Beyond the Stars Quilt Pattern

Beyond the stars quilt

Beyond the stars quilt

The Beyond the Stars quilt is made using the quilt block of the same name.  It features attic windows blocks in the middle of the block – your window on the view beyond the stars.  I have tried to give the effect of fading away into space by using four different blues shading from light to dark as well as reducing the width of the borders.  I hope that you feel that I’ve achieved this!

The quilt measures 36″ by 56″ and I felt that it would be suitable for a small boy – well, for anyone really, but small boys tend to be a bit more difficult to choose a quilt pattern for.  I have used 1/4 yard of the orange fabric, 3/8 yard of white and the two darkest blues, with 3/4 yard of the lightest blue and 1/2 yard of the second lightest blue.  As usual, you can buy all these fabrics with a 10% discount as this week’s special offer.

Beyond the stars quilt block

Beyond the stars quilt block

Cutting requirements for the beyond the stars quilt

Orange fabric:  eight 4.7/8″ squares, eight 2.1/2″ squares

White fabric:  eight 4.1/2″ squares, eight 4.7/8″ squares

Blue One (lightest):  eight 2.1/2″ squares, eight 2.7/8″ squares, three 4.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ strips, two 4.1/2″ by 44.1/2″ strips

Blue Two:  two 3.1/2″ strips 24.1/2″ long, two 3.1/2″ strips 50.1/2″ long

Blue Three:  two 2.1/2″ strips 30.1/2″ long, two 2.1/2″ strips 54.1/2″ long

Blue Four (darkest):  eight 2.1/2″ squares, eight 2.7/8″ squares, two 1.1/2″ strips 34.1/2″ long, two 1.1/2″ strips 56.1/2″ long

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the beyond the stars quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares and with the 2.7/8″ squares.  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 half square triangles.  You will need these in orange and white and also in light blue/dark blue.

Layout of the middle of the block

Layout of the middle of the block

I think that it’s easier to look at the block if I show you the central section first.  This is a twelve patch using the smaller squares, making four attic windows units.  I did try out one of the blues within the attic windows to suggest outer space, but it didn’t look right, so I went with the same orange as used in the rest of the star.

The dark blue signifies the side of the attic window, the light blue signifies the window ledge and the orange is the window itself.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Full quilt block layout

Full quilt block layout

Now it’s easier to see the outer frame which is the main part of the star.  There’s a white square in each corner and a pair of orange/white half square triangles along each edge of the central section.  Note that these are placed so that the white triangles are placed together to form a larger white triangle pointing in towards the middle.

Make three columns

Make three columns

Sew the two triangles above and below the central section together and sew them to the central section to form one column.

Sew the squares on either side together to form a column on either side of the central section.  Sew these three columns together to complete the beyond the stars quilt block.

Make two of these.

Sew light blue strips all round the blocks

Sew light blue strips all round the blocks

Assembling the beyond the stars quilt

Sew a 16.1/2″ light blue strip between the two quilt blocks and another on the top and bottom of the blocks.  Sew a 44.1/2″ strip to either side so that the blocks are now completely enclosed in light blue fabric.  Check that the blocks are facing the right way, with the dark blue on the left of the attic windows units.

That was the first border.  The second border is made using 3.1/2″ strips of the next darkest blue fabric.  Sew a 24.1/2″ length to the top and bottom and a 50.1/2″ length to each side.

First three quilt borders

First three quilt borders

For the third quilt border, use 2.1/2″ strips of the next darkest fabric (blue three).  Sew lengths of 30.1/2″ to the top and bottom and then sew 54.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

Finally for the fourth border I have used 1.1/2″ strips of the darkest blue – two lengths of 34.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 56.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the beyond the stars 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:

Spring has arrived at last and we are forecast to have a lovely mild weekend.  On Monday I’m going to view an embroidery machine that a friend is selling – I’ve never used one before so that will be a real treat.

