21 November 2017

Petite Christmas Stars Mini Quilt - Free Pattern!



HELLOOOOOO! Hello blog friends! It's been a loong time hasn't it? Much too long I think. 

I think many of you will know my business has taken centre stage the last couple of years so it hasn't left me with much spare time for blogging, but more on that another time ;-) today I wanted to share with you this little mini quilt I made recently. I had a creative itch for stars, red, pink and some sort of christmas theme and this was my result! 

Free pattern as follows;

Cutting
For the star blocks:
(6) 3-1/4" cream squares
(24) 1-1/2" cream squares
(12) 1-7/8" red squares 
(12) 1-7/8" pink squares 
(3) 2-1/2" red square
(3) 2-1/2" pink square

For the sashing, borders and cornerstones:
(4) 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" sashing strips 
(1) 1-1/2" x 14-1/2" sashing strips (please adjust this length if required)
(2) 3" x 9-1/2" border strips (please adjust this length if required)
(2) 3" x 14-1/2" border strips (please adjust this length if required)
(4) 3" square cornerstones 

Block Assembly
For each star block you will need the following: 
(1) 3-1/4" cream square
(4) 1-1/2" cream squares
(4) 1-7/8" coloured squares (either pink or red)
(1) 2-1/2" coloured square (either pink or red)

For each star block you will need 4 flying geese units. Please follow my diagrams below for assembly - this is the no waste method! 

1. You need (1) 3-1/4" cream square and (4) 1-7/8" coloured squares to make 4 flying geese units.
2. Sew 2 coloured squares to the white square. Draw a line diagonally through the centre. Sew 1/4" from the drawn line on each side. 
3. Cut on the centre drawn line. 
4. Press the coloured squares flat. Lay another 1-7/8" coloured square on top and draw a line through the middle and sew 1/4" either side as before. Repeat step with other unit. 
5. Cut through the centre on the drawn line. Repeat step with other unit. 
6. Press seams flat - you have made (4) flying geese units!




Once you have made your (4) flying geese units assemble your block as follows. 



Square up your star block to finish at 4-1/2" square. Make 6 star blocks total. 

Quilt Assembly
Assemble your quilt top following the diagrams below. 
1. Sew the short sashing strips to the star blocks alternating between sashing and block to make a unit of 3 star blocks. Make two units. Sew the longer sashing strip inbetween the two units. 
2. Measure your quilt top and adjust the border cutting measurements above if required. Sew the shorter border pieces to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Sew the cornerstones to the ends of the longer border pieces. Sew longer border units to sides of quilt top. 


Finishing
1. Press your quilt top. 
2. Cut a backing fabric and batting 2" larger all around, than your quilt top. 
3. Make a quilt sandwich with your backing facing down, your batting and quilt top facing upwards. Quilt layers together following your preferred method. I hand-quilted my quilt using Aurifil 28wt in Light Beige and used a Tulip Hiroshima, Quilting needle size 8
3. Cut (2) 2-1/2" x WOF strips for your binding. Join strips together to form one continuous strip. Sew to quilt top following our favourite method.


Size: mini quilt measures approximately 19" x 14"

Fabrics used: 
Various fabrics for star blocks and borders etc all available from Sew and Quilt
Sashing fabric, border fabric, binding fabric

Now don't say I don't treat ya' ;-) happy sewing friends, it's so lovely to have you back again. Until my next post, feel free to follow me on Instagram @messyjesse1 and tag me with your #petitechristmasstarsquilt progress and finished articles! I'd love to see them. Comment below if you enjoyed this post and fancy making one! I promise not to leave it so long next time! ~ Jessie

11 comments:

  1. Fabulous Jessie. well worth a try. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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  2. What a very pretty mini quilt and lovely colours - thanks :)

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    1. Thank you Lesley, yes I love these colours too! I love pink for Christmas :-)

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  3. This is a really nice little quilt, just the right size to hand quilt. Today is my birthday, and I love red and white quilts! Wouldn't it be a great gift for myself?!! Nice to see you back, and thank you for sharing.

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    1. Well happy birthday Carolyn! I hope you had some sewing time on your birthday ;-) very pleased to be back, thank you.

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  4. It's darling! I especially like the border fabric.

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it. French General collections are some of my favourites :-)

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  6. This is adorable. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.
I love reading each and every one. I try and respond to questions in the comments so other readers can see as well. Best wishes, Jessie