I am super excited about this quilt! The design has been bouncing around in my mind for a while. This tutorial will guide you through how to make it and includes the PDF Pattern Downloads for the letters. I decided to share the pattern in a hurry after the enormous feedback for requests for the pattern. I made a couple of updates on 11/27/19, so if you printed the instructions on the blog before that, please reprint.
The final quilt measures 96″ x 112″ (a QUEEN) and is designed to use layer cakes.
MATERIALS FOR THE STAR BLOCK
I used a 10″ layer cake and Fat Quarters. You need 38 “colors” if you want all the stars to be different. You need two (2), 10″ squares for each color totaling 76 squares. I only had one layer cake, so I bought fat quarters for the remaining colors I needed.
We need 6 1/2 yards of background colors.
You need the following cut pieces of each color star block:
- SMALL SQUARES FOR MAKING FLYING GEESE: Use one 10″ square and cut it in equal quarters making four (4), 5″ squares. OR cut them from the fat quarter.
- LARGE SQUARE FOR MAKING FLYING GEESE: Cut one 9 1/4″ square from your background fabric.
- LARGE SQUARE FOR CENTER OF STAR: Use one 10″ square and cut it down to a 8 1/2″ square. OR cut it from the fat quarter.
- FOUR CORNER BACKGROUND SQUARES: Cut four (4), 4 1/2″ squares from the background fabric.
MATERIALS FOR THE NOEL BLOCKS
I want my NOEL blocks to all be the same color. You need 1 yard of this color. Background color is included in the total above (about 1 yard).
MAKING THE FLYING GEESE FOR THE STARS
Step 1: Gather one 9 1/4” background square and four 5” colored squares. The large square is the “goose” and the four smaller squares are the outer triangles or “sky” of the flying geese. This will make them the points of the star.
Step 2: On each small square, on the wrong side, draw one line diagonally from one corner to the other. Use a ruler to make sure the lines are straight and in the center.
Step 3: Align one small square, right sides together (RST), with the top and right edges of the large square. Align a second small square, RST, with the bottom and left edges of the large square. The drawn diagonal lines make one continuous line where the center points overlap.
Step 4: Either draw another line on each side of the center diagonal line at a ¼” and stitch right on top of each of these lines OR use a ¼” foot and sew a quarter inch on either side of the line.
Step 5: Press to set the seams.
Step 6: Cut on the center line creating two equal units.
Step 7: On both units, lay the two small triangles back to double check size is correct. Press seams open.
Step 8: On both units, with RST, line up a small square with the bottom right corner. The diagonal line runs from the center to the bottom right corner.
Step 9: As in Step 4, either draw additional lines ¼” from the center line on both sides and stitch on top those lines or use a ¼” foot and sew ¼” on either side of the drawn line.
Step 10: Press to set seams.
Step 11: Cut on the center line on both units.
Step 12: Press seams to set. Lay small triangles back and turn right side down to press seams open.
Step 13: Trim to 4 ½” x 8 ½”. Leave ¼” at the top of the “goose”/triangle. The edges of the triangle run to the bottom corner on both sides. There will be little to nothing to trim. Mostly you are just trimming off the little seam tags on the ends.
MAKING THE FLYING GEESE FOR THE STARS
Step 1: Using the image here sew the blocks together as outlined.
- Sew block 1 to block 5. Press seams to block 5.
- Sew block 2 to the bottom of block 5. Press seams to block 5.
- Sew block 6 to block 3. Press seams to block 6.
- Sew block 9 to block 3. Press seams to block 9.
- Sew block 7 to block 4. Press seams to block 7.
- Sew block 8 to block 4. Press seams to block 8.
- Sew 6/3/9 to 1/5/2 and press seams to toward 1/5/2.
- Sew 7/4/8 to 1/5/2 and press seams toward 1/5/2.
MAKING THE NOEL LETTERS
These blocks are paper pieced. You need to download and print the patterns for N, E and L by clicking on the letter to get the PDF tile. If you need to learn how to paper piece, you can click here to learn from my tutorial. Beneath each letter are the instructions for the order to sewing the sections together.
To piece the N block start with piece A1 and continue adding pieces until all 9 pieces are together. There is only one section for this block.
To piece the L block start with piece A1 and continue adding pieces until all 7 pieces are together. There is only one section for this block.
To piece the E block start by piecing Section A. Then piece section B. Piece section C. Sew section A to B. Sew section C to AB.
MAKING THE O LETTER STAR BLOCK
This block goes together like all the other star blocks with only one exception.
- Make the four (4) flying geese for the outer part of the star.
- Instead of making an 8 1/2″ block for the center of the star, cut one (1), 6 1/2″ square in background fabric.
- Cut two (2) strips 6 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ long. Sew this to the top of the 6 1/2″ background block.
- Cut two (2) strips 8 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ long. Sew them to the other two sides of the background block.
- The block should measure 8 1/2″ and you can now add the flying geese to the square.
If you make your quilt the full queen size, note that I put the NOEL on the third row from the bottom so that it would land in the right place on my bed. Use #noelquilt on social media so I can see your beautiful quilts.