SIM­PLE STARS

Mix bright fab­rics with a plainer back­ground for Svet­lana So­tak’s su­per-star quilt de­sign.

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NOTES

Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted. Press seams open, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed. Tem­plates in­clude seam al­lowances. RST = right sides to­gether. WOF = width of fab­ric. Wash and press all fab­rics well be­fore cut­ting.

FAB­RICS USED

We used medium weight quilt­ing cot­ton fab­ric for the sam­ples in this pat­tern. Linen and linen/cot­ton blend fab­ric could also be used.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From fab­ric A cut twenty (20) 6in x WOF strips. Set eight (8) strips aside for sash­ing and bor­der. Sub­cut twelve (12) strips into ninety-six (96) tri­an­gles from Tem­plate A, and six­teen (16) half-tri­an­gles from Tem­plate B.

2

From fab­rics B-E cut one (1) 6in x WOF strip each, then sub­cut each strip into six (6) tri­an­gles us­ing Tem­plate A.

3

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.

4

Cut the back­ing fab­ric into two (2) equal lengths and re­move all selvedges.

PIEC­ING THE BLOCKS

5

Fol­low­ing the lay­out di­a­gram op­po­site, ar­range the tri­an­gles into two main blocks. Each block con­sists of four rows, with each row con­tain­ing fif­teen tri­an­gles and two half-tri­an­gles.

6

Start piec­ing each row from left to right by plac­ing the join­ing edges of tri­an­gles right sides to­gether (Fig a). Use pins to pre­vent shift­ing as you sew. Fin­ger press the seam open and at­tach next tri­an­gle (Fig b). Keep adding tri­an­gles, mak­ing sure to keep them in the cor­rect or­der for each row.

7

Once an en­tire row is pieced, press seams open. Sew the re­main­ing rows as be­fore.

8

Stitch the first four rows to­gether to make one large quilt block. Press the seams open. Piece the se­cond block of tri­an­gles in the same way.

SASH­ING AND BOR­DERS

9

Re­move any selvedges from the re­main­ing sash­ing and bor­der strips. Stitch all strips to­gether along short 6in edge into one long con­tin­u­ous strip. Sub­cut this strip into three (3) 52 in long strips and two (2) 61in long strips.

10

Join the two sets of as­sem­bled stars to­gether by at­tach­ing one 6in x 52 in strip be­tween the tri­an­gle blocks. Then add a strip to the top and bot­tom. Press seams to­ward the strips. If nec­es­sary, trim the ends of the strips to the same width as the tri­an­gle block. Fi­nally, sash the sides with the 61in long strips.

QUILT­ING AND FIN­ISH­ING

11

Stitch the two pieces of back­ing fab­ric to­gether along the long edge us­ing in seam al­lowance. Press the seam open. Make a quilt sand­wich by bast­ing to­gether back­ing, bat­ting and the com­pleted quilt top. Quilt as de­sired – Svet­lana kept it sim­ple with straight lines in white thread across the top at ap­prox. 1in in­ter­vals.

12

Trim off any ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing and square up the quilt. Stitch bind­ing strips to­gether us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Press in half length­wise with wrong sides to­gether. Bind us­ing your pre­ferred method to fin­ish your star quilt.

Have fun pick­ing fab­rics that pop, even in small ar­eas.

a

b

Lay­out di­a­gram

A sub­tle back­ground looks amaz­ing.

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