Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial

As promised, a tutorial for my Giant Vintage Star Quilt! This quilt takes advantage of a single quilt block, blown up huge! It takes a traditional block, the Starflower block, and makes for a very modern quilt! Perfect for new and seasoned quilters alike!  For more on my process and inspiration, see here!

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.

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
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!

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly

Materials:
8-16 fat quarters
2 yards of background fabric
4 yards of batting (72"x72")
Twin bedsheet or 4 yards of backing fabric (72"x72")
1/2 yard of binding fabric

Seam Allowance: 1/4"
Finished Quilt Size: 68"x68"

Cutting Instructions
From each print cut: (1) 18" square
From background fabric cut: (4) 18" squares, (4) 17.5" squares

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
1. First, you 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.


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 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 OR 16 fat quarters, you'll be putting together your half-square triangles a different way. You need to cut your 16 print squares and four 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 to create 12 half-square triangles.

*To make that diagonal cut, I temporarily taped two 24" rulers end to end!

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 blocks like the diagram above to create the starflower petal shapes. Piece together and press your blocks towards the darker fabric.

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Now baste, quilt, and bind! You can reference my basting & quilting tutorial and my binding tutorial if you need to!

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Voila! You're done! Creating other designs in giant form is easy when you're using fat quarters. Simply find a block pattern you like, and make your starting squares 18"! I'm going to use my left over triangles to make a companion quilt, perhaps in a windmill pattern!

I am going to try and work on kits, but I'm not sure how many I will be able to create, as they require a large amount of a background sheet (which I don't usually buy many of) and an entire twin sheet for the backing. However, you could purchase vintage sheet fat quarters and use a regular solid for the background!

Hopefully that all makes sense! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

81 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! Love this quilt. I can't wait to make one :)

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  2. Wow this looks fabulous! Thanks so much for the tutorial :-)

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  3. I love your different color options. Hmm, I can't wait to go through the stash tonight (and ignore the pile of unfinished-ness!). Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  4. Just magnificent! I love your colour options, the hard part would be deciding which one...

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  5. I cannot wait to make this. I love it!

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  6. I am totally making one of these; thank you so much!

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  7. Oh gosh, another "Gotta make one" quilt! I am going to pick my colors/fabrics today and start this within the week! Can't wait, I LOVE this!

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  8. I can't wait! I just scored a big stack of sheets!

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  9. I'm so excited to do this! I'm headed to pick out some fabric now!

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  10. So beautiful! Love your color/fabric choices. I've never been able to find anything in vintage purple. Love that fabric you've used! Jenn

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  11. Great tute, Jeni! LOVE the quilt. I've been dying to make an entire quilt filled with these, and this would actually make a great backing, besides being great on its own.

    Any ideas how to make this bigger, say 80" or 90" square? Use larger cuts to make larger triangles? Oohhh, or even a border made up of smaller stars!

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  12. This is perfect! My bee members made star blocks for me, and I'm going to use your giant star idea for the back!!

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  13. Thank you for sharing this. I'm really excited to give it a go.

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  14. Can't wait to try this! Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for this! It would be a great design for a quilt back, too.

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  16. YAY!!! This is so awesome Jeni! Can't wait to make one!

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  17. I already brought up all my vintage sheets from the basement and before I cut into them, I wanted to ask-- Will the quilt be the right size for a twin bed?? Not sure what the standard quilt size for a twin bed is. Can't wait to make this!! :o)
    -Jenny

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  18. This is so lovely! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I would LOVE a kit for this..even if I have to supply my own background and backing!

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  20. Thank you! I've been thinking about this ever since you posted your picture! I'm ready to begin.

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  21. Your quilt is lovely Jeni! A friend recently gave me a pile of vintage sheets and now I know what I'll be doing with some of them. Just need to finish up a couple of UFOs before I can start another project. ;)

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  22. Thanks, Jeni. I can't wait to get started!

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  23. Fantastic! Thank you for the tutorial. It looks perfect for snuggling.

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  24. Love! I might choose a slightly different block style but I love the thought of making a quilt that is one giant block!

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  25. Jenny - Almost! It's the right width, but about 20" too short! You could add a fun border to make it a little longer! :)

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  26. yay! this is fabulous jeni! :)

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  27. Don't you still need to cut the large squares into triangles if you're only using 8 FQs? If you make them the traditional way (sewing diagonally between two squares) the colors wouldn't be paired up correctly since you need each print to be with the background and with another print. Maybe I'm just misreading your instructions.....

