"Piece of Cake" Folded Star Quilt

Sew . . . I'm Jennifer and I am so excited to show you my tutorial for a folded star quilt! Stop by my blog and I'd love to see your version of this great quilt! Hugs and stitches!

My sisters & I love to try new things. One day my youngest sister Katie, showed me a cool way to fold fabric and yield stars. I love origami and pop-up cards, so this was awesome! It is a very effective way to use a Moda layer cake because you need to start with a square piece of fabric.

Our work is “cut” out for us!

1 layer cake (“Hunky Dory” by Chez Moi #16052-LC)
2 yards sashing fabric ("Spots Sparrow" #16058-11)
4 yards of backing fabric ("Mosaic Peppy Pink #16056-28)
½ yard of binding fabric ("Tonal Bloom Sparrow#16055-28)

To make the stars . . .
Choose one 10” square from your layer cake.

Place the fabric with the wrong side facing up.
Fold the bottom edge of the fabric up to the top edge of the fabric to make a rectangle. Finger press.

Open the fabric back up. Now the fabric has a crease line in the middle.

Take the bottom edge of the fabric up to the middle crease line. Finger press. Open the fabric back up. Now you have made ¼ crease line.

Take the bottom edge of the fabric up to the ¼ crease line. Finger press. Open the fabric back up. Now you have made two 1/8 crease lines.

Rotate the fabric and repeat until you have pressed/creased all sides.

Turn the fabric over with the right side facing up.
Holding the ½ crease line, pick it up and bring up to the ¼ crease line. Be sure to only grab the top layer of fabric.

Lay the fold on top of the ¼ crease line. Place a pin on the left side of the fabric to hold it in place.

Rotate the fabric clockwise 90 degrees. Repeat the previous two steps.

You will want to pull the right corner out to make a triangle. Again, place a pin in the upper left side to hold the fabric in place.

Repeat this process on the other two sides.

You will have “twist” of fabric in the center.

Tap this “twist” down to make a square shape. It will naturally lay down into the square shape. Remove the pins one at a time and press the piece with your iron very well.

Bring the bottom left side of the diamond up to the horizontal ½ crease line. Press with your iron. I put a pin in to hold it in place.

Rotate the fabric counter clockwise 90 degrees and repeat the previous step. The second piece will lie over top of the first piece.
Again, pin the piece to hold it in place.

Repeat these steps again for the third and fourth star point. The fourth piece will need to be tucked inside of the third piece.

I like to secure the center and a few key points with some hidden stitches. Tack the star where the dark pins are. I also tack the star along one side of each star point. Be sure you use a hidden stitch.

Choose a coordinating fabric from your layer cake. Cut this 10” square into four 2 ½” strips.

Sew a strip onto the left side and the right side of the star block. Press and trim off the excess. Then sew a strip to the top and the bottom. Press.

Now you have a block that is 10”. Make 10 star blocks.

Using a 2 ½” sashing piece between each block, arrange your quilt with a star block, then a plain 10” layer cake square. Make five rows with four blocks each, alternating the star blocks and the plain blocks. I write the row # on a piece of paper and pin it on the left hand side of each row.
~ I cut 12 long 2 ½” strips from the 2 yard cut of sashing fabric first. I did not want to seam the sashing. ~

Sew the rows together with a 2 ½” sashing strip between each.

Add another 2 ½” border of the sashing fabric around the outside.

Cut the remaining 12 layer cake pieces into 2 ½” strips. Using various lengths, make a scrappy border. Make two of the rows 60” long and two rows 72” long. This will give you plenty of scrappy border to work with.
Sew the scrappy border on next.

Add another 2 ½” outer border of the sashing fabric.

Quilt as desired. When you quilt the top, I think it makes the stars really pop if you do not quilt on top of them.

Bind and enjoy!

One 56” x 68” quilt that is perfect for keeping cozy while you dream of spring.


Trijnie said...
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B Lines said...

This is awesome. I would love to try it when I get a little more experience under my belt.

Wendy said...

That is so GREAT! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

Tam @ Sew Dang Cute said...

Great idea! How fun! Love it!!!

Dianne said...

Oh my goodness! What a fun and unique quilt ;)

Paula Louceiro said...

Demais. Muito lindo!!!

quiltcetera said...

That is really neat!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is just so adorable! I will be trying this.

thestitchinchicken said...

I love this! This is definitely on my to do list! Thank you so much for sharing!

Kim Walus said...

I love your quilt and the fabric is wonderful. Thanks for the great tutorial on folded stars. I will have to give it a try.

a.niza said...

Lovely! great tutorial too!!

Arnold and Claudia said...

Beautiful quilt, and neat idea for the folded stars.

Could we have this available as a pdf file for easier printing?

Kelly O. said...

that is so original!

Jennifer said...

Arnold and Claudia -

If you e-mail me, I can send it to you.



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rachel griffith said...

what a cool concept.

Blogless me said...

It is a very beautiful quilt. Pity that the fabric choice does not allow the folding process to be seen clearly.

jan said...

Really fascinating! It is a lovely quilt!

Nana Jo said...

'm having difficulty following the steps. The pictures look like the first folds go up to eh 1/8 mark rather than the 1/4 fold mark. Whether I go to the 1/4 or 1/8, I cannot figure out how to get the triangle in the next step.

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

oh my gosh. I saw this and loved it. THen I saw how you did it. My jaw is on the floor. I have neither the patient or the talent! AMAZING!

Jennifer said...

Nana Jo - Send me an e-mail at jenniferblosser@hotmail.com

You could also call my cell phone and I can talk you through it. #740-808-1158

Basically, when you grab the middle crease line on the first fold, you have only half of the fabric to lay your fold on (the fold that you are holding). So you have the "top" crease line" which is a 1/4 of the section & the 2nd crease line which is 1/2 of the section. That is why I say 1/4 line.

As far as the next step, it is a MUST that you rotate the fabric clockwise. Again, pick up the center fold (make sure that you only have the top layer of fabric b/c if you have all the layers you will not be able to pull out the triangle) and lay it on the 1/4 crease line.

If you hold down the top, where you just folded the fabric up - then gently pull on the corner and the triangle will just be there. This is due to the pre-folding and finger pressing.

Maybe I'll work on a video this weekend to put on my website for everybody.

Bridget Martinelli said...

Jennifer, thanks so much, I love that folded star. I am going to try this. The fabric is awesome.I am so glad I discovered you, this is the second place you have sent me to. Thanks.

Tiffaney said...
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Tiffaney said...

I attached the wrong link to the last comment. I created a video of my duaghter folding the stars. I was stumped and she really helped me out. Hope it helps you out too.


VickiT said...

Wow. What an awesome looking quilt design. Excellent tutorial. Thank you

Terri Ann said...

Love this design! I don't understand the instructions but with an iron in one hand and a piece of fabric in the other I'm sure I can follow along! This would be a really neat quilt to do with a Christmas or winter line of fabrics! I just picked up a handful of holiday fat quarters....hmm gotta go do some math now!