Take one look at this dreamy quilt and we guarantee there'll be major stars in your eyes. The good news: You only need to master two different blocks and a (gorgeous) border technique to create the intricate design — meaning it's a perfect pick if you're new to the craft. If you're not, that's cool too: there's enough challenge in here to keep even an experienced quilter humming!
Starry Path Quilt
What You Need
- 1 fat quarter bundle OR (20) 18" x 21" fabric pieces
- 4 yards for background fabric
- ¾ yard for binding
- 4 ½ yards backing fabric
• Rotary cutter
• Quilting rulers
• Cutting mat
• (1) 1200 yard spool of 100% cotton thread for piecing the quilt top
• (2) 1200 yard spools of 100% cotton thread for machine quilting
Shop the Kit
1. Sort Your Fabric
Gather your supplies and organize your fabrics into four piles that range from light to dark. Label them A, B, C, D.
2. Create Sawtooth Star Blocks
Cut your squares and triangles as directed in your pattern — don’t forget to keep everything labeled!
When working with large cuts of fabric, be careful to cut away the selvedge edge first to make sure you don’t accidentally include it in your pieces.
Assemble your blocks as directed in your pattern, then press.
Before you jump into the sewing, adjust your machine to a shorter stitch length. This will ensure nice, tight seams for a clean look when finished and pressed.
3. Create Garden Path Blocks
Cut and assemble the Garden Path Block following the instructions in your pattern. Pay special attention when aligning blunt-edged and pointy-edged triangles, using the techniques shown in the video above. (It's a little awkward at first, but we promise you'll get used to it!)
You’ll use different pressing techniques for different portions of this block, so be sure to follow the guidance in your pattern. Example: You'll press seams open to prevent shadowing of dark-under-light fabrics, yet press them to the dark side in cases where you need your seams to nest to reduce bulk.
4. Create the Pieced Border
Cut and assemble the border following the instructions in your pattern. Remember, color matters here! You’ll use the same unit construction over and over again, but special placement of lights and darks creates all that wonderful visual motion in the finished border.
As you piece your first couple of units, look closely at your centers and corners. If everything isn’t lined up perfectly point-to-point, that's OK! Just be sure to make any necessary adjustments so that the rest of the units (you're making dozens!) are more precise.
5. Assemble the Quilt Top
Following the diagram in your pattern, lay out all your blocks on a design wall or another large working space. This is the chance to have fun and figure out exactly what pleases your eye the most!
Connect your blocks and borders as shown in the video above, then baste according to your favorite method.
Embrace your pins! It’s worth it to take the extra time now to place pins at every intersection where you'll need to hit a precise mark as you sew. Trust us: doing so will make it way easier to piece accurately once you’re at the machine.
6. Machine Quilt Your Top
Start by practicing a swirl design with a simple pen and paper. The video above shows you how, or you can follow the example drawings included in the pattern.
Use paper and pen to sketch out the quilting path you’ll follow as you work your way across your project. The path should travel generally from right to left, as that'll help reduce the amount of bulk you have to manage under your machine.
From there, test your quilting design on a sample made from scraps — juuust to make sure you’ve got it. Don’t worry about perfectly uniform stitches, or swirls that are all the same size and shape. Remember, free-motion is called “free” for a reason!
Any time you start getting too much bulk in the “throat” of your machine, pause and re-orient the quilt to make things easier to manage. Placing an additional table next to your sewing machine table can help, too.
Bind your quilt using your favorite method and — voila! — you've got yourself a completed five-star project. Congratulations!
Adapted from Startup Project: Starry Path Quilt .