Summer Sand and Stars Quilt


  
Summer Sand and Stars is about stars! Big stars, little Stars, embedded stars, floating stars…all made from the same basic set of instructions.  Playing with shadows and color, it is the perfect picture of summer daydreams and night sailing.

This quilt is made from 12 large blocks, set in a 3 x 4 grid.  There is one border with one setting square.




  • Stars: 1 Fat Quarter Bundle - I used Catalina Batiks
  • Backgrounds:
    • 1¾ yards light - I used SKU #4328-41 from Summer Vacation Batiks
    • 2½ yards dark - I used SKU #4328-42 from Summer Vacation Batiks
  • Binding: ¾ yards - I used SKU #4329-29 from Catalina Batiks
  • Backing: 5½ yards  - I used SKU #4329-30 from Catalina Batiks
  • It will also be helpful to have at least 13 Ziploc sandwich bags to hold your pieces.
  • 3 pieces of printer paper - on which to print a paper foundation pattern for the tiniest stars. When you print the patter be certain that the longest dotted line of the pattern measures 5".  If it does not you can adjust its size by fiddling with the sizing on your printer. The Printer Friendly file at the end of this post has the foundation pattern for the star.
Determine Color Placement. Think of your quilt as a piece of 8½" x 11" white printer paper.  In your mind, draw a line from one corner of the paper to its diagonal opposite. The colors in my quilt are loosely arranged along this line. The cooler colors (blues, purples, and greens) live in the north, above the line, and the warmer colors (reds, yellows, and oranges) live to the south, below the line. Sparkle happens when you let some of the colors drift across the imaginary border line.  It creates little pockets of interest that keep your eyes moving across the quilt.

 

Look at the gray scale drawing below.  Each block of the quilt is numbered.  The light and dark backgrounds are shaded respectively with white and dark gray.  The cold colors are black.  The warm colors are light gray.  Some blocks have three fabric in them.  Where this is the case an additional gray is used.



With all these things in mind, turn to your stack of fabrics. You want to select the fabrics for each square and label them accordingly.

Fat Quarter cutting diagram

Each Big Star (1 center square and 8 points) can be made from 1 fat quarter with enough left over to make one Center Star and a Tiny Star.   You could make the Big Star in block #2 and the Center Star in block #9, and one of the Tiny Stars in block #11 all from the same fat quarter, but no more

NOTE: Blocks 2, 3, 5, and 6 share a Quarter Star and so do blocks 4, 5, 7, and 8. You want to make sure that you use the same fabric for these pieces.

Block Types. There are 7 different block types in this quilt.  Their placement is illustrated in the drawing below and the block types are shown in the other diagram.

 


Before you start cutting, make labels for your blocks and block components so you can keep track of all the pieces. Label 13 different Ziplocs with numbers 1 through 13 (these are for the 12 blocks in the quilt top plus the star block pieced into the border). Make additional Post-It labels for each individual block and stick them on the Ziploc bags. Use Wonder Clips or paper clips to keep the pieces for each type of star together if desired.
  • Bag #1 | Labels for Big Star 1 (BS1) and Tiny Star 1 (TS1)
  • Bag #2 | Labels for BS2 and Quarter Star 1 (QS1)
  • Bag #3 | Labels for BS3, Center Star 1 (CS1), and QS1
  • Bag #4 | Labels for BS4  and QS2
  • Bag #5 | Labels for BS5, QS1, and QS2
  • Bag #6 | Labels for BS6 and QS1
  • Bag #7 | Labels for BS7 and QS2
  • Bag #8 | Labels for BS8 and QS2
  • Bag #9 | Labels for BS9 and CS2
  • Bag #10 | Labels for BS10 and CS3
  • Bag #11 | Labels for BS11 and TS2
  • Bag #12| Labels for BS12 and Tiny Embedded Star (TES)
  • Bag #13 | Labels for Tiny Floating Star (TFS)

CUTTING DIRECTIONS
Cut the pieces for one block at a time. When cutting from fat quarters, cut the biggest pieces you need first. When cutting background fabric, cut a 5½" x WOF strip.  Starting with the biggest pieces, cut all of your pieces from this strip.  Save any leftover bits and use them for the smaller cuts as you go.  You should have plenty of fabric.

