Charming Stars Quilt




Hello! I am Stefanie from Little Lady Patchwork. I am so thrilled to be sharing another Moda Bake Shop project with you.

My inspiration for my Charming Stars quilt comes from my latest obsession, charm packs. This time I wanted to create a simple quilt that involved very little cutting. The only cutting involved in the Charming Stars quilt is the background fabric, which makes this the perfect weekend project.

Grab your favorite charm packs and let's get baking!




  • (3) Charm Packs of Fandango by Kate Spain + two extra 5" squares or charms
  • (2 1/2 yards) of Bella Solid Ivory  SKU# 9900-11
  • (1) yard of cream floral SKU #27052-17 for the borders
  • (1/2) yard of pink stripe fabric SKU 27051-11 for the binding and the settting stones
  • (4 1/2) yards of blue tile fabric SKU# 27043-11 for the backing







































































Cutting Instruction:

From the Bella Solid Ivory, cut:



  • (10)  2 7/8" X Width of Fabric (WOF) strips.
  •  Subcut each strip into (128) 2 7/8" X 2 7/8" squares.
Also cut:
  • (1) 5 " X WOF strip.
  • Subcut this strip into (16) 5 " X 5" squares.


Also from the Bella Solid Ivory, cut:
  • (12) 2 1/2" X WOF strips.
  • Subcut each strip into (24) 2 1/2" X 14" rectangles.

Finally, from the Bella Solid Ivory, cut:
  • (2) 2 1/2" X 60 1/2" strips
  • (2) 2 1/2" X 64 1/2" strips

From the Pink Stripe fabric, cut:

  • (9) 2 1/2" X WOF strips.
  • Subcut ONE strip into (9) 2 1/2" X 2 1/2" squares.
  • The remaining strips will be used for the binding.



From the cream border fabric, cut:



  • (2) 2 1/2" X 64 1/2" strips
  • (2) 2 1/2" X 68 1/2" strips
Block Construction

Note: All seams are sewn with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press all seams in the direction of the arrows.

Step 1:
  • Lay your ruler on top of the ivory 2 7/8" X 2 7/8" sqaure.


Step 2:
  • Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each of the ivory 2 7/8" X 2 7/8" squares.


Step 3:

  • With Right Sides Together (RST), layer an ivory 2 7/8" X 2 7/8" square on top of a 5" X 5" charm square.


Step 4 :
  • Using your sewing machine, stitch on the diagonal line.




Step 5:

  • Place the 1/4" mark of your ruler on the diagonal line that you just stitched.



Step 6:
  • Using your rotary cutter, trim 1/4" away from the diagonal line.



Step 7:
  • Press the block open.

Step 8:
  • With RST, layer another ivory 2 7/8" X 2 7/8" square on the opposite corner of the 5" X 5" charm square.


Step 9:
  • Stitch on the diagonal line.


Step 10:
  • Place the 1/4" mark of your ruler on the diagonal line.















Step 11:
  • Using your rotary cutter, trim 1/4" away from the diagonal line.
  • Discard the triangular piece.















Step 12:
  • Press the block open.














  • The block should measure 5" X 5" square.
  • Repeat and make a total of 64 blocks.















Step 13:
  • Layout the charm squares as shown below.















Step 14:
  • Join the 5"X5" charm squares following the above layout.
  • Press the seams in the direction of the arrows.



























Step 15:
  • Join the rows to complete the block.
  • Press the seams in the direction of the arrows.
Step 16:

You are now ready to assemble the quilt top. Refer to the photo and diagram for your block placement.
  • Layout the blocks into 4 rows of (4) 14" X 14" blocks
  • Place a white 2 1/2" X 14" rectangular strip in between the blocks.
For the (3) sashing rows:
  • Alternate a white 2 1/2" X 14" rectagular strip and a 2 1/2" X 2 1/2" sqaure for each sashing row.


    Step 17: 
    • Use the following diagram to attach the borders to the quilt top.

