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Free Patchwork Pattern - Nifty Stars

Free Patterns Kit - Kids Quilts Pattern - Quilt

 A nifty fun way to make stars. Nifty in that you don't have too many points to worry about matching - make it and see for yourself! A great way to focus some fussy cutting, or you could use an alphabet panel for the centre of the stars.

 

Requirements

 

Layout

3x3 Stars

3x4 Stars

5x6 Stars

Quilt size

40” x 40”

40” x 51”

62” x 73”

Points of Stars - Colour A

40cm

40cm

90cm

Points of Stars - Colour B

30cm

40cm

90cm

Background

140cm

160cm

340cm

Centre of stars.
Each 5” square.

This is not allowing for fussy cutting.

30cm

45cm

55cm

 

 

The centre of each star is cut 5” square - you could use a charm pack, a panel such as an alphabet panel, or fussy cut the fabric.

The points of each star are 8 squares cut at 3¼”.
If you are making each star with different coloured points you will need one 3¼” strip for each star.(FYI - 2 strips gives enough squares for 3 stars) 

 

ALL SEAMS JOINED WITH ¼” SEAM (unless otherwise indicated)
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING.

 The Different Layouts (or make up your own)

 

Cutting Instructions

 

Layout

3x3 stars

3x4 stars

5x6 stars

Number of stars

9

12

30

Centre of stars - 5” squares

9 squares

12 squares

30 squares

Colour A points - 3¼” squares

4 strips at 3¼” to give 40 squares.

4 strips at 3¼” to give 48 squares.

10 strips at 3¼” to give 120 squares.

Colour B points - 3¼” squares

3 strips at 3¼” to give 32 squares.

4 strips at 3¼” to give 48 squares.

10 strips at 3¼” to give 120 squares.

Background - cut 7” squares

4 strips at 7” to give 16 squares.

7 strips at 7” to give 20 squares.

9 strips at 7” to give 42 squares.

Background - cut 7" x 5”

3 strips at 7” to give 24 pieces.

4 strips at 7” to give 31 pieces.

9 strips at 7” to give 71 pieces.

 

 

    1. Preparing the centre of the stars.

      Cut squares at 5” - refer to the above table above for quantities.
      Fussy cut if you wish.

    2. Preparing the points of the stars.

      Cut squares at 3¼” - refer to the table above for quantities.
      Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of these squares.
      Take care with a striped fabric - half the lines will go one way and half the opposite way.

                                                      

  1. Cut out the background fabric

    Follow the table above and cut out as many 7” squares and 7”x5” pieces as you need from the background fabric.

  2. Making Piece 1

    Take a 5” x 7” piece of background fabric. Place a 3¼” square at one end as shown below. Sew on the marked line, fold on the line and press. Trim the excess at the back. 

     


    Do the same on the opposite side. The square pieces will overlap.




    Make some of piece 1 in colour A and some in colour B - refer to the table  below.

  3. Making Piece 2

    Take a 5” x 7” piece of background fabric.Follow step 3.
    Then add the other colour squares to other end of the rectangle.







    Layout

    3x3

    3x4

    5x6

    Piece 1 - Colour A

    8

    7

    11

    Piece 1 - Colour B

    4

    7

    11

    Piece 2

    12

    17

    49




  4. The quilt layout

    You now have all the pieces you need to assemble the quilt.
    Follow the diagrams and build the quilt up row by row.  






  5. Quilt and  add binding using your preferred methods.

    I usually cut the binding strips 2½”.

 

 



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