Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt

Central Star quilt is great for beginners & seasoned quilters who want a quick finish.

Want to make a quilt that comes together quickly yet has big impact? The Central Star quilt is the perfect project for you! Pick up a fat quarter bundle of your favorite fabrics, and you’ll be set to go. You’ll use Omnigrid® quilting rulers, a rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut and prepare all of your fabrics. Let’s get started!

Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt

Omnigrid® supplies:

Dritz® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • 12 fat quarters quilting cotton (at least 18” x 22” each) for squares
  • 1 yard coordinating small print or solid quilting cotton for stars and binding
  • 54” x 54” quilting cotton for backing, can be pieced to achieve size
  • 54” x 54” cotton batting (such as Fairfield™ Cotton Batting)
  • Coordinating machine thread
  • Masking tape

Other notes:

  • All seams are ¼”
  • SA = seam allowance
  • WOF = width of fabric
  • Finished size of quilt is 50″ x 50″

Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - step 1: pick your fabrics)

This quilt is made from 10.5” squares with a central accent double star. Choose 12 fat quarters that are at least 18” tall x 22” wide.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

10.5” Square Prep:

1) Remove the selvage from a fat quarter and trim to 18” x 21”.

2) Position cutting mat so 1” mark is at lower left corner. Lay the fat quarter so that the 18” edge is aligned with a line near the bottom of the mat. Let some extra fabric overlap a bit at the first line on the left.

Align your ruler with the 10.5” mark and cut your fabric so you have a piece on the left that is slightly wider than 10.5” and 21” tall.

Keeping your fabric in place, align your ruler along the first line on the left edge of the mat and trim so your fabric is exactly 10.5” wide x 21” tall.

Remove the piece that is approximately 7.5” x 21” and set aside.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

3) Turn your fabric lengthwise and align the 21” edge with a line near the bottom of the mat. Align the left edge with the first line on the left of the mat.

Place your ruler along the 10.5” mark and cut your fabric so you now have (2) 10.5” x 10.5” squares.

Repeat for all remaining fat quarters. 


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

Small Star Block Prep:

4) Using the diagram as a guide, cut the fabric for the small star block for the center of the quilt.

Use a piece of leftover fabric from one of the fat quarters for the small center star. The coordinating fabric will be used for background.

Cut fabric:

1pc 4.5” x 4.5” fat quarter print for center

4pcs 3.5” x 4” fat quarter print for star points

4pcs 4.5” x 3.5” coordinating fabric for background

4pcs 3.5” x 3.5” coordinating fabric for background


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

5) Cut the four 3.5” x 4” point pieces in half along the diagonal.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - using Omnigrid ruler, cutter and mat to cut fabrics)

Large Star Points Prep:

6) Cut (4) 10.5” x 10.5” squares from coordinating fabric. Stack them and use a ruler to cut on the diagonal so that you have 8 triangles. 


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

Make the Small Star Block:

7) Gather your point triangles and coordinating 4.5” x 3.5” rectangles. Follow steps 1-7 of the Not So Wonky Star Tutorial to make your star points on all 4 pieces.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - fabric being cut with Omnigrid ruler, rotary cutter and mat)

8) Trim all blocks to 4.5” x 3.5”.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - fabric layout in progress)

9) Lay out all blocks for small center star. Stitch the small star block with a SCANT ¼” seam allowance.

Stitch the top row and press seams towards the outer edges. Stitch the middle row and press seams towards the middle. Stitch the bottom row and press seams towards the outer edges.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - fabric layout in progress)

10) Stitch the top row to the middle row, aligning and nesting seams.

Stitch the bottom row to the middle row, aligning and nesting seams.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - back of quilt in progress)

11) Press seams open and flat.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

12) Square up your block, if necessary, to 10.5” x 10.5”.

Your center star block is complete. 


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - fabric layout in progress)

Quilt Layout:

13) Determine the layout for your quilt.

In a large space, lay out your 10.5” x 10.5” blocks in 5 rows of 5. Place the center small star block in the center of the quilt.

Snap a picture so you can recall the layout later. 


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - fabric being cut using Omnigrid ruler, rotary cutter and mat)

Make Large Star Points:

14) Choose the 4 blocks that are above, below, to the right and left of your center star block.

Use those 4 blocks to make the large star points. Use the 8 large triangles you cut earlier for the large star points.

Follow the same tutorial that you did when making the small center star block.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

15) Trim your blocks to 10.5” x 10.5”.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

Assemble the Quilt Top:

16) Place your blocks in 5 rows of 5. Use the picture you snapped earlier for reference.

17) Starting from left to right, stitch each block in the row together with a ¼” SA. Repeat for all 5 rows.

Press each row. Alternate the direction of the seams for each row.

For example: row 1 press left, row 2 press right, row 3 press left, row 4 press right, row 5 press left.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

18) Place row 1 on top of row 2, right sides together. Align seams and pin. Stitch with a ¼” SA.

Repeat for each row. Press all seams flat.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

Make the Quilt Sandwich:

19) Place the backing fabric wrong side up on the floor and tape in place with masking tape. Tip: You may wish to protect the area around the fabric from overspray with newspaper.

20) Place the batting on backing fabric and smooth out any wrinkles. Fold back ½ of batting. Using basting spray, lightly spray the exposed backing fabric.

21) Fold the batting back down onto the backing fabric, smoothing from the center out. Repeat on other half of batting.

22) Center quilt top on the batting. Fold back ½ of quilt and lightly spray exposed batting. Fold quilt back down, smoothing from the center out. Repeat on other half of quilt.

23) Quilt as desired. Trim excess batting and backing from quilt top. 


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

Make Binding:

24) Remove selvage from fabric. Cut 6 strips that are 2.25” x WOF.

Follow this binding tutorial to make and attach binding to quilt.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - attach binding)

25) Attach binding to the front side of the quilt as shown in the binding tutorial.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt - sew binding; hold in place with Dritz Getta Grip sewing clips)

26) Flip binding over to the back of the quilt and hold in place with Getta Grip® sewing clips.

Sew in place by machine or by hand.


Quilting Tutorial: Make Your First Quilt (Central Star Quilt)

Now, wasn’t that easy (and fun!)?

We’d love to hear from you, and know how your Central Star quilt turned out. Please leave us a comment below!

Big thanks to our friend Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane who designed and made this quilt. Jennifer is contributing regularly to our blog and we’re just loving her super cute projects – we hope you are, too! Check out all the projects she’s made for us here

 

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