Starry Eyed Quilt




Hi there!  I am Angela from Fussy Cut, and I am excited to be sharing here at the Moda Bakeshop for the very first time.  It is such a fun way for me to combine my background in education and my love for quilting, and I am so very happy to be here.

The quilt I have for you today was inspired by this set of pillows that I made for Christmas last year.  When they were sitting to each other on my couch, I realized how nicely they would work together as a quilt!  This pattern, paired with Sweetwater's gorgeous new Christmas line, makes for a really fun quilt project.


I present to you, Starry Eyed...



- 1 layer cake and two charm packs (OR 2 layer cakes) of Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater
- 3 yards of Moda Bella solid in white or ivory
- 1 yard of Countdown to Christmas in black and red stripe (5456 14) - binding
- 4.5 yards of Countdown to Christmas in red reindeer (5457 12) - backing

** please note - use 1/4" seam allowance, and press all seams open unless noted **



Cut fabrics:

From 2 charm packs:
- Choose 10 charms (3 cream, 3 green, 2 red, 2 black) for star centers.  Cut them down to 4.5" squares.
- Choose {40} 5" squares for the star points (do not use cream).  Cut in half diagonally.

* before you cut your charms, see the "Piecing Star Blocks" section below to help you select colors *

From layer cake:
- Take out 5 cream squares.
- Cut remaining 35 squares into 2.5" strips.  Each layer cake square will make {4} 2.5" strips, and there will be 140 strips total.
 
From Moda Bella solid:

Cut {20} 2.5" strips x width of fabric (WOF)
  - From 10 of those strips, subcut {2} 4.5" strips and {2} 16.5" strips from each.
  - From the 10 strips left, subcut {2} 8.5" strips and {2} 12.5" strips from each.
  - You should now have {20} 2.5" wide strips in each of these lengths: 4.5", 8.5", 12.5", and 16.5"

Cut {10} 4.5" strips x WOF.
  - Subcut strips to make {80} 4.5" squares.

To prepare your fabrics:

Grab two contrasting strips and sew them together.  Continue with the entire pile until you have 70 pairs.  Press seams.
 
Subcut into 2.5" strips, and you now have 280 strips of 2 blocks.

 
Time to sew those strips together!  You will need to sew together the following:
- {10} 4 patches
- {20} 4 square strips
- {40} 6 square strips
- {20} 8 square strips

That is a lot of chain piecing!  Press seams when you are finished.


Piecing Star Blocks
We will begin by making the wonky star blocks.  For each block, you need {1} 4.5" square for the center, {8} of the triangles you already made from the 5" squares for the points, and {8} 4.5" background squares in natural.  When choosing fabrics for the star, use contrasting colors for the points.  For example, this star shown has a green center, and two different black squares and two different red squares were cut in half diagonally for the points. 
 Arrange your star center and its eight points in a pleasing manner.

Select one set of star points.  Layer over top of the background solid.

Start with the bottom triangle, the one that will be partially covered.

Flip it up onto the background fabric.  Sew as shown.

Finger press triangle open to ensure that it covers the background square.

Trim off excess background solid.  Press seams towards the printed fabric.

Now it is time to add the second triangle.

Lay it on top of the background and first sewn triangle.

Just like you did with the last point, flip the triangle up onto background fabric.  Sew as shown.

 
Finger press open to make sure that the triangle covers all of the solid background.

 Trim off excess fabric.  Press seams towards the print.

Your star point is almost finished!  Now you need to trim it up into a 4.5" square.  Flip it over so the right side is facing down, and using your solid background as the guideline, square it up.

Repeat this on the other 3 star points.

Time to assemble your star.  You need your star center, the 4 points the you made, and four more background solids (all are 4.5" squares).  Layout pieces as shown.

 Sew rows together.  Press seams.

Sew three rows together to make a completed star.  Press seams.

Next is the border.  Grab two strips of 6 blocks for the sides and two strips of 8 blocks for the top and bottom.
Sew the strips of 6 blocks to the sides.  Press towards the printed fabric.

 Sew the two strips of 8 to the top and bottom.  Press towards the prints.

There you go!  A completed star block!  You will need to make ten of these.  For my blocks, in order to get a nice variety, I made three blocks each with cream and green center, and two blocks each with the red, and black centers.  I chose to not use any cream prints for the points because of the lack of contrast between the cream and the natural solid.

Piecing framed square blocks:
Grab 1 four patch, {2} 4.5" solid strips, and {2} 8.5" solid strips.  Sew the smaller strips onto the 4 patch.  Press seams.

Sew the two longer strips onto the top and bottom.  Press seams.

For the next round, you will need {2} strips of 4 blocks for the sides and {2} strips of 6 blocks for the top and bottom.

Sew the smaller strips to the sides, and press.  Sew the larger strips to top and bottom, and press.

For the last round, you will need {2} 12.5" strips for the sides and {2} 16.5" strips for the top and bottom.

Sew the shorter pieces to the sides, and press.  Sew the longer pieces to the top and bottom.  Press again.

