I have a fun, modern star quilt pattern for you today – it’s called In The Stars. (I know, I’m getting really imaginative with these titles. It seriously is the hardest part of making a quilt pattern – choosing the name.)
I’m excited about this star quilt pattern for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it’s a fat quarter friendly quilt pattern
I’m really keen to reduce my stash and I know plenty of you are too! Fat quarters must surely be the most hoarded fabric cut of all, so it makes sense for a stash busting quilt to make use of them.
It’s pretty easy to figure out how many fat quarters you’ll need – it’s one per star. So my baby size In The Stars you see here with its 12 blocks used 12 FQs. In this case (because I had half yards on hand) I used 2 FQs of 6 different colours rather than 12 different FQs.
Secondly, it’s a mix and match quilt pattern
The instructions take you through cutting all the pieces of a star block from one fat quarter. Once you’ve done that for all your fat quarters you can have fun mixing and matching to create individual star colour palettes. This is definitely my favourite part of the whole process.
Thirdly, there are no points to match
No, that’s not a typo. There are stars here, stars there, stardust triangles flying out everywhere and none of those points need to be matched. That’s not a coincidence – that’s me not needing an ounce more stress in my life than is necessary at the moment. I really didn’t feel like having to fuss around too much with this one.
The pattern has instructions for 5 sizes:
- baby: 42½” x 55½”
- throw: 55½” x 68½”
- twin: 68½” x 94½”
- queen: 94½” x 94½”
- king: 107½” x 94½”
I’ve sewn up the baby size here – 12 blocks. I chose plain old white for the background fabric and some gorgeous fabrics from Ruby Star Society for my stars. You can find these Ruby Star Society Spark basics fabric here on Etsy* and also at the Fat Quarter Shop*. In Australia, The Next Stitch has a great selection.
As I mentioned previously, I decided to use 2 FQs in each of 6 colours for this one. I was a little nervous about that caramel brown fabric as it’s not a colour I’m used to sewing with. I did consider only using one FQ of the brown and subbing in another colour for the other FQ, but in the end I decided to go with two. Turns out caramel is pretty cool!
I sent this one to Lyn’s Quilt Cottage for quilting and it came back with a fabulous orange peel pattern all over it. I really love this one.
My binding was more Ruby Star Society basics – this time a print called Add It Up in lavender. I sewed a machine binding for this one as I was impatient to get it finished.
But wait, there’s more…
Once I had finished sewing this one up I couldn’t help but think how good this would look with all the star backgrounds the same, with multicolour (rainbow) stars. Or maybe with all the stars the same colour with the different coloured backgrounds. Or just everything the same!
And so I had to go and work all that out. So now the pattern has an addendum which shows you how to bulk cut each part of the star (for the all the blocks in that quilt size) from yardage, if you so choose. So you can go crazy with the fat quarters or you can rein it in by keeping one (or all) of the parts of the star block the same across the whole quilt. It’s up to you!
If you’d like to make your own In The Stars quilt you can find the pattern here in my shop. It’s a great one to get that stash out of your cupboard and into a fun modern quilt where you can enjoy it every day.
Have fun and happy sewing!
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