An Easy Springtime Ribbon Star Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 08

    Meet the Springtime Ribbons Quilt

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    Springtime Ribbons Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Springtime Ribbons is an easy quilt pattern that was inspired by designs from a previous line of pink ribbon fabrics by Karen Neuburger. They are gorgeous fabrics, but probably no longer available at quilt shops. Make a pink ribbon quilt with other themed fabrics or change the look entirely by selecting different designs.

    Two traditional patchwork quilt blocks are used to create the quilt: Friendship Star and Spool. Both blocks are easy to assemble using quick piecing techniques, and both can be...MORE assembled in different ways. I've written the pattern instructions to reflect two assembly methods -- choose either Option 1 or Option 2 for each block.

    If you're a beginning quilter, I hope the options will help you develop an ability to analyze patchwork, a skill that will come in handy when you want to create a pattern of your own or make changes to a pattern written by another author.

    Option 1 (in both cases) assembles blocks from squares and half square triangle units. Option 2 (in both cases) assembles blocks from squares and quick-pieced units that are very much like traditional Flying Geese.

    Finished Quilt Size: 54" x 72"

    Finished Block Size: 9" x 9"

    Fabric choices and yardages are described on page 2. Would you like to make a miniature Springtime Ribbons Quilt? You'll find mini quilt instructions on the last page of this pattern.

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  • 02 of 08

    Choose Fabrics for the Springtime Ribbons Quilt

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    Friendship Star Block and Spool Block Used in the Springtime Ribbons Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

    It's always a good idea to begin any quilt pattern by cutting only enough fabric to make a sample of each block type.

    Look back at page 1 and you'll notice that the spools interact closely with the star blocks. Where the lighter areas of the spool butt up against the stars, the two interact to create a more expansive background. Because I wanted those areas to blend, with just a slight difference in value, the background fabric used for the star block is a small print that's only...MORE slightly darker in value than the lighter fabric used for the top and bottom of the Spool.

    The green edges of the spools touch alternating stars, creating more contrast and helping the secondary pattern emerge.

    You can choose from two different assembly options for each block, but yardages are the same.

    Dark Pink for stars and for outer border; assumes you will sew strips together to make long borders

    • 1-3/4 yards

    Buy slightly more, about 2 yards, and you'll have enough to cut one-piece lengthwise grain borders if you change other pink cutting instructions. Cut a 22" panel away from the fabric, parallel to the selvage, and set aside for borders. Plan to sew side borders to the quilt first (sewing borders to the top and bottom first would increase the length required for side borders).

    Cut strips for star points from remaining fabric, either on the lengthwise grain or by cutting additional, shorter strips to yield the number of squares outlined in Option 1 or 2.

    Closely spaced green/pink print for star block background and squares in middle of spools

    • 1-3/8 yards

    Pink/white print for Spool blocks

    • 1 yard

    Mottled spring green for Spool blocks

    • 1 yard

    Backing

    • 5 yards or about 70" x 86"

    Batting

    • About 70" x 86"

    Binding

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  • 03 of 08

    Option 1 for Friendship Star Quilt Blocks

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    OPTION 1: Assemble Friendship Star Quilt Blocks for the Springtime Ribbons Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Option 1: Friendship Star Quilt Blocks

    Option 1 uses squares and half square triangle units to assemble the Friendship Star quilt blocks. Cutting instructions assume you will use the easy sandwich method to make the units. If you choose another technique, alter cutting to suit (units finish at 3" x 3", and are 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" before sewing them into the block).

    Cutting Instructions

    • Cut (7) 3-1/2" green/pink print strips from selvage to selvage; cut (85) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"...MORE squares from the strips (you may need to cut an extra square from remaining yardage)
    • Cut (3) 3-7/8" green/pink print strips from selvage to selvage and (1) 3-7/8" x 16-1/2" strip; cut (34) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares from the strips
    • Cut (3) 3-7/8" dark pink print strips from selvage to selvage and (1) 3-7/8" x 16-1/2" strip; cut (34) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares from the strips