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  1. I am new to your website and blog. Thank you for sharing such pleasant conversations. The current block is beautiful and can also be masculine as some of your followers have noted. May I use it in a charity quilt? Please let me know. Thank you. Vicky W., California, USA.

    • Hi Vicky. Thanks for your kind comments. You are most welcome to use the design for a charity quilt. If anyone asks, I’d appreciate if you could credit me with the design. Thanks.

      • Julie Cook says:

        Dear Rose,
        If I’m not too late to comment on the Beyond the Stars Quilt, I’d like to say how much I love it. I have a 5-year-old grandson, and think that when he’s grown out of his Thomas the Tank quilt, he might like this more grown-up design. I’ve printed out the pattern, and put it carefully away for future use. Thanks again for your inspiring designs – keep them coming!
        Julie Cook

        • Thanks, Julie. Not too late – always good to hear from you. I thought that this would be useful for boys – they are more difficult to make quilts for, aren’t they.

  2. Love this quilt Rose. I always liked the look of attic windows but it seemed so hard. Now I won’t be so worried.

  3. Hello Rose from Vj in Moore, OK, USA. This is my first time to chime in on your blog. I love it and the beautiful patterns you give us. We just had 3 inches of snow here Wednesday, and now it has all melted and are looking to a sunny weekend. An embroidery machine is so much fun. I think you will enjoy it. You have a great weekend.

    • Thanks for your comments, Vj. I think I could cope with snow if it came and went as quickly as yours did! I’m looking forward to trying out the embroidery machine. I’ve seen them working at quilt shows, but have never stopped and had a try for myself.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt ,love the colours. Tried to comment on last week’s quilt which was another great one as usual but was rejected twice. Love the 3D illusion. Still working on my big quilt It grew to a king size instead of a queen size. I too love walking in the forest and listening to the trees. We had a sunny day today but I don’t think Spring is on the way yet in PA. Our temp this morning was -1, although it did get up to 23. This winter will pass and I hope it hurries out of here soon.
    Have a nice weekend and enjoy your walk in the Forest.

    • Thanks, Sandra. Sorry if you’ve had problems commenting. There seem to have been some problems last week, with some people unable to access the pattern. With my limited computer knowledge I haven’t been able to work out what the problem was. If we had temperatures of 23 here I think we would call it high summer!

  5. I love this block, I have been quilting for many years, progressing from the simple to the not so simple. Am always looking for new ideas. Especially for my grandsons of which I have 5. We’ll be in England for the month of June, looking forward to seeing and doing things both old and new. Keep up the good work. Weather here in Qld, Australia, has been extremely hot with temps in the mid to high 30 ‘ s ( Celsius), in some parts in the high 40’s – we need rain badly- this is our Cyclone season here in tropical Qld, which usually brings lots of rain.

    • Thanks, Julie. I hope you have a wonderful trip to England in June. With any luck our weather will be good by then – probably a relief from the very high temperatures you have at the moment. I think I would wilt if it was as hot as that here.

  6. Rose, Love the 3D effect in this block. Thank you for the tutorials which are so
    well presented. Enjoy your walk in the Forest of Dean.
    I’m curios to know how is your “relationship” with Minnie?

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Mary. Haven’t had much time with Minnie as there has been so much else going on these past few months. Now that I have finished sorting out my father’s things I’m hoping to be able to do some more quilting.

  7. Rose,
    What a beautiful quilt. Love the colors. Hope someday I can make this. Have a great weekend.

  8. Hi Rose,
    I like your quilt, Rose. It’ll will be a saver especially since I have 5 nephews under the age of 10.

    I’m one up on you as far as an embroidery machine goes. I bought a Janome 300E Model 8 years ago and sold it last year. I still have all the thread and memory cards stored away somewhere just using up space. Let me know If your friend is selling the same model and I’ll be more than happy to send you the (8 in all) memory cards.

