Medallion Bethlehem Star Quilt Pattern

Bethlehem Star quilt pattern

Bethlehem Star quilt pattern

Using the Bethlehem Star quilt block for this week’s quilt seemed appropriate for this time of year – and it is a lovely block.  I have used it as the central medallion and then surrounded it with a circle of smaller stars.  I love the way it has turned out.

The quilt measures 46″ square, using 1 yard each of dark blue and floral fabrics, 3/4 yard each of medium blue and light blue, with 1/2 yard of white fabric.  The floral fabric counts as a light or medium fabric – altogether for the quilt I used four blues and one white fabric.  These fabrics are available in kit form in this week’s special offerI am also holding my first ever Black Friday sale – details at the bottom of the page.




Completed Bethlehem Star quilt block

Completed Bethlehem Star quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Bethlehem Star quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  four dark blue, twelve medium blue

3.7/8″ squares:  eight each in medium blue and white, six each in dark blue and white, four each in light blue and white, four each in medium blue and light blue, two each in medium blue and dark blue

2.1/2″ squares:  twenty medium blue, eighty light blue

2.7/8″ squares:  forty each in medium blue and light blue

6.1/2″ squares:  four floral

For border one you will need to cut three 3.1/2″ strips of floral fabric across the width of fabric

For border three you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric across the width of fabric.

Half square triangles

Half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides togethr 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 allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  For the second border you will need half square triangles made in the same way using the 2.7/8″ squares.

Make a pinwheel

Make a pinwheel

Make the Bethlehem Star quilt block

I am building this block up from the middle to make it clear.  So begin with a four patch pinwheel of dark blue/medium blue half square triangles.

Next frame

Next frame

Now add a pair of dark blue/medium blue half square triangles on each edge of the central square.  Place these so that the white triangles together form larger white triangles pointing towards the middle.

Add the corners

Add the corners

Add a medium blue/white half square triangle in each corner.  Place these so that the blue is always on the outside, white on the inside.

Third frame of the block

Third frame

Third frame

For the third frame of squares, begin with two medium blue 3.1/2″ squares in the middle of each edge.  Add a medium blue/floral half square triangle at each end of the squares.  Place these so that the floral triangles lie against the blue squares.

Add the corners

Add the corners

Now add a medium blue square in each corner.  In order to check that your triangles are placed correctly look at the larger shapes.  You have a star in the middle surrounded by white triangles.  In each corner the medium blue square and two triangles form an envelope shape pointing away from the middle.

Fourth frame of the block

Fourth frame

Fourth frame

Begin the fourth frame with a pair of medium blue/white half square triangles in the middle of each edge.  Place these so that the blue triangles form a larger blue triangle pointing away from the middle.  On either side of these lay a floral/white half square triangle.  Place them so that the white triangles form two larger white triangles pointing towards the middle on each edge.  Please note that I have mis placed the floral/white half square triangle on the left of the bottom row – as you can see the two white triangles there do not form a larger white triangle.  It seems really obvious now, but I didn’t notice it at the time.

Add the corners

Add the corners

Finally add the corner sections of this frame. – a dark blue square with two dark blue/white half square triangles in each corner.  Place them so that they form a large dark blue triangle across the corners.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the Bethlehem Star quilt block.  It measures 24.1/2″ square at this stage and you just need to make the one.

Press the seam allowances open

Press the seam allowances open

As there are so many triangles, the seams can be quite bulky, so I pressed the seam allowances open as much as I could.

First border

First border

Add the first border

I have used 3.1/2″ strips of floral fabric for this border.  You need two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the top and bottom together with two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the sides.

Make the second border

I have used simple star blocks for this border.  It is obviously more work than just using strips of fabric, but it does provide a lovely circle of stars around the central block.

Star layout

Star layout

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a medium blue square in the middle and a light blue square in each corner.  Place the half square triangles in the remaining spaces.  Check the photo to make sure that these are placed correctly.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  The block now measures 6.1/2″ square and you need to make twenty of them.

