares: forty eight yellow

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four each in green star and white, twenty four each in green star and yellow

Cutting requirements for the eight pink quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty two light pink

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen light pink

3.7/8″ squares:  sixteen each in pink star and white, sixteen each in light pink and pink star

Alternative quilt block layout

Alternative quilt block layout

Making the alternative quilt blocks

Make half square triangles with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  There’s a green/white half square triangle in each corner with the green on the outside.  The 6.1/2″ rectangles are placed across rows one and four between the corner squares.  Rows two and three are the same as each other with a yellow square at each end of the row and two green/yellow half square triangles in the middle.  These are placed to form a diamond shape in the middle of the quilt block.

Pink quilt block layout

Pink quilt block layout

The layout for the pink quilt blocks is the same.

Sew the patchwork squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt blocks.

 

Assembling the quilt

You will now have twenty five quilt blocks in total and these are sewn together in five rows of five.

Layout for the stars in their eyes quilt

Layout for the stars in their eyes quilt

Rows one and five have an evening star quilt block at each end with a pink block in the middle and a green block on either side of the pink.

Rows two and four have a green block at each end and in the middle with pink blocks in the remaining spaces.

The third row is the middle row and this has a star block in the middle with a green block on either side of it and a pink block at each end.

Sew the quilt blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other to complete the stars in their eyes 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:

Samantha

Samantha

Quilting has had to take backstage this week while my daughter has been home.  As you can see, she has been revising hard for her accountancy exams!

My eldest son and his fiancee are arriving tonight for the weekend so we will have a lovely full house.

I have two different new needles to try on Minnie (my longarm quilting machine) and I’m hoping that one or both of these will iron out the last few problems – I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on with these.

 

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  1. Fingers crossed for the new needles Rose. Thought of you yesterday when on my long arm day, which was beset with tension problems so I have come home with a quilt to far gone to retrieve. Still I can do some shadow fm on my Brother for practice – that certainly won’t make the quilt any worse! C’est la vie…

    • Oh Toni – I know just how you feel. Actually I’m itching to get going longarm quilting on Monday – can’t wait to see how much difference the needles make.

  2. carole yoxall says:

    Hi Rose,Lovely to see the photo of Samantha on her horse,it’s always “mum” who supplies the relaxation time before exams,however much we pretend to be sooooo strict lol.This weeks quilt certainly is a great design and I really like the stars and circle effect,it’s beautiful.Have a wonderful weekend with your family and I hope Minnie behaves on Monday and you enjoy your day quilting.Best wishes Carole

    • Thanks so much, Carole. Samantha was very good at sticking to her revision and I think getting away for a bit of riding probably helped her clear her mind. Glad you like the quilt – I’ll let you know how I get on with Minnie next week!

  3. something like this is what I needed to make a baby quilt. It is beautiful, I will do it as soon as possible. Thank you. Greetings from Mexico City.

    • Hi Laura. What a lovely part of the world you live in – my daughter has been to Mexico several times. Glad you like the quilt.

  4. Thank you for this Star pattern! I make Wounded Warrior Quilts for Camp Weed here in Florida. This will give me something different to look forward to looking through my stash. I like how you used lighter colors and stand out colors. Nice job… Sandy

  5. Rose, I think this pattern will be one I will do in black, white
    and maybe a green. I really like hearing about Minnie.
    Enjoy the week-end with family
    and future daughter-in-law.
    Thanks for the pattern.

    • Thanks, Mary. Those colours would make a gorgeous quilt. Now why didn’t I think of that!

      • I love your dedication to quilts I enjoy quilting and I have made so many now for me not to quit quilting I MAKE THEM FOR DONATIONS
        in my comuniti we made quilts and crochet blankets for foster children hospitals and women bttered woman childrens. I belong to the linus proyect, we take donations of fabrics or yarn that you do not want or used. thank you I am in Contracosta CA, Antioch pittsburg county.

  6. Lindy du Toit says:

    Dear Rose,

    Thank you for such a pretty quilt pattern. I love the colours. You make such interesting quilts. I am so envious. I am sure this latest one will be a winner.

    Regards
    Lindy

    • Thanks, Lindy. I’m glad you like the quilt pattern – I chose summery colours (although it is raining here today).

  7. Lola Howard says:

    Beautiful quilt !!!
    I’m sure your daughter has enjoyed her time with you ,and I’m surprised she has visited Minnie,and stayed with her for awhile ,is she not like her mom ?
    enjoy your week -end with the children.

