Quilt For Lovers brings you this beautiful quilt tutorial “Java Stars Quilt “! This quilt is so much fun to assemble, even more so for those who love an illusion, you will realize how you do!
In putting this quilt together, you will have more “scraps” than usual, The free tutorial to make this quilt is available for free.
1 Java layer cake2 3/4 yards light background (19442-20) 3/4 yard red for border (19448-13) 3/4 yard for binding (19445-11) 4 yards for backing (19441-15)
1. Using the background fabric, you will need to cut 36 squares measuring 10″.
2. Start by cutting 9 strips that are 10″ wide x width of fabric (WOF). Then sub cut these into 36 10″ squares.
3. Next we need to make a template. No worries, it’s really easy and you can still rotary cut all your blocks.
4. Take a standard piece of paper (8.5″ x 11″) or similar in size. Cut out a piece that is 4.5″ x 10″.
5. Along the top edge that is 4.5″ long, make a mark at the 1/2″ mark.
6. Now line up your ruler from that 1/2″ mark to the opposite corner and cut.
7. You will have two pieces. You need the piece that has the 1/2″ edge marked. See photo.
8. I am using a background fabric that is very directional for this quilt so you have to cut your pieces carefully. This will make sure when your quilt is together, all the words are as they would be in a book with no words that are sideways.
9. Separate your background pieces into four piles of 9 blocks each. When I cut my templates out of these pieces, I cut three at a time. Just make sure each block is lined up well before you cut.
10. Keeping your background pieces so that you can read the words left to right, take your first pile of 9 squares (only cutting 3 at a time) and lay your template as shown, then carefully place your ruler over the template, matching the edge.
11. Now cut along ruler edge. Repeat for remaining 6 blocks in this set. Keep each piece in its respective pile.
12. Take your second pile of 9 squares (only cutting 3 at a time) and lay your template as shown, then carefully place your ruler over the template, matching the edge. Cut along ruler edge.
Note: You are not changing the orientation of the background fabric, you are only moving the template in each round. Cut along ruler edge.
13. Take your third pile of 9 squares (only cutting 3 at a time) and lay your template as shown, then carefully place your ruler over the template, matching the edge. Cut along ruler edge.
14. Take your fourth pile of 9 squares (only cutting 3 at a time) and lay your template as shown, then carefully place your ruler over the template, matching the edge. Cut along ruler edge.
15. You should now have piles that look like this, still keeping the orientation of the words the same.
Note: If you are not using a directional background (or you do not mind if your words are wonky) you can cut each piece the same and you won’t have to rotate where you cut the template or have to keep them in piles of 9.
16. You can set aside the pieces that were under the template. You won’t use these in this quilt, but you can head over to my blog to see what I did with mine.
17. Next, you need to cut up your layer cake in the same manner. You don’t have to divide up your layer cake or rotate the template like you did the background pieces, just watch the directional prints when you cut them and match them to the corresponding background pieces when we get to that step.
18. Choose 36 layer cake pieces and cut the template from the bottom of each piece. I removed the lightest layer cake pieces since my background fabric is so light. Set aside the pieces that are not under the template.
19. Now divide these template pieces into 4 piles of 9 and match them with the background fabrics like such. Again, watch your directional prints so they match.
20. Using the large pieces of layer cake that you set aside, we are going to cut 36 squares that are 4″.
21. Start by cutting (I stacked 3 pieces again) a 4″ strip from that layer cake. Set aside piece on right. You won’t use these in this quilt, but you can head over to my blog to see what I did with mine.
22. Turn your 4″ strip and cut a 4″ square. Yields 36 squares that are 4″. Set aside the remainder of those 4″ strips to use in the border later.
23. Draw a line on the wrong side of each of your 4″ squares.
24. Now we are ready to sew our blocks! I did one pile at a time. Take your first pile. Flip a template piece right side together with a background piece along the cut edge, leaving about a 1/4″ space at the tip.
25. Sew 1/4″ seam along edge. Press to print.
26. Grab up those 4″ square pieces. On the opposite corner of the wide end of the template, place a square right sides together.
27. Sew ON the line.
28. Trim 1/4″ away from sewn line. Save the trimmed pieces and check my blog for an idea for them!
29. Press to the print. Repeat for remaining 3 groups.
30. Now comes the fun part. Trimming. Don’t groan. This is important…LOL!
31. I squared mine up to 9.5″ first. Remember to keep your blocks in their piles of 4!
32. Then I only trimmed the template side. Line up your ruler along the 9 1/4″ lines on the bottom and left side of your ruler with the matching sides of your block (as shown), and then trim the right side and top.
33. If necessary, turn your block 180 degrees and trim edges to make sure they are straight. This step may not be needed, but check a few of your blocks.
34. I used a design wall to layout all of my blocks in sets of four. One block from each pile. In doing this, all of your words will be facing the same way.
35. You will make 9 groupings of these, laying them out 3 x 3 like such…
36. Sew the blocks into rows and then sew the rows together.
37. From your red fabric, cut 8 strips that are 2.5 x WOF. Piece four sets of two together, end to end. Add to the sides first, trim extra. Add to the top and bottom, trim excess.
38. Using the 4″ pieces that were leftover from cutting the squares, we are going to piece the outer border. You will need 11 for each right and left side, and 12 for each top and bottom strip. To have enough, you will need to cut more from the layer cake pieces you pulled out in the beginning. Just cut 4″ strips in each piece and then into 6″ x 4″ pieces. You will need 66 total.
39. Sew pieces end to end along the 4″ edge, two sets of 11 and two sets of 12. Sew onto the sides first, trim excess. Sew onto the top and bottom, trim excess.
40. Press well. Sandwich your quilt with the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired and add your binding. Then of course, throw it in the wash to smoosh it all up like this….
See too: Morning Star Block