    Step 18:
    • Make a quilt sandwich and baste the layers together.
    • Quilt as desired.
    • Bind the quilt using your favorite method.
    (1) Charming Stars Quilts
    68" X 68" square
    Finished block size: 13 1/2" X 13 1/2"





    I  hope that my Charming Stars quilt inspires you to make your own simple version. Please visit my blog to see my Fig Tree version of the Charming Stars quilt.

    Have fun creating your own Charming Stars!

    Stefanie Roman

    Little Lady Patchwork


    84 comments:

    Emily said...

    Oh, oh, oh! That is perfect for a memory quilt for my grandmother - the pictures can go in the middle of the stars! Thank you for a wonderful idea and tutorial!

    Material Lane said...

    Thank you for sharing this! I really love your use of charm packs in this design.

    Crafty Mama said...

    Stefanie, this is just beautiful! And thank you so much for coming up with such a pretty way to use charm packs!

    Me said...

    I love it! It would look so fresh in an all white room with a few scattered colored elements. :o)

    Gudi said...

    Thank you so much for these beautiful tutorial

    Karen said...

    This is so beautiful and so simple. Thank you!!

    Béa said...

    Really beautiful, I love !

    Vickie E said...

    THat is THE best fandango quilt I have seen thus far. WOW awesome!!

    Quiltjane said...

    What a beautiful quilt.I love the Fandango collections. So fresh and summery. Your tutorials are great. Lots of pictures.

    Georgia said...

    BRILLIANT!!! What a clever idea, I just love it!

    eatmoresmores said...

    I just love this quilt! Now I know what to do with my Bliss fabric.

    forever said...

    I'm appreciate your writing skill.Please keep on working hard.^^

    Admitted Fabricaholic said...

    Loving the fabric choices! Can someone please make a quilt for me? Lol

    Kate said...

    Love it! Simple, yet stunning.

    Coisas da Laura said...

    I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    KaHolly said...

    Brilliant! A quick, easy quilt! I love it. ~karen

    Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

    Completely love this. I've already put it on my list of quilts to do for 2011. I even have the charm packs picked out. You make it look so easy.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Kim G said...

    This is just adorable!! Looks like it is something I can do!

    Melissa Corry said...

    Stephanie this is so cute! Great job!

    Vicki @ DottyJane said...

    Wonderful pattern! Thanks for the inspiration:)

    Liz said...

    Quite possibly one of the best uses of charm squares I've seen yet! Usually, when using charms, you end up cutting them smaller and you don't really get to see the pattern. So this is nice only losing the two small corners. Love!

    Megan said...

    Stefanie - I love this!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to dream up this pattern and put it down on (virtual) paper!

    The Tulip Patch said...

    very clever! nice quilt!

    Greenville Coupon Clippers said...
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    Greenville Coupon Clippers said...

    I love this, I can use my Martinique or my bliss, thanks so much for sharing.

    Barbara McD said...

    Love the pattern! Thanks for sharing!

    I went to your blog to see the quilt in one of the Fig Tree lines, but wasn't able to find it -can you point us in the right direction?

    Thanks in advance!!

    Michelle said...

    AWESOME PATTERN! I will be putting this one on my list!

    Molly @ Me and Madeline said...

    Oh my goodness, this is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing your pattern!

    Karen said...

    Absolutely gorgeous, wonderful quilt ... love it ... and it is definitely on my want to make list and in these fabrics! Great tutorial! Thanks so much.

    Petit Design Co. said...

    I love this quilt and would make a great americana quilt. Thanks for sharing!

    Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

    Love the idea of not having to cut a ton... Pretty quilt!

    Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

    Totally love this, gonna have to try it!

    Jenn said...

    I am also currently obsessed with charm packs for the same reason. This is a great quilt. I've never seen how to make this stars; it looks easy enough - especially with charm squares.

    angela said...

    Fabulous! As another said - one of the best charm pack quilts I've seen!

    PamKittyMorning said...

    So very pretty!

    Sequana said...

    What a beautiful way to not to need to worry about losing star points. I'm for that! *S*

    Karin said...

    Aren't you clever?! I think I'll be making a few of these! I'll have to cut squares for the patriotic one, but that won't take long. Well done and thank you for sharing this fabulous design!

    Marisa said...

    So pretty and so simple! Love the concept and ease!

    Apple Avenue Quilts said...

    Lovely quilt! I love the simplicity.

    Brittainy Barnes said...

    You know, Fandango was the first charm pack I ever bought! And they're on sale over at IHAN! I think i'm going to pick up another 2 and TOTALLY start working on this one!! Thanks SO much for the pattern!!!

    Quilt Hollow said...

    It's a beauty and now will be calling you the Charming Queen!

    Alyson said...

    One of the best pattern on the bake shop!! I love it. I think I found the pattern for my bliss charm packs...thanks.

    maggiesquiltnthreads said...

    I Love this! I have always wanted to make a quilt with stars but have been too chicken ... this will make it soooo simple!!! thanks for the pattern!

    Vickie said...

    Now this is cute! Clever idea!!! I love stars and how fun to make the star the solid!!

    foodmathquilts said...

    I love these stars!
    One tip though ... when you draw your line on the white squares, draw a second line 1/2" away (two seam allowances).

    If you sew on both lines, when you cut off the extra corner you have a perfect, tiny, half square triangle... ready to piece into a saw-tooth border, or pinwheels, or zig-zags.

    I did this with a baby quilt I made last year and ended up with a second quilt the same size made out of the tiny pinwheels

    Anne Sutton said...

    Stefanie, I LOVE this quilt! What a wonderful design! So pretty, and a great step by step tutorial. Congratulations!

    carol fun said...

    I love this quilt! Hmmmm... I have a Bliss Layer cake that could be perfect for this. Thanks so much for sharing this pattern - its simply beautiful!

    teresamnj said...

    I really love this quilt!

    schmidt1016 said...

    This would look really cute as a Christmas quilt. I think I'll have to make this soon. Great idea!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

    Modern Male Homemaker said...

    I've been racking my brain over a Christmas quilt using Figgy Pudding charms, and thanks to your tutorial I know what I'm going to do! Thank you for the great recipe!

    Jenny said...

    I love this!! Great use of Charms!

    Sherry said...

    I love your quilt. Great way to use charm packs. Thanks for sharing!

    Susan C. said...

    I bookmarked this project and keep coming back to admire it. I'm a new quilter, but I think this might be something that I could try and succeed at! Thank you so much for sharing such a well-written, detailed pattern!

    Tiffany said...

    I can't believe you made this a tutorial! I love it Stef! It's so beautiful! Great work as always!

    Chelley said...

    I love it! Have a question, though ...

    If my math is correct, you need 128 printed squares for the blocks. The charm packs only have 42 squares each, or 126. Did you cut more squares from your border or backing fabric?

    Mitzi said...

    Thank you! I have been searching the internet on my quest for just the right quilt to make using the Fandango fabric and now I've found it! Perfect!

    Marianne said...

    Love it! So beautifully simple.

    Kay H said...

    Thank you for sharing this pretty quilt. I will be making this one!

    Dandelion Quilts said...

    Great pattern, Stef!

    Aggiequilter said...

    Great job on this ! Love the quilt !!

    Cara said...

    Oh my Stef this is one of my favorites of yours! I lov ethe stars and the ease of them! Great tutorial! Can't wait to make this one!

    Dawn said...

    This is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    Jo said...

    WONDERFUL...my favorite Bakeshop product ever!

    Fabric Warrior said...

    Your quilt is so pretty. I love the colors and the quilting. Fantastic!

    Shannon said...

    Beautiful quilt and great tutorial. This is on my list of quilts to make.

    SarahB said...

    I just love this! I've been collecting charm packs for years now and I just love the star design! Definitely on my to do list. Beautiful and so clever!

    linzipoo said...

    I just made one using Bliss and have another lined up. I can't wait to make cute pinwheel pillows to go with them on my daughter's beds. LOVE this pattern!!

    Honey said...

    I'm just putting together this pattern, and while it's beautiful, 3 charm packs is not enough for the squares. I'm two five inch squares short, so I had to buy more fabric. It's pretty but I'm disappointed that I couldn't finish and have to wait for more fabric.

    Deborah said...

    I am putting this quilt together ow and believe there is a mistake. The cutting instructions tell you for part of the ivory to cut:
    * (1) 5 " X WOF strip.
    * Subcut this strip into (16) 5 " X 5" squares.

    This doesn't work. You cannot get 16 5" squares out of one WOF strip (that would be 80").

    I'm short ivory 5" squares. Am I missing something?

    Vercareli On The Farm said...

    Hi Stephanie,

    I wanted to make a quilt for my mother-in-law and when I saw your tutorial for the Charming Stars Quilt, I knew this was it! I made the quilt in shades of green with white stars & border. It turned out better than I thought it would. Thank you so much for breaking it down into manageable steps and making it doable!

    Regards,
    Heather B.

    Svetlana said...

    So wonderful, thanks for sharing

    I am Just One Mom said...

    love this pattern. crisp!

    An said...

    I really love the look of this quilt so I bought all the fabrics online as they're not available in my country. However having started the quilt I've realised that 3 charm packs isn't actually enough - I'm two charms short. I'm so disappointed. Is there a solution to this?

    Irene Wolcoff said...

    Muy buenas todas las explicaciones y fantastico el resultado Felicitaciones!

    Terri Ann said...

    Just did the math on this to make a larger version (5 star squared rather than 4) and just ordered a layer cake in addition to the charm pack I already have. If I extend the border a smidge I should be able to stretch this pattern to a queen size, very excited to give this one a go with Kate Spain's Terrain!

    Anonymous said...

    I love this pattern, and thank you very much for it. However, I wanted to add another "caveat" to the other comments left here. I think that cutting 9 -2 1/2" WOF strips requires 22" of fabric (striped: for the binding and sashing squares). If you buy 1/2 yard you'll only have 18" of fabric- not enough.

    beckyp382 said...

    I just finished this quilt. It turned out beautiful! Your tutorial was perfect. Thank you so much! :)

    Joan J said...

    Great looking quilt! Tho I would fussy cut that blue tile fabric for the cornerstones, altering the sashing strip size to fit. They are too wonderful to pass up!

    I am Just One Mom said...

    Am using this technique for a 3rd time! Using layer cakes instead of charms for giant stars in a king comforter.

    bagiennka said...

    I made this quilt. It's beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. If you feel like you can see on the blog : http://bagnistadolina.blogspot.com/

    Unknown said...

    After my dad passed away, I used his flannel shirts and pajamas to make a memory quilt for my mom and sister. This was the perfect pattern! In the center of several of the blocks I put special messages that they shared with my dad.

    S Dodge said...

    I have a list of projects that I want to do so badly. I am making myself finish some unfinished projects first though. But when I saw this quilt it shot right to the top of my 'to-do' project list. I love the tutorial...it is very well done and the steps seem very do-able. So I think I can. I have some darling pre-cuts that are screaming this quilt design's name. :) Thank you for the inspiration, and instructions for what looks to be a very fun project. Love it! ~Sandi

    makinitheaven.blogspot.com

    Katherine said...

    Stunning! I have to make this quilt. Thank you for the excellent tutorial. :)

    Melanie said...

    I just completed this quilt, and although this is an old post, I wanted to add my thoughts regardless. I, too, found math errors. The 5" squares listed in the cutting needs to be doubled, I actually needed 2 5" WOF strips to sub-cut into 16 squares. Still a lovely design and it all went together well. If anything, it taught me that my math skills are better than I give myself credit for! Thank you for sharing the pattern.