BLOCK 1A | Big Star 1 + Tiny Star 1
  • BS1, cut (4) 5½" squares for points and (1) 9½" square for center
  • TS1, cut (1) 2¾" square for center and (8) 1½" x 2" for points
  • Background (light), cut:
    • (4) 5½" squares for Big Star points
    • (3) 5" squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 1¾" squares for corner patches of Tiny Star
    • (4) 1¾" x 2¾" rectangles for edge patches of Tiny Star
  • Paper Pattern for Tiny Star. Be certain that the longest dotted line of the pattern measures 5".
BLOCK 2B | Big Star 2 + Quarter Star 1
  • BS2, cut (4) 5½" squares for points and (1) 9½" square for center
  • QS1, cut (1) 3½" square for Quarter Star points and (1) 2¾" square for center
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (3) 5” squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (1) 3½” square for Quarter Star points
    • (1) 2¾” square  for Quarter Star corner
BLOCK 3C | Big Star 3 + Center Star 1 + Quarter Star 1
  • BS3, cut (4) 5½” squares for points, (4) 2¾” squares for block corners, and (4) 3½” squares for points
  • CS1, cut (1) 5” square for center and (4) 3½” squares for points
  • QS1, cut (1) 2¾” square  for center and (1) 3½” square for points
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (3) 5” squares for corners
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (1) 2¾” square  for Quarter Star corner
    • (1) 3½” square for Quarter Star points

BLOCK 4B | Big Star 4 + Quarter Star 2
  • BS4, cut (4) 5½” squares for points and (1) 9½” square for center
  • QS2, cut (1) 3½” square for points and (1) 2¾” square for center
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (3) 5” squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (1) 3½” square for Quarter Star points
    • (1) 2¾” square for Quarter Star corner

BLOCK 5D | Big Star 5 + Quarter Star 1 + Quarter Star 2
  • BS5, cut (4) 5½” squares for points and (1) 9½” square for center
  • QS1, cut (1) 3½” square for points and (1) 2¾” square for center
  • QS2, cut (1) 3½” square for points and (1) 2¾” square for center
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (2) 5” squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (2) 3½” squares for Quarter Star points
    • (2) 2¾” squares for Quarter Star corners

BLOCK 6B | Big Star 6 + Quarter Star 1
  • BS1, cut (4) 5½” squares for points and (1) 9½” square for center
  • QS1, cut (1) 3½” square for points and (1) 2¾” square for center
  • Background (light), cut:
    • (3) 5” squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (1) 3½” square for Quarter Star points
    • (1) 2¾” square for Quarter Star corner

BLOCK 7B | Big Star 7 + Quarter Star 2
  • BS7, cut (4) 5½” squares for points and (1) 9½” square for center
  • QS2, cut (1) 3½” square for points and (1) 2¾” square for center
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (3) 5” squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (1) 3½” square for Quarter Star points
    • (1) 2¾” square for Quarter Star corner

BLOCK 8B | Big Star 8 + Quarter Star 2
  • BS8, cut (4) 5½” squares for points and (1) 9½” square for center
  • QS2, cut (1) 3½” square for points and (1) 2¾” square for center
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (3) 5” squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (1) 3½” square for Quarter Star points
    • (1) 2¾” square for Quarter Star corner

BLOCK 9E | Big Star 9 + Center Star 2
  • BS9, cut (4) 5½” squares for points, (4) 2¾” squares for center block corners, and (4) 3½” squares for points
  • CS2, cut (1) 5” square for center and (4) 3½” squares for points
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (4) 5" squares for Big Star corners
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points

BLOCK NUMBER 10E | Big Star 10 + Center Star 3
  • BS10, cut (4) 5½” squares for points, (4) 2¾” squares for center block corners, and (4) 3½” squares for points
  • CS3, cut (1) 5” square for center and (4) 3½” squares for points
  • Background (light), cut:
    • (4) 5" squares for Big Star corners
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points

BLOCK NUMBER 11A | Big Star 11 + Tiny Star 2
  • BS11, cut (4) 5½" squares for points and (1) 9½" square for center
  • TS2, cut (1) 2¾" square for center and (8) 1½" x 2" for points
  • Background (light), cut:
    • (4) 5½" squares for Big Star points
    • (3) 5" squares for Big Star corner patches
    • (4) 1¾" squares for corner patches of Tiny Star
    • (4) 1¾" x 2¾" rectangles for edge patches of Tiny Star
  • Paper Pattern for Tiny Star. Be certain that the longest dotted line of the pattern measures 5".

