Kansas Beauty Star Quilt Pattern

Kansas Beauty star quilt

Kansas Beauty star quilt

The Kansas Beauty Star quilt is based on the Kansas Beauty quilt block, but I have used three different colour variations to form a star design on the quilt.

I have used nine 16″ square finished size blocks.

The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of yellow star fabric, 1/2 yard each of light blue and dark blue, 3/4 yard of white and 1.1/2 yards of red fabric.  There are nine 16″ finished size blocks.

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

For those of you who have pointed out that the star looks like a swastiks, I apologise.  I did not see the likeness and I certainly meant no offence.  This is what Wikipedia says about the shape:

It is considered to be a sacred and auspicious symbol in contemporary religious cultures such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism and dates back at least 11,000 years.



Completed Kansas beauty star quilt blocks

Completed Kansas beauty star quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Kansas beauty star quilt

4.1/2″ squares:  nine white

3.3/8″ squares:  seventy two red, thirty six white

5.1/4″ squares:  nine red, cut along both diagonals to make four triangles

8.7/8″ squares:  four yellow, six light blue, eight dark blue, cut along one diagonal to make two triangles

For the border you will need five 2.1/2″ red strips cut across the width of fabric.

Make diamond in a square blocks

Make diamond in a square blocks

Making the diamond in a square central section

Begin with a 4.1/2″ white square and on each edge of it place a red triangle cut from the 5.1/4″ red squares (cut along both diagonals to make four triangles).  Sew the top and bottom triangles on first, press them open and then add the triangles to the sides of the square.  The progression of making the block starts in the top left photo of the photo and then follows three columns till you get to the diamond in a square in the bottom right of the photo.

Press and trim the middle of each edge where the triangle tips stick out.

Add a frame to this section

Layout of central area

Layout of central area

The next part of the quilt block layout is common to all nine of the blocks – it’s only the outer triangles where I have used the colour variations.

Place the diamond in a square in the middle and surround it with red and white 3.3/8″ squares.  Each edge of this frame is made with one red, one white and then two red squares.  If you begin at the top left and follow the squares round in a clockwise direction, you’ll see that each edge follows the same pattern.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the squares together across the top and bottom rows.  Join the two pairs of squares either side of the diamond in a square together so that you can sew the middle section together in one row.  Now sew the three rows to each other.  You need to make nine of these sections.

Add triangles to the edges

Add triangles to the edges

Final frame of the Kansas beauty quilt block

Cut the 8.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square.  Now make further diamond in a square blocks using the red and white central sections for the diamonds.

Follow the same technique as above, adding two triangles at a time.  Press the first two triangles open and then sew the remaining two triangles in place.  You need to make four blocks with the colours as shown – two triangles of dark blue and two of star fabric.

In addition, make one block with only light blue triangles and make four more with two light blue and two dark blue triangles.  See the photo near the top of the page for the layouts.

Row 1

Row 1

Assemble the Kansas beauty star quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  In row one place a star/dark blue block in the middle with a dark blue/light blue block at each end.  Notice that the dark blue triangles are placed so that they form two larger dark blue triangles pointing downwards.  This means that you have light blue triangles in these top corners of the quilt.

Row 2

Row 2

In row two place the single light blue block in the middle with a dark blue/star block on each end.  Place these so that the star fabric triangles are on either side of the central block, with the dark blue triangles on the outer edges.

Row 3

Row 3

Use the remaining three blocks in the third row.  The dark blue/star block in the middle is placed with the star triangles at the top.  The two light blue/dark blue blocks on the edges are placed so that the dark blue triangles form two larger triangles at the bottom, pointing towards the middle row.

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

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Kansas beauty 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:

Lantern festival horse and carriage

Lantern festival horse and carriage

Last week I told you that I was going to the Magic Lantern Festival in the Botanical Gardens.  We were lucky enough to have a lovely dry and mild night for it.  The lanterns were amazing!  They had fitted so many scenes into a relatively small area.

lantern festival toadstools

lantern festival toadstools

They even had a model of the Birminghm bull, but my photo of that didn’t come out very well, so I’m showing you some magic toadstools instead.

Where did my body go?

Where did my body go?

Then at the weekend, as part of my whirlwind runup to Christmas, my daughter and I went to Edinburgh.  What a beautiful city.  I’ll show you more photos of it after Christmas, but for now I couldn’t resist showing you where I was beheaded in in the Camera Obscura building.  As you will have already guessed, it’s all done with mirrors.

So now it just remains for me to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope that you have a wonderful festive season leading up to a happy, prosperous and healthy new year.  Thank you for letting me share with you throughout this last year.

I won’t be sending out a quilt pattern next Friday – the next one will be Friday 6th January 2017.

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  1. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Wishing you a wonderful family Christmas and a New Year filled with laughter, good health, family and friends. Looking forward to your pics of Edinburgh. Loved my vacation there three years ago. Merry Christmas from snowy Vancouver Canada.
    Colleen

    • Thanks, Colleen. Our hotel in Edinburgh was just off the Royal Mile, so we managed to see quite a lot even though we were there for such a short time. I hope the snow’s not too deep in Vancouver.

