The Kansas Beauty Star quilt is based on the Kansas Beauty quilt block, but I have used three different colour variations to form a star design on the quilt.
I have used nine 16″ square finished size blocks.
The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of yellow star fabric, 1/2 yard each of light blue and dark blue, 3/4 yard of white and 1.1/2 yards of red fabric. There are nine 16″ finished size blocks.
You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
For those of you who have pointed out that the star looks like a swastiks, I apologise. I did not see the likeness and I certainly meant no offence. This is what Wikipedia says about the shape:
It is considered to be a sacred and auspicious symbol in contemporary religious cultures such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism and dates back at least 11,000 years.
Cutting requirements for the Kansas beauty star quilt
4.1/2″ squares: nine white
3.3/8″ squares: seventy two red, thirty six white
5.1/4″ squares: nine red, cut along both diagonals to make four triangles
8.7/8″ squares: four yellow, six light blue, eight dark blue, cut along one diagonal to make two triangles
For the border you will need five 2.1/2″ red strips cut across the width of fabric.
Making the diamond in a square central section
Begin with a 4.1/2″ white square and on each edge of it place a red triangle cut from the 5.1/4″ red squares (cut along both diagonals to make four triangles). Sew the top and bottom triangles on first, press them open and then add the triangles to the sides of the square. The progression of making the block starts in the top left photo of the photo and then follows three columns till you get to the diamond in a square in the bottom right of the photo.
Press and trim the middle of each edge where the triangle tips stick out.
Add a frame to this section
The next part of the quilt block layout is common to all nine of the blocks – it’s only the outer triangles where I have used the colour variations.
Place the diamond in a square in the middle and surround it with red and white 3.3/8″ squares. Each edge of this frame is made with one red, one white and then two red squares. If you begin at the top left and follow the squares round in a clockwise direction, you’ll see that each edge follows the same pattern.
Sew the squares together across the top and bottom rows. Join the two pairs of squares either side of the diamond in a square together so that you can sew the middle section together in one row. Now sew the three rows to each other. You need to make nine of these sections.
Final frame of the Kansas beauty quilt block
Cut the 8.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square. Now make further diamond in a square blocks using the red and white central sections for the diamonds.
Follow the same technique as above, adding two triangles at a time. Press the first two triangles open and then sew the remaining two triangles in place. You need to make four blocks with the colours as shown – two triangles of dark blue and two of star fabric.
In addition, make one block with only light blue triangles and make four more with two light blue and two dark blue triangles. See the photo near the top of the page for the layouts.
Assemble the Kansas beauty star quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. In row one place a star/dark blue block in the middle with a dark blue/light blue block at each end. Notice that the dark blue triangles are placed so that they form two larger dark blue triangles pointing downwards. This means that you have light blue triangles in these top corners of the quilt.
In row two place the single light blue block in the middle with a dark blue/star block on each end. Place these so that the star fabric triangles are on either side of the central block, with the dark blue triangles on the outer edges.
Use the remaining three blocks in the third row. The dark blue/star block in the middle is placed with the star triangles at the top. The two light blue/dark blue blocks on the edges are placed so that the dark blue triangles form two larger triangles at the bottom, pointing towards the middle row.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the Kansas beauty 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:
Last week I told you that I was going to the Magic Lantern Festival in the Botanical Gardens. We were lucky enough to have a lovely dry and mild night for it. The lanterns were amazing! They had fitted so many scenes into a relatively small area.
They even had a model of the Birminghm bull, but my photo of that didn’t come out very well, so I’m showing you some magic toadstools instead.
Then at the weekend, as part of my whirlwind runup to Christmas, my daughter and I went to Edinburgh. What a beautiful city. I’ll show you more photos of it after Christmas, but for now I couldn’t resist showing you where I was beheaded in in the Camera Obscura building. As you will have already guessed, it’s all done with mirrors.
So now it just remains for me to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you have a wonderful festive season leading up to a happy, prosperous and healthy new year. Thank you for letting me share with you throughout this last year.
I won’t be sending out a quilt pattern next Friday – the next one will be Friday 6th January 2017.