Crossbow Star Quilt Pattern

Crossbow star quilt

Crossbow star quilt

The crossbow star quilt block is one of my own design.  The cross formed with the light blue fabric just made me think of a crossbow, and of course the dark blue gives a star design.  I added the purple in to give more interest.  The quilt measures 58″ square and I have made it with nine 18″ square finished size blocks.

I have used 1/2 yard of dark blue, 1 yard of purple, 1.1/4 yards of light blue and 1.3/4 yard of white fabric.

Cutting requirements for the crossbow star quilt

Completed crossbow star quilt block

Completed crossbow star quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six light blue

3.7/8″ squares:  seventy two each in light blue and white, thirty six each in purple and white, thirty six each in dark blue and white

For the border you will need six 2.1/2″ strips of purple, cut across the width of fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a white square with one of the coloured squares, right sides together, and mark a line along the diagonal.  Then sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances away from the white and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the crossbow star quilt block

Crossbow star quilt block layout

Crossbow star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  My apologies that the dark blue doesn’t show up as well in the photo as it does in real life.

Broadly, in the first and sixth rows you have two pairs of light blue/white half square triangles forming larger light blue triangles pointing away from the middle.  In the middle of these rows are two purple/white half square triangles forming a larger purple triangle pointing towards the middle.

In the second and fifth rows there there’s a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles in the middle, forming a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.  On each side of this there’s a light blue square and then a light blue/white half square triangle.

The third and fourth rows are each made with a pair of light blue/white half square triangles in the middle of each row, placed to form a white diamond in the middle of the block.  On either side of this central diamond there’s a dark blue/white half square triangle with a purple/white half square triangle on the edge of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the crossbow star quilt block.  Make nine of these.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Assembling the crossbow star quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the crossbow 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:

I’ve had a thoroughly self indulgent week – I had a free cinema ticket to use up so I went to see the film BFG – a lovely bit of escapism.  Then on Wednesday I went to see the musical Sunny Afternoon – the story of the Kinks.  It was the first time I had been to this particular theatre and both it and the show were real treats.  Now I feel fully energised and ready to make a start on my Christmas sewing.

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