    Make 17 Friendship Star Quilt Blocks

    1. Pair a 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" green/pink square with a dark pink square of the same size. Use the easy sandwich method to create two half square triangle units from the pair. When complete, each unit should measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".
    2. Repeat, combining all 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" green/pink squares with the dark pink squares. Make a total of (68) half square triangle units.
    3. Arrange four half square triangle units and five 3-1/2" green/pink print squares into three rows as shown.
    4. Sew components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards the plain squares.
    5. Join the rows, matching seam intersections carefully. Press. The star quilt block should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
    6. Repeat to make a total of 17-star quilt blocks.
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  • 04 of 08

    Option 2 for Friendship Star Quilt Blocks

    Friendship Star Quilt Block Pattern
    OPTION 2: Assemble Friendship Star Quilt Blocks for the Springtime Ribbons Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Option 2: Friendship Star Quilt Blocks

    This option assembles Friendship Star quilt blocks that are made with four Flying Geese-like units and one center square. Geese units have a triangle on only one end of the rectangle.

    You'll sew the units together with the easy partial seams method.

    Cutting Instructions

    • Cut (5) 6-1/2" green/pink strips from selvage to selvage and (1) 6-1/2" x 29" strip; cut (68) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles from the strips
    • Cut (1) 3-1/2" green/pink...MORE strip from selvage to selvage and one 3-1/2" x 18" strip; cut (17) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips (if you like, use fabric that's leftover from cutting the shorter 6-1/2" wide strip for part of the squares)
    • Cut (5) 3-1/2" dark pink strips from selvage to selvage and cut another strip that measure 3-1/2" x 29"; cut (68) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips

    Make 17 Friendship Star Quilt Blocks

    1. Pair a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" dark pink square with a 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" print rectangle. Use the quick flying geese method to sew the square to one end of the rectangle, taking care to orient the seam as shown on this page.
    2. To reduce waste, sew a second seam about 1/4" on the opposite side of the line you drew for the initial "geese" seam. When you trim the corner from the square, you'll create a small half square triangle that can be used in another project. (Tip submitted by a member of our online quilting community.)

    3. Make a total of 68 rectangular units.
    4. Use the partial seams method to sew the four rectangular units around a 3-1/2" center square. Press the quilt block -- it should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
    5. Repeat to make a total of 17 Friendship Star quilt blocks.
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  • 05 of 08

    Option 1 for Spools Quilt Blocks

    spool quilt block pattern
    OPTION 1: Assemble Spool Quilt Blocks for the Springtime Ribbons Quilt. Janet Wickell

    This assembly option uses a combination of rotary cut squares and half square triangle units to complete the Spool quilt block.

    Cutting Instructions

    Mottled Spring Green

    • Cut (3) 3-1/2" x selvage width strips; cut (36) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips
    • Cut (3) 3-7/8" x selvage width strips and (1) 3-7/8" x 24" strip; cut (36) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares from the strips

    Green/pink print (same print used in star block)

    • Cut (1) 3-1/2" x selvage width strip and (1)...MORE 3-1/2" x 22" strip; cut (18) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips

    White/pink print

    • Cut (3) 3-1/2" x selvage width strips; cut (36) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips
    • Cut (3) 3-7/8" x selvage width strips and (1) 3-7/8" x 24" strip; cut (36) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares from the strips

    Make 18 Spool Quilt Blocks

    1. Pair a 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" green square with a white/pink square of the same size. Use the easy sandwich method to create two half square triangle units from the squares. When complete, each should measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".
    2. Repeat with remaining 3-7/8" squares to make a total of 72 identical half-square triangle units.
    3. Arrange four half square triangle units, two green squares, two white/pink squares and one green/pink square into three rows as illustrated.
    4. Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances in the top and bottom rows towards the square. Press seam allowances in the center row away from the center square.
    5. Sew rows together, matching seam intersections carefully. Press. The quilt block should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
    6. Repeat, making a total of 18 Spool quilt blocks.
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  • 06 of 08

    Option 2 for Spools Quilt Blocks

    spool quilt block pattern
    OPTION 2: Assemble Spool Quilt Blocks for the Springtime Ribbons Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Option 2: Spool Quilt Blocks

    The top and bottom rows of the Spool quilt block are assembled using the quick Flying Geese method. Completed units will look a little different than traditional geese units — triangles won't meet along one side of the rectangle as true geese do.

