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.
BEFORE YOU START
- 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.
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)
- From light fabric, cut (8) 8-1/2″ squares.
- 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.
- From dark fabric, cut (4) 9-1/4″ squares. Cut diagonally into quarter square triangles as in the step above.
- Following the layout in the photo, arrange the squares and triangles to form the quilt top.
- Sew the triangles together in units, pressing toward the dark fabric.
- 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.
- Sew the light colored squares and the triangle squares together to form rows. Press the seams in opposite directions for each row.
- Join the rows together, pinning at the intersections and nesting the seams. Press the seams in either direction.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trim the backing fabric so it is even with the quilt top after quilting. Press.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stitch the binding to the quilt top, mitering the corners. Fold the binding to the back and hand stitch in place.