Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hidden Star Quilt {Free Pattern}

Hi there! I have finally completed the red/aqua quilt, and am ready to show you the tutorial on how to make this quilt top! :) 

I have decided to name this quilt "Hidden Star" because if you look closely, you can see the white stars come out in the secondary pattern.  :) 

I made this entire quilt with the Pick-up Line Bundle (You can purchase it here) and some white background fabric. 

The backing is this really fun Riley Blake print.  It is 108" wide backing--which I absolutely love using! It was wide enough that I did not have to piece my back.  Which was really nice. :)  I quilted this using a meandering pattern.  

The binding fairy (my mom) dropped by and did all the binding by hand.  She did a wonderful job! I love that I have a binding fairy! It makes my life so much easier! :)  I love the look of hand binding, and I love the binding fabric! Those tiny little flowers, are so cute! 

1 Pick-Up Line Bundle (purchase here)
4 Yards of background fabric (Kona Cotton White)
1/2 Yard Binding Fabric (Purchase here)
4 yards Backing and Batting. (**if you buy the 108" wide backing, 2 yards will be plenty-purchase here)


When cutting from your fat quarters, I used a variety of most of the prints in the bundle.  You will have quite a bit left over from your bundle of fabric, since a lot of the quilt is made out of the background fabric.  I am making a whole other quilt, with the same bundle and will share the tutorial soon. :)

Out of red you will need the following:

  • 10 - 5" x 5" Squares
  • 20 - 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" Squares cut into quarters (Quarter Square Triangles -- QST)
Out of blue you will need the following:
  • 10 - 5" x 5" Squares
  • 80- 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Squares
Out of the background fabric you  need the following:
  • 80 - 5" x 5" Squares
  • 40 - 5 3/8" x 5 3/8" Squares--sub cut into two triangles (Half Square Triangles --HST)
  • 20 - 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" Squares--sub cut into quarters (Quarter Square Triangles-- QST)


**all seam allowances are 1/4"

Step 1. Take one background quarter square triangle, and one red quarter square triangle and sew them together. Place them right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam on one of the short sides.

Step 2: Press, and then sew your background fabric half square triangle to the quarter square triangle unit.  Place them right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam on the long side.  Press open and trim to 5" x 5" square.

*You will need 4 of these units per block. 

Step 3: Take your 5" x 5" background fabric squares and your blue 2.5" x 2.5" squares.  You are going to snowball the corner of each 5" x 5" square.  First, draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of the blue square:

Step 4:  Now place the blue square on top of the background fabric square and line up to edges like this and sew ON the drawn line:

Step 5:  Line your ruler up a 1/4" past the seam and cut:

Step 7: Press open, and set aside.

*You will need 4 of these units per block

Step 8: Layout your blocks like this:

You can see the center square is your 5" x 5" red or blue fabric. You will make 10 blocks with red centers, and 10 blocks with blue centers. 

Sew them in rows of three, and then sew the rows together to make the block.

Trim to: 14" x 14"

Now make 19 more blocks and trim them all to 14" x 14"

When you are ready to sew them together, lay them out with the centers alternating red and blue.  

Once you have all your blocks made, sew them together in rows of four.  You will have 5 rows, by the time you are done.  To make your blocks line up nicely, and the diamond intersections to all line up--pin at ALL intersections.  This will help tremendously! :)

Then sew the rows together-pinning at all intersections.

You can add borders if you'd like, I chose not to add borders. 

You are ready to baste, bind, and quilt! Use your preferred method.

Finished quilt measures approximately 54" x 67"

If you decide to make this quilt, we would love to see it! Shoot me an email (lindsey@fortworthfabricstudio.com) , or you can upload it to your flickr group!

Talk to you soon,

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Missy Shay said...

Thank you for the great tutorial, I'm going to pin it!

Camille said...

Ooo! Looks great. Can't wait to try this.

What program did you use for this?

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Cute pattern! I bought some 108" fabric for the backing of the quilt I'm piecing now and I'm looking forward to using it. I think I'm going to like 108" backing fabrics!

Shannon @ Modern Tradition Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt and pattern. Thanks for sharing it. Sometime, can I borrow your "binding fairy"?--I got a kick out of that. How fun, I'm glad you have something to share with your Mom.

RobotMomSews said...

I love this!! The colors are awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!

RobotMomSews said...

I love this!! The colors are awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!

Unknown said...

love the colors - a glimpse of spring. Thanks for sharing the instructions and drawings.

nettie said...

I absolutely love this pattern and the beautiful fabric it is just wonderful....I truly enjoyed binding this beautiful piece of art......;o)

Sara said...

What a versatile pattern---the binding is so sweet!

Ella and Nesta said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, you are so generous! The quilt is beautiful!

Lady of the Manor said...

This is so pretty!! Lucky you to have a Binding Fairy!!!

Kathy said...

This is adorable! Looks like it'll be fun to make! Thank you for sharing!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Beautiful pattern! I wonder if people would hire me as a binding fairy because i love doing it!

Conni said...

something about that red and aqua combo that I just love!!

Lorna McMahon said...

Thanks for sharing this fabulous tutorial, Lindsey! I love the colour scheme, especially against the white. What a clever name you chose for this stunning pattern!

Rachel said...

Very nice. Wide back with polka dots? Sold! :) Also, I am quite jealous of your binding fairy. I often wish I had one.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful quilt and I can see the white stars!! You are so lucky to have a binding fairy :) Thanks for sharing.
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CeLynn said...

Sweet! I have a bundle of this fabric just waiting for a project. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.

Sherry said...

Fantastic quilt thanks for the tutorial. I am putting it on my to do list. Plus I will be following along now on GFC so I don't miss any of your lovely work!

Live a Colorful Life said...

So cute. I just never get tired of the red, white and aqua combination. That little pickup truck is SO cute!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

gorgeous, Lindsey! and woo hoo for the binding fairy!

Thanks so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tutorial. looks nice...

LA Paylor said...

you are so generous to share your pattern and tutorial

ChristaQuilts said...

Ooh! Another fabulous pattern by Lindsey :-)

Carol Nielsen said...

That is really a great quilt idea. Complicated but lovely.

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