Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt Tutorial
Welcome to my Patriotic Wonky Star Quilt tutorial! I recently created this quilt at the request of my best friend. It may or may not be used in an upcoming fundraiser. If it is, I’ll be sure to let you know.
It whipped up rather quickly and I thought you might like to see how I did it. The key to fast sewing is the assembly line methods. And there’s even a couple bloopers. Who doesn’t love bloopers? (Ok, I didn’t love them when they were happening, but they are a bit funny now.) There are plenty of ways to create a wonky star, as google will show you, but this is the way I approached it.
- 10 Red Fat Quarters
- 10 Blue Fat Quarters
- 12 White Fat Quarters
- 2/3 yard star print binding
Finished Size – 70″ x 84″
For this quilt, cut 5″ squares from each fat quarter. A single fat quarter will yield 12 squares 5″ x 5″
This tutorial will work with charm squares. I opted not to use them since the red, white and blue nature of the quilt was my main focus.
You’ll need to cut a total of:
- 120 Red Squares 5″ x 5″
- 120 Blue Squares 5″ x 5″
- 150 White Squares 5″ x 5″
I’m aiming for these blocks pictured above.30 total blocks that will finish up around 14″. Half the blocks are red and half are blue with tidy white stars in the middle. The fabric measurements and cutting requirements will create a quilt 5 blocks x 6 blocks in this color scheme.
Use a 1/4″ seam allowance when stitching this project.
Start by sorting out 30 white squares. These will be your block middles and you won’t want to cut them.
Next, cut the remaining white squares in half at random angles.
I placed the white piece over the corner of a red or blue square, making sure this is what it would look like once I stitched it in place. Tilting the white piece and slanting it in various directions will give the wonk to your wonky star block.
Then, just “eye balling it” I flipped that white rectangle along an imaginary stitching line. It is now right-sides together.
Stitch the white to the red or blue square using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
I chain pieced all the blue squares at once, then all the red squares.
Flip the white fabric along the stitching line. Press. At this point, if you notice the white fabric doesn’t completely cover the background square at the corner, you’ll need to press the white fabric flat and remove it. Plan to re apply that piece in just a second, when you’ve finished pressing.
After stacking all the pieces in an assembly line style, I repeated the process to add white fabric to the second corner.
My family graciously helped me cut and remove the colored fabrics from behind the white corners. Normally, I would leave the fabric in place, but behind the white star points, you could see the fabrics.
I then squared-up or trimmed my block to be 5″ x 5″.
Once the wonky star points were prepared, I arranged the 15 blocks in a stack.
If you have the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide on the bed of your sewing machine, it will make joining these pieces a breeze. Use the 1/4″ marked line to keep everything straight and accurate.
- I joined all 15 top left and top center seams by chain piecing.
- Next, I joined the left middle and white middle blocks by chain piecing.
- Lastly, I joined the lower left and lower center blocks.
After clipping the chain pieced fabrics apart, I was ready to re-organize them to add that final far right square of each row. Once I added that final right square, I pressed. For rows 1 and 3, press the seam allowances out to the edges. For that center row, press the seam allowance towards the white middle square.
I arranged all the rows as they would look like blocks. Join all 15 top and middle rows by chain piecing. Cut them all apart and add that final row.
I took the wonky star blocks to the design wall and laid them out. This is where you’ll notice the bloopers….
Hum. Those blue star blocks have blue bellies. What the heck?! I started sewing early on a Saturday morning and just started arranging my 5″ blocks to get ready to assembly line sew them. I counted and re counted and I just didn’t have enough blue fabrics. I convinced myself I counted wrong initially and set out to cut more blue squares. I did notice that I hadn’t used my set-aside white squares, but it didn’t click. I sewed up that whole dang pile of blue squares!! I got them on the wall and started to arrange my red squares. Well…. yep. That was when I noticed I HAD cut the right amount, I just cannot follow my own directions. Good gravy!!
Either way, once it was on the design wall, I wasn’t sure I liked the traditional nature of the perfect red / blue alternating pattern.
I decided to whip up two more blocks. One block is cut from USAF uniform fabric, in the style of Deploy That Fabric, my first book. The second block is white with a red/blue star made from fabric scraps.
Let me show you how I quilted it. This was the fastest thing I think I’ve ever quilted, and it is a pretty good size. I did a simple meander style all over the quilt top. I mixed in little cursive “e”s or loops and five-pointed stars. The quilting thread is a white variegated King Tut Morning Sky by Superior Threads. Click on the image to see it larger.
So, you might be wondering what happened to the two blocks that I replaced. (You might not be, I know.) I took those two blocks and decided they needed friends. I should certainly use up the last of my cut squares, since I was over cutting and re cutting and not sticking to the plan I set for myself. Just bopping along. Sewing. Whippin’ up a few more….
Oooops! But that is what the seam ripper is for, right?!