Starry Night Sampler | Quilt Layout

Hello, Hello My Stitching Friends! Heather here from The Sewing Loft back for our monthly sit & sew session and it is time for the quilt layout.To get started you will need a few basic sewing supplies and materials. To make it easy, I have created a printable download that you can get here. These additional tools will be helpful in creating your quilt. standard sewing machine iron/ironing board rotary cuter, quilting ruler and self healing mat are helpful *Note the white fabric is mixed in throughout the quilt blocks and also used as the borders & sashing. Backing fabric is not included on the supply list. The Starry Night Quilt finishes 45″ x 54″. The first block we are creating is called a 9 patch. Not only is the 9 patch quilt block a very basic block but it can help your build your skills in so many ways. It allows you to practice your stitching lines, seam alignment and nesting. This is one of those blocks you want to master! In the Starry Night Quilt, we are taking the standard 9 patch a step further by mixing things up with an extra color stripe in each section. Let’s take a look.

My goodness, I can hardly believe that we are in the final phase of our Starry Night Quilt Sampler.  When I designed this quilt, my goal was create something beautiful that would help improve your skills, stretch your comfort zone and build your confidence.

Here is a quick recap of the blocks we stitched together and an image for the layout.

Final Quilt Layout:

Starry Night Sampler Quilt Layout

 

At this point all of our blocks have been stitched together and today, we are focusing on final quilt top assembly. You will need to cut a few additional pieces to complete the quilt top and finalize the layout.

Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut 2 White rectangles 3 1/2″ x 12″ 1/2″
  • Cut 2 White rectangles 6 1/2″ x 21 1/2″
  • Cut 2 White rectangles 4 1/2″ x 45 1/2″
  • Cut 2 Polka Dot Silver 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
  • Cut 2 Polka Dot Silver 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″

*Note- that if during the block building process your white fabric was cut into smaller sections, feel free to piece the long rectangles together.

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS

Sewing Assembly:

To keep things simple we will work in 4 sections to create sub units for our finished quilt top.

Starry Night Quilt Sampler Final Layout

Unit 1 will include the following blocks and cut pieces:

  • Cat’s Tooth
  • Snowflake
  • Variable Star (light color way)
  • Wyoming Star
  • White rectangles 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
  • Silver Polka Dot rectangles 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  1. It's time to stitch together our Starry Night Quilt Sampler blocks to complete our quilt top. Following color key, place 3 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ silver polka dot rectangle right sides together with the Snowflake block and stitch using 1/4″ seam allowance to join. Press open and place 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ white rectangle along side right sides together with stitched sub unit; join with 1/4″ seam allowance and press. Repeat steps with the Variable Star block. It's time to stitch together our Starry Night Quilt Sampler blocks to complete our quilt top.
  2. Following color key, join blocks right sides together using 1/4″ seam allowance to join. Press open and repeat to complete the unit.

It's time to stitch together our Starry Night Quilt Sampler blocks to complete our quilt top.

Unit 2 will include the following blocks and cut pieces:

  • 9 Patch
  • Wild Goose Chase
  • Split Geese
  • Dreamy Star
  • 4 Corners
  • White rectangle 6 1/2″ x 21 1/2″

It's time to stitch together our Starry Night Quilt Sampler blocks to complete our quilt top.

  1. Following color key, join blocks right sides together with using 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open and place 6 1/2″ x 21 1/2″ white rectangle along bottom edge right sides together; join with 1/4″ seam allowance and press. It's time to stitch together our Starry Night Quilt Sampler blocks to complete our quilt top.

It's time to stitch together our Starry Night Quilt Sampler blocks to complete our quilt top.

Unit 3 will include the following blocks and cut pieces:

  • 9 Patch
  • Wild Goose Chase
  • Split Geese
  • Dreamy Star
  • 4 Corners
  • White rectangle 6 1/2″ x 21 1/2″
  1. Following color key, join blocks right sides together with using 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open and place 6 1/2″ x 21 1/2″ white rectangle along top edge right sides together; join with 1/4″ seam allowance and press.

    It's time to stitch together our Starry Night Quilt Sampler blocks to complete our quilt top.

Unit 4 will include the following blocks and cut pieces:

  • Variable Star
  • Split Geese
  • Diamond Sky
  • 4 Corners
  • Silver Polka Dot rectangles 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

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  1. Following color key, join blocks right sides together with 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ Silver Polka Dot rectangle using 1/4″ seam allowance. Press.
  2. Following color key, join blocks right sides together using 1/4″ seam allowance to join. Press open and repeat to complete the unit.

starry-night-final-unita

Now that all your units are assembled, join borders right sides together with using 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open and place 6 1/2″ x 21 1/2″ white rectangle along top edge right sides together; join with 1/4″ seam allowance and press.

I know that was a TON of diagrams but I wanted to really walk you through the process. You can stitch them together and add the top & bottom boarders.

Phew, doesn’t it feel great to have our Starry Night Quilt Sampler all stitched up! I know this post was a TONof diagrams but I wanted to really walk you through the process. If actual pictures are more you speed, I am sharing a few pictures of my units being stitched, on the design wall and tips on the blog.

I’ll be back soon with more details about the sandwiching, quilting and binding process but I understand that a few of you might want to finish this baby up before the end of year. Be sure to come find me on social media and share a few pictures of your finished block using #StarryNightQuilt as a tag, I want to see your blocks stitched together!

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5 thoughts on “Starry Night Sampler | Quilt Layout”

  1. Clairequilty says:

    Thank you for this quilt along and for making it downloadable to PDF’s. Quite fun it has been.

  2. Janice Alonge says:

    While I have only made the first Starry Night quilt block, I,m looking forward to finishing it. I have never done some of the things that are so carefully shown in the diagrams, I feel that I can succeed! Thanks for the rest of the pattern . Janice

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Thank you for the kind words. We really try to bring useful content.

    2. You can do it Janice!! Thanks so much for your kind words about my tutorial. I can’t wait to see your finished quilt! Just take your time and enjoy the process.
      ~Happy Stitching-
      Heather

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