BLOCK NUMBER 12F | Big Star 12 + Tiny Embedded Star
  • BS12, cut:
    • (3) 5” squares for Big Star center
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
    • (4) 1¾” squares for corner patches of Tiny Embedded Star
    • (4) 1¾” x 2¾” rectangles for edge patches of Tiny Embedded Star
  • TS1, cut (1) 2¾” square for center and (8) 1½" squares for points
  • Background (dark), cut:
    • (4) 5” squares for corner patches
    • (4) 5½” squares for Big Star points
  • Paper Pattern for Tiny Embedded Star. Be certain that the longest dotted line of the pattern measures 5"

BORDERS + 13 G | Tiny Floating Star
  • TFS, cut (1) 3½” square for center and (4) 2½" squares for points
  • Background (light), cut:
    • (4) 2" squares for Tiny Floating Star corners
    • (4) 2½" squares for Tiny Floating Star points
  • Light background, cut (4) 6½" x WOF strips
  • Dark background, cut (4) 6½" x WOF strips

BINDING: cut (8) 2½" x WOF strips

If you have cut and labeled all of those pieces you deserve a break.  Step away from the table and the rotary cutter.  Go outside and breath some fresh air.  Gaze at the sky.  Listen to the sounds that surround you.  Breath.


Make sure you take a break after you cut your pieces.

SEWING DIRECTIONS
As much as you are tempted to create a production line, play it safe and make only one block at a time.
Block A


Block A {There are 2 A type blocks. Gather bags 1 and 11 plus foundation pattern for tiny stars.}
  • Tiny Star.  Make 1 tiny star per block. Use the tutorial located {here} to paper foundation piece the tiny stars.
  • Big Star.  Create Double Half Square Triangles (HSTs).
    • Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of 5½" background squares. Layer 1 background block with 1 star color block, right sides together. Sew ¼" on each side of the drawn diagonal line. Iron to set seams. Cut on drawn line to create 2 (HSTs). Gently iron seam allowances open. Trim to 5" square. Repeat 3 times for a total of 8 HSTs.
Half Square Triangle Construction

  • Sew HSTs together in 4 sets of 2 so that the seam line marks the center of a large triangle of background fabric. Sew seam allowances open. Arrange pieces on desk or design wall in front of you to match drawing of block A.
Double HST


Piece A blocks together in rows, using the components you have created plus the background squares.
Big Star A, row 1
Big Star, row 2
Big Star, row 3


Iron seam allowances away from the double HSTs. Trim blocks to 18½" square. Create 2 of these blocks.
Block B
Block B {There are 5 B type blocks. Gather bags 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8.}
  • Quarter Star. Repeat process from A blocks to make 4 HSTs.Trim to 2¾" square. Join Quarter Star HSTs with background and print squares to make a Quarter Star unit as shown below. Trim to 5” square. Make a total of 5 Quarter Star units.

Quarter Star
  • Big Star. Repeat process as described for Block A replacing Tiny Star with Quarter Star when putting the block rows together. Be sure that the Quarter Star is on the outside corner of the block.

Block C
Block C. {There is only one type C block. Gather bag number 3.}
  • Repeat process for Quarter Star as described for Block B
  • Repeat process for double HSTs as described for Block A
  • Center Star. Repeat process for Big Star in Block A with smaller pieces. Use 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares for HSTs. Trim HSTs to 2¾" square. Arrange pieces to create a 9½" square star just like the big star but with 4 plain corners. Piece together the row components for block C:
    • Row 1: 5" square background fabric; double HST with background triangle pointing down; 5" x 5" square background fabric.
    • Row 2: double HST with background triangle pointed to the right; 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" whole star block; double HST with background triangle pointing to the left
    • Row 3: Quarter Star with star fabric on bottom left edge; double HST with background triangle pointing up; 5" x 5" square background fabric
Block D
Block D. {There is only one type D block. Gather bag number 5.}
  • Repeat process for Block B replacing one 5" background square with a Quarter Star
  • Rows 1 and 3 of this block are the same....but flipped.
Block E
Block E. {There are 2 E type blocks.  Gather bags 9 and 10.}
  • Repeat process for Block C replacing Quarter Star with a 5” background square.

