Trade Winds and Stars Quilt





I am super happy to be sharing the recipe for this quilt with you all. My name is Michelle, I live in Australia and I blog over at Buttontree Lane. I wanted to make a small quilt as a gift for a little girl and when I first saw the Trade Winds charm pack by Lily Ashbury, I knew this range would be perfect for a quilt that would keep her warm for many years.

It's a very quick-to-sew quilt (I sewed the top together in an afternoon and an evening, with frequent breaks) and the effect of the slanted stars really shows off the feature fabric. I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!


2 Trade Winds charm packs
0.6 yards of contrast fabric for the star points (I used Bella Bleached White #9900-98)
1.5 yards of dark contrast solid fabric for border and binding (I used Bella Raspberry #9900-140
Fabric for backing  (I used 0.9 yards each of three different fabrics for a 6-piece backing (Bella 30s Pink #9900-27,  Bella Popsicle #9900-143 and Bella Azalea #9900-144) but you will need more if you only use one fabric)
Batting (I used 100% bleached cotton batting)




1. Select 80 charm squares for your quilt top. You can use the remaining 4 to include in the backing later on, if you like.

2. For the star points, cut 160 2 1/4 squares from the contrast fabric. I do this by cutting 9 strips 2 1/4 inch wide (from selvage to selvage) and then cross-cutting the squares. This should yield a little more than 160 squares, depending on how wide your fabric is.

3. Take a ruler, a wash out pencil and your 2 1/4 inch squares, and draw a diagonal line once on each. I use a sandpaper board to keep the fabric steady, but a cutting mat works just as well.



4. Place a square at the top left hand corner of each charm square, lining up the edges. With your sewing machine, stitch along the drawn line. Do this for each of your 80 charm squares. Chain piecing makes this easier.



5. Do the same for the bottom right hand side of each charm square. You will end up with 80 charm squares with a little square at the top and bottom, diagonally across from each other.

6. Now gently press the little sewn squares open on one or two of the charm squares and see if you're happy with the result. I wasn't happy with the darker prints showing through the white, so I trimmed my excess off. Normally I'd be happy to leave three layers there though - I find it gives the corners of the block some extra stability. I'll leave that decision up to you though. If you do decide to trim the bottom two layers of the point off, make sure you do it before you press them open!


7. It goes without saying - double check your blocks and trim to 5 inches if needed.

8. Head over to your design wall/floor/bed/kitchen table, and start arranging your squares into an 8-across and 10-down arrangement until you are happy with how they look together.



9. Sew the blocks into rows, then together to give you section 1 of your quilt top. It's getting exciting now, isn't it?


10. Have a cup of tea and a square of chocolate - you've deserved it!

11. Cut 4 x 7 1/2 inch strips lengthwise from your border fabric. I always cut more than I need and trim after sewing - I get a much more accurate result that way and I don't mind the scraps. Sew a strip to each of the left and right sides of the quilt top, then trim so the top and bottom of the border is even with the pieced section. Sew a strip to the top and bottom of the quilt - and again, trim back so everything is even and square.


And there you have your quilt top! You're so clever! Now go ahead and prepare your backing and batting, and quilt to your heart's desire. Using a walking foot, I quilted from top to bottom and side to side in straight lines 1/4 inch from the joins of each block (I marked the border out with washout pencil). Then I quilted a cross hatch in the middle of each block, using the start of the star point as the guide.

 Here's a photo of the back so you can see the quilting lines (and the backing I sewed together) a little easier.


Bind with the same fabric as your border.


One quilt sized 58" x 48", and hopefully a very delighted little girl.



Michelle
{buttontreelane.blogspot.com}

15 comments:

Dee Dee said...

Great quilt - I also think it would make a great I Spy quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Quiltjane said...

Beautiful quilt Michelle. Thank you for sharing.

Belinda said...

Gorgeous job lady. Thanks for baking it!! x

jennyflower said...

I have a precious charm pack that my darling Mum bought me, and now I know what to do with it! It will only be a mini quilt I know, but will hopefully look somewhere near as ace as yours. xxx

Leah said...

Looks fabulous - and from just two packs of charm squares!

Gill said...

I love this - the colours really sing!

Peppi said...

So lovely!! I am saving this recepie!! Love it!

Michelle said...

Thank you everyone! I'm glad you like the recipe and the "baked" product!

Dee Dee - definitely the perfect pattern for an eye spy quilt! In fact the Trade Winds fabric is a little eye-spyish. Tea cups, fruit, elephants ...

Jennyflower just one charm pack would be perfect! It would make a great wall hanging or baby snuggle quilt.

Cindy Sharp said...

Well done!

SewBlinkey.blogspot.com said...

What a wonderful quilt for me to make! I have two of these charm packs. I just need the border. Thank you very much!

Sandy D said...

Great quilt can't wait to make it.Thanks

Diana Symanowicz said...

Michelle, How big are the square in your charm pack? I think it would be awesome to use up baby fabric scraps for another baby quilt. Thanks

Michelle said...

Diana - charm squares are 5 inches. Hope that helps.

Diana Symanowicz said...

Michelle, It does help! Thanks.

Cara said...

Oh, man. I love quilts but have been too afraid of the timing and patience required (other than my jelly roll rag quilts, which has been awesome so far) -- but this? Looks completely worth it :) -- thanks for sharing this recipe!