  2. Really unusual, and for me, too busy – but as usual, you manage to make it work.

    Glad the weather was good for the Magic Lantern Festival – such a lovely idea to brighten up dark Winter evenings. Haha! Funny pic of your smiling head.

    Thanks for all your very hard work throughout the year with so many beautiful quilts. Enjoy your Christmas and look forward to seeing you next year.

    • Hi June. I agree – the design doesn’t show up as well when there’s too much going on. I think the Lantern Festival also makes an appearance in London. It was the first time they’ve been to Birmingham. The following night was really miserable and wet, so I was dead lucky that I went when I did. Hope you have a marvellous festive break – definitely must meet up next year.

  3. Brenda Oak says:

    Beautiful Rose, as ever. Thank you.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy 2017 with love, from Brenda (Hayling Island)

  4. Sheila Lymn says:

    hi Rose and thank you again for another lovely quilt idea I can see it as a cushion cover as well.Like how your nails changed colour half way through !! the photos of the botanincal gardens look lovely . I am waiting for the physio to come and check my progress wonder how many of your followers have done the full splits and landed up hobbling around with a frame .you don’t do the splits at 79 and not feel bruised .good job I have pleanty to fill my time with ,
    A Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you and yours
    love and hugs Sheila xxx

    • Hi Sheila. You certainly are very observant – I did in fact paint my nails half way through making the quilt. I had planned a manicure but then left it too late to book one. I hope your visit with the physio goes well. I know that your fall was bad, but it’s good that you can laugh about it now. It certainly does give you more time to get on with your sewing. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  5. A very Happy Holidays to you, Rose. I have enjoyed your year of fantastic quilts. I don’t know how you do it. I have trouble finishing a quilt a year!!! Best wishes to you and yours.

    • Thanks so much, Avril. I have to confess that I don’t finish that many quilts – I do have a large pile of unfinished projects!

  6. Trish Tarbuck says:

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Rose and a very happy New a Year.Thanks for sharing this year again it has been just great.Enjoy your children and grandchild and I really laughed at your beheading. Take Care Trishxx

  7. Hey Rose. Hope you and yours have an awesome Christmas. If traveling, drive safe and stay warm. So, Merry Christmas and a great and Happy New Year’s.

  8. Carol Smith says:

    May you and yours have the happiest of Christmas and a wonderful new year. Thankyou for all the fantastic quilts this year. Look forward to next year. I love Fridays or as I call it Rose day!

  9. Merry Christmas Rose to you and your family.

  10. Rose. .ITs very nice design.,colour combination is also good. Thanks for sharing

  11. Patricia A. Lutsie says:

    A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Love your quilts😊

    Pat L. Morgantown, WV.

  12. Sharon Lowe says:

    All the way from Vancouver Island, Canada I send you wishes of a very Happy Christmas and wishes of many new adventures in 2017 that are happy, healthy and prosperous to you and your family. You are a very special person for my quilting ideas. All the very best and thank you for sharing your photos and family events. Have a very Merry Christmas Rose, hoping for a delicious dinner.
    From Sharon

  13. You are amazing Rose thank you for all the amazing patterns , a very happy Christmas to you and your family
    Love Welsh mary X

  14. Merry Christmas, Rose. Thank you for your wonderful patterns all year long!

  15. elizacross2003 says:

    Wishing you Rose and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017,

  16. Janet Gould says:

    Merry Christmas to you Rose and your family. Have enjoyed your quilts throughout the year. Bet your sewing machine will be pleased of the rest!!
    Enjoy yourself
    Janet

  17. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    What a surprise didn’t think you would send a quilt today. LOvely pattern Have agreat time celebrating with your children and grandbaby.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for all the work and jjoy you have given this past year. Have a happy healthy and prosperous new year see you in 2017.
    Sandra

    • Thanks, Sandra. I think that I might do that next year – take a break the week before Christmas rather than the week after. Merry Christmas to you.

  18. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Merry Christmas Rose to you and your family.Wishing you a happy and joyous season of joy with your family and friends. We have a double bonus each week with your photos and quilts. Thank-you so much. Now off to the butcher, I am cooking a full roast with a predicted temperature of 35 deg celcius for Christmas Day here in Melbourne Aust. Aahhhh the joys of tradition Couldn’t do without it!

    • Thanks, Marilyn. Enjoy your full roast tomorrow. I was brought up in Zambia and we always did the same – full Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in very hot weather. As you say, it’s the traditions.

  19. Another beautiful quilt Rose. You continually astound me with all that you do.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Erica

  20. Many thanks for all the quilt ideas, keep ’em coming.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
    We go to my son and his wife, we shall have dinner out by the pool, the Florida forecast is 82 degrees. (sorry!)
    This is the place to be !!

  21. Linda Beyea says:

    Beautiful great colours . Have a Merry Christmas .

  22. To Rose.. A very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year to you and your family. I like your pattern and the colors. It looks complicated but very doable when I watch your video.
    I didn’t have time to do any sewing before Christmas but I’m looking forward to getting back to my sewing machine in the new year.

    Enjoyed all the photos you sent – especially the one of your beheading.

  23. Patsy Edwards says:

    Merry Christmas, Rose thank you for your inspiration. May 2017 be a health filled creative year. x

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