Block F
Block F. {There is only one type F block. Gather bag number 12.}
  • Make Tiny star as described in Block A
  • Using Tiny star and (3) 5" square star fabric make 4 patch.
  • Trim 4 patch to 9½”' square to make center of block
  • Repeat process as described in Block A, replacing tiny star in corner with a 5" square of background fabric.
Block G. {There is only one type F block. Gather bag number 13.}
  • Repeat process for Big Star in Block A with smaller pieces.
    • Use 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares for HSTs
    • Trim HSTs to 2" x 2"
  • Arrange pieces to create a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" star just like the big star but with 4 plain corners.

QUILT ASSEMBLY
Make sure all blocks are trimmed to 18½” square and join them together as shown below.
Block placement

Block placement
  • Be careful to keep the Quarter Stars pointing in the right directions.  You want them to create whole stars when the blocks are sewn together.
  • Sew 4 rows of 3 blocks each
  • Iron seam allowances to the right in rows 1 and 3 and to the left in rows 2 and 4
  • Sew rows together to complete center of top
BORDERS
  • Gather setting star, block G, (4) 6½" x WOF strips light background,  and (4) 6½" x WOF strips dark background
  • Measure quilt. It should be something like 54½" wide by 72½" long. Record measurements:
    •  ___________ wide
    •  ___________ long
  • Sew 2 light background strips together along short edge, creating a strip that is approximately 6 1/2" x 84"
  • Trim newly created strip to 6 1/2" x length of quilt
  • Sew to lighter/warmer side of quilt top.  In the diagram it will be to the right.
  • Iron seam allowance towards the border.
  • Repeat process with dark background, sewing strip on the opposite side of the top.
  • Measure width of quilt and record _______________.  (It should be close to 66 1/2")
  • Sew remaining dark background strips together to make a strip that is 6 1/2" x width of your quilt.
  • Sew to top of quilt.
  • Iron seam allowances towards the border.
  • Sew remaining light background strips and setting star block G together, with the star on one end to make a strip that is 6 1/2" x width of your quilt.
  • Iron seam allowance between strip and block towards the strip.
  • Sew to bottom of quilt making sure that the star block falls to the left side, under the light background border.
  • Iron seam allowance towards the border.
Layer, baste, and quilt as desired.

I hope you enjoy making my quilt.  Be sure to share it with the other Tops to Treasures quilters on the Tops to Treasures flickr group.






A fun 67" x 85" throw or topper for a star struck twin bed.

Cindy Sharp
{topstotreasures.blogspot.com}

10 comments:

Kristy said...

I love this quilt. There seems to be a problem with the link to the pdf for the actual foundation pieced star pattern. It is shown as a link in the pdf version but it doesn't seem active so I can't get the pdf of the pattern for the little star. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks so much. K-

abengel said...

Kristy, check the last page of the main pdf file. I think that's the pattern you're looking for. That's probably why the link in the file doesn't work, because they added the star pattern to the end of the main file.

Deborah said...

I also would like to be able to see the tutorial for the paper pieced tiny star. I see the pattern for it, but the link for the tutorial is not working. Thanks, Deb

Dianne said...

Gosh - I don't see the PDF version? Help, please :-)

Maggie said...

I also cannot print the tutorial for the paper pieced tiny star...the link is not working....I have printed the entire pdf and it is minus the tiny star and anything else that is highlighted to print....I hope I will see the updated version...

alison m said...

Amazingly detailed tutorial which must have taken ages - thanks! Also utterly wowed by your quilting which looks just like sand. Could you explain -briefly - how you quilted it, please? Thanks!

Cindy Sharp said...

Hello all, I am so sorry that you are having trouble printing and accessing files related to my pattern. I have tried to contact everyone who is listed above...but not all of you have addresses for me to find. Please feel free to contact me directly if you continue to have trouble. God bless,
Cindy Sharp

cindy@topstotreasures.com

Moda Fabrics said...

The foundation pattern can be found on the LAST page of the Printer Friendly Version of this recipe (link at the bottom of the post).
-Oda May

CruiseFan said...

Absolutely beautiful!
Thanks for sharing. This tutorial is just amazing.

P.S. I found the foundation pattern at the end - there was no trouble printing everything.

Christine McLean said...

OK I've printed out the pattern with the tiny star at the end, but don't understand the bit where you say 'be certain that the longest dotted line of the pattern measures 5"; there aren't any dotted lines! Help please? The pattern is lovely! Chris McLean