STAR AND CORONA QUILT


Star and corona quilt

Star and corona quilt

I’m really pleased with this star quilt pattern – well, I would say that, wouldn’t I!  I just love the way that there is somuch to look at in the design.  I’ve made it here as a 42″ square quilt using what is really just one quilt block, making it a great beginner quilting project.  Technically a corona is a small circle of light around the sun, but this corona is made with several light stars around the central star.

I have used 3/4 yard of white fabric and 1/2 yard each of pink, brown and green.

Cutting requirements

sixteen 3.1/2″ white squares, eight 3.1/2″ green squares

ten 3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ white rectangles

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in pink and white, eight each in green and white, eight each in brown and pink, four each in brown and white

Making the quilt

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

All the 3.7/8″ squares are used to make half square triangles in the combinations listed above.  Place two squares 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 produce two half square triangles.

 

 

Star and corona quilt layout

Star and corona quilt layout

 

Lay the squares out in ten rows of ten squares.  The white rectangles are placed side by side to form the centres of the five stars and by the time the points of the stars have been added that is a good proportion of the patchwork squares laid out.  I have also taken photos of the individual rows to make it more easy to follow.

 

The top five rows of the star and corona quilt

The top five rows of the star and corona quilt

The bottom five rows of the star and corona quilt

The bottom five rows of the star and corona quilt

 

The top five rows are shown on the left and the bottom five rows on the right.  The quilt block is completely symmetrical, making it easier to place the squares.

 

 

Sew the squares together across the rows

Sew the squares together across the rows

 

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  That just leaves the quilt border to complete.

 

 

 

Quilt border

I made three quilt borders, using 2.1/2″ strips of three of the fabrics used in the quilt.

Quilt borders in brown and pink

Quilt borders in brown and pink

Green for the final quilt border

Green for the final quilt border

For the first border cut two 30.1/2″ brown strips for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 34.1/2″ strips for the sides.  For the second quilt border cut two 34.1/2″ pink strips for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 38.1/2″ strips for the sides.  For the final, green, border cut two 38.1/2″ strips for the top and bottom and two 42.1/2″ strips for the sides of the quilt.

I had originally intended to have another border with the white fabric but the side strips would have been 46.1/2″ long so I would have needed to cut an extra strip of fabric just to add a couple of inches extra so I decided to stop at three borders.

The star and corona quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

 

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