The Star and Squares quilt is just as the name describes. I’ve formed a large star in the middle with a pattern of squares in the corners. These are shaded so that they form a blue diamond around the star. I have used nine 15″ finished size blocks and the quilt measures 49″ square. The quilt required 1 yard each of blue and green with 1.1/4 yards of white fabric.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer. I should add that for the green I have used a green metallic fabric that I think is really pretty.

### Cutting requirements for the star and squares quilt

8.3/8″ squares: ten blue, ten green

3.7/8″ squares: ten blue, ten green

3.1/2″ squares: sixteen green, sixteen blue, forty eight white

For the binding you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ white strips across the width of fabric.

### Make the half square triangle units

Use both the 8.3/8″ and the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a blue and a green square with right sides together and mark a line along one diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are either 3.1/2″ square or 7.7/8″ square.

### Make the first block

Use four of the large half square triangles to create the central block. I have used the simplest method of creating a diamond in a square block. Place them in two pairs with the blue triangles in the middle.

Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other. The block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make just one.

### Make the second block

For the second block I have used the same four large half square triangles but arranged them differently. This time the blue triangles form larger blue triangles pointing towards the middle while the green triangles also form larger green triangles, also pointing towards the middle. As before, sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other. This block also measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

### Make the squares block

For the corner blocks I have used a simple design of alternating squares, but I have shaded them so that the block is shaded blue in one half and shaded green in the other half. The diagonal itself uses blue/green half square triangles.

The block consists of five rows of five squares. I would recommend placing the half square triangles along the diagonal first and then adding blue and white to one side of the diagonal with green and white on the other side of the diagonal. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

At this stage the block measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

### Assemble the star and squares quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. For row one place a squares block at each end with the blue section nearest the middle and the green section forming the top corners of the quilt. In the middle place one of the second blocks, laying it so that the blue triangles are vertical and the green triangles are horizontal.

In row two you need the diamond in a square block in the middle with a triangles block at each end. Lay these so that the blue triangles are horizontal and the green triangles are vertical.

Row three is similar to row one, but the corner blocks are placed slightly differently. The green triangles still form the quilt corners and the blue triangles still point towards the middle, but the diagonals move inwards now to complete the overall diamond in the background of the star – that was my intention anyway!

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

### Add the quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric for the border. You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the star and squares 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:

When travelling north on the motorway I have often seen signs for Shugborough Hall. Last time I went to Fabric Freedom I made a detour so that I could visit it. To see my photos click here or click on the photo.

This week has been busy even by my standards. I have been making a very large quilt for my appearance on the Sewing Quarter this morning. It’s a gorgeous quilt, but it certainly took some time. Then Fabric Freedom asked me to make some sample quilts for them, so I have been very busy. After my two craft stalls this weekend I think I will need a day of quiet reading to recover!