I made my quilt entirely from vintage sheets, but you can use any fabric you'd like! If you'd like to learn more about working with vintage sheets, check out my post: How to Identify, Shop for and Sew with Vintage Sheets
First, you need to decide what kind of color layout you'd like! You may choose to use as few as two colors or as many as eight. You could also use as few as two fabrics or as many as sixteen! I've drawn out a few options here as examples:
This is the layout I used, 8 different colors using 16 different fabrics.
A little less busy, 4 different colors.
And finally, just two colors.
Finished Quilt Size: 68"x68"
However many colors you decide on, you also need to decide on how many fabrics to use. The traditional starflower block uses a single fabric for each 'petal'. In my quilt I used one color in each petal but two different fabrics. You may choose to do whatever you'd like for your quilt!
- 8 fat quarters*
- 2 yards of background fabric
- 76"x76" piece of quilt batting
- 4 1/4 yards of backing fabric (or a Twin bedsheet)
- 1/2 yard of binding fabric
*Minimum amount required. Use 16 to avoid repeats.
From each print fat quarter:
Cut (1) 18" square
From background fabric:
Cut (4) 18" squares and (4) 17.5" squares
*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*
Flatter by Soak to help keep those long seams from getting stretched out. Spray before cutting.
1. Before cutting, you'll want to decide how much variety you want and what kind of color scheme you'd like. That will determine how much fabric you need and how you'll construct your quilt. If you don't mind prints repeating in your quilt, you can use 8 fat quarters. If you don't want any repeats and want more variety like mine, you need 16 fat quarters, but you'll only be using half of each fat quarter, or you can make two matching quilts.
2. Think about how you want to lay out your colors. This will determine which prints you pair up together. I've included this blank quilt diagram that you can print and color in your layout if you'd like!
3a. If you're using 4 or 2 colors AND 8 fat quarters, you'll be constructing your blocks using the traditional half-square triangle (HST) method. You need a total of 8 print + background HSTs and 4 print + print HSTs. So, create 2 pairs of print + print squares, and 4 pairs of print + background squares. You can use my Half-Square Triangle Tutorial if you need help with that!
3b. If you're using 8 colors AND/OR 16 fat quarters, you'll be putting together your half-square triangles a different way. You need to cut your print squares and 18" background squares in half across the diagonal.* You'll end up with a total of 32 print triangles and 8 background triangles. Take half of your print triangles and set them aside for another project, you won't be needing them to create this quilt top. Now, pair up 8 print triangles with your 8 background triangles. Take the remaining 8 print triangles and pair them up with each other. Sew each pair of triangles together to create 12 half-square triangles.
*To make that diagonal cut, I temporarily taped a 24" ruler and a 6" ruler end to end with masking tape!
4. Once your half-square triangles are finished and pressed, they may need trimming down to 17.5"
5. Lay out your blocks, arranging your half-square triangle blocks like the diagram above to create the starflower petal shapes. Use the 17.5" background squares in the corners. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one
direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together. Press seams open.
basting & quilting tutorial and my machine binding tutorial if you need to!
#jenibaker hashtag on social media or add it to the In Color Order Flickr Group!
© 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.
Looking to experiment more with super sized blocks? Check out the Vast quilt from my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle.