Sunday, October 11, 2015

Shadow Stars - Quilt/Play Mat Tutorial

Earlier this year I was thrilled to be asked to join the Penny Rose Design Team.  Being able to design and create projects with upcoming and current ranges is great fun and hopefully inspires you along the way.

I absolutely adore making children's quilts - and with the beautiful range "Toy Chest" to create with, these prints reminiscent of the best things in life as a child - who would not love sweet chicks, cute birds, sailing boats, mice with their cheese and so many other fun prints.  Here is my Tutorial to make this Shadow Stars Quilt for yourself.

Shadow Stars Quilt
32in x 40in
1/4in seam allowance included
Fabrics based on 42in Width of Fabric (WOF)

Fabric Requirements
20 Fat 1/8ths Toy Chest fabrics
1.25yds White spot fabric
3/8 yd of Binding fabric
40in x 48in batting
40in x 48in backing fabric

Cutting Instructions
From each of 10 Toy Chest Fabrics for the Main Stars cut 
1 - 4.5in x 4.5in square
8 - 2.5 x 2.5in squares

From each of the remaining 10 Toy Chest fabrics for the Shadow Stars cut
4 - 2.5in x 2.5in squares
4 - 2.5in x 4.5in rectangles

From the White spot fabric cut
10 - 4.5in x 4.5in squares
120 - 2.5in x 2.5in squares
40 - 2.5in x 4.5in rectangles

From the binding cut
4 strips at 2.5in x WOF

Assembly Instructions

1. To make 1 Main Star take a 2.5in x 2.5in Toy Chest Square and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Lay the square right sides together on a white spot 4.5in x 2.5in rectangle.  Pin in place and machine sew in place.

2. Trim away 1/4in after the sewn line.  Press the Triangle out.

3.  Repeat step 1 and 2 for the other side.  

4. This is now a Flying Geese unit and you will need to make 4 per fabric for each of the 10 Main Stars.

5. To each side of 2 Flying Geese units, pin and sew a 2.5in x 2.5in White Spot fabric.  Press towards the main print.  Take the other 2 remaining Flying Geese and pin and sew to either side of the 4.5in x 4.5in Main Fabric square.  Press towards the Flying Geese units.

6.  Sew the unit together as shown above.  Repeat to make 10 Main Star fabric blocks in total.

7. To make 1 Shadow Star you will need 1- 4.5in x 4.5in White spot fabric square, 8 - 2.5in x 2.5in White spot fabric squares, 4 Toy Chest 2.5in x 2.5in squares and 4 Toy Chest 2.5in x 4.5in rectangles.  

8. To make the Shadow Stars repeat steps 1-6 as above to make 10 Shadow Star Blocks.

9.  You will now have 10 Main Star blocks and 10 Shadow Star blocks.  Arrange these in a 4 x 5 formation until you are happy with the placement of the fabrics and colours.

10. Pin and Sew the first row together making sure to match up all the points so that your seams sit nicely. Press seams towards the "darker" or Toy Chest fabrics.  Sew each of the rows together and then sew all the rows together. 

11.  Sandwich your quilt.

12.  Machine Quilt or Hand Quilt as desired.  I machine quilted mine using a loopy Free-Motion design on my sewing machine all over the quilt.

13. Bind your quilt - take the binding strips and join them end to end.  Press them in one direction.  Then press the entire strip in half length ways with wrong sides facing.  Start about half way along one of the sides of the quilt, metering the corners as you go.  Stop about 6 inches from where you started.  Join the ends and cut off the excess.  Continue sewing the binding to the quilt top.  Trim the backing and wadding, fold over the binding and slip stitch into place along the back seam line.

Happy Sewing
PS - isn't my niece a cutie!

Jemima x 


  1. Hi. I love your pattern. It is really cute. I bought some fat quarters the other day that I think will be great in this pattern. Will you please review your cutting instructions for the white fabric. I think the rectangles should be 2.5 x 4.5, instead of the 2.5 x 2.5 that you have listed. Also, you have 80 2.5 x 2.5 squares and 40 2.5 x 2.5 squares. So do you really mean 120 squares that size?

    1. Hi Barb,
      thank you for alerting me to this - I have amended the instructions as you are correct - yes they should say 2.5in x 4.5in rectangles and yes a total of 120 - 2.5in squares. All changed now and happy sewing.

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  3. Thank you. This is a beautiful quilt.

  4. Very cute quilt and love the fabric choice.

  5. I would love to find this fabric bundle to make this quilt. It's adorable. Where can I purchase it?


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