Hello, here’s my latest for you – the Star Sweep Quilt.
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”
This quilt pattern is super versatile and is a great scrap and stash buster. It’s FQ and jelly roll friendly and you can also use the pattern with F8s and scraps.
The cover version you see here was sewn with 2 jelly rolls. One jelly roll was Kona Snow*, the other jelly roll was from Elizabeth Hartman’s fabric line called Sunroom. You can find Sunroom and some other delightfully bright jelly rolls here at the Fat Quarter Shop*.
Star Sweep Quilt Fabric Choices
One I had settled on the Sunroom jelly roll, I divided the 40 strips in half. I put all the saturated, dark valued colours in one pile and the lighter, low value colours in the other. Some could have fallen in either camp, so you just have to compare and make a choice.
I used all the lighter fabrics for the background ‘net’ and the darker colours for the stars. I did some pairing of colours (light and dark blue, light and dark green, etc). But I also swapped some colour families around a bit too.
Overall I think it gives a nice, scrappy feel to the quilt.
The Finishing Touches
Once I’d completed my Star Sweep quilt top I basted it with a run of voile that I found in the back of my cupboard. What a score! It’s very soft and light and makes a lovely backing for a baby quilt.
I quilted this quilt with diagonal lines, using the HST diagonals as my guide. I quilted with my walking foot and all the lines are on the inside of the stars. It makes for a bit of an irregular crosshatch design, and creates a diamond in the centre of the star.
I had enough jelly roll strips left over to create a scrappy binding. I normally use a 2¼” binding but the convenience of pre-cut can’t be beaten. It was so quick to sew together a few strips and then machine bind.
I chose my usual zigzag machine binding as it’s so secure and robust. Perfect for baby quilts that will take a lot of wear and tear and washing.
Star Sweep Quilt Pattern
If you’d like to make your own Star Sweep quilt, from baby size through to king, you can find the pattern in my shop.
I’ve also got another version sewn up from a mix of leftover fat quarters and scraps, with a navy background. You can read all about this version over in this blog post.
Thanks for reading!
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