Island Batik Star Struck Quilt Tutorial

This month’s challenge for Island Batik is Star Struck and this is my quilt tutorial and free pattern for my modern version of a star.

I had a difficult time getting the color match on the full quilt photos! This looks a bit yellow–background fabric is actually white. See the close up of the star point below for the true colors.

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge this month was to create a Star Quilt.  I decided to take a modern approach and create an oversized wonky star using a limited color palette.  The modern design principles I played with included:

  • Playing with scale
  • Use of negative space and high contrast
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Asymmetry

If you want to read more about my perspectives on modern design principles, check out my earlier post HERE and HERE on this topic.

Designing the Star

I decided that I wanted to make a modern wall hanging with one oversized star.  Since I had never made a wonky star, I did some searching on the web and YouTube to learn the basic approach.  I knew that the points were usually asymmetrical and I quickly learned the basic piecing approach.

However, I wanted my star to be much larger than the ones demonstrated in the other tutorials so I did a bit of simple sketching to see how large I wanted to go.  I settled on a block design that would have very skinny, long points.  That meant that the inner square would have to be relatively small–I settled on 4 inches finished as my target finished size.

The finished quilt measures  44″ square.  I’ve attached a PDF layout of the finished dimensions.

My Fabrics

[Fabrics used in the project were provided to me by Island Batik–the sponsor for the Island Batik 2018 Ambassadors.)

To make this quilt, I used:

  • one yellow print for star center square –5 inch square of a yellow/red Sunflower Serenade
  • Star points and fragments in the inner border–1/2 yard of cherry red Dragonfly Dreams
  • Fabric for background and borders–2-3/4 yards of Almond Neutral.

Making the Star Points

For each point block, I wanted the points to be unequal lengths.  I did NOT make a template or measure them out.  It was an improvisational process.  Here’s how I did it.

Cut a strip measuring 5″ x 18 inches from the background.  Cut 2 red strips measuring 2″ x 15 inches.

Then, I took one red strip and laid it at an angle on the background at just beyond the halfway point on the short end of the background strip.  I sewed it from the tip on the left to the end of the background using a1/4 inch seam.

I pressed it open, and then laid the second strip across and sewed it across the first strip. I sewed it from the left end going towards the right end.  I then pressed it open to create the V shape.

After pressing open, trim the sides and background to 4-1/2 inches by 15-1/2 inches. Note that this is one of my test versions.  I played with placement so that the two points would be more uneven…but forgot to take more photos!!!

Close up of Star point in truer colors.  Note the star edge-to-edge quilting motif.

Improvisational Inner Border

I cut small leftovers and pieced them into background strips.  I sewed these pieces together and cut the borders to the lengths shown below in the layout.

Here are some close ups of parts of the borders.

To make the borders, I cut and pieced scraps leftover from making the star points.

Another border close up.



Here are the UNFINISHED sizes of the blocks.

BLOCK A :  4-1/2″ by 4-1/2″

BLOCK B :  4-1/2 ” by   15-1/2″

BLOCK C :   15-1/2″ by  15-1/2″

BLOCK  D:  34-1/2″ by  5-1/2″

BLOCK E :   5-1/2″  by  44-1/2″


I hope you will try this process to make your own Star Wall Hanging.

How about adding a 1 inch wide (finished) inner border and making the star in cool blues for a modern winter holiday look.

And, of course, you can make it in red, green and gold for Christmas!

Quilting Ideas Designed on EQ8

I wasn’t sure how I wanted to quilt this wallhanging.  Then, I decided to use random straight lines that vaguely looked like a star in the four large squares.  To test my idea, I created a quilting motif using EQ8.  However, I ended up giving the quilt to Carol Byrnes to long arm quilt for me–she used a complementing edge to edge star motif.  But, I am glad that I played with this feature in EQ8–I can give some custom design ideas to longarmers in the future.

Here’s a screen shot of the motif.


Here’s a screen shot of the motif on a photo of the quilt top.  In the upper right block, I altered the thread thickness in EQ8 and made the thread very bold so that you can see it better.

EQ8 is a great program for testing quilting ideas.  You can use the program to design a custom motif or use one of the standard quilting motifs provided in the software.


I created a faced binding for this quilted wallhanging because I wanted the infinite edge of the borders to really stand out.  For a tutorial on making a faced binding, go HERE.




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3 Responses to Island Batik Star Struck Quilt Tutorial

  1. Kathleen McCormick November 19, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    What a lovely technique. I am enjoying learning more about EQ too.

  2. Brenda Grannan September 8, 2020 at 8:46 am #

    Wow, I love this pattern idea! beautiful.

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