California Oakleaf Star Quilt

California oakleaf star quilt

California oakleaf star quilt

I’ve made the California oakleaf star quilt using the block of the same name with a simple alternate block which causes a star to form when the blocks are sewn together.  It’s a nice easy quilt to make – I’m sure that you are all as busy as I am in the runup to Christmas.

The quilt measures 52″ square and I used 1.3/4 yards each of purple and gold, together with 3/4 yard of white fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  Incidentally, this quilt also looks good made up in red, white and blue.  The blocks are all 14″ square finished size and you need to make five California oakleaf blocks and four alternate blocks.

I’d love to hear from anyone who lives in California – do your oakleaves look any different from those elsewhere?




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the California oakleaf star quilt

2.1/2″ squares:  eighty purple, twenty gold, forty five white

2.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ rectangles:  one hundred each in purple and white – but read the pattern before you cut these as they are simple to make using strip piecing

7.7/8″ squares:  eight purple, eight gold

For the borders you will need ten 2.1/2″ strips of gold cut across the width of fabric and five 1.1/2″ strips of purple cut across the width of fabric.

Make the California oakleaf corners

Sew together strips of purple and white

Sew together strips of purple and white

Make the strip pieced squares first.  The simplest way to make these is to sew together 1.1/2″ strips of white and purple.  Press the seam allowance towards the purple and cut at 2.1/2″ intervals.  This will give you 2.1/2″ squares made of a purple and a white rectangle.  It’s much quicker and less fiddly to make them this way.

Layout of the corners

Layout of the corners

The corners of this block are made with a simple nine patch block.  There’s a purple square in each corner, a gold square in the middle and one of the purple/white squares on each edge of the central square.  These are placed so that the purple rectangle is on the inside, lying against the gold square, and the white is on the outside.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You need to make four of these for each California oakleaf block, which means making twenty of them altogether.

California oakleaf quilt block layout

California oakleaf quilt block layout

Full layout of the block

Now you can assemble the entire block.  Between each pair of corners there are two white squares and one purple/white square.  There’s a white square in the middle:  the purple/white squares are all placed so that the purple rectangles surround the central square.

Make three rows

Make three rows

Sew together the three squares that make each spur of the central cross.  You can then sew the pieces together to make three rows and finally sew the three rows to each other to complete the California oakleaf quilt block.  Make five of these.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the alternate quilt block

For this block you need to make half square triangles with the 7.7/8″ squares.  Place a purple and a gold 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 7.1/2″ squares.

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

Lay these out as a four patch unit.  Place them so that the two gold triangles together form larger gold triangles, and so do the purple squares.  Sew the pairs together and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the alternate block.  Make four of these.

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

Assembling the California oakleaf star quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Rows one and three are made with a California oakleaf block at each end and an alternate block in the middle.  Place the alternate block so that the purple is top and bottom with the gold on the sides.

Row 2

Row 2

Make row two with an alternate block at each end and a California oakleaf block in the middle.  This time place the alternate  blocks so that the purple is on the sides and the gold is top and bottom.

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

Add the quilt borders

Add the quilt borders

Add the borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of gold.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.

Make the second border using 1.1/2″ strips of purple.  Piece two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

Finally for the third border you’ll need 2.1/2″ strips of gold again.  Two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the top and bottom.

That completes the California oakleaf star 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:

Harborne clock tower

Harborne clock tower

The suburb nearest to where I live is called Harborne and it is dominated by a building which seems incredibly tall for what it is – a clock tower.  The building used to be a school till the 1960’s but is now mainly restaurants.  I’m guessing that the playground used to be where the car park is now.

Apparently the name Harborne is thought to come from the Old English horu burna, meaning dirty stream, although Harborne was considered a health resort at one time.  It was fascinating reading about Harborne’s history – I’m rather ashamed that I haven’t yet done the same for Quinton itself!

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  1. Thank you for this lovely pattern Rose.
    I think the 9, patch on it’s own would make a lovely quilt.
    Have a nice week-end in London. You are definitely kept busy.
    Rose, that is a lovely building.

    • Thanks, Mary. You’re right – those corner pieces would definitely make a great quilt. I’m just getting ready to leave now and luckily it doesn’t look frosty outside.

  2. A lovely looking quilt, you’ve done it again. Thanks for all your hard work, enjoy your weekend.

  3. Arleen Salmon says:

    I’m a Californian (formerly) and love the live oaks there. Their leaves were smaller than the ones where I now live in NE Washington. The awesome character of oak trees gives me wonderful thoughts of all the life that lives in those strong limbs. I love your quilt, also and hope to make one for family in Calif. Thank you, Rose!

    • Hi Arleen. Thanks for your thoughts – i had been wondering if the Californian oak leaves were different from others. Like you, I think trees have a real majesty. There are some beech trees in the woodlands near here which are 250 years old – they are magnificent!

  4. Hi Rose,
    I just had to log on to see what you came up with this week. You always do such nice work and you sure came up with another beautiful pattern.
    My dressing is removed and my stitches are covered with band-aids but I’m not having a problem typing ( doctor told me I could) even though my fingers are a bit stiff when I bend them but I was forbidden to lift anything the slightest bit heavy -not even a soda can until the stitches are removed.

    Enjoy the weekend with your family. I was lucky that my nephew insisted that I stay with him and his family for a few days after my surgery. I was glad he did because I was pretty much helpless.

    • Hi Claire. I’m so glad that you are recovering well. I’m surprised that you’re allowed to type – there is some pressure on your fingers when you press down on a key, but it’s great to hear from you. Staying with your nephew must have been a great help – a bit of pampering is always welcome.

  5. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt. But I am so busy with Christmas decorations, making cookies and preparing things that I have not looked at my 3 quilts that are sitting and waiting. As always I am thrilled when I see your email. I know you always have something good.
    Have a great time this weekend with some of the family. Be careful lifting any boxes.
    As always Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. It’s a busy time of year, isn’t it. I’m a real sucker for Christmas and love all the buildup with decorations and carols everywhere. I can say that now that it’s December – I tend to bah humbug a bit when Christmas first starts to appear in about August!

  6. Gorgeous quilt as always Rose.

  7. Judy Newell says:

    Hi Rose, i’m from Canada, I love watching your videos and love your quilt patterns. The California Oakleaf Star Quilt is really beautiful and looks so easy to make. I have so much on my plate to do before Christmas but hopefully after the new year I will get some free time so I can do something for myself. I’d really like to do the oakleaf quilt, when I make it I’ll send you a picture. Judy

    • Hi Judy. It’s definitely a very simple quilt to make. I’ll look forward to seeing the photo when you make the quilt.

  8. Charles Alcantar says:

    Oh Rose, this design is one that really caught my immediate attention. The layout or the pattern, is very easy to look @. No complicated ANGLES OR PIECES ,TO MY LIKING.I will definitely save this one to work on soon.Thanks so much, Cecilia Alcantar 12/2/16.

  9. Such an unusual design – right up there on my list of favourites, especially with those wonderful fabrics. You do seem to have some interesting places to visit near where you live. You’ve made me determined to explore my surrounding area more.

    • Hi June. I think that visitors always go to more places than someone who lives in a place. When you live in a town there’s no urgency because you know things will always be there for you to visit. I’m still new enough to Birmingham to love exploring it.

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