Free Pattern: The Sweet Star Quilt
This is a quilt that I started working on last year. I wanted to get it out as soon as Garden Variety fabric came out but things got busy and then I was making Christmas gifts like mad so it was set aside. I am SO excited to finally share this quilt and the pattern. I really want to make a few more of these. In my mind, I'm seeing it in solids...aquas to be exact. I'm seeing it in patriotic colors. I am seeing it in Christmas colors. Seriously, I could go on forever. I'm hoping some of you will make it so I can see how you make it in your own style!
As with my other patterns, I wrote this in the size that I was looking for BUT you can easily change it to suit you. Making just 4 blocks with the border, would be a great baby quilt. You can add and subtract blocks to get it to be the size YOU want it to be. And, I made a few pillows with it using just one block and they turn out amazing.
Post your progress and finished quilt on Instagram, I’d love to see! Tag me @jessicadayon and use the hashtags- #sweetstarquilt #jessicadayonpatterns
Finished Quilt Size: 84” x 84”
Finished Block Size: 18”
18 fat quarters
3¾ yards White Background Fabric
1 yard Border fabric
5½ yards Backing
¾ yards Binding
The Warm Company Warm 100 Queen Size Batting, 90” x 110”
*The exact fabrics with SKU numbers that I used for making this quilt are inside in the PDF on the 2nd to last page.
Read through the instructions before beginning
All seams are sewn with ¼” seam allowance unless noted
RST means right sides together
HST means half square triangles
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The diagram below shows the placement of each color in the quilt block. This makes it easier to visualize where each fabric goes so you know and also in case you want to make color substitutions.
I have made each of the blocks in this quilt using 3 similar colors. The block below shows you the layout for the colors.
-cut 11- 3½” by WOF strips;
-subcut into 3½” squares (you’ll get 12 per strip), 128 needed
-cut 11- 6½” by WOF strips;
-subcut into 6½” x 3½” rectangles (you’ll get 12 per strip), 128 needed
-cut 8- 2½” by WOF strips;
-set aside for the border
From your fat quarters,
-choose 16 fabrics to be the inner stars and from each cut 1- 6½” square and 8- 3½” squares.
-choose 16 fabrics to be the outer geese and from each cut 8- 3½” squares.
-choose 16 fabrics to be the four patches and from each cut 8- 3½” squares.
Navy Border Fabric-
-cut 8- 4½” by WOF strips;
-set aside for the border
-cut 9- 2½” by WOF strips;
-use to make binding
For one block, you will need the following:
-8- 3½” background squares
-8- 3½” x 6½” background rectangles
-1- 6½” Color A square
-8- 3½” Color A squares
-8- 3½” Color B squares
-8- 3½” Color C squares
Make 8- Stitch and Flip flying geese.
Gather the 8- 3½” x 6½” background rectangles, 8- 3½” Color A squares, and 8- 3½” Color B squares.
Repeat with the remaining background rectangles, Color A squares, and Color B squares. You will end up with 8 flying geese.
Take the flying geese units that you just made and pair a Color A unit and a Color B unit. Sew them together as shown below.
Make 4- four patches. Gather the 8- 3.5” background squares and the 8- 3.5” Color C squares.
Sew one colored piece to one background piece and press the seam allowance to the color, shown below.
Sew the two piece units together to make a 4 patch, shown below. You will end of with 4- four patches.
Lay the block out as shown below and assemble. Sew the top row together, sew the middle row together, and sew the bottom row together. Then sew the top row and bottom row to the middle row.
The unfinished block should measure 18.5”. Repeat so that you have a total of 16 blocks.
QUILT TOP ASSEMBLY
Sew 4 blocks to make a row. Sew 4 rows together to make the quilt top.
Piece 2- 2.5” x WOF background pieces together, end to end, to yield a 2.5” x 86” piece. Repeat three more times. Use two of these pieces as the top and bottom borders. Trim the border pieces to exactly fit the quilt. Take the remaining two border pieces and sew these on as the left and right borders. Trim the border pieces to exactly fit the quilt.
Piece 2- 4.5” x WOF navy pieces together, end to end, to yield a 2.5” x 86” piece. Repeat three more times. Use two of these pieces as the top and bottom borders. Trim the border pieces to exactly fit the quilt. Take the remaining two border pieces and sew these on as the left and right borders. Trim the border pieces to exactly fit the quilt.
FINISHING THE QUILT
Baste, quilt, and bind the quilt using your preferred methods.
Bind the quilt using your preferred method.
Here is mine--
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