Star Bright Quilt

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Hello there!   It’s Deb from Gathering Friends.   “Star Bright” is  a very easy and simple quilt that plays with the color to make a stunning pattern. This 60″ x 80″ quilt uses the same block design throughout the quilt. It’s great for chain piecing and comes together really quickly.   I’ve used a light background in my quilt, but would be fun in a complimentary solid for a different look.  I love this fabric line!  Today in Minnesota, the weather is cold and snowy and this quilt just reminds me that spring is coming. I sure hope you enjoy making it!

 

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1 Jelly Roll® {Flow by Zen Chic}
1/4 yard dark fabric {Bella Solid Graphite 9900-202}
2-1/8 yards light fabric {1596-15}
5 yards backing fabric
3/4 yard binding fabric {1594-14}

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CUTTING:

Separate the jelly roll  into light prints and med/dark prints.

From the 5 lightest jelly roll strips cut a TOTAL of:

(4) 2½” x 10½” print rectangles

(4) 2½” x 8½” print rectangles

(4) 2½” x 6½” print rectangles

(4) 2½” x 4½” print rectangles

(4) 2½” print squares

These are the five prints I used. I set aside the 2-1/2″ jelly roll strip that was the same print as my light(background) and used that when I cut strips of the light background fabric.

 

 

 

From 2½” medium to dark jelly roll strips cut a TOTAL of:

(44) 2½” x 10½” print rectangles

(44) 2½” x 8½” print rectangles

(44) 2½” x 6½” print rectangles

(44) 2½” x 4½” print rectangles

From light (background):

(48) 2½” x 8½” rectangles

(48) 2½” x 6½” rectangles

(48) 2½” x 4½” rectangles

(48) 2½” squares

From dark (center squares):

(44) 2½” squares

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Make 44 pieced squares using the following instructions. Use the medium and dark jelly roll strip rectangles for these 44 pieced squares.

Sew a 2½” dark square and a 2½” light square together. Press seam towards the dark. Make 44.

To get the most of your sewing time, you can chain sew the squares together if you wish. Press and then cut apart.

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Sew a 2½” x 4½” light rectangle to the left side. Press seam towards the light rectangle. Proof square to 4½”.

Sew a 2½” x 4½” print rectangle (cut from your jelly roll) to the bottom. Press seam towards the print rectangle.

Sew a 2½” x 6½” print rectangle (cut from your jelly roll) to the right side. Press seam towards the print rectangle. Proof square to 6½”.

Sew a 2½” x 6½” light rectangle to the top. Press seam towards the light rectangle.

Sew a 2½” x 8½” light rectangle to the left side. Press seam towards the light rectangle. Proof square to 8½”.

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Sew a 2½” x 8½” print rectangle to the bottom. Press seam towards the print rectangle.

Sew a 2½” x 10½” print rectangle to the right side. Press seam towards the print rectangle. Proof square to 10½”.

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Make a total of 44 print squares.

 

Make 4 pieced squares using the following instructions. Use the lightest jelly roll strip rectangles for these 4 pieced squares. 

Sew a 2½” print square and a 2½” light square together. Press seam towards the print.  Make 4.

Sew a 2½” x 4½” light rectangle to the left side. Press seam towards the light rectangle. Proof square to 4½”.

Sew a 2½” x 4½” light print rectangle to the bottom. Press seam toward the print rectangle.

Sew a 2½” x 6½” light print rectangle the right side. Press seam toward the print rectangle. Proof square to 6½”.

Sew a 2½” x 6½” light rectangle to the top. Press seam towards the light rectangle.

Sew a 2½” x 8½” light rectangle to the left side. Press seam towards the light rectangle. Proof square to 8½”.

Sew a 2½” x 8½” light print rectangle to the bottom. Press seam toward the print rectangle.

Sew a 2½” x 10½” light print rectangle to the right side. Press seam toward the print rectangle. Proof square to 10½”.

Make 4 light print squares. These will be the very center of your star in your quilt.

Layout the center of your quilt using the 4 light print squares you just made. Using 8 of the 44 print squares, layout as diagrammed below. Make sure the direction of each block is exactly as shown or you will not have a star in the center of the quilt. Sew each row together.  Press seams to the left on the top row and to the right on the bottom row.  Sew the rows together to make the quilt center.

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Layout the remaining 40 squares as you desire.  Stand back to  check out the layout to make sure all the squares are going the right direction and you can see the center star. Looking through a camera helps also. Look at color next and make sure you don’t have all the pinks in one corner, or all the orange on the bottom.

Sew each row together. Alternate seam pressing direction in each row so the seams lay together nicely. Sew the rows to the quilt center.

The quilt below is the one I made, but the possibilities are unlimited.

 

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Here is another option. I put the light squares in the four corners and flip flopped the blocks til they formed the design I wanted.  Have fun with this!

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One more option would be to add a border or two to make the quilt a different size.

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This quilt finishes at 60″ x 80″.

Deborah Jacobs
{www.GatheringFriendsQuiltShop.com}

Deborah Jacobs

Deborah Jacobs

I'm a mom, grandma, quilt enthusiast and co-owner of Gathering Friends Quilt Shop in Bird Island, Minnesota. After my five grandchildren, quilting and designing is my next greatest passion. Playing with color, texture and design is what I love to do!
My business partner Kathy and I have been designing patterns since we opened our shop in 1998. We've written 24 books and you can see them at www.GatheringFriendsQuiltShop.com.There are not enough hours in the day for all my ideas!
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7 comments on “Star Bright Quilt

  1. Kath S says:

    Beautiful! I really love the layout you used with the star center, so much that I’m trying to figure out how to make it into a queen size. I don’t want to use a different layout or rely on making up the difference with huge borders. Any other ideas on how to enlarge your pattern to queen-size? Thanks for sharing – I’m off to check out your books and quilt shop!

    • You can easily enlarge to most any size you’d like. For a Queen size make 32 more blocks. Turn the quilt so it is 80 wide and then add 2 rows of 8 blocks each to the top and bottom. You will have a quilt 8 blocks x 10 blocks or 80″x 100″. If you’d like bigger or smaller just adjust accordingly. Enjoy!

  2. cruisefan says:

    This is so cute – and easy enough for a beginne, too.
    This quilt will definitely let her/him say “Look what I can do”! (and be proud of it !) ;-))
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. kathyinmn says:

    Love the layout of this. So beautiful.

  4. Kathy Hoback says:

    Star Bright would make a beautiful Christmas quilt! I could imagine it as soon as I saw the picture.

  5. Very nice. I’m printing it out and saving for a future project.

  6. 8machines says:

    Thank you. I have always wanted to make a log cabin type quilt! I have two jelly rolls of Country Orchard jelly rolls. I can pick the best!

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