    White/pink print:

    • (3) 9-1/2" x selvage width strips; cut (36) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" bars from the strips

    Mottled Green:

    • (4) 3-1/2" x selvage width strips; cut (48) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips

    Green...MORE/print fabric: (fabric used for star backgrounds)

    • (1) 3-1/2" x selvage width strip and (1) 3-1/2" x 22" strip; cut (18) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the strips

    Make 18 Spool Blocks

    1. Pair two 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" green squares with a 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" print bar. Use the quick flying geese method to sew the squares to ends of the bar, taking care to orient the seams as shown on this page.
    2. Repeat to make a total of 36 identical units.
    3. Arrange two expanded geese units as illustrated for block rows 1 and 3, with a row made from two green squares and one green/pink square between them.
    4. Sew the squares in the middle row together. Press seam allowances towards the center square.
    5. Join all rows, matching edges carefully. Press. The quilt block should measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2".
    6. Repeat to make a total of 18 identical quilt blocks.
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  • 07 of 08

    Assemble the Springtime Ribbons Quilt

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    Arrange Spool and Friendship Star quilt blocks into rows. Janet Wickell

    Assemble the Springtime Ribbons Quilt

    1. Arrange quilt blocks into seven rows. Each row contains five alternating blocks:
      • Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 begin and end with a Spool block positioned with light spools oriented vertically.
      • Rows 2, 4 and 6 begin and end with a star block; spools are positioned with light spools oriented horizontally
    2. Sew blocks in each row together, carefully matching seam intersections. Press seam allowances towards the spool blocks.
    3. Join the rows, again carefully matching seam...MORE intersections. Press.
    4. Use 5" wide strips of dark pink fabric to make borders for the quilt. Beginners - don't be tempted to measure your quilt along its outer edges because it is likely skewed a bit. Borders are an opportunity to square it up before the finishing steps. ​Border Instructions
    5. Mark the top for quilting if necessary. Sandwich with batting and backing and baste. Quilt the quilt. Trim excess batting and backing and finish by applying the binding.
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  • 08 of 08

    Make a Miniature Springtime Ribbons Quilt

    Read option 1 (half square triangle version) for the Friendship Star and Spool blocks. Miniature blocks are assembled in the same way, but patch sizes differ.

    1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares are required to make half square triangle units that measure 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" (unfinished size). Since mini quilts require precise patchwork, I always use oversize squares to make units this small and then trim units back to the correct size after assembly. To do that, make sure you trim them back so...MORE that each color occupies exactly half of the unit, as explained in my article.

    Finished block size: 3" x 3" each

    Friendship Star Cutting Instructions

    • Cut (3) 1-1/2" green/pink print strips from selvage to selvage; cut (85) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares from the strips (you may need to cut an extra square from remaining yardage)
    • Cut (1) 1-7/8" green/pink print strips from selvage to selvage and (1) 1-7/8" x 27" strip; cut (34) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares from the strips
    • Cut (1) 1-7/8" dark pink print strips from selvage to selvage and (1) 1-7/8" x 27" strip; cut (34) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares from the strips

    Spool Cutting Instructions

    Mottled Green

    • Cut (1) 1-1/2" x selvage width strip and (1) 1-1/2" x 13" strip; cut (36) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares from the strips
    • Cut (1) 1-7/8" x selvage width strip and (1) 1-7/8" x 31" strip; cut (36) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares from the strips

    Green/pink print (also used in star block)

    • Cut (1) 1-1/2" x selvage width strip; cut (18) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares from the strip

    White/pink print

    • Cut (1) 1-1/2" x selvage width strip and (1) 1-1/2" x 13" strip; cut (36) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares from the strips
    • Cut (1) 1-7/8" x selvage width strip and (1) 1-7/8" x 31" strip; cut (36) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares from the strips

    Green/pink: 1/4 yard

    Deep pink: 4" wide x selvage scrap

    Mottled green: 1/4 yard

    White/pink: 1/4 yard

    Border: use 2" strips