Saturday, December 31, 2011

Penelope's Star Quilt - tutorial

I finished the top of my Interlocking Stars quilt today! Just in time so that I can count it as a 2011 finish. As you know I used my favorite fabric line Park Slope by Erin McMorris. I have loved this line for years and I am so happy that I finally choose a pattern for the fabrics and cut into it.

Penelopes Stars Quilt


The quilt is 102"x 85". I made a rather large Twin size quilt since I wanted it to hang to the floor and not have to have a bed skirt. The quilt will go on Penelope's twin once we move her out of her crib.

Park Slope Stars


Erin helped me to figure it all out on paper before I started.


Here is the breakdown:

6.5" blocks (they will be 6" finished)
14 Columns
17 Rows
47 Stars (47 prints for this quilt I doubled some of mine)
14 Fillers (fillers are just a square with 2 star points on them)
191 White squares

Cut out all your fabric first:

You need 47 prints for this quilt ( Park Slope is only 30 prints so I doubled 17 of the prints to get a total of 47 stars )

Cut out (5) 6.5" squares of each print. For a total of (235) 6.5" squares of your print fabric (there is 47 stars and each star is 5 squares)

Squares all cut


Cut out (191) Kona White 6.5" squares

Then sew all the star points using this tutorial but don't sew the block together.

Trim all of the star points

Trimming Star points


Then lay the whole quilt out. This is what takes the longest as you need to piece it all together like a puzzle. Some stars do not have all 4 points on them. The points that are left over are your " Fillers" these are the ones you use to fill in the blank spots for the outside of the quilt. Just look at the quilt picture to see what I am talking about. They are points for the imaginary stars :)

Laying it out


After all of that was done I took a picture of it (just in case things got out of place) and started sewing it all together. I sewed it altogether in blocks and then sewed the blocks together in rows. Not all of your blocks are going to have the star in the center as shown in this picture. I just started sewing the blocks together starting in the top left corner of the quilt that was laid out on my floor and the first block just worked out to have the whole star.

I have begun.


If you have any questions just ask them in the comments. Hopefully this makes sense.

This quilt is just to large for me to quilt so I will be sending it out to the quilter I just need to find one first. I can't wait to get this one back and bound so that we can all enjoy it!

35 comments:

Quiltjane said...

Amazingly beautiful

Ann said...

Oh the loveliness!
Thank you for sharing your tut with us all, and a happy new year to you and your family.

Cherie said...

This is GORGEOUS!

Candice @ Made With Love said...

The quilt is beautiful; you did an amazing job!!! :)

Jackie said...

It's a gorgeous quilt! Congratulations on your finish.

Kelly said...

It's so awesome! I never thought about piecing it the way you did--though it makes so much more sense! When I made a mini like this, I just stacked and sewed each row individually, but there's so much more room for error that way. I may be brave enough to attempt this pattern on a large scale thanks to your brilliant idea!

Jennifer said...

it's very fun and happy. looks like you did a good job. and i don't think you'll be sorry you sent it out to be quilted.

Cille said...

Oh my... 3 hours into 2012 and I already have a new quilt on my to-do-list. It's a wonderful quilt. The colors are spectacular and the pattern is so happy. Wow....

Jen said...

You really did such a beautiful job! I'm so looking forward to seeing this finished!

diane said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish. You did a great job and thanks for all your helpful hints.

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

I just favorited One shabby chick's pillow of this same pattern ...
I love it! congrats to you! I know twins are so much more work..
cant wait to this quilted... wonderful
congrats.. happy new year

Heather said...

I love this!!! It's absolutely gorgeous!!!

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Really beautiful work Darci! Happy New Year :-)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Impressive construction! Great looking quilt with fab fabrics! Well Done.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that looks absolutely fab, well done for squeezing it in before the end of the year (and can I be jealous you have sun as we have pouring rain?!)

Happy new year :o)

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Oh my gosh, Darci, Penelope is one lucky little lady :) This is SO gorgeous! I want to make one for me right this very minute now!

Mimi said...

This is a beautiful and stunning quilt!! I love all the colours too! Penelope is one lucky girl!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Wow, it's gorgeous!! What a great way to show off collection of fabrics you love!

Barb said...

Darci, what a beautiful quilt. It is perfect for your park slope collection. Penelope is a lucky girl. Happy New Year!

leigh said...

what a perfect pattern for park slope! love it :)

Lauren P said...

Wow! This is a beauty! You did a great job! I cannot wait to make one of my own!

jednoiglec said...

Thank you for the tutorial!
I love love love your quilt and I'm sure that I will try to make it.

Molly said...

This is so pretty! I love the interlocking stars pattern.

Hollie said...

Oooh! It's gorgeous Darci. Spectacular finish!

Sis-O said...

It's a Beauty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the link to the Wonky Star tutorial.

Colleen @ Made By Colleen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the pattern and the colors!

sewkatiedid said...

Hi Erin. Wondering if you have any of the green leaf or light colored pebble fabric left that I could trade?

Thanks, Katie

CJ said...

Beautiful! I'd love to make one like this someday.

Anonymous said...

Could you show how to make the polnts
I'm confused by picture,also I'm a new
Quilter and love the pattern
Thanks

apriyanti said...

beautiful... should be try.. thanks

Anonymous said...

I love the colours in your quilt. But how do you make the points, I'm not sure I understand. Did miss something?

Ginna said...

I love this so much I'm on my second one only 3-1/2" squares (x2). I hope the math works the same. More ambitious but more playful and uses those large scraps, super Fun to make!

Darlene Crosby said...

I am wondering how Ginna's quilt turned out using the 3.5" squares. I LOVE this quilt, just not sure about the star points. Are they wonky but kinda controlled? I will give it a try! Thanks for the tutorial:)

Eu que Fiz said...

Muito lindo, vou tentar fazer e mostra pra professora e pra turma do fundão e da frente também.

Helen Duganlt said...

I think this a great. Quilt. I love it but I am partial to stars and I love color.thanks for sharing. Helen. Dugan. Poughkeepsie. Ny

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