Katherine Guerrier's variation of a classic traditional block, 'Friendship Star'is made in three harmonising floral pastels.
All fabrics used in the quilt top are
45in (115cm) wide 100% cotton
- 75cm white floral print
- 2.25 metres of blue floral fabric, includes backing and binding
- 50cm green floral fabric
- 91 x 106cm of 2oz or low