Weekend Project – Stargazer
Updated: Jun 23, 2021
I love the weekend! All week I look forward to some extra time to play in my sewing room, especially during Fall when cooler weather keeps you indoors.
This weekend, I have some wonderful plans to add finishing touches to my new quilt.
I’m going to be stitching my binding on this beautiful Stargazer quilt. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve made this quilt already– it’s SEW simple, SEW easy, and has such striking results no matter what color or size!
Edyta’s Tip: Get your FREE STARGAZER pattern on our website today!
While the pattern calls for a Fat sixth bundle, I’m going to use what I have on hand instead- a Fat eighth bundle from our Olive Branch collection. I’d love to show you how easy it is to adjust the size of this quilt to accommodate 9″ x 20″ Fat eighth cuts.
To follow along, you will need: – Fat eighth bundle (Olive Branch) -2 yards of background fabric (8511-LN) -Creative Grids Rulers (8.5″ square and 4.5 x 12.5″) –Olfa Rotary –Sewline Fabric Pencil (Pink) -Aurifil Thread (2310) –Stargazer FREE Pattern*
*Important: We will be using the pattern for the quilt’s layout, but will adjust our pieces to accommodate for a Fat eighth bundle*
Start by cutting 26 light 9″ squares and 26 color 9″ squares*.
*Important: For the color squares, you will cut 1 square from each of the 21 colors in the Olive Branch bundle. You will then need to cut an additional 5 color squares choosing from your favorite colors to complete all 26 cuts*
Place 2 squares, 1 light and 1 color, right sides together with the light square on top.
Draw a diagonal line using your Sewline pencil from corner to corner.
Sew on each side of the line staying a 1/4″ away from it. After you finish sewing, cut on the line to make 2 HST units.
Press your HST unit to push the seam allowance towards the dark.
Using your rotary and ruler, square your block to 8.5″ (the size of the ruler).
Repeat to make a total of 52 HST units in a variety of colors from your Olive Branch bundle
following the quilt’s image above for inspiration.
Cut 12 light 8.5″ squares from the remaining background fabric for the corners of your stars. In the pattern, the corners are made from light HST units. We will replace them with just the solid, light square.
Arrange all of your pieces following the quilt’s image at the beginning of this blog. Sew them into rows, sew the rows together, and quilt. Now we can all enjoy a relaxing day of hand stitching the binding.