The four five star quilt is made from four star blocks but they combine to form a fifth star in the middle – so that’s how I came by the totally unimaginative name that I have given it! But before I begin I just want to say that I hope you are having a marvellous festive season and especially I would like to say thank you – I was completely overwhelmed by the good wishes and condolences that I have received over the last two weeks. They meant such a lot to me.
Back to the four five star quilt: it measures 44″ square and I have used two different colour pairings (purple and lilac for one with white and cream for the other) and a black floral fabric to give the overall design. I have used 3/4 yard each of the purple, white and black, 1/2 yard of lilac and just 1/4 yard of the cream fabric. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount for this week’s special offer.
I have used strip piecing so don’t cut the squares listed below until you’ve decided if you wish to use strip piecing.
Cutting requirements for the four five star quilt
2.1/2″ squares: sixty four purple, forty lilac, twenty four white
2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen purple, sixteen lilac
4.1/2″ squares: four purple, sixteen black
4.7/8″ squares: sixteen black, eight white, eight cream
For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric: two lengths of 40.1/2″ and two lengths of 44.1/2″
At the bottom of the page you’ll see how the quilt would have looked with a cream border.
Making the individual star quilt blocks
Begin by making half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares. Lay a black square with either a cream or a white square, right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. These are now 4.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the black and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
I have used strip piecing to save time for some of the other sections of the quilt block.
Cut 2.1/2″ strips of fabric and sew them together along the length. You will need to do this with both purple and lilac and with purple and white.
Cut these panels at either 2.1/2″ intervals to make the four patch units or at 4.1/2″ intervals to make the rectangles that go around the central square.
Lay the patchwork out in five rows of five. The lilac and white don’t stand out against each other very well which is why I have given you the digital image above where the colours are more clear.
Basically there is a four patch unit using purple and white in three of the corners with a purple/lilac four patch unit in the bottom right corner. Between the corners there are black squares with black/white half square triangles along the top and left hand edges, but black/cream half square triangles along the bottom and right hand edges.
The central square is a 4.1/2″ purple square and it has a rectangle of lilac and then purple on each edge with a purple/lilac four patch unit off each corner of the central square. Note that the four patch units are placed so that the purple squares run along both diagonals.
Sew the pairs of squares together to form the four patch units and then sew the squares together across each row. Sew the rows to each other to complete the four five star quilt top.
Add the border to the four five star quilt
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the sides.
After I had finished the quilt top it occurred to me that a cream border might have looked better and because I had made a digital image of the quilt I was able to change the border to show you what it would have looked like. I have to say that I think it does look better than the white – it matches the central cream diamond that shows through the black design.
My compliments of the season to you – I hope that you are having a happy and peaceful festive season.
Here’s the video: