Hooting with the Stars

Hello....I'm Jo, along with my beagle Gracie. You can find us every day at Jo's Country Junction. I'm back with my second Moda Bake Shop post with the fun fabric line, It's a Hoot. This star quilt finishes at 48.5 inches square, which is a perfect size for that little toddler in your life. I invite you to stop over to my blog and see all the bloopers from Gracie's photo shoot and the quilt made with an alternative fabric.

1 It's a Hoot layer cake
1 yard coordinating fabric for star border and binding
3 1/2 yards coordinating fabric for backing

Open your layer cake pack. Cut each square into 4- 5" squares.

To make the star blocks, select 16 light squares and 16 medium-dark squares for the star points.

Using your preferred marking method, draw a diagonal line connecting opposite corners on the backs of the light squares.

Match each light square up with one of the selected medium-dark squares. With right sides together, sew 1/4 inch on each side of the marked line.

Using a rotary cutter, cut on the diagonal line. Iron four of the half square triangles to the light side and the other four towards the dark side.

Trim squares to 4 1/2 inches square. These will be the star points. Set them aside.

Select 16 additional light charms and 16 medium dark charms. Trim all pieces to 4.5 inches square.

Using 8 of the half square triangles (4 medium/dark 4.5 inch squares, and 4 light 4.5 inch squares), layout a star block as shown.

Sew together in strips.

Sew the strips together.

Create 3 additional star blocks following the previous instructions.

From fabric for inner star border, cut 8- 1.5 inch strips. 

Subcut into 8 - 16.5 and 8- 18.5 inch strips. 

Attach the 16.5 inch strips to opposite sides of each star block. Press.

Attach the 18.5 inch strips to complete the border. Press.

Repeat to have a total of four star blocks.

Sew together 4 five inch blocks together in a row. Make a total of 6 of these sets. These will border the sides of the star blocks.

Sew the borders to the blocks as shown to make a strip. Repeat so you have two rows.

Sew eleven 5" squares together in a row as shown to create a border strip. Repeat to make 3 strips.

Sew the eleven-inch block strips to the star block strips. Your quilt top is complete.

Seam the backing piece together. Quilt as desired.

Lay your quilt out and admire your handiwork!

48.5 x 48.5 quilt.

Come visit Gracie and I over at Jo's Country Junction.


Ester Jean said...

I LOVE these tutorials. I am making my first quilt ever right now (really, I am taking a break from binding just for a couple minutes!). And the pattern I used is based off one of these Moda tutorials, but what REALLY caught my eye among all the blogs in my feed was your lead-in, "...and my beagle Gracie."

My Mama has a beagle named Gracie, and she looks just like YOUR Gracie! ...She was my little brother's 10th birthday present and he named her after my little sister, Gracie. It just feels like a small world right this minute :) Thank you for sharing!

Megan @ MAID in Alaska said...

This is SO cute. Thanks for posting this... a great option for a baby quilt!!

Michele said...

What a great last minute gift! Thanks for sharing!

Kalissa said...

How cute! It's so bright and colorful! Tahnks for sharing!

Liz said...

Very cute! I have a beagle just like that!

SewCalGal said...

Lovely quilt and well written tutorial. Can't wait to make this. Thanks for sharing.


Will Work for Fabric said...

I love the quilt in both colorways!!!! Either would make a perfect baby quilt!!!

Karen said...

Great pattern and gorgeous fabrics. This is definitely a keeper.

Karalynn said...

This is such a nice quilt. It would be a great fun pattern for our hospital quilts. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Barbara said...

Love the stars! Love Gracie! Thanks for the great tutorial-makes stars seem easy to make!

Kurt and Linda Krupp said...

This is so fresh and cute. Thanks for sharing.

Jodi said...

Wonderful, and what a cutie!

Just One More Thing said...

What a gorgeous quilt. The tutorial is great too, but as a newbie quilter, I can't say it looks easy:)

Sherry said...

This is soooo cute! Thanks for sharing.

Rita said...

I really love this and i feel like I could make this with you great tutorial. I have two granddaughters moving away and I wont to try and make this. for each one and in hopes when they snuggle with the quilt it will be like they are hugging their grandma who loves them very much

LoriJean said...

I can't wait to try this! I have next week off work. Guess what I'm going to do?! = ) Thank you for posting this tutorial. I've been looking for an easy pattern for my first attempt at a star quilt.

Kim Walus said...

I love star quilts and this one is a beauty. Thanks for sharing this great project with us.

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