The Desert Star Quilt is designed to showcase many fabrics and comes together quickly, as it is made with larger sized blocks. You could also use the same techniques shown to make a larger quilt with this versatile pattern. Since it is made of half-square triangle quilt blocks, a basic building block in quilting, it’s perfect for a beginner!
BEFORE YOU START
- Finished Quilt measures 40” by 40”.
- Quilt Blocks measure at 10” square when finished in the quilt.
- This project uses a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- The quilt is assembled using 12 half-square-triangle (HST) blocks and 4 solid squares. A half-square-triangle block is simply a square that is constructed from two different triangles of fabric that appear to cut the square block in half on the diagonal. There are several ways to create these blocks, but today we are going to share with you our favorite method.
⅓ yard of eight coordinating fabrics
⅓ yard of white solid fabric
1 ¼ yards for quilt backing
1 ¼ yards of quilt batting (45” by 45”)
½ yard for quilt binding
- Using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, cut:
– 4 solid white fabric blocks cut to 10.5” by 10.5” square
– 8 solid white fabric blocks cut to 11.25” by 11.25” square
– 2 blocks each of 8 different coordinating fabrics cut to 11.25” by 11.25” square
- Place two squares of the same size fabric directly on top of each other with right sides together. Using a marking tool (or pencil) mark from one top corner diagonally across the square and down to the opposite bottom corner of your square.
- Using that line as a guide, sew along each side of that line using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Using your scissors cut down the center line. This will create two half-square-triangle blocks!
- Open one of your newly created blocks and press your seam over towards your darker fabric.
- To construct this quilt you will need to take 8 of the coordinating fabrics squares that measure 11.25″ by 11.25” and 8 of the solid white squares that are 11.25” by 11.25” and make the 8 HST blocks that will make up the outer HST of the quilt. You will have a leftover HST block for another project. Trim each of these HST blocks to 10.5” square.
- The inner HST triangles will need to be made of the 8 coordinating fabrics made into HST quilt blocks, following the chart below. For example, the orange fabric and the dark navy fabric will be placed right sides together to form the half-orange and half-navy HST Quilt block. Repeat for all 4 of the middle HST blocks that make up the four center blocks of the quilt.
- After creating the 4 middle HST triangle blocks, trim them down to 10.5” square.
To Assemble the Quilt Top:
Lay out the quilt as shown in the diagram below, using the HST quilt blocks and the four white 10.5” squares in the four outer corners.
Row #1: Take the first white block and place it on top of the 1st fabric (navy blue) HST block and stitch them together with a ¼” seam allowance. Then repeat with the 2nd fabric (hot pink) and white HST quilt block and the last white quilt square. Then stitch those two quilt sections together to complete row #1.
Row #2: Take the 3rd fabric (orange) and white HST triangle and place it on top of the (1st fabric and 3rd fabric) HST and stitch them together with a ¼” seam allowance. Then take the (2nd fabric and 4th fabric) HST and stitch it to the 4th fabric (green) and white HST. Then stitch those two quilt sections together to complete row #2.
Row #3: Take the 5th fabric (yellow) and white HST triangle and place it on top of the 5th fabric (yellow) and 6th fabric (light blue) HST and stitch them together with a ¼” seam allowance. Then take the 7th fabric (red) and 8th (grey) fabric HST block and stitch it to the 8th fabric (grey) and white HST. Then stitch those two quilt sections together to complete row #3.
Row #4: Take the third white block and place it on top of the 6th fabric (light blue) HST block and stitch them together with a ¼” seam allowance. Then repeat with the 7th fabric (red) and white HST quilt block and the last white quilt square. Then stitch those two quilt sections together to complete row #4.
Next, prepare your quilt backing and baste your quilt with your preferred quilt basting method. You are now ready to quilt your three quilt layers together. After you have quilted your quilt, it is time to add your quilt binding. If you need a tutorial for doing that head HERE.
Project design by Elizabeth Evans and liZ Evans of Simple Simon
For personal, non-commercial use only.