    More snow here this week but weather predictions are for a sunny weekend. Phew!

    • Thanks, Claire. That’s really kind of you. I don’t even know what make it is that I’ll be looking at – I just rather like the idea of being able to embellish projects with embroidery.

  9. Hi Rose love patterns you produce. Thank you. You give me inspiration. Like you I have recently been to Spain and took lots of photos of tiles, walls etc for ideas. Have you been to Alhambra Palace in Granada? Beautiful intricate patterns – you would love it. Have a nice time at Forest of Dean.

    • Thanks, Dianne. I’m always on the lookout for good places to go for inspiration. I’ll add Granada to my list.

  10. Rose, I love your blog and the step by step guide’s to making quilts. I am a novice quilt maker (very much so) I am just starting my first quilt. Keep posting

  11. Michele says:

    Great depth! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Great quilt blocks Rose. I love the colors and that it is made with triangles and squares.
    I will have to give this a try. Thanks again

    • Thanks, Kay. It’s quite a quick quilt to make – the multiple borders help it to grow quickly.

      • Jo Williams says:

        Nice quilt block, I am going to do this quilt, like the colors. Always enjoy your quilt block tutorial.
        I also love walking in the woods especially during spring mushroom time. Here in Indiana we hunt mushrooms around the middle of April for about 3 weeks.
        It was zero this morning so we will not be walking outside for a while. They have promised us 60 degree weather in a few days. Winter should end soon.
        Enjoy your walk

        • Thanks, Jo. I’ve never been confident enough to pick mushrooms. I had a lovely walk in a local woodland this afternoon, just soaking up the sights and sounds.

  13. Debra Friendly (Canada) says:

    Rose – What a lovely pattern and I can see me going wild with colours. I have a ‘collection’ of star and outer space fabric which, I think, would be useful.
    Unfortunately, the “print friendly” button isn’t working for me. I’ll save it to my favourites in case you can fix it.

    • Hi Debra. Glad you like the quilt. Sorry about the print friendly button. I’ll have a look and see if I can find an obvious problem. I’m not the greatest at sorting out computer hiccups!

  14. chris storzbach says:

    I love this quilt, I may even give it a go. We here in the Pacific Northwest are having an early spring with the temps. expected to be in the 70’s by tomorrow. It’s wonderful, but we do so need rain and more importantly, we need snow in the mountains, otherwise, we will be in for a very long hot summer and that usually means forest fires.

    • Hi Chris. We are also having great weather at the moment, but we certainly don’t lack rain. I’ve just been walking in some local woodlands and the ground is still very soggy.

  15. Estelle says:

    Hi Rose,
    Love your quilts and website.

    I’ve only been to England once, and loved it, so now when you say you’re going somewhere like Forest of Dean, I take a look at it on the computer….beautiful! I’m touring England through your posts! Hope to go back some day….Estelle from Maine, USA where quilting is VERY popular!

    • Hi Estelle. I love walking in forests – the wind in the trees always sounds like running water. Quilting seems to be very popular all across the USA – and who can wonder! I get so much pleasure from my quilting.

  16. Mary woolley says:

    Dear Rose I am always amazed at all your lovely quilts thank you so much
    Welsh mary in yorkshire x

    • Thanks, Mary. I must head up to Yorkshire soon – I see that the exhibition at the Quilt Museum in York is changing in May, so I really must get up there this month or next.

  17. Hi Rose, The quilt you have done this week is really lovely and yes, it would be nice for a small boy even my big boy Roger would like me make one for him as a lap quilt! It’s like a 3 D effect. Have a good weekend. Jean

    • Hi Jean. I feel that that’s praise indeed if Roger would like that quilt! Next time you have a few moments to spare …..

  18. Dear Rose – yet another very attractive pattern. I love the colours and the pattern. Thank you. The first outline in blue does look pale enough but I will have to have another look at those you have got for sale first. all best Janny