Sew stars to the top and bottom of the quilt

Sew stars to the top and bottom of the quilt

Sew the stars together in four rows of five stars each.

Add one row to the top of the quilt and one to the bottom.

Add the side borders

Add the side borders

Sew a 6.1/2″ floral square to each end of the remaining two rows of stars.  Sew one strip to each side of the quilt.

Third border

Third border

Add the third border

I have framed the Bethlehem Star quilt with a simple border of 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Bethlehem Star quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

https://youtu.be/cEX-nJdMMgQ

This week I am holding my first Black Friday sale ever.  I am offering a 20% discount – the most that I have ever offered! – on all orders over £6.  There is no coupon required:  the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.  To take a look click here.

 

Royal Liver Building

Royal Liver Building

And I have also been on my travels again.  You can see my photos of Liverpool by clicking here or you can click on the photo.

Tulip Tile Medallion Quilt Pattern

Tulip tile medallion quilt

Tulip tile medallion quilt

I’ve used the Tulip Tile quilt block to make a medallion in the middle of this pretty summery quilt pattern.  The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 1 yard each of white and green fabrics with 3/4 yard of pink, 1/2 yard of batik and 1/4 yard of dark purple fabric.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  I am also holding a belated sale – I normally hold this particular one in May, but didn’t have time last month.  So you can get 16% off all purchases over £5.  No coupon required – the discount will be taken automatically at the checkout.




Completed tulip tile medallion

Completed tulip tile medallion

Cutting requirements for the tulip tile medallion quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  for the tulip tile quilt medallion you will need twenty four purple, twenty four white, four pink and two green.  For the tulip frame you will need twenty four pink, twenty four batik squares.

3.7/8″ squares:  for the tulip tile quilt medallion you will need one each in pink and white, one each in batik and white, one each in pink and batik, two each in pink and green.  For the tulip frame you will need twenty four each in pink and white.

Cut seven 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric across the width of fabric for the two green frames.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles 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 allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Strip piece the squares

Strip piece the tiles

Strip piece the tiles

The quickest way to make the tiles around the central tulip is by using strip piecing.  Sew together a 3.1/2″ strip each of purple and white.  Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals.  This gives you rectangles 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ which are pairs of squares.  Using these speeds up the piecing of the central section.

First four rows

First four rows

Make the tulip tile quilt block

This block is made with eight rows of eight squares.  I’ve shown them four rows at a time.

Rows one and two are made with four pairs of purple/white squares.  The first row begins with a purple square while the second row begins with a white square.  In row three there’s a pair of purple/white square at each end.  In the middle there are two pink/white and two batik/white half square triangle units.  The fourth row also has a pair of purple/white squares at each end, but there are two pink squares and two pink/batik half square triangles in the middle of the row.

Second half of block

Second half of block

In the second half of the block rows five and six each have a pair of purple/white squares at each end.  Row five contains two pink squares and two pink/green half square triangles in the middle.  Place two green squares and two pink/green half square triangles in the middle of row six.

Lay four pairs of purple/white squares in both row seven and row eight.  Row seven begins with purple while row eight begins with white.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the tulip tile medallion quilt block.  This measures 24.1/2″ square.

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Cut 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric for this first frame.  You’ll need two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the sides.  The medallion now measures 30.1/2″ square.

Make the mini tulips

Mini tulip blocks

Mini tulip blocks

For the next frame I have chosen to use mini tulip blocks.  These are what I normally refer to as rosebud shapes, but for today I’m calling them tulip shapes!

Place two pink/white half square triangles diagonally opposite each other with the pink triangles touching at the middle to form a butterfly shape.  On the other diagonal place a pink square and a batik square.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  This four patch block now measures 6.1/2″ square.  Make twenty four of these.

Sew together rows of tulips

Sew together rows of tulips

Add the tulip frame

Sew the tulip blocks together in two rows of five blocks and two rows of seven blocks.  You can choose which way you’d like to sew them together.  I have chosen to have all the tulips facing in the same direction.  They form a circuit around the medallion block.

