Starstruck Quilt Pattern

Starstruck quilt

Starstruck quilt

I’ve made the starstruck quilt using three different very easy nine patch quilt blocks.  It’s lap quilt size – 38″ square – and comes together really quickly.  Each block is very easy, making it a great quilt pattern if you need a quilt at short notice.  I’ve used 1/4 yard of light blue fabric, and 3/4 yard each of dark blue, gold and white.  As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

3 blocks for the starstruck quilt

3 blocks for the starstruck quilt

Cutting for the star struck quilt

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four dark blue and twelve white – for the stripe block

2.1/2″ squares:  twenty light blue and sixteen white – for the nine patch block

2.1/2″ squares:  nine gold, thirty six white – for the star block

2.7/8″ squares:  eighteen gold and eighteen white – for the star block

Sew together strips of fabric

Sew together strips of fabric

Making the stripe block

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue, white and dark blue fabric.  Cut this panel at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  You need to make twelve of these – that will mean making two of the blue/white/blue panels.

Nine patch block layout

Nine patch block layout

Making the nine patch block

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  The top and bottom rows are made with a light blue square either side of a white square.  The middle row is made with a white square either side of a light blue square.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You’ll need to make four of these.  Ordinarily I would use strip piecing as for the stripe block to make a simple nine patch like this, but as there are only four blocks required it would have been quite wasteful with fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the star block

For this block you’ll need some half square triangle units.  Place a gold and a white 2.7/8″ square with 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.  Press the seam allowances towards the gold triangle and trim the corners where the fabric sticks out.  These are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  There are white squares in each corner, a gold triangle in the middle and half square triangles everywhere else.  It’s important to get the half square triangles facing the right way.  I find that one thing that helps is to notice the direction of the seam – in the top and bottom half square triangles the seam runs from bottom left to top right, while in the two on the sides the seams run from top top left to bottom right – well, it helps me anyway!  You’ll need to make nine of these star blocks.

1st and 5th rows of the starstruck quilt

1st and 5th rows of the starstruck quilt

Assembling the starstruck quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of five.  The first and fifth rows are the same as each other – a star block in the middle and two stripe blocks on either side with the stripes placed horizontally.

2nd and 4th rows

2nd and 4th rows

The second and fourth rows are also the same as each other – a nine patch block in the middle with a star block on either side and a stripe block at each end with the stripes placed vertically.

3rd row of the starstruck quilt

3rd row of the starstruck quilt

The third (middle) row is made using three star blocks and two nine patch blocks alternating, so you have a star block at each end and in the middle of the row with a nine patch block either side of the middle.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Starstruck quilt borders

Starstruck quilt borders

Starstruck quilt borders

For the borders I have used 2.1/2″ strips of fabric.  For the first border you’ll need two 30.1/2″ lengths of gold fabric for the top and bottom and two 34.1/2″ lengths for the sides.

For the second border you’ll need two 34.1/2″ lengths for the top and bottom and two 38.1/2″ lengths for the sides.  That completes the starstruck quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

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Christmas mug rug

Christmas mug rug

I’ve been trying to get some Christmas gifts made.  The starstruck quilt pattern would obviously lend itself to Christmas colours and it’s surprising how many other patterns can also be worked in Christmas colours.  I’ve been making some mug rugs using the star rug mug pattern.  I’ve quilted them with star embroidery around the stars for that extra festive touch.  Great for a small gift or for a charity stall.

There’s a Festive Gift exhibition on at the NEC this weekend and I’m torn between going there for gift inspiration or just sitting tight and getting on with my Christmas sewing!

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Comments

  1. Love this idea for mug rugs. I have made this star before and it is easy and very eye appealing. Thanks so much for the ideas.

  2. Debra (Canada) says:

    Very pretty in those colours and, of course, would be great in so many colour combinations. The star block is called the Friendship block – a favourite of mine given my last name!

  3. Hi Rose, I luv this quilt, it is a quick sew and very stunning!
    Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. Christine Southgate says:

    What a lovely pattern Rose. And so adaptable. Enjoy your weekend whatever you decide to do 😀.

  5. Your quilt is quite striking. Bet it would look great with a gold binding. I like your mug rugs. Is star embroidery the same as stitching in the ditch? It does add a nice touch to the backing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Claire. Yes, I think that gold would look good for the binding. The star embroidery is just one of the embroidery stitches on my machine, and yes I did just stitch in the ditch around the star outlines. Using a contrasting thread helps show it up better as well.

  6. Rose, There’s something very appealing about a nine patch.
    I like the way you used it with the other blocks.
    Thank you.
    Rose, go to the exhibition. Enjoy your week-end.

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose.
    Love this pattern looks so quick and easy. Thank you. I would go to the Festive gifts and see what they have. whichever you choose have a great time. enjoy yourself.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I think that I probably will go to the Festive Gifts – it’s easier to get to, apart from anything else.

  8. Nola Sue Strang says:

    Sweetie ever pattern I get from you swells my heart! They are always beautiful and easy!! Thank you! Sue Strang

  9. elizacross2003 says:

    Thanks for another Great pattern. This would make a great gift for an American relative in Red/white/blue. but it is the Mug Rug that I will make next as I was just starting to look for an Idea for one to be sent to a Canadian cousin for her birthday, I will use Christmas fabric for the backing and include a little poem to tell her what it’s used for (a lot of my friends etc. haven’t heard of a Mug Rug lol)

    • Hi Eliza. I find mug rugs so useful, being bigger than coasters. They are also so easy to make for gifts. What a lovely idea to include a poem with your gift.

  10. Catherine Drake says:

    Hello Rose, thank you so much for your lovely patterns. I’ve finally finished my Christmas quilt (a New Years resolution as I haven’t quilted for years) and have now got the bug again! I think this lovely easy pattern will be my next project.
    Thank you again.
    Love Catherine

    • Hi Catherine. I’m glad you’re enjoying your quilting again – it can become addictive so quickly, can’t it! This quilt pattern is definitely a quick and easy one.

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