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Project: Hidden Stars Blanket

Whether it’s your first baby, your first quilt, or you need something for a gift, you’ll find this little quilt fun and easy to make. Double the size for a toddler quilt and watch how the stars stretch as you make the quilt larger.



  • All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
  • Finished blanket is approximately 32-1/2″ square.
  • Batting is optional. Include it for a warmer blanket, or leave it out for a lighter receiving blanket.




12″ x 12″ Rotating Self-Healing Mat (RM-12S)
45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/NS)
6″ x 12″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×12)
6″ x 24″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×24)


1 yd. light print or low volume fabric
3/4 yd. dark print fabric
1/2 yd. fabric for binding (3/4 yd. for bias binding)
1-1/4 yds. fabric for backing
1-1/4 yds. batting (optional)


  1. From light fabric, cut (8) 8-1/2″ squares.
  2. From light fabric, cut (4) 9-1/4″ squares. Center on rotating mat and cut twice diagonally, in each direction, to form quarter square triangles.
  3. From dark fabric, cut (4) 9-1/4″ squares. Cut diagonally into quarter square triangles as in the step above.
  4. Following the layout in the photo, arrange the squares and triangles to form the quilt top.
  5. Sew the triangles together in units, pressing toward the dark fabric.
  6. Sew the triangle units together to form the block. Press the seam open to reduce bulk. Trim fabric dog ears so they are even with the quilt block.
  7. Sew the light colored squares and the triangle squares together to form rows. Press the seams in opposite directions for each row.
  8. Join the rows together, pinning at the intersections and nesting the seams. Press the seams in either direction.
  9. Layer the backing fabric, right side down and the quilt top, right side up to make a receiving blanket. For more warmth, add a layer of cotton batting between the two layers. The backing fabric should extend several inches beyond the quilt top. Pin baste or use a spray baste to hold the layers together.
  10. With a chalk marker and ruler, draw a diagonal line through the light, square blocks. Machine or hand quilt on that line to hold the layers together.
  11. Trim the backing fabric so it is even with the quilt top after quilting. Press.
  12. Make the binding strips. Cut 5 strips 2-1/2″ x width of fabric for straight binding. Join ends together at an angle, trim and press the seams open. Fold binding in half lengthwise with the right sides out and press.
  13. For bias binding, especially if using a stripe, straighten a width of fabric to 20″ wide. Lay the 45-degree ruler line on the bottom, cut edge of the fabric, so it lies along the bias grain line. Cut along the edge of the ruler, using a second ruler to extend the length. Cut bias strips 2-1/2″ wide to yield approximately 140″ of binding. Sew strips together. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides out, and press.
  14. Stitch the binding to the quilt top, mitering the corners. Fold the binding to the back and hand stitch in place.