I have been wanting to do a star quilt of some sort for the last year. I decided last week just to do it – forget those pesky UFOs the need completed. So let me present Night Sky.
I looked at all kinds of patterns and pictures of star quilts. I wanted something that had big blocks and less pieces. Well, that certainly eliminated a whole lot of star patterns.
My reasoning was and is that a larger pattern with fewer pieces would be quicker and easier to piece. I am just not in the mindset for something complicated right now.
After several days of looking, I decided to do a Friendship Star. It is easy to adjust to any size and has 13 pieces per block.
To continue with the simple theme, I chose yellow for the stars and dark blue for the sky. I pulled the fabrics from my stash. Mostly the pieces were quarter yard or fat quarters, but still, they were from my stash!
How exciting to not be making a scrap quilt for a change!
The Piecing of Night Sky
I started out with 8″ squares – 6 yellow and 6 blue. Draw diagonal line on the lighter fabric. Sew a quarter inch on each side of line. Cut on drawn line. Now you have HST to work with.
Next, I cut out 7.5″ squares. You will need 5 for each block – one to match the star, and 4 for the sky.
This block is a fancy nine patch, so it is really easy to do. I made 12 blocks total (mine finished at 21.5″ each).
Iron as you work for nice flat blocks.
The sashing is 4″ wide x 21.5″ long.
Next, I made the horizontal sashing strip. The sashing is again 21.5″ long x 4″ wide. The posts are 4″ dark blue squares.
Wow, that is so pretty already. And it was quick and easy.
So, for this quilt top, I made 12 blocks – three rows across by 4 rows down. Even with all the interruptions over the last 10 days I was able to make the blocks in 20-30 minutes each.
I am so happy to see so much progress in so little time.
Yes, I know that I need a better place to lay this out, but the 12 blocks, the sashing, and the posts are complete. I am so excited. This was just so fun to make a top that has gone together so quick. And it is pretty.
I need to complete the outside borders. Probably a yellow inner border with a dark blue outside border. There is enough of the sashing fabric to make the binding. I will put the updated photo here when I get it on the top.
The sashing on this quilt is the same as the border on my Lemon Drops and Blueberries quilt.
If you are looking for an easy quilt to do, this pattern may hit the bull’s eye.
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