I wanted to design a simple, fun, and free quilt pattern as part of the 100 Quilts for Kids Charity Quilt drive. Last week, I posted a few pictures of the finished Star Bright Quilt–here are instructions for a baby and throw size quilt, with a few quilting ideas thrown in. I hope to make one to donate before the September 30 deadline out of the fabrics I hand dyed last month.
100 Quilts at a Glance:
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Free pattern launches are always more fun with a giveaway–thanks to Kris Young from Lavender Quilts for giving away the two Shades of Gray charm packs (shown below). They would look great in a Star Bright Quilt, don’t you think?
Leave a comment on this post to enter–tell me your current favorite color combo. Thanks! Winner will be drawn this weekend and contacted via email.
Note: This is a beginner friendly quilt. It can easily be made with scraps or assorted fat quarters, prints or solids, or a mix of both. I would recommend keeping the center star white solids, but other than that, have fun with it! And please leave any questions in the comments and I will try to answer them.
***Note: You need a minimum of 1 or 2 1/2 yards of background fabric–this is the light/gray, medium gray, and dark gray squares. I would suggest at least 2 or 3 gray prints or solids in the light and dark values–a variety of prints will add interest to the background. If you are making a quilt with a scrappy background, like this one, you will need multiple fat quarters, fat eighths, or scraps, likely more than the 1 or 2 1/2 yards suggested.***
For the Star Bright Baby Quilt
For the Star Bright Throw Quilt
Updated for Charm Pack or Layer Cake Quilt:
You could easily make this quilt with a charm pack–just make sure to cut your 4 white squares and 4 pops of color for the star into 6.25″ squares. Then trim the hst pairs to 5″. You could even add a row or two on the top or left to make it bigger!
You could also use a layer cake for the background. Just make sure to use 11.25 inch squares for the 4 pops of color and 4 white squares that make your star, then trim them to 10’’.
1. Cut out the quilt according to either the Baby or Throw size quilt diagram above.
Make the 8 half square triangle (HST) pairs for the star’s points. If you need a tutorial or refresher on how to make HSTs, please refer to my tutorial (with pictures) here.
2. On each of the four 7 1/4” (or 10 1/4”) white solid squares, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner. You can use a water soluble marker, hera marker, chalk, etc. to draw the line.
3. Pair a 7 1/4” (or 10 1/4”) white solid square with an accent color square of the same size, (right sides together if using an accent color print). Sew a straight line on either side of the drawn line, using a 1/4” seam on each side. Repeat for the remaining larger three white and accent color squares.
4. Cut each square on the diagonal line, and press each of the four blocks–I press my seams to the accent fabric.
5. To square half square triangles, line up the seam with the 45 degree angle mark on your quilting ruler, and trim blocks to 6” x 6” square for the baby quilt, or 9” x 9” square if making the throw quilt.
6. Lay out the “center” star according to the diagram, and then fill in the background squares around it. The quilt is 7 squares across and 8 squares down. Arrange the background light, medium, and darker value squares until you are happy with them–there is no “right” way to do it.
7. Sew the rows together horizontally. Mark the rows or make sure to lay them in the right place when you are done sewing them. I also take a picture of the layout with a camera or smartphone, in case I mix up the rows as I am sewing them together or moving them to the ironing board.
8. Press the rows of fabric–I press the top row to the right, the second row to the left, the third row to the right, etc.
9. Pin rows 1 and 2 together at each seam and sew. Repeat with remaining rows. I like to work in smaller groups, so I will sew rows 1 and 2 together, 3 and 4 together, 5 and 6 together, and 7 and 8 together. Then rows 1/2 and 3/4 together, rows 5/6 and 7/8 together, and then the two halves together. Make sure to press each of the rows, and voila! A finished quilt top.
10. Lay out your quilt top, batting, and quilt back, and baste and quilt as desired. Bind using your favorite binding method (I like to machine bind charity quilts–tutorial here), and enjoy!
Here are three ideas for quilting your quilt!
1. I love mixing it up a little bit–I quilted my first Star Bright quilt with wavy vertical lines (using my free motion quilting foot, but a walking foot would work too) in the background of the quilt. I quilted vertical lines about 1/2” apart in the white star using my walking foot.
2. I love matchstick quilting, where you quilt straight lines really close together (between 1/4” and 1/2”). The lines are usually vertical, but you could also try horizontal lines. My lines are always straight-ish, and that’s okay with me. Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations does beautiful matchstick quilting. Her Giant Starburst quilt (a great example of traditional + modern quilting styles) would be a great pattern to use as a 100 quilts quilt.
3. An all over free motion pattern can unify a quilt–try a stipple or a loop or a double loop design. Bonus–these designs are fast!
There are so many different color combinations for this quilt! I love the hot pink version below–it uses 6 pink solid squares as part of the background. If you want to make a quilt like this, simply replace 6 of the 14 dark gray squares with pink solid squares–or any color you choose.
The giveaway winner is Chelsie. Thanks, everyone!