There is your completed framed squares block!  You will need to make ten of these blocks.

Finishing:

Now it is time to layout your quilt top!  There will be four blocks in each row with a total of five rows.  Alternate your blocks, and pay attention to the star centers when you are playing with the arrangement.  They are the ones that stand out in terms of placement.  Sew your blocks into rows, and then your rows into your completed quilt top!

To make your quilt backing, simply cut your red reindeer yardage in half then sew together lengthwise.  Give it a good press, and then you are ready to layer, baste, quilt.  I chose to free motion quilt in a meandering pattern.  I like how the quilted curves soften up the straight lines and points in the pattern.  Using your black and red striped fabric, bind in your preferred method.  And that is it; you're finished!

One bright and beautiful Christmas quilt!  Before washing, it should measure approximately 62" x 78".
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  I had so much fun writing it up for you.  If you make this quilt, please let me know.  I'd really love to see pictures!  Happy quilting!


With love,

Angela Mitchell

85 comments:

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Angela what a completely totally and utterly stunning quilt - fab fab fab. As soon as I saw the pic on MBS, I knew someone very talented had been at work.

Sadie62 said...

Great quilt! It looks both modern and old fashioned and like so much fun to make yet not too complicated. Very classy.

daisy said...

absolutely gorgeous Angela - wonder how good it will look in Kate Spain's 12 days of Christmas !

Maria said...

Love this!

Kate said...

Gorgeous!

Larrik said...

Прекрасная работа!!!
И цветовая гамма такая жизнерадостная !

blauraute said...

Gorgeous and not too complicated. I love the christmas fabrics.
Have a nice day
Roswitha

Kristy said...

wonderful, well done!

hazel said...

super quilt , I love the way it combines the old designs and new fabrics, can't wait to make it.

Mafalda said...

Der Quilt ist wunderschön. Ich mag die Farben und das Design - eine tolle Anregung zum nacharbeiten.

Cristina said...

Lovely, and so well explained!

Ruby Blue Quilting Studio said...

Welcome to the Bake Shop!!! Your quilt tutorial is great. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!!

Anonymous said...

Cute quilt. Why did you use layer cake and not jelly roll to make the 2.5 squares - borders?

Barbara McD said...

Very nice quilt! Thanks for your work!

Sherry said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. I've been wanting to do something with the Countdown to Christmas precuts, now I know what! I love the red and black stripe binding. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Suzanne said...

How pretty! I love how you executed the points for the stars to that they come out accurate in the end.

stefanie said...

this is beautiful. the fabric selection makes the quilt! i just ordered the fabric... bonus it was on sale!!

Sarah Craig said...

It's beautiful, Angela! I love it!!!

Angela {fussycut} said...

Hi everyone, thank you so much for your kind comments!
To answer the annonymous person above, I chose to use a layer cake specifically to show their versatility. If you'd like to use a jelly roll, that'd be great as well! :)

Betty Lou said...

Very nice, like the matchine pillows also.

Angela said...

The stripey binding is fabulous! Great fabric choice.

-The "other" Angela ;)

twin fibers said...

Gorgeous!!! This really makes me want to make a Christmas quilt this year. Your tutorial is wonderful!

traceyjay said...

it's so pretty Angela! ♥

very lovely all around. :)

drmithome said...

This is fantastic. I love how the black fabric pops.

Georgi Sears said...

Beautiful! I've been wanting to learn how to quilt ~ and seeing yours makes be realize why. Thanks for the tutorial!

Lisa said...

oh my goodness ... this pattern is adorable! i just ordered 8 yards of red white and blue fabric and can't wait to make this with it! Thank you soooo much!!

Ruth B said...

What a great design! Simple and stunning. the fabrics are so vibrant and beautiful.

Lettyb said...

What a great tutorial - love it and the quilt. Thank you!

Amanda said...

Absolutely beautiful Angela!!!! Now I want a Christmas Quilt!!!!! Xo

lauren.e said...

love the quilt! great design and fun holiday colors. makes me want to start my holiday crafting!

Robyn said...

Love it!! Thanks so much for the inspiration -- i just ordered everything to make this quilt. So beautiful!! :)

Jenniffier said...

What fun. It looks great!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Fantastic! Perfect quilt for this fabric. Went right to the top of my to make list.

Susan said...

Loooove this quilt. It's got great style and is not too dark as a lot of Christmas quilts are. Thanks for the tutorial.

Michelle said...

AWESOME!!!

Linda Kau said...

Another great design. I can see this made in Red/White and Blue, too, for a Quilt of Valor!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Fabulous quilt design!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great pattern - not only for Christmas!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great pattern - not only for Christmas!

Patchwork Penguin said...

This is the first time a pattern has moved me to go out and buy the fabric for it....... and I bought another upcoming line as well.

Thanks for sharing!EX

Poppyprint said...

Beautiful quilt, Ang!! I like the quick star point method!

Greenville Coupon Clippers said...

I have been looking for the perfect quilt to give me an excuse to buy this fabric and this is it! Just gorgeous!

ladybelle said...

Just Gorgeous. The white sets it off!!

