01 of 08
Meet My Ugly Little Star Quilt
This small quilt is called What Was I Thinking, for obvious reasons. Muddled divisions between patches, for one, and the quilt's color combination -- let's just say it's interesting. The outer border is too narrow.
It's bad enough that I designed the quilt -- I use the "d" word loosely here -- but I actually finished the quilt. I quilted it. I bound it. I put a sleeve on the back of it. What was I thinking?
Technically the quilt is okay. The seams match and points are... pretty good -- it's just ugly. But, I think the pattern has lots of potential if you choose colors and color values more wisely than I did.
My quilt would have looked better better if I hadn't used that busy pink print in the Snowballs. That one change would make a world of difference (but others changes would help, too).
So here's a challenge. Rescue this ugly quilt and use my quilt as an example of what not to do.
- Choose fabrics with better contrast.
- Avoid using so many busy prints.
- Make that outer border a little wider.
- I'm switching off to Christmas colors for the illustrations, so that I can get this quilt out of my head.
Block Size: 10" finished
Quilt Size: 41-1/2" square
Star Block Quilting Fabrics
- Light for background: 3/4 yard
- Medium for squares between star tips: 3/16 yard
- Medium dark for nine patch: 1/4 yard
- Dark warm for star tips: 1/4 yard
Snowball Block Quilting Fabrics
- Medium light for centers: 1/3 yard
- Medium dark for corners
Continue to 2 of 8 below.
- Dark inner border: 1/3 yard
- Medium outer border: 5/8 yard
- Backing: 1-1/4 yard
- Binding: 178 running inches
- Batting: 43" x 43" piece thin batting
02 of 08
Star Quilt Cutting Instructions
Cutting the Star BlocksLight Background Fabric
- Twenty 2-1/2" squares
- Twenty 2-7/8" squares*
- One 2-1/2" x 27" strip
Two 2-1/2" x 13-1/2" strips
Medium Fabric for Squares Between Star Tips
- Twenty 2-1/2" squares
Medium Dark for Nine Patch Units
- Two 2-1/2" x 27" strips
- One 2-1/2" x 13-1/2" strip
Dark Warm Fabric for Star Tips
- Twenty 2-7/8" squares*
Cutting the Snowball BlocksMedium Light Fabric
- Four 10-1/2" squares
Medium Dark Cool Fabric
- Twenty 2-1/2"... squares
Dark Fabric, Inner Border
- Four 1-3/4" x 42" strips
Medium Fabric, Outer Border
- Four 5" strips (will be 1" wider than my outer border)
* Read instructions before cutting the 2-7/8 squares. If you prefer, use another method to make the 2-1/2" triangle squares.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Sew the Star Block Components
Make the Triangle Square UnitsEach star block has eight triangle square units that are made by sandwiching the 2-7/8" dark warm squares with the light background squares of the same size. Pairs are sewn together with two diagonal seams, then cut apart to create two triangle squares. Use my easy triangle square instructions to make the units, then press seam allowances towards the dark triangle. Each unit should measure 2-1/2" square.
Assemble the Nine Patch Strip Sets
Continue to 4 of 8 below.
- Sew a 2-1/2" x... 27" medium-dark strip to each side of a light background strip of the same length. Press seam allowances toward the darker strips. Square up one end of the strip set and cut ten 2-1/2" segments from it.
- Sew a 2-1/2" x 13-1/2" light background strip to each side of a medium dark strip of the same length. Press seam allowances towards the darker strip. Square up one end of the strip set and cut five 2-1/2" segments from it.
- Sew two segments from Step 1 to a Step 2 segment, matching seams carefully. Press seam allowances towards the center row. Repeat to make a total of five nine patch units.
04 of 08
Assemble the Star Quilt Blocks
Star Block Assembly
Continue to 5 of 8 below.
- Arrange one nine patch unit, eight star tips, four 2-1/2" background squares and four of the 2-1/2" squares that go between star tips into sections as shown in the left drawing above.
- Sew the components of each of the four outer rows together. Press seam allowances towards the squares.
- Sew the shorter, vertical rows to opposite sides of the nine patch unit, center drawing above. Press seam allowances towards the nine patch.
- Sew the top and bottom rows to the block, right... drawing above. Press seam allowances towards the nine patch.
- Repeat to make a total of five star blocks.
05 of 08
Assemble Snowball Quilt Blocks for the Star Quilt
Making the Snowball Blocks
Continue to 6 of 8 below.
- Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of each 2-1/2" square reserved for Snowball blocks.
- Place a marked square right side down at the corner of a Snowball background square, aligning edges carefully. Sew a seam on the marked line. Repeat, sewing squares to remaining corners.
- Press the seams flat, just as they were sewn. Use scissors or rotary cutting equipment to trim back the excess layers at Snowball corners, leaving about 1/4" for a seam allowance.
- Press the... seam allowances away from the corners.
- Make three more Snowball blocks.
06 of 08
Assemble the Star Quilt Rows
Assemble the Star Quilt
Continue to 7 of 8 below.
- Arrange the Star blocks and Snowball blocks in three rows as shown above. Begin the top row with a star block and alternate blocks from row to row.
- Sew the blocks in each row together. Press seam allowances towards the Snowball blocks.
- Sew the rows together. Press seam allowances towards the center row.
07 of 08
Sew the Borders and Finish the Star Quilt
Add the Quilt Borders
Refer to Sewing Straight Borders to cut and sew borders to the quilt. Use the 1-3/4" x 42" strips for inner borders and the 5" x 42" strips for outer borders. You should be able to sew a border from each strip--with no piecing.
Finishing the QuiltSandwich the top with batting and backing and quilt. Bind the quilt and add a hanging sleeve if desired.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
On Point Layout Option
You'll need to make four extra star blocks for this layout, and cut corner and setting triangles for the quilt's outer edges.
Setting triangles: cut two 15-3/8" squares, then cut each one twice diagonally to produce a total of eight triangles with the fabric's straight grain running parallel to the long edges.
Corner triangles: cut two 8" squares, then cut each one in half once diagonally to produce a total of four triangles with the fabric's straight grain running parallel... to the short edges.
If you make this little quilt I'd love to put a picture of it in Online Quilt Show. Just send me the details.