Stars in Their Eyes Quilt

Stars in their eyes quilt

Stars in their eyes quilt

I’ve used a star quilt block and another block in two different colours to make this quilt and it gives a pretty overall effect.  Both the blocks are simple ones and the star comes together quite quickly.  It is 60″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of the blue star fabric, 1/2 yard each of the yellow and pink star fabrics,  3/4 yard of the green star fabric, 1 yard of the light pink fabric and 1.1/4 yards each of the white and light green fabric.  You can buy all these fabrics as a kit at a discount of 10% off the normal fabric price. Click on this week’s special offer.

Star quilt block

Star quilt block

Cutting requirements for the five star quilt blocks

6.1/2″ squares:  five yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  ten each in blue and white, twenty each in yellow and white

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the evening star quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  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 to produce two half square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ squares.

Star quilt block layout

Star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four – well it would be if you count the yellow square in the centre as four squares.  There’s a blue/white half square triangle in each corner, the 6.1/2″ yellow square in the middle and yellow/white half square triangles everywhere else.  Note that the white triangles are placed so that they form a larger white triangle on each edge of the star quilt block, pointing in towards the middle.

Sew the squares in pairs

Sew the squares in pairs

Sew the squares together in pairs – in rows one and four they can be sewn in pairs across the rows, but in the middle the two half square triangles are sewn together vertically so that they are then the right size to sew to the large square.

Sew all the rows to each other to complete the evening star quilt block.

Green quilt block

Green quilt block

The next quilt block is a version of the new album block, but I’ve added a few extra half square triangles in.  You will need to make twelve green blocks and eight pink blocks.

Cutting requirements for the twelve green quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares: forty eight yellow

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four each in green star and white, twenty four each in green star and yellow

Cutting requirements for the eight pink quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty two light pink

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen light pink

3.7/8″ squares:  sixteen each in pink star and white, sixteen each in light pink and pink star

Alternative quilt block layout

Alternative quilt block layout

Making the alternative quilt blocks

Make half square triangles with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  There’s a green/white half square triangle in each corner with the green on the outside.  The 6.1/2″ rectangles are placed across rows one and four between the corner squares.  Rows two and three are the same as each other with a yellow square at each end of the row and two green/yellow half square triangles in the middle.  These are placed to form a diamond shape in the middle of the quilt block.

Pink quilt block layout

Pink quilt block layout

The layout for the pink quilt blocks is the same.

Sew the patchwork squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt blocks.

 

Assembling the quilt

You will now have twenty five quilt blocks in total and these are sewn together in five rows of five.

Layout for the stars in their eyes quilt

Layout for the stars in their eyes quilt

Rows one and five have an evening star quilt block at each end with a pink block in the middle and a green block on either side of the pink.

Rows two and four have a green block at each end and in the middle with pink blocks in the remaining spaces.

The third row is the middle row and this has a star block in the middle with a green block on either side of it and a pink block at each end.

Sew the quilt blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other to complete the stars in their eyes 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:

Samantha

Samantha

Quilting has had to take backstage this week while my daughter has been home.  As you can see, she has been revising hard for her accountancy exams!

My eldest son and his fiancee are arriving tonight for the weekend so we will have a lovely full house.

I have two different new needles to try on Minnie (my longarm quilting machine) and I’m hoping that one or both of these will iron out the last few problems – I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on with these.

 

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