SUNSHINE STAR QUILT PATTERN


Sunshine star quilt

Sunshine star quilt

 

Doesn’t this quilt give a lovely exuberant feel of sunshine?  I was really taken with the design and can see myself making more of these.  The quilt measures 48″ square and uses 1.1/2 yards of light fabric and 1.1/4 yards of dark fabric.

 

Cutting requirements

fourteen 6.7/8″ squares each of light and dark fabric

six light rectangles 6.1/2″ by 12.1/2″

seven 2.1/2″ strips across the width of dark fabric and five of light fabric

Making the quilt

Sew three strips of fabric together

Sew three strips of fabric together

 

For the nine patch units, sew together 2.1/2″ strips of dark, light dark fabric for one panel and of light, dark, light for another panel.  From the light, dark, light panel cut sixteen 2.1/2″ strips for the nine patch units.  From the dark, light, dark panels cut four 12.1/2″ strips, eight 6.1/2″ strips and eight 2.1/2″ strips.

 

 

Make the nine patch units

Make the nine patch units

 

The nine patch units are made by sewing together two strips of light, dark, light fabric with one strip of dark, light, dark fabric between them.  You will need eight of these.

 

 

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

The half square triangles are made by placing two 6.7/8″ squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangle units.  The photo shows different fabrics, but the technique is the same.  You’ll need twenty eight half square triangles, from fourteen each of light and dark squares.

 

Make the corner units for the sunshine star quilt

Make the corner units for the sunshine star quilt

 

The corners of the sunshine star quilt are assembled as complete blocks.  Make four of these.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the three rows together.

 

 

 

Make four of these panels

Make four of these panels

 

Between each pair of corner units there is a panel made using a 6.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ light rectangle, then two half square triangles, then a dark, light, dark 12.1/2″ rectangle.  Again make four of these.

 

 

 

Join the corner units

Join the corner units

 

Sew one of these panels between the two top corner units and between the bottom two corner units.  Check that the plain rectangle is on the outside so that it will be on the edge of the quilt.  You now have the top and the bottom rows of the sunshine star quilt complete.

 

 

The left hand view of the central panel

The left hand view of the central panel

The right hand view of the central panel

The right hand view of the central panel

The central row is made using one of the panels at either side and a light square in the middle.  This square is made by sewing together two 6.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ rectangles to make a 12.1/2″ square.  The photos show the left hand and right hand views of this row.  Note that again the light rectangle is on the outside.

 

The three rows can now be sewn together to complete the sunshine star quilt.  The next steps of layering, quilting and binding can be found in the make a patchwork quilt section.

Here’s the video:

 

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