Stars are often associated with dreamers, uniqueness, and wishes. You wish upon a star. You dream under a sky full of stars. Is it any surprise that my favorite quilt block is the sawtooth star? Such a simple, humble block, yet it contains so many possibilities to make it uniquely your own! And today, I have a FREE quilt pattern for you!! It is a generous throw size, but you could definitely make it bigger or smaller by adding or subtracting blocks.
Sky Full Quilt is scrap friendly, fat quarter friendly, and yardage friendly! I’ll show you how I used a flat stack of fabrics from PBS Fabrics to make mine, but you could definitely pull from your scraps at home for a super fun look.
I’m smitten with PBS Fabrics’s new way of providing fat quarters – their flat stack! All fat quarters for a collection come printed together in one piece of yardage. You simply cut them out and use them as you would any other fat quarter bundle. When I first saw them, it got my gears going. What IF I didn’t cut them apart? What if I used the fat quarters like one would use yardage? What a good way to provide a scrappy feel to a quilt without having to cut a ton of fabrics, right? Well, I’m ready to test that theory.
I reached out to PBS Fabrics and they generously provided me with two flat stacks of the blue color way of Shibori Dye Fabrics by Kim Eichler-Messmer, along with white fabric for the stars and navy backing fabric (Painter’s Palette solids). There’s also black and orange color ways of this fabric and they are dreamy!
I chose to make the inside of my stars white and to use the flat stacks to create a scrappy background. The stars finish at 12″ and use 4-at-a-time flying geese, making them a fun and quick sew. Sky Full finishes at 60″ x 72″, a generous throw size.
To make this quilt even faster, I used my Accuquilt cutter to cut out all of the flying geese and half square triangle components. I have the Go! Cutter and used the 12″ Qube to make this quilt. I’ve provided fabric requirements and cutting instructions for Accuquilt within the pattern!
Using the flat stack of fabrics, I was able to get some really scrappy pieces where the different fabrics met, like the rectangle below. It is one piece of fabric but it looks like 4 separate pieces because of how the flat stack is created. I love how it adds movement and interest to this quilt. I’m so pleased by its scrappy nature, and the white stars really help bring resting space to your eyes.
Sky Full quilt is written with the beginner quilter in mind. Although I used a flat stack of Shibori, which was a fabric that didn’t have directional prints, I wrote Sky Full so that if you do have directional prints, you could have them all facing the same way! PBS Fabrics has so many awesome new collections out, and I can see so many great possibilities with this pattern. Scraps or yardage, flat stack or fat quarters, this pattern works with all of them! If using scraps, use the chart on page 2 that shows the total number of pieces needed. I created a few mock-ups to show you what Sky Full will look like in solids, vibrant scraps, or scraps within the same color family.
Use the hashtag #SkyFullQuilt on Instagram or tag me so I can see your creations too!
I hand quilted mine with bright red Aurifil 12 weight thread. I wanted to make the quilting pop, and knew red would have a dramatic effect on the two-tone quilt. I love this quilt and I’m so excited to pop in the wash to get all soft and crinkled!
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