Fall Quilt – featuring Hello Bear fabrics

I started making this quilt back in November 2017! I finally finished it in 2018, but never got around to writing the blog post! Apparently, I had already written everything you’ll find below in 2017, and now I’m finally publishing…. Working on catching up on posts for what I’ve made, because this is where I keep track of all the things, and if I don’t write the post I’ll forget all about it!

Fabric Choices

I went to FabricBubb.com for some bundle inspiration and saw this fall bundle with Hello Bear 🙂 I’m really obsessed with this fabric, even though it might fit better in a kids bedroom than in my living room. Whatever, I love it. I needed more fabric to make the twin size, so I started with some of her choices and expanded a little…. Here’s the list of what I used to make this 72×90 quilt.

  • 1 Yard Hello Bear
  • 1/2 Yard Pearl Bracelet
  • 1/2 Yard Gold Metallic Creativity text
  • 1/2 Yard Gold on Grey Arrows
  • 1/2 Yard White with Orange Animals
  • 1/2 Yard Grey Owls
  • 1/2 Yard Grey Hexis with Orange
  • 1/2 Yard Grey Leaves
  • 1/2 Yard Orange “Follow Suit”
  • 1/2 Yard Orange with plus signs
  • 1/2 Yard Dark Brown with White spot strips
  • 4 Yards Essex Linen in Natural (because I’m obsessed… I should probably buy a bolt of this stuff
  • Backing from Joann’s (plaid flannel)
  • Binding from Joann’s (orange gingham)

This was barely enough fabric for the quilt I ended up making, but it worked

Quilt Pattern

Again, couldn’t decide the pattern I wanted to use. I loved all the fabrics chosen, so I wanted something that displayed each one, but wasn’t just large squares. I went through my “Quilting” pin board and remembered this “Penelope’s Star Quilt” from a long, long time ago here.

I loved that the star pattern created a slightly larger star than just an americana-style star made with half-square triangles (not sure what that star pattern is actually named). It looked like a great way to show off all my pretty fabrics!

That blog hasn’t been updated in over 4 years, and the blogger isn’t on instagram, so I’m going to post my updated tutorial here. Just wanted you to know that this is totally not my idea.

Tutorial

Once you get moving, this is not a hard quilt at all, but the calculations at the beginning can be a little cumbersome…

  1. Pull out your graph paper: This is my first step when starting a new quilt…. and the typical result is below… The great thing about this quilt, is that it can easily be adjusted to any size in 6″ increments. There will always be non-complete stars on the edges, so you can pretty much cut them off anywhere. Then, I figured out the following groups: full stars (all four point blocks + a middle solid block), three-point stars (three point blocks and a middle solid block), and single point blocks.

    My totals: 26 Full Stars, 10 Three-Point Stars, 10 Single Point Blocks
  2. Start cutting your fabric! Based on your graph paper calculations…. figure out how many squares of each color you need and start stacking by star (5-6.5″ print squares, 4-6.5″ neutral squares/ full star; 4-6.5″ print squares, 3-6.5″ neutral squares/ three-point star; 1-6.5″ print, 1-6.5″ neutral square/ single point block).With the amount of fabric I bought, I didn’t quite have enough for full 6.5″ pieces sometimes. The other nice thing about using this pattern is that the wonky-star aspect allows for small pieces of fabric if you’re running out!
  3. Keep star types separate: I stacked the groups by type (full star, three-point, single-point) so I could keep track when I started assembling the quilt. I do think that this helped for a quick layout
  4. Start building the wonky star points, but don’t build a whole block: Ok, so the original blogger recommended this wonky-star tutorial, and I’ve recreated it below. Do not assemble into a full block. Continue to keep the star together by color/ type for when we go to layout the quilt (If you look at the pattern this makes sense to you).
  5. All the blocks completed? You should have three stacks now before going to layout…
  6. Layout into rows: Layout the quilt blocks following your graph paper (or my illustrator version) closely by laying out group of stars. It’s sort of like a puzzle once you get started. Once it’s random or not random (whatever you want!) enough, take a photo of your layout…. just in case
  7. Stack the rows: The original blogger than assembles as blocks, which I don’t do… but let’s be honest, I’m probably doing this wrong. It’s just easier for me to keep track this way. I number each row and then stack it in order, so the whole quilt is in one little stack when I go to start putting it together. Maybe it’s easier to assemble bigger blocks and then stitch those blocks together, but I can’t have the quilt out on my living room floor for days while I work on this.
  8. Start sewing the top together!

Ok you know the drill from here. rereading this two years later, and not sure it totally made sense…. comment if you have any questions!

The Finished Product

I didn’t do any fancy quilting for this one, but I did use a cozy plaid flannel backing with a gingham binding! Of course, I added my pretty label to the corner!

This quilt might be the biggest I’ve ever made! The size is super cozy, though, and I’m obsessed! Since I did simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, the size wasn’t a big issue this time

Comments

First of all, this pattern is really simple, but I feel like this particular wonky-star method is very wasteful. So much trimming! I can practically make another quilt out of the trimmed Essex Linen!

On sewing sites and podcasts, I’ve heard the Essex Linen shrinks quite a bit more than cotton, so I chose to pre wash everything. This added a little bit of time to my completion schedule, because then I needed to IRON EVERYTHING!! Somethings tangled in the wash and just got seriously wrinkles or twisted, so ironing was necessary, but took forever. Not something I usually deal with.

I’m happy with this flannel plaid backing. Last year, I made a quilt with a flannel backing from Joann’s, and it pilled and looked awful. This was a premium flannel (by Plaiditudes), and while I definitely prefer Mammoth, this one was available and worked well!

after two years, my terrible binding is starting to wear out – I have to restitch some sections down because the batting is showing through! Also the plaid is OK, Mammoth is just the best, and I hate when I don’t plan ahead and resort to Joann’s flannels…

In 2019, I pulled together this IGTV from my Instastories and photos of making this quilt. Hope you enjoy!

 

Thanks for reading this whole post! Don’t worry: Christmas content is coming soon!!!! hahaha two years ago.

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