Arabesque Quilt


Hello! My name is Allison and I am excited to be a first-time chef at the Moda Bake Shop.  It was a delight to come up with this layer cake pattern. I named it “Arabesque” because it reminds me of a class of tiny twirling dancers, but the boys at my house call it the “Ninja Star Quilt”.  You can find more quilts from me at where I have recently started blogging.

This quilt top finishes at 86″ x 71″.


1 Layer Cake
4.75 yards background fabric
5 yards backing fabric
5/8 yard binding fabric


Cut background yardage into:

  • (9) 10″ strips, subcut to (34) 10″ squares
  • (18) 4.25″ strips, subcut 7 of them into (32) 8″ x 4.25″ rectangles, and 11 of them into (104) 4.25″ squares

Choose 34 of the layer cake squares you want to use, and save the rest for another project. (This really is a layer cake, I keep mine folded in little stacks like this so I can see them better, and it’s just cute!)


You should have 34 background squares and 34 print squares.


Put one of layer cake square right side together with a background square. Mark diagonal lines, as shown in black, and sew 1/4″ along each side of both lines, as shown in white. Give them a good press after that to make cutting easier.


Cut along your marked lines, as well as half way (at the 5″ mark) horizontally and vertically.

9 When you open them up you should have 8 half square triangles. Trim your HSTs to 4.25″ and stack them by print. I highly recommend a Bloc Loc ruler and rotating cutting mat for the trimming. It makes this step so much faster, and even a little bit fun 🙂


You should have 34 stacks of (8) HSTs for each print. I arranged my color stacks first to decide placement, and then started to fill in the background pieces, as switching around the layout on this particular quilt can be tedious.


Begin to lay out your stars in this manner, with background rectangles on the upper left and lower right. As you lay them out the stars will interlock with one another. Be sure not to place any background rectangles vertically, or you won’t be able to sew your rows together.


Continue to lay out interlocking stars following this model until you have reached a 19 x 23 grid. You will have a few partial stacks left over.

Sew pieces into horizontal rows, and then sew rows together. I like to press rows alternating directions and use “nesting seams” so I don’t have  to pin. I do pin at the center of each pinwheel to make sure that point is perfect. Once the rows are sewn together, you have a quilt top!


Back, baste, and bind according to your preferred method. There are lots of wonderful tutorials out there for these steps if you’re just beginning. Red Pepper Quilts has a great binding tutorial, and Lella Boutique has some tricky tricks!

Here are a few different color options to get your imagination going.










Thank you so much for reading this pattern. If you decide to make this quilt, please tag me on Instagram, I would really love to see it! I’m @woodberry_way (formerly @Marquitta_Quilts).



This quilt finishes at 86″ x 71″.

Allison Jensen


42 comments on “Arabesque Quilt

  1. 8machines says:

    Love this block! I’ve been making several blocks that require hst’s and I made my granddaughter one with all hst’s. I think this will be great for me. I sure thank you. I will make this one.

  2. janet17 says:

    When you click Printer Friendly Version to download the file, on the Last photo under Yield shows up,
    Can this be fixed, so I can make a pdf a save the file. I would love to make this quilt.

  3. 8machines says:

    Yes, I had that problem also. I thank you for mentioning it.

  4. Rosemary Barron says:

    Love to make a scrappy quilt with this pattern but I’m having the same problems as the others ..

  5. Karen Poling says:

    Same problem here.

  6. Nancy E. says:

    Same problem!

  7. Pinwheels are always fun and impressive, but this makes it look like you are doing extraordinarily hard work! Adorable quilt! I’m moving it to the top of my list! The hardest part for me is leaving out any prints, so I will probably make it larger and use some yardage to make extra blocks as needed.
    Adorable quilt! I’m moving it to the top of my list!

    Very fun, Alison! Thank you for sharing! Hope you will be a chef again, soon!

    I’m sure MBS will get the printing fixed tomorrow, and will check back then. They are usually quick to fix these things.

  8. A. Bouwman says:

    Love this quilt, but like others I could not save it in the printer friendly version. Hope it will be fixed soon. Greetings

  9. Little Quiltsong says:

    Love this block and how the whole quilt looks with this fabric! Looking forward to being able to print the pattern! Thank You Allison for designing this!

  10. Sue says:

    Just beautiful!

  11. Barbara Ann says:

    Please send us a fix!!! This is a great quilt for shop!

  12. Gillian Harrison says:

    Same problem here, would love to be able to print it to use 🙂

  13. Rosemaryflower says:

    This is a beautiful quilt. I am going to make it because I have a zillion layer cakes.
    I will try to print it (I just noticed there is a problem, no worries) and if I can”t I will save and do that after I get home from my semi annual dental torture
    Thank you so much for sharing this – so inspiring

  14. Janie Evans says:

    I tried as well to print the pattern using the printer friendly version but only the picture shows up.

  15. quiltingtn says:

    I love this quilt, but I am also having a problem with the Printer Friendly download.

  16. Kathleen says:

    Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. judireissdi says:

    I love the blick. Can you post a block by block lay out? I see they are not side by side, but I still need a visual. I also think since I like borders, it might be fun to have a few of the blocks “fly” into a border b

  18. Clare Hellewell says:

    can you tell us what Layer Cake you used?

  19. Linda J says:

    Gorgeous quilt! Bonnie and Camille would be my fav too–doesn’t matter which line of theirs either, LOL.

  20. Lisa Calle says:

    The Printer Friendly Link has been updated!

  21. Lisa Calle says:

    Allison, I love this quilt. Great job! It’s adorable that your boys call it the Ninja Star Quilt!

  22. Love this quilt and the pinwheel block!

  23. Pam Walton says:

    What a clever girl you are! Such a beautiful quilt. I love the quilting design on your quilt.
    Good job! !
    Pam from Canada

  24. Sharon says:

    Love this quilt and great job on the tutorial. Reminds me of summer. I don’t have a Bonnie and Camille layer cake but I can dig in to my ever growing stack of Bonnie and Camille fat quarters. Great job on your first time with MBS. PS I also love your quilting design on your quilt!

  25. Cynthia Scharf says:

    You could make this with charm packs, too, if that’s what you have.

  26. PAM from CA says:

    I love this quilt design and fabrics! Putting this on my to do list!

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