Story Book Star Baby Quilt



 Hey y'all!  This is my first tutorial with Moda Bake Shop, so if you don't know me yet, I'm Kristan Kremer from Doodle Do Designs.  Pleased to meet you!

I'm going to share a fun and fast baby quilt pattern with you today.  One super-sized block in the center of the quilt makes for a quick but impressive gift for that new little bundle in your life.  Here's what you'll need to make this sweet baby quilt.


1 charm pack (I used Story Book by Kate & Birdie Paper Co.) - Note: you only need 36 charms from the pack
1/3 yard fabric for the center star points (I used the tossed birds print from Story Book)
1/4 yard contrast border fabric (I used Bella Solids Sunshine)
7/8 yard background fabric (I used Bella Solids Bleached White) 
1 1/4 yard backing fabric (I used the pirates and planes print from Story Book)
3/8 yard binding (I used the aqua stars print from Story Book)
1 package of crib sized batting
Disappearing ink pen


Use a 1/4 inch seam throughout
RST = Right Sides Together
WOF = Width of Fabric
HST = Half Square Triangles

  • Pick out 4 charms from your charm pack for the center of the star.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

  • Pick out 32 charms from your charm pack for the outer borders, and set aside.
    • Note: Put the rest of your charms back in your stash for another project, or use them to make a scrappy pieced back for this quilt.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

Cutting

  • From your star points fabric, cut (2) 10" squares.
  • From your background fabric, cut:
    • (1) 9" x WOF, then subcut into (4) 9" squares
    • (1)10" x WOF, then subcut into (2) 10" squares
    • (2) 2 3/4" x 27 1/2"
    • (2) 2 3/4" x 32"
  • From your contrast border fabric, cut:
    • (2) 1 1/4" x 26"
    • (2) 1 1/4" x 27 1/2"

Assembling the quilt top
  • Sew the 4 charms you chose for your star center into a four patch, and trim to measure 9" square.  Set aside.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

  • Using your 10" squares, place one background fabric and one star point fabric RST.  Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of one of the squares.  Make two sets.  Sew a 1/4" away from the seam on each side of this line for both sets.  Cut on the line to make four sets of HST blocks.  Press the seams toward the darker fabric.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

  • Place two HST blocks RST.  Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the back of one of the squares.  Sew a 1/4" away from the seam on each side of this line.  Cut on the line.  Press the seams open.  Trim to 9" square.  Repeat for the second set.  You should now have four hourglass blocks.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

  • Using your four patch, four 9" squares of background fabric, and four hourglass blocks, arrange in a nine patch as pictured.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop


  • Sew the units making up each row together, press seams to alternating sides.  Then sew the rows together, nesting your seams.  Press seams open.

  • Sew a 1 1/4" x 26" contrast border strip to each side of your large center star.  Press seams toward the darker fabric.  Sew a 1 1/4" x 27 1/2" contrast border strip to the top and bottom of your large center star.  Press seams toward the darker fabric.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

  • Sew a  2 3/4" x 27 1/2" background border strip to each side of your large center star.  Press seams toward the darker fabric.  Sew a 2 3/4" x 31 1/2" background border strip to the top and bottom of your large center star.  Press seams toward the darker fabric.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

  • Using the 32 charms you set aside earlier, sew together in 2 rows each of 7 charms and 2 rows each of 9 charms.  Press seams to one side.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop


  • Sew a 7 charm unit to each side of the quilt.  Press seams toward the charm border.  Sew a 9 charm unit to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press seams toward the charm border.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

  • Your quilt top is all finished!  Now just give it a good press, make a quilt sandwich with your batting and backing, and then quilt and bind as desired.  I prefer to use machine binding with baby quilts since they will be getting lots of love and washing.
Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop


One 41" square baby quilt full of love and snuggles.

Story Book Star Baby Quilt Tutorial | Doodle Do Designs for Moda Bake Shop

Kristan Kremer
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17 comments:

Janis said...
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Janis said...

Adorable! A nice revamp of traditional and the colors give it a fresh feel. Love that you included both the 'boy' and the 'girl' prints. Nicely done!

February 3, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Hilary said...

Looks great!!!

Kinga Izabella said...

Lovely! I love the bright colours and the big block in the middle. It´s great to make a 41" quilt using only 1 charm Pack!
Thanks for sharing!

Christine S said...

thank you!

carolann said...

Very nice baby quilt! Great instructions also! Thank you!

Debbie said...

Love the Story Book fabric... perfect for a baby quilt! Great design and tutorial... looking forward to making this for a special little baby!

John Warner said...

Like the colors and design! Great and easy directions also.

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Awesome!! I have just one charm pack and a little yardage in Vintage Modern so it works great!! I started making one today during naptime and I am almost finished! Thank you so much!!!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

P.S. I found it was important to square up the four center charm squares to make it 9" instead of 9.5" without trimming. Just a heads up in case anyone else gets confused like I did. :)

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Blogger Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...
OK... I ran into a problem at the last step. My chain of 7 charms measures 32"... the finished measurement when it is all sewn together would be 31.5", but there is an extra 1/4" on each end for seam allowance for a total of 32". So, the outside border strips of the background fabric should be 2 3/4" to make the measurements work. I think that would work, right? I guess I have to seam rip and cut new borders to make it work.

Kristan said...

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) - Lindsay, I think you are absolutely right! Thank you for catching that. I will correct the pattern now.

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Thanks for fixing that! It is such a fun pattern and I really appreciate you sharing it with us! :)

William Desantis said...

Easy and fast pattern, and a great use for charm squares. Made it this weekend and love it. I did have to trim the center square and borders a bit, but it came out adorable.

welsh penny said...

Loved this as soon as I saw it! Made it in a day with an older moda charm pack Lil' Rascals.Found the instructions very easy [I had no border problems, unusual for me!] Thanks for great pattern, terrific blog and good luck with your wip!

Lacey said...

Is this quilt made with the brushed cotton or the regular cotton storybrook patterns? Also, what did you use for the backing? I am new to quilting and need as much help as I can get! Thank you!