I toyed with the idea of alternating the blocks to make zig zag shapes, but it didn’t look right to me because there are an odd number of blocks along each edge.

Sew the two rows of five blocks to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Then sew the two rows of seven blocks to the sides.  The quilt now measures 42.1/2″ square.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the tulip tile medallion quilt border

Lastly for the final border I have used the same 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the tulip tile medallion quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

Quilting fabrics

Quilting fabrics

I mentioned my fabric sale at the top of the page.  Just to repeat myself – I’m offering a discount of 16% on all sales over £5.  Click here to take a look at my quilting shop.

Starbright Medallion Quilt Pattern

Starbright medallion quilt

Starbright medallion quilt

The Starbright Medallion quilt uses the starbright quilt block for the central medallion, surrounded by three different borders.  In case you hadn’t come across the term before, a medallion quilt is simply one that is built up with frames around the centrepiece (the medallion) so you are working from the middle outwards rather than sewing blocks together in rows, which is more common.

The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 1/2 yard of red fabric with 1 yard each of blue, turquoise and white fabrics.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the starbright medallion quilt

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen white, eight blue

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in turquoise and white, four each in blue and turquoise, twelve each in blue and white

2.1/2″ squares:  ninety six turquoise, twenty four red

2.7/8″ squares:  forty eight red, forty eight turquoise

For border 1 you will need four 3.1/2″ white strips cut across the width of fabric

For border 3 you will need five 3.1/2″ blue strips cut across the width of fabric

Making block 1 for the starbright quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

The medallion area is most easy to make in four quarters.  For this you will need to make two each of two different but similar blocks.

First block for the medallion

First block for the medallion

Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows of four.  There are three white squares in the top right hand corner.  One diagonal is made with white, blue, white, blue squares.  The rest of the block is half square triangles.  These are always placed so that the white triangles are together, forming larger white triangles pointing away from the edge.  Look for the larger shapes:  two triangles together forming a stripe of either blue or turquoise, two rosebud shapes formed with a blue square and two blue triangles.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  You need to make two of this block.

Layout for second block

Layout for second block

Making block 2 for the starbright block

This block uses exactly the same pieces as the block above, but just arranged differently to form a mirror image of the first block.  This time the three white squares are on the top left hand side of the block and the diagonal of squares runs from top left to bottom right.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make two of this block.

Assembling the medallion

Layout for the medallion

Layout for the medallion

Arrange the four blocks in two pairs.  Place block one in the top right and bottom left with block 2 in the top left and bottom right.  Rotate the blocks so that the three white squares are always in the corner of the medallion, with the blue squares nearest the middle.

Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the starbright quilt block.  You’ve probably noticed that this is very similar to the Carpenters Wheel quilt block – there are quite a number of blocks with very similar layouts to this.

At this stage the medallion should measure 24.1/2″ square.

Add the first border

Add the first border

First border

For the first border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of white fabric.  You will need two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the sides.  I wanted to have this white border to ensure that the central area stood out and didn’t blend into the borders.

Second border

For the second border I have used a simple star design.

Make half square triangles as above with all the 2.7/8″ squares.

Star block layout

Star block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out in three rows of three.  There’s a 2.1/2″ red square in the middle and a turquoise square in each corner.  Check the photo to see which way to place the half square triangles to get the star shape.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make twenty four of this block.

Add the second border

Add the second border

Sew the stars together in two strips of five stars and two strips of seven stars.

Sew the five star strips to the top and bottom of the quilt and sew the seven star strips to the sides.

Add the third border

Add the third border

Starbright medallion quilt – third border

For the third border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of the blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the starbright medallion 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:

Statue of Liberty, New York

Statue of Liberty, New York

Last week I promised you some images from my American holiday and my niece’s wedding.  You can find them here – or click on the photo.

Now if I could just persuade my body to work to UK sleep patterns rather than American ones …….