The Morning Star quilt block made me think of mornings and new dawns which obviously led me on to New Year. I’d like to wish everyone reading this a happy and healthy New Year – may all your dreams come true this year.
I have in fact used two morning star quilt blocks – they share a name but are quite different to look at and I liked the contrast of the bigger and smaller stars within the quilt. Each block measures 18″ square finished size.
The quilt measures 58″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards each of dark blue, purple and white with 3/4 yard of light blue. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer – that’s in addition to the 12% discount that I’m offering in a New Year sale this week – more detail at the bottom of the page.
Cutting requirements – morning star quilt block one
3.1/2″ squares: twenty dark blue, twenty light blue, twenty white
3.7/8″ squares: twenty each in dark blue and white, twenty each in purple and white, twenty each in purple and light blue
Cutting requirements – morning star quilt block two
4.1/2″ squares: sixteen white
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen light blue
3.7/8″ squares sixteen each in dark blue and white, sixteen each in dark blue and purple
2.1/2″ rectangles in dark blue: sixteen 4.1/2″ long and sixteen 6.1/2″ long
In addition, for the border you will need six 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric
Making the morning star quilt block one
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. 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. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
I’m showing the layout for this block in stages to make it more clear for you.
For the first stage, lay out the 3.1/2″ squares along the diagonals. The colour doesn’t show up too well in the photo, but there’s a dark blue square in each corner with a light blue square just in from each corner, and four white squares in the middle.
Now add a dark blue/white half square triangle on either side of the corner square to make a four patch unit in each corner. As you can see, these are placed so that the dark blue squares and two triangles form a larger dark blue triangle in each corner.
This just leaves the 4 patch units between the corners to be filled in. Each of these 4 patch units is made with two purple/white half square triangles and two purple/light blue half square triangles. These are placed so that a larger white triangle forms on the outside and a larger light blue triangle forms on the inside, the purple triangles forming a butterfly shape within each 4 patch unit. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the morning star quilt block. You will need to make five of these.
Making the morning star quilt block two
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares as for the first block. Once again, I’m showing the layout in stages for clarity. There are four light blue squares in the middle with a four patch unit on each edge of the central square. Each one is made with two dark blue/white half square triangles and two dark blue/purple half square triangles. These are placed so that there is a larger white triangle on the outside pointing towards the middle and a larger dark blue triangle inside, again pointing towards the middle.
This just leaves the corner units to lay out. These are made using a white 4.1/2″ square with a 4.1/2″ dark blue rectangle along one edge and a 6.1/2″ dark blue rectangle along another edge.
Sew the 4.1/2″ blue rectangle to the white square first and then the 6.1/2″ rectangle can be sewn to the side. This way you get a blue L shape around each white corner square.
Sew all the other squares together in four patch units so that you end up with nine sections which can then be sewn together in three rows of three.
You need to make four of this block.
Assembling the morning star quilt
The blocks are sewn together in three rows of three. Rows one and three are made using a large star (quilt block one) at each end with a small star in the middle.
The second row is the other way round, with a small star (quilt block two) and each end and a large star in the middle. Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric. Sew a 54.1/2″ strip to the top and the bottom of the quilt and a 58.1/2″ strip to each side.
That completes the morning 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 hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and festive season. I joined my daughter Samantha and my son Tom with his partner Anna in Cape Town. We really had a Christmas to remember with lots of sunshine and sightseeing. The people of Cape Town were very friendly and welcoming, making us really feel at home. Cape Town harbour is full of seals – they lodge anywhere they can in the sunshine: even in the large tyres which are attached to the harbour walls to protect the boats. This guy seemed to have a happysmile on his face as he soaked up the warmth!
As I mentioned at the top of page, I’m holding a New Year sale and you can take 12% discount on any purchases over £5 from the shop this week. The discount is applied automatically – no need for a coupon code. Do take a look here.