Christmas Star Quilt – Free Pattern

Christmas Star quilt

Christmas Star quilt

The Christmas Star quilt is bright and cheerful and will definitely put you in the festive mood!  It’s small enough to be relatively quick to make but large enough to be useful as a throw, lap quilt or even on the festive table.

I’ve used 1.1/4 yards each of white and red, 1/2 yard each of batik green and metallic green with 1/4 yard of brown fabric.  The quilt measures 46″ square, using nine 12″ squares finished size with a Christmas tree border.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount by clicking on Christmas Star quilt kit.




Completed Christmas star quilt block

Completed Christmas star quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Christmas Star quilt

4.1/2″ squares:  nine white, four metallic green

4.7/8″ squares:  eighteen each in red and batik green, eighteen each in red and white

2.7/8″ squares:  thirty six each in metallic green and white

1.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric:  four white and two brown, eight red

2″ strips cut across the width of fabric:  four white

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a red square eight sides together with either a green or a white square and mark a line along the diagonal.

Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This gives you two half square triangles which are now 4.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Christmas star quilt block layout

Christmas star quilt block layout

Make the Christmas star quilt block

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  Place a 4.1/2″ white square in the middle with a red/white half square triangle on each edge of the central square.  Lay a red/green half square triangle in each corner with the green on the outside, forming the corner of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  This measures 12.1/2″ square at the moment and you need to make nine of these.

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.

Make the base of the tree

Make the base of the tree

Make the Christmas tree border

For this border I have changed to a different green – this one has a gold sheen to it, more like a decorated tree I thought.

For the trunk of the tree you need a brown square with a white strip on either side of it.  The simplest way to make this is by strip piecing.  Sew together a 1.1/2″ brown strip with a 2″ white strip on either side of it.  Cut this panel at 1.1/2″ intervals.  This creates rectangles 1.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ for the base of the tree.

Christmas tree layout

Christmas tree layout

Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ white and metallic green squares.

Place two half square triangles side by side with the green triangles forming a larger green triangle.  Lay the rectangle for the trunk beneath them.

Sew the half square triangles together and then sew them to the rectangle.  This creates a rectangle 4.1/2″ wide by 3.1/2″ high.  I was going to add a 1.1/2″ red strip across the top at this stage but then I realised that it would be far quicker to add a red strip after the tree blocks have been sewn together.

Sew the trees in strips of nine

Sew the trees in strips of nine

You need to make thirty six of the tree blocks and sew them together in four rows of nine trees each.

Add the first border

Add the first border

Complete the first border

Cut four 1.1/2″ red strips 36.1/2″ long and sew one to the top of each strip of trees.  Much easier doing it this way, isn’t it!

Sew one strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.  Remember to place them so that the tree trunk is nearest the quilt.

Add the side borders

Add the side borders

Sew a 4.1/2″ metallic green square to each end of the two remaining strips of trees.  Sew one strip to each side of the quilt.

Add the final border

Add the final border

The final border

As a final border I have used more 1.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Christmas Star quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

Osborne House

Osborne House

A few weeks ago I had a wonderful few days in the Isle of Wight.  If you live outside the UK, this is an island off the south coast of England.  I took loads of photos and had great fun deciding which ones to show you.

Formal gardens

Formal gardens

In the end I decided that you would be most interested in Osborne House.  It was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 19th century and apparently they spent a lot of time there.  I can certainly see why!

Osborne House interior

Osborne House interior

The gardens and parkland were gorgeous – and the interior was exquisite.  Some of the rooms were completely breathtaking.  Funnily enough, they didn’t feel formal – I felt that I could imagine Victoria there with her children and grand children running round the place.

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Comments

  1. Gwenda Roberts says:

    Dear Rose, I wish I had a quarter of your energy. I love this quilt. xxx Gwenda

  2. Hi Rose love this Christmas star quilt can’t wait to get stuck into this. Love the colours. Thanks for another great idea. Can imagine being snuggled up on the settee with this quilt on my knee waiting for Santa coming lol.

  3. Carole, Wokingham says:

    Rose a lovely quilt as usual. I really enjoy getting your emails each week, not only with your quilting expertise, but the snippets of your life you include and your expeditions, especially this week as we are off to IoW at the end of next week to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary, fingers crossed it doesn’t rain all the time!

    • Hi Carole. I hope you have as wonderful a time in IOW as I did. We had amazing weather – far warmer than Birmingham. It’s a lovely friendly island.

  4. Lola Howard says:

    The quilt is beautiful , and do I see a quilt pattern forming with the formal gardens? Love the pictures. Have a great week end . God Bless.

    • Hi Lola. Those gardens would make a great quilt, wouldn’t they. Imagine being able to look down on them every morning when you woke up. No wonder Victoria spent so much time there!

  5. Valerie, California, USA says:

    Really nice quilt. I can see it a bit larger sitting on my sofa waiting for the fireplace to be lit, a good book and me. I will probably never get to England (even though it’s on my bucket list) so I really enjoy seeing the places you get to visit. Keep the pics coming….quilts too!

  6. Sheila Lymn says:

    Hi Rose what a lovely start to Christmas sewing I might make it into a runner for my coffee table love the fabric ,I love how you share your little /big trips out and that you find time to let us be included ,I loved the colour of the bag when it arrived mmm two presents in the making thank you
    love and hugs xxxx

    • Hi Sheila. Glad you liked the pattern – I felt that I was a bit late with a Christmas pattern as so many people seem to have started in July. There was a time when I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my travels, just wanting quilt patterns, so it’s been great fun finding that many people like to see the photos of my excursions.

  7. Beautiful pattern, Rose. I like the way the red fabric wraps around the star – the same with the green square. It would also be just as beautiful in different colors.

  8. Liz Erasmus says:

    I love this one Rose, fantastic… Have you perhaps made a shadow / illusion quilt. I am looking for an easy one for a friend’s 60th birthday. Thanks once again for all your hard work xxxx

  9. Lois Sanders says:

    I have had to take break from sewing because of leg swelling, but with Holidays around, the
    Christmas quilt looks quick. Love when you show pictures, being I can’t travel they are a delight.
    Lois

    • Hi Lois. So sorry to hear of your leg problems. So pleased that you like the travel photos – I have fun deciding which ones to include.

  10. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for the great quilt pattern. I have started making or at least thinking about making some Christmas quilts. Love this one. I also saw the pattern of a quilt in the gardens. Now I look at things and say hm. maybe there is a quilt pattern there. Thank you for showing your latest adventure. I bet it was beautiful inside.
    Hope you have a great weekend and Happy quilting
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. You’re right – those gardens would make a lovely quilt design. It’s amazing how many designs can be found in our surroundings. I find floor tiles particularly good for that as well.

  11. Anne Hardman says:

    Love this quilt. Good timing to start on Christmas projects. Thank you Rose.

  12. Irena Mangone says:

    Thank you for the lovely quilt. And your photos. Cant believe how fast the year is going

  13. I suppose you have to plan your hand-made Christmas gifts early – this really looks very festive! Thanks for sharing photos of your trip to the Isle of Wight. Do hope you treated yourself to a slice of Victoria sponge cake in the restaurant.

    • Hi June. Very clever – I didn’t think of the Victoria sponge that way! I can see why you like the Isle of Wight – very friendly and the weather was much better than they had in Birmingham while we were away.

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