Dashing Stars Quilt

Moda Pattern Cover Photo

Hi all!  It’s Cathy again from A Quilting Chick, here to share with you my latest project for Moda Bake Shop, Dashing Stars. Dashing Stars is such a fun quilt! The blocks have such movement and just seem to dance across the quilt top. I truly hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I did.  This quilt would be so pretty in a special little girls bedroom!  Let’s get started!

This quilt/project finishes at 85″ x 102″.

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1 Fat Quarter Bundle {Dot Dot Dash by Me and My Sister Designs}
7 yards 22263-12 Dots Everywhere in Yellow for background fabric
7-1/2 yards backing fabric
1 yard binding fabric

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From the background fabric, cut:
(30) 5-1/4” squares
(120) 2-1/2” squares
(60) 2” x 18” strips
(30) 5-1/2” squares
(30) 14-1/2” x 3-1/2” strips
(30) 17-1/2” x 3-1/2” strips

From your fat quarter bundle, choose (30) fat quarters that work well with, and don’t blend into, your background fabric.  From each fat quarter, cut:

Label as Star

Label as Churn Dash

(4) 2-7/8” squares, draw diagonal on back

(2) 2” x 18” strips

(1) 4-1/2” square

(1) 5-1/2” square

Sewing Instructions

All sewing instructions assume a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. We will be making 4 (9/16/30/36) blocks. The following directions are to make ONE block. Repeat to make the quantity needed for your size quilt.

  1. Place (2) 2-7/8” squares on top of (1) 5-1/4” square, right sides together, as shown. The center corners will overlap. Pin as shown.
 1 - Flying Geese Pinning
  1. Sew a scant 1/4” seam on each side of the diagonal line as shown.

 2 - Flying Geese First Sewing
  1. Cut on your drawn diagonal line and press open.

 3 - Flying Geese First Cut
  1. You will have two pieces that look like the picture to the right.

 4 - Flying Geese First Press
  1. Pin a 2-7/8” square to the corner of your partial flying geese. Pin as shown. Repeat for both of the partial flying geese pieces.

 5 - Flying Geese Second Pinning
  1. Sew a scant quarter inch seam on both sides of your drawn line, as shown.

 6 - Flying Geese Second Sewing
  1. Cut on your drawn line and press open. You will now have 4 flying geese units. Square up to 2-1/2 x 4-1/2”.

 7 - Flying Geese Second Cut
  1. Arrange (4) flying geese units with (1) matching 4-1/2” square and (4) 2-1/2” background squares as shown.

 8 - Sawtooth Star Layout
  1. Sew into three rows. Press seams away from the flying geese units.

 9 - Sawtooth Star First Pinning
  1. Arrange your rows as shown.

 10 - Sawtooth Star Second Layout
  1. Layer the top and bottom row over the middle row as shown. Pin along the long edges and sew. Press open and set aside.

 11 - Sawtooth Star Second Pinning
  1. Layer one 5-1/2” background with one 5-1/2” square from your fat quarter, right sides facing. Pin all sides together as shown. Sew on all four sides.

 12 - HST Pinning
  1. Now lineup your squares on your cutting mat, using the 90-degree angle lines as shown.

 13 - HST Prep to cut
  1. Cut on both diagonals to create (4) half-square triangle (HST) units. Press open. Square up to 3-1/2”.

 14 - HST Cut
  1. Match up one 2”x 18” fat quarter strip with one 2” x 18” background strip and pin along one long edge.

 15 - Strip Pinning
  1. Sew along the long edge and press open. Subcut each unit into (2) 3-1/2” x 8-1/2” strips, giving you (4) matching strip sets.

 16 - Subcut strips
  1. Arrange (2) of the strip sets with (4) matching HST units as shown.

 17 - Churn Dash Layout
  1. Pin each row as shown and sew along the short edges. Press toward the strip sets.

 18 - Churn Dash Pinning
  1. Arrange your blocks as shown, using contrasting stars and churn dash units.

 19 - Block Layout
  1. Pin the strip set units from the center row to the sides of the star blocks. Sew and press open toward the strip set units.

 20 - Center Section Pinning
  1. Combine all three rows into your completed blocks.

 19 - Block Layout
  1. Pin a 14-1/2” x 3-1/2” strip to the right side of each block and sew. Press open.

 21 - Add Right Sashing
  1. Pin a 17-1/2” x 3-1/2” strip to the bottom of each block and sew. Press open.

 22 - Add Bottom Sashing
  1. Your blocks are done!

 Finished Block

Arrange your blocks in a pleasing manner, using the diagram below as a guide. I’m showing you two rows below, but repeat the layout twice more to complete all 6 rows. Make sure you watch the sides that your sashing is on. This makes your blocks dance!

23 - Quilt Layout

Now sew your blocks into rows, watching to make sure you don’t mess up the alignment, then sew your rows together to complete your quilt top!! Quilt and bind as desired.

Moda Featured Image

 

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This quilt finishes at 85″ x 102″.

Bench Pic

Every time I see this quilt, I fall in love with it a little bit more.  It has so much movement and the fabrics are so bright and cheerful that you can’t help but smile!  Please stop by my blog at AQuiltingChick.blogspot.com and see what else I’ve been up to.  I truly hope you enjoy making this one as much as I did!

*hugs*

Cathy Smith
AQuiltingChick.blogspot.com

Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith

My name is Cathy.I'm a single mother, working a full-time job which SO gets in the way of my quilting time!I blog over at aquiltingchick.blogspot.com, teach quilting classes at the local quilt shops, and have begun expanding to pattern writing.
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3 comments on “Dashing Stars Quilt

  1. sandi says:

    Your quilt is so pretty!

  2. Kym Landon says:

    I am so going to try this design, it looks incredible, very pretty & feminine, thank you for sharing the pattern

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