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  28. LOVE this and all the options to put it together. Thanks for the tutorial. So each square made up of two HST measures at 17.5" when it is done???
    cjnid AT imaxmail DOT net

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  29. I've been looking around for quilt patterns and ideas like this! So traditional and pretty! This is so beautiful! I wish I would have picked this for my first quilt instead of finicky hourglass blocks, eep! This is definitely on my to do list now!

    Thanks so much for sharing :D!

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  30. i have a friend that would like a picnic quilt. i'll probably make it bigger than yours, but i had considered making just one giant star in the center. we'll see when i get to it...

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  31. I saw this quilt on a blog today and was inspired to make one for myself. Silly me for not reading your tutorial first, but I think I did OK!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7423291@N04/6100677691/

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  32. I'm almost finished with the first of 2 quilt tops I'm making using this tutorial. Yours is GORGEOUS. :)

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  33. Jeni, I know you made this a while ago but I really want to make one for my niece in college. I just have a question on the HST's. Can the quick piecing method (where you sew on either side of the center diagonal line of a square and then cut) be done for these large square? Thanks!

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  34. This is so cool. I love it! I especially love how you gave examples of how you can use different numbers of fabric colors. Thanks so much for this tutorial.

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  35. So glad I found you...I just want to tell you I became a follower and that I just LOVE your giant star quilt. I will add this to my long list of things I want to make and if I ever get around to it, I will definitely use 16 colors (like you did).

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  36. This is a fantastic tutorial. I love it and i would be great for coordinating colors! I do have a question though. How come you press toward the darker fabric instead of pressing the seams open? I notice a lot of people who do both. Which is better?

    My email is Laurenlee653@aol.com. Thanks :)

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  37. wonderful quilt! I will have to give it a go, plus have some fabrics ready for the spareroom quilt.
    Do you use a program for quilt drawing, only I draw things out on paper. Kxx

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  38. Beautiful! Can't wait to try. Thanks for making this tutorial!!

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  39. I just found you from AmyLouWho and I'm so excited about your giant star quilt! I was going through my stash the other day and realized that I have several large scale floral and other big prints that would be lost if I cut them up for traditional sized blocks, but they would be perfect for a giant star like yours. Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm bookmarking your directions so I can find this again when I'm finished with the Drunkard's Path quilt I'm working on right now. :-)

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  40. Thanks for sharing! Just what is needed for some foster kids quilts-bright & cheery! Cut some down to 11" blocks for little ones too.

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  41. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for home sewers.

    Grab a brag button!

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  42. Oh, I need some advice, please.
    The fabrics that I want to use are only 6.65 inches long by 44 inches wide.
    So, my squares can only be 6 inches finished. Ick. Is this scenarios viable? thanks,
    Dutchie in Henderson, Nevada
    sophie9910@aol.com

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  43. I just made this quilt top last night and love the results. The tutorial was easy to follow. Thank you for the great instructions and inspiration. -sylvia
    psjvyp1@verizon.net

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  44. I hope you can help me. I love the tutorial and I think I can do it. (I am a new quilter) I want to just use 2 colors and make it for a niece in her school colors. Can you tell me how many yards of each color I need. I am math challenged!! Thank you so very very much GrandmaK

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  45. I don't know how to put my Email address in I guess I am technically challenged also LOL. I will try again kay.m.adams@gmail.com

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  46. Nice tutorial - thank you! I have made this quilt as a crib quilt with my blocks finishing to 12 1/2 inches, so you can really make them any size you like. It is darling in both pastels and/or brights for baby. Happy sewing!

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  47. Fabulous! Just as soon as I get done with 3 other projects.... I can't wait to make it.

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  48. I'm making one now in red black and white! It's going great! It's my first quilt ever! THANKS for this great page!

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  49. I machine stitched the top of my binding on my quilt using your (this) pattern last night. I'm saving the hand-stitching for later in the week when we'll be on a road trip. I love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  50. I have been searching for a pattern to make my 19 yr old artist (daughter) a quilt.. This just won my heart... She will love it! Planning on using bright colors in the colorwheel!

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  51. Love your tutorial.Thanks

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  52. Pieced my top together last night, can't wait to finish it and upload a picture, your going to love it!

