I have another Star Sweep quilt for you today – this one is made in navy, fuchsia and white (low-volume).
The Star Sweep quilt pattern is a PDF quilt pattern with instructions for 5 sizes:
- Baby quilt: 36½” x 52½”
- Throw quilt: 54½” x 70½”
- Twin quilt: 62½” x 86½”
- Queen quilt: 96½” x 96½”
- King quilt: 112½” x 96½”
I made one version with jelly rolls (seen below). (You can read more about it in this blog post). I used a Kona Snow and an Elizabeth Hartman jelly roll to make the quilt below. It has a lovely scrappy feel, but it’s just coordinated enough that it doesn’t feel crazy (due to the fabrics being from the same line).
Once I’d finished this quilt I knew I wanted to try the pattern with a limited colour palette. I also wanted to try it with my scraps and stash.
The most limiting factor was the background fabrics I had in stash. For me, background fabrics start at one yard and above. I know this doesn’t work for larger quilts, but for baby quilts it’s very feasible.
I actually had 2 one yard cuts of this navy Ruby Star Society fabric. From there I went with a scrappy low-volume background. For the stars, I considered chartreuse/lime green, but in the end went with fuchsia. The bright pop of colour won me over.
I had several incomplete FQs and quite a few scraps in fuchsia. One of the left over jelly roll strips from this Window Panes quilt also made it in there. It was very easy to start cutting until I had all the pieces stated in the pattern. For the low volume fabrics I made the collection as scrappy as possible and mixed them over the quilt. For the fuchsia, I grouped them such that each star used the same fabric.
Quilting and Binding
Once I’d completed my navy Star Sweep quilt top I then got to work piecing a backing. Luckily I found a variety of Anna Maria Horner fabrics in rich, saturated colours that looked great together.
I quilted the quilt with simple straight lines, either side of the horizontal and vertical block lines. I just used the seams as my guide, easy peasy.
For binding I used the same navy fabric as the background. I secured it with a machine zigzag stitch, using a dark turquoise thread to blend in.
I’m really happy with how this navy Star Sweep quilt turned out. I’m also happy that I was able to make it completely from fabrics found in my stash.
If you’d like to make your own Star Sweep quilt you can find the PDF quilt pattern here in my shop.
Thanks for reading!