    • Thanks, Lola. Yes, it’s been lovely having the family around. I think Samantha’s main thought about Minnie was that she is so big!

  8. Lola Howard says:

    oops mistake … I meant hasn’t visited Minnie. I bet she took a look at her ,I know I would have . lol

  9. Jean Ransome says:

    Hi Rose, I love the quilt you have done this week the colours are great. Hope Minnie will be good for you on Monday, lets hope your new needles will help with some of the problems you have had with her.
    It’s nice for Samantha to go out on her horse for relaxation before her exams. I wish her luck. It sounds that you will be busy this weekend. Hope you will have a lovely time with you Son and Daughter, it’s nice having them home for a few days.
    Jean xx

    • Hi Jean. Glad you like the quilt. Samantha has been riding at the local stables – I certainly agree that it’s good to have a break to clear the mind. It’s been lovely having her around for a week.

  10. Dear Rose,
    we are visiting Alicante, in the Mediterranean sea, but your design is so wonderful that I went to a store to get the fabrics and start right away !!! you are such an inspiration to all of us !!
    a big hug

    • Thanks, Viki. Alicante is a lovely area – I hope you’re having a great time on holiday. Glad you like the quilt.

  11. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    I ask what was it like when you first threaded Minnie, & does she get rethreaded easier than I would imagine it does?
    I ask also, how does Minnie move the quilt forward as you quilt?
    Have a great visit with your family before getting back to working with Minnie.
    This weeks quilt is lovely and I especially like the illusion it gives of circles.
    Happy Quilting ! Cecilia Alcantar

    • Thanks, Cecilia. Like most things, setting the machine up for quilting gets quicker as I get more used to it. The actual threading of the sewing machine is similar to most machines although this one has a pre tension dial as well as a tension dial, which I hadn’t come across before (and so far it hasn’t made the tension any easier to sort out!). Once I feel a bit more confident I’ll post a video showing how the whole process works.

  12. Hola, una consulta, el cutter, al ser usado tiene que tener la hoja fija -detenida- o hay que hacerla girar? Yo la hago girar pero creo que su uso no es asì, ya que el centro donde se fija la guillotina hace que se mueva mal, para arriba y abajo, desigual.. como es? gracias.
    Hello, a query, the cutter, to be used must have the fixed blade-arrested-or should we make it spin? I turn but I think its use is not, as the center where the guillotine was set makes bad move, up and down, uneven .. like this? Thank you.

  13. Marilyn says:

    Rose, were do you find the time? Enjoy having a house full. You have done it again Rose a lovely quilt another one to put with the ones I’d love to try. Thanks again. Marilyn.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. Glad you like the quilt – I was able to do some quilting when Samantha was revising: just couldn’t work on Minnie.

  14. this is lovely , thank you . Have a great week-end .

  15. Hi Rose,
    I just love watching you put things together. You never seem to run out of ideas. Beautiful spring colors. Nice job. I’m going to finish my baby quilt this weekend. The red dye is gone and I’ll be cutting fabric strips to make 2 borders and a binding. I’ll have to figure out what other colors to pick for the second border and the binding.
    Have a fun weekend with your family. Next week it’s back to work.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you sorted out that red fabric – I should think the dye running was a complication that you could have done without. Have you got your next project planned?

  16. Sandra Barnett says:

    Rose,
    Love the quilt and the colors. I’m finishing up another baby quilt and then I don’t know if I should start last weeks quilt idea or this one. maybe this would be nice for a baby quilt if I get baby colors. I’ll have to think on that.
    Glad you are having a nice time with your family. Love Samantha’s horse.
    I love horses and horse back riding.
    Have a great weekend. Enjoy working with Minnie on Monday.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. Sounds like you’re as bad as me – finish one quilt and immediately start the next! Samantha was riding up at the local stables – that was a really pretty horse that she was given to ride, wasn’t it?

  17. What a lovely quilt. Thank you Rose. Enjoy your time with your family. And all the best with your new needles.

  18. I love this!! Stars are one of my favs! Thanks so much for your ideas and patterns 🙂

    • Thanks, Sandra. There are so many lovely ways of making stars – I think we must all like star quilt blocks!

  19. Hi Rose. Thank you once again for the lovely quilt pattern. You give me inspiration to try sewing yet another quilt once I finish my ufo’s!! Am nearly finished one for our local quilting group’s exhibition soon. Love it. Happy quilting.

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