This project uses a quick and easy block that comes together in no time and if you use our no slip templates, you won’t even have to do any measuring.

Here’s a quick video tutorial. You can find the pattern below.

 

 

 

Jumbo Star Quilt

This pattern includes instructions for throw (48×72), twin (69×96), and queen (96×96) size quilts.

This quilt block was designed for use with Martelli no-slip templates, but includes measurements for use with a regular ruler

Fabric Selection: It’s a good idea to create high contrast between the stars and the background either through value or the scale of the print (or both). For the queen, I went with dark to medium civil war reproductions in blue and brown for the stars themselves and a subtle tone-on-tone cream print for the background. The throw was made with Tula Pink’s Zuma line and Tula Pink is not known for subtlety (not that that’s a bad thing).  We relied more on the scale of the prints to keep the focus on the stars, utilizing the small fish prints and the less dense shell prints in the backgrounds.

Yardage:

Throw- 18 coordinating fat quarters

Twin- 12 coordinating fat quarters plus 4 7/8 yards of background fabric

Queen- 18 coordinating fat quarters and 6 7/8 yards of background fabric

Note: The throw size is made with a different background fabric for each block. Blocks are otherwise constructed the same way for all three quilts.

 

Cutting:

Throw

From each background fabric: (4) 6 ½ in. squares plus (4) 6 7/8 in. squares.
From each star point fabric: (4) 6 7/8 in. squares

From each center fabric: (1) 12 ½ in. square

Twin

From background fabric: (24) 6 ½ in. squares, (24) 6 7/8 in. squares, (17) 3½ x 24½ in. rectangles, cut remaining fabric into 6 ½ in. by WOF strips to use for borders.

From each point fabric: (4) 6 7/8 in. squares plus (1) 3 ½ in. square

From each center fabric: (1) 12 ½ in. square plus (1) 3 ½ in. square

Cornerstones- You’ll also need a total of (12) 3 ½ in. squares cut from the scraps of the fat quarters

Queen

From background fabric: (36) 6 ½ in. squares, (36) 6 7/8 in. squares, (24) 3½ x 24½ in. rectangles, cut remaining fabric into 6 ½ in. by WOF strips to use for borders.

From each point fabric: (4) 6 7/8 in. squares

From each center fabric: (1) 12 ½ in. square

Cornerstones- You’ll also need a total of (16) 3 ½ in. squares cut from the scraps of the fat quarters

 

Block Construction:

For each block, make (8) half-square triangle units using the background fabric and the fabric selected for the points. If this is your first time using the Martelli half-square triangle templates, we have tutorials on our YouTube channel.

You’ll also need (4) 6 ½ in. background squares and (1) 12 ½ in. square.

Lay out as seen below.

It’s easiest to sew in rows starting at the top. Then sew the half-square triangle units for each side together then join to the large center square.

 

Make (6) blocks for the throw and twin sizes.

Make (9) blocks for the queen.

For the throw size, simply sew all six blocks together in three rows of two.

For the Twin and Queen, join with sashing and cornerstones as seen below.

Again, it’s easiest to work in rows. First sew together the sashing and cornerstones that go across the top as one row. Next join each of the star blocks with the sashing between them and then join to your first row.

At this point, measure your quilt on all four sides before constructing the borders. Make two border pieces 6 ½ in. wide by the length of the quilt. Then make two border pieces 6 ½ in. wide by the width of the quilt plus 12 ½ inches.

Tip: To avoid wavy borders, pin or glue baste your border in place before sewing. This helps to keep the feed dogs from easing in too much fabric.

Attach borders as shown.