Alisa said...

I love it!

tusen said...

Thank you so much for sharing it. It's lovely and your instructions are so clear.

Anonymous said...

I've been searching for the perfect pattern to use my "countdown" fabrics for and was thrilled to see yours today. Absolutely LOVE it--thanks so much for sharing your lovely pattern!!

angela said...

Great job on your tutorial - and what a fabulous quilt!

DRIVING ME NUTS! said...

Gosh, just loved it, looks stunning!

madrekarin said...

Absolutely fabulous! I so need to make this. :)

bethanndodd said...

Love it! Pinning it on Pinterest right now! Congrats on your first MBS post! Smiles~Beth

Modern Male Homemaker said...

Fantastic quilt pattern! Can't wait to try this with some burgundy, navy and cream fabrics I've had for years. I think this pattern will be perfect for it!

Denise said...

I saw this earlier and can't stop thinking about how cute it'd look in some christmas prints I have leftover from last holiday! Perfect!

Kelly O. said...

Terrific pattern!

Watch Meesh Run said...

Great tutorial! Congrats on this fun opportunity to share your talents with us on yet another blog! :)

terrieannie said...

What a perfect pattern for this line of fabric specifically. It would look great in a bright patriotic line, too!

Kim and Jim said...

Wow! This is pretty. Really pretty! I just printed it and can't wait to get started!

Little Miss Shabby said...

Wonderful Tutorial Angela! The quilts looks amazing! =)

amy smart said...

I absolutely LOVE this quilt, Angela. Gorgeous. Make those fabrics sing.

Vicky said...

Really beautiful quilt! Is there anyway this could be made with charm packs and a jelly roll?

Shelley said...

Love it! Love it love it:) Thanks so much for letting us have it!!

Angela {fussycut} said...

Thank you so much, everyone!! I really appreciate it. :)

Vicky, I believe that you would be fine if you wanted to use two charm packs and a jelly roll. I 'think' my math is correct on that one. :)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Amazing quilt, love it! Thanks for sharing :-)

Denice said...

Beautiful quilt. I love Christmas fabrics as have been sewing Christimas tree shrits for over 25 years. I can use scraps for this quilt.

Gmama Jane said...

Love the contrasting colors in this quilt!! very eye catching. Love it!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Mama Spark said...

Angela, this is stunning! I think the black really makes the whole thing POP! Love the striped binding too. This would be great in so many fabrics too!

Regina said...

I am cutting this from scraps - your instructions are so awesome that it made it pretty easy!

Regina said...

I am cutting this from scraps - your instructions are so awesome that it made it pretty easy!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful quilt. I would love to make one just like it! The red and green fabrics make the quilt!
Barbara

amandajean said...

it's so gorgeous! i love the alternating blocks. it breaks up the pattern nicely. great tutorial!

Heyjami said...

LOVE your pattern! I have a question - did you mark the thread to match it to the blocks when you went from white to red or black?

It's the only explanation I can come up with to your quilting (your meandering pattern continues through the blocks but changes colors to match)!

Or was the photo altered? Or some other explanation?
I never thought to color the thread by hand - (if that's what was done). I stared at those photos for awhile trying to figure out what was done.

Can't wait to try the pattern!

Angela {fussycut} said...

Heyjami- hi there! I quilted the entire thing with an off white guterman thread! I'm not sure how/why it might look different on the screen. I am the complete opposite of computer-savvy, I wouldn't have the slightest clue how to edit the photos in that way. :)

Heyjami said...

Oh! Wow, it blended very well.

Emily said...

did you use white or ivory? I'm torn as to which to use?

Dorene said...

WOW! Makes me want to make one JUST LIKE YOURS! Very nice! Thanks for the tutorial!

Melissa said...

Emily, which did you choose. I am choosing ivory, I think. So excited

teresamnj said...

I absolutely adore this quilt!

Ophelia said...

Love it! Especially how it tamps down on the obsessive point-matching that I naturally tend toward. Just fun!

janie said...

Not sure what you want but, I can make that easy I think, I would love to make Starry Eyed Quilt and those Christmas like would be perfect just as it is.
thanks

Beth said...

This would be great for my father in law so we just moved to assisted living very Christmasy thanks for an adorable pattern

Mary said...

What a beautiful, FUN, ingenious pattern ! I'm making it now and loving every minute of it ! It goes together so fast....even though I'm using all stash ! I'll get layer cakes next time, since your use of them is so clever ! Thank you for this tutorial !

glen51 said...

Have you figured out fabric wise for a larger quilt (queen)

Lynn McIndoe said...

I have just made this quilt using the Panier de Fleurs range from French General. The quilt looks fantastic and is my favourite of all the quilts I have made. The red white and blue patriotic colours work really well with it. A wonderful pattern. Thanks Angela.

2paw said...

Thanks so much, I just made a block using your tutorial and now I'm ready to help my friends make theirs!!

crafty prance said...
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crafty prance said...

I just finished a Christmas quilt using this pattern. My fabric is Novelty Christmas by Makower UK. Love this pattern!