Starstruck Quilt Pattern

Starstruck quilt

Starstruck quilt

I’ve made the starstruck quilt using three different very easy nine patch quilt blocks.  It’s lap quilt size – 38″ square – and comes together really quickly.  Each block is very easy, making it a great quilt pattern if you need a quilt at short notice.  I’ve used 1/4 yard of light blue fabric, and 3/4 yard each of dark blue, gold and white.  As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

3 blocks for the starstruck quilt

3 blocks for the starstruck quilt

Cutting for the star struck quilt

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four dark blue and twelve white – for the stripe block

2.1/2″ squares:  twenty light blue and sixteen white – for the nine patch block

2.1/2″ squares:  nine gold, thirty six white – for the star block

2.7/8″ squares:  eighteen gold and eighteen white – for the star block

Sew together strips of fabric

Sew together strips of fabric

Making the stripe block

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue, white and dark blue fabric.  Cut this panel at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  You need to make twelve of these – that will mean making two of the blue/white/blue panels.

Nine patch block layout

Nine patch block layout

Making the nine patch block

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  The top and bottom rows are made with a light blue square either side of a white square.  The middle row is made with a white square either side of a light blue square.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You’ll need to make four of these.  Ordinarily I would use strip piecing as for the stripe block to make a simple nine patch like this, but as there are only four blocks required it would have been quite wasteful with fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the star block

For this block you’ll need some half square triangle units.  Place a gold and a white 2.7/8″ square with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the gold triangle and trim the corners where the fabric sticks out.  These are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  There are white squares in each corner, a gold triangle in the middle and half square triangles everywhere else.  It’s important to get the half square triangles facing the right way.  I find that one thing that helps is to notice the direction of the seam – in the top and bottom half square triangles the seam runs from bottom left to top right, while in the two on the sides the seams run from top top left to bottom right – well, it helps me anyway!  You’ll need to make nine of these star blocks.

1st and 5th rows of the starstruck quilt

1st and 5th rows of the starstruck quilt

Assembling the starstruck quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of five.  The first and fifth rows are the same as each other – a star block in the middle and two stripe blocks on either side with the stripes placed horizontally.

2nd and 4th rows

2nd and 4th rows

The second and fourth rows are also the same as each other – a nine patch block in the middle with a star block on either side and a stripe block at each end with the stripes placed vertically.

3rd row of the starstruck quilt

3rd row of the starstruck quilt

The third (middle) row is made using three star blocks and two nine patch blocks alternating, so you have a star block at each end and in the middle of the row with a nine patch block either side of the middle.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Starstruck quilt borders

Starstruck quilt borders

Starstruck quilt borders

For the borders I have used 2.1/2″ strips of fabric.  For the first border you’ll need two 30.1/2″ lengths of gold fabric for the top and bottom and two 34.1/2″ lengths for the sides.

For the second border you’ll need two 34.1/2″ lengths for the top and bottom and two 38.1/2″ lengths for the sides.  That completes the starstruck 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:

Christmas mug rug

Christmas mug rug

I’ve been trying to get some Christmas gifts made.  The starstruck quilt pattern would obviously lend itself to Christmas colours and it’s surprising how many other patterns can also be worked in Christmas colours.  I’ve been making some mug rugs using the star rug mug pattern.  I’ve quilted them with star embroidery around the stars for that extra festive touch.  Great for a small gift or for a charity stall.

There’s a Festive Gift exhibition on at the NEC this weekend and I’m torn between going there for gift inspiration or just sitting tight and getting on with my Christmas sewing!

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