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  53. i love the tutorial! i plan to make one out of a layer cake. It'll be smaller, but equally fun! thanks for sharing.

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  54. Jeni, my quilt is finished and I have posted a picture on my flickr page, please take a look at it! Thank you so much for the tutorial. MsSpy (Lisa)

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  55. I made it, and I love it! It is my first quilt top to complete, Thanks for the pattern and tutorial! I really did cut it out and sew it together in one evening. You can see it here on my blog, www.addictedtoneedleandthread.blogspot.com

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  56. This is so lovely! It would be a wonderful backing as well!

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  57. I made one! My fabric choices weren't the best, but I got the 8 center points to line up, and everything! My first quilt-thing, ever. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  58. http://quilted-city.blogspot.ca/
    Beautiful choice of colors and such a simple and sweet pattern. Nice job.

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  59. In step 5 you state "press your blocks toward the darker fabric". Did you mean to say "Press your seams toward the darker fabric"? Just trying to clear up confusion. I thought I knew what you meant, but newbies might not. This looks like a fun project that I am adding to my ever growing bookmarks list. Now I wish I had saved all those patterned sheets I donated to charity over the years. Oh well, I'll have to go back and buy someone else's.
    My heart breaks for the Newtown, CN. families. Hug your children close. N

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  60. Hi Jeni-- I love this and I"m looking forward to using some special fabric I have. How did you quilt it? Any particular pattern/design?
    Jen

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  61. love it. Jen, I could use my retro color pack..

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  62. Wow, I just popped over here after reading today's post about your Aurifil Block, and the latest articles you've been in. Looking forward to seeing if I can get ahold of the UK Magazine (whoops, I jsut saw I can get it digitally, nice eh?) I just love this Giant Vintage Star Quilt! Looks wonderful with the vintage sheets. Really cool to see your color theory too :D

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  63. I love this Star Quilt. I want to make one. This is perfect with big blocks...
    Stephanie

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  64. What I ended up doing is Cutting Fat Quarters in half, I am assuming it means square up your FQ to 18", because a FQ is 18x22. please advise..

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  65. I've had this tutorial bookmarked for well over a year now and I finally finished making it this week. It's going to be a wedding present for my brother and sister-in-law. I can't wait to give it to them!

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  66. I have made two of these stars now and have one more to go!

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  67. Hi Jeni, I'm a P&Q tutor in Belfast and would like to ask your permission to teach this quilt top my class? Kind regards, Judith xo

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  68. This is totally wicked (that's good if you aren't from England)!!! Love it and thank you so much for this. I'm just about to pin it.

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  69. Hi Jeni! Love this tutorial so much, I finally shared it (and the Warm/Cool quilt along) with my blog readers. I linked back to you. Thanks for your inspiration!
    http://littlebitsofeverythingqce.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-few-of-my-favorite-quilty-things.html
    Rachel

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  70. Awesome pattern! Plus a great stash buster, which is what I'm doing at this point. I want to buy new fabric but can't sanction it with all of my stash that's quickly becoming Vintage LOL Thanks for sharing!

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  71. Thanks, that pattern has saved my desire to make a quilt for each of my two sons girlfriends. This is super cool! Thanks :)

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  72. Thank you so much for this pattern. You can see my version here:
    http://www.quiltedchocolate.com/2013/11/just-google-it.html

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  73. I found this while surfing the Internet and it seemed perfect for the 16 fat quarters I had on hand. I'm a beginning quilter and I made a mistake that maybe others missed because they know what they're doing. :) I cut the 17.5 inch background squares in half and I realize now that I should have used the 18 inch squares - like the prints squares. sigh... Maybe you could spell that out in your directions for future beginners. :) ps - great pattern!!

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  74. I have a basket of fun black and white prints that would be perfect for this. I've been looking for just the right paten to use them on...

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  75. This will be great for my large stash of 70s sheets, thank you!

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  76. the easiest quilt top I've ever made, didn't use any vintage fabrics at all just stuff from my stash, tutorial was so easy to understand, thank you. Start to finish in under 2 hours, might just have to make another

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  77. Love this pattern! I had been storing my vintage sheets for just the right pattern and when I saw yours, I knew this was it! I have only the top done so far, but have shared with my readers and linked to your blog and tutorial. Thank you for sharing such a simple yet stunning pattern. I have two more cut out. :)

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