You can read more about the above quilt in this post, but in a nutshell it’s made with Ruby Star Society basics fabrics in 6 very different and lovely colours.
Blue and Green Star Quilt Pattern
This next sample quilt was made from a more constrained palette based on blue and green.
I chose 12 different FQs from my stash in the range of cobalt blue, light blue, green and brown. The browns were all what I’d refer to as cool browns, meaning they have blue/cool undertones, rather than warm, orangey-yellow undertones. To tie it all together I went with a light tan linen for the background/sashing.
Once I’d cut all the FQs into the parts of the star blocks I had fun mixing them all up to create the individual block colour palettes.
Directional print fabric friendly
I have purposely written the cutting instructions so that directional print fabrics can be used in this pattern. That means all your pieces can have the print lined up the same way across the block. I know some people get a lot of satisfaction from that!
Quilt and bind as preferred
Once I’d finished this quilt top I sent it off to Lyn’s Quilt Cottage for some long-arm love. It came back looking fresh and modern with a honeycomb quilting pattern.
For backing I chose a run of extra wide yardage I purchased from IKEA in France in 2010. Yes, 2010. Ridiculous. This is why I keep writing stash busting patterns! This fabric did have a couple of fade lines, but nothing too bad. This is the main reason I’m keen to get my stash smaller – I’m worried fading will progress to a level that is very noticeable in a quilt.
I went with a scrappy binding for this one. There is enough width in the star FQ remnants to cut a binding strip, so it’s easy to cut a scrappy binding as you cut out your stars.
I planned on machine sewing this binding down with a zigzag stitch (as per this tutorial). When I grabbed the thread I needed from my rack I saw I only had half a bobbin of thread – not enough to make it all the way around with a zigzag.
I’ll be honest and say I was too lazy to wind another bobbin and decided to bind with a straight stitch instead. Sometimes by the time I get to the final steps of making a quilt I am just DONE with it and want it finished, stat. This was one of those times :)
Lazy Star Quilt Pattern
Hey, here’s a pattern hack for those who, like me, get lazy from time to time.
If you want a quick, pared down star quilt pattern you can simply just make the heart of each star block and leave out the background border and little stardust triangles. No sashing required either (although the blocks would also look great with some sashing).
The cutting instructions clearly show you which parts of your fabric create the individual parts of the star so you can easily only cut the star and block background parts (A + B).
These lazy little stars finish at 10″ and sew up very quickly. And like the proper pattern, there’s no point matching required so it’s easy, breezy sewing.
A lot of these fabrics were directional – you can see how neat it looks to have the print running the same way across the block.
You can use F8s to whip these up, so large scraps or partial FQs are also fair game. Just another option for using up leftover fabrics!
This version I sewed up here is a small baby quilt, finishing at approximately 30″ x 40″. Of course, you can just keep adding 10″ blocks to get to the size you want. It’s a really pretty option for a scrappy star quilt.
So there you have it! A blue and green version of the In The Stars quilt pattern and a little pattern hack as well. Good times :)
If you’d like to make your own quilt, you can find the pattern in my PDF Pattern Shop.