Most of my quilts tend to have one or two relatively small borders but every now and then it’s fun to try something different so I’ve made this star quilt with five borders. The final quilt size is 36″ square and you will need 9″ of orange fabric, 10″ of grey fabric and 39″ of yellow fabric for the quilt top.
Cutting requirements for the central star block
Grey fabric: five 4.1/2″ squares, eight 2.7/8″ squares
Yellow fabric: eight 2.1/2″ yellow squares, eight 2.7/8″ squares
Making the star quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares. Lay a yellow and a grey 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 to produce two half square triangles. Make all of these and then lay out the squares as shown in the photo. It’s not quite a standard construction because in the rows where there is a large square you need to sew the small squares together into two rows before you can sew them to the large squares. When you have sewn the rows together across the rows, sew the rows together. At this stage you have a 16.1/2″ block.
The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of yellow fabric. Cut two strips 16.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the quilt and two strips 20.1/2″ long for the sides.
The second border is made using 1.1/2″ strips of orange fabric to provide a strong contrast. cut two 20.1/2″ lengths for the top and bottom of the quilt and two 22.1/2″ lengths for the sides.
The third star quilt border is made using 4.1/2″ yellow strips. Cut two strips 22.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two strips 30.1/2″ long for the sides.
The fourth quilt border uses 1.1/2″ strips of orange fabric again: you will need two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 32.1/2″ for the sides.
Finally the fifth border is made using 2.1/2″ yellow strips: two at 32.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two at 36.1/2″ for the sides. I think that using so many borders definitely frames the star quilt top well – and as a bonus it’s terribly simple to make!
I used the same orange fabric for the quilt binding to provide an additional frame.
Full details of the final steps of layering, quilting and binding can be found in how to make a patchwork quilt.