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Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Largest Star Quilt Block

Star from my Moda collection,
Morris Modernized:
CFA Vosey.

Big Star makes a good topper for the bed.

BlockBase #2138 a, b, c and d.

It's not the largest quilt block in the world but
it's the largest basic sawtooth star you can make 
out of a pack of fat quarters (plus a solid.)
Here are my calculations...

The blocks finish to 34"

Four make a 68" quilt

I just got it back from Kelly Cline the quilter.

She found a type of fleur-de-lis for her long arm, a nice accent.

I started with a fat quarter pack of 
Morris Modernized

I figured a fat quarter as 18" x 22".
You have to cut the selvages off and since this is directional fabric you have to trim the center squares so the stripes line up with the edge. So the largest center square you can cut would be 17-1/2", which makes a 34" square block. I also bought an extra 2/3 yard of a pale blue solid for contrast in the points. (See below for some plain colored Bella Solids suggestions.)

Big Star: Free Pattern

I drew it up in EQ and here are the numbers

A- Cut 4 squares 9" x 9" of prints.

B- Cut 2 squares 9-3/8" of prints and 2 squares 9-3/8" of the blue plain.
Cut each into 2 triangles with 1 diagonal cut.

You will need 8 print triangles and 8 plain triangles.

C-Cut 1 square 17-1/2" of print.

Moda has an enormous line of Bella Solids. Here are some icy blues that go well with this Morris Modernized line of prints.

Left to Right---Light to Dark
  • Cloud 9900-208
  • Glacier 9900 207 
  • Betty's Blue 9900-122 


Judith Blinkenberg said...

What a beautiful quilt! And such a great quilt for a bed. I really like these colors looking like oranges or rusts on my computer. I thank you for the pattern and now I need the fat quarter bundle. WOW!

Rosa said...

It`s absolutely beautiful and love your fabrics combo.Thanks for the tutorial.I love anything with stars!

WoolenSails said...

That is a really nice block and a nice way to make a star quilt without lots of tiny pieces. Might be just the thing for me to practice with.


TADVR said...

sometimes you just need a big block to play with and feel like you're completing something! This is a great block.

Also wondered if you'd seen this article? When I read it I thought of your blogs. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/history/2013/09/the-women-who-mapped-the-universe-and-still-couldnt-get-any-respect/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130922-Weekender

Quilteuse Forever said...

These prints are so nice that it is a clever idea to keep them in big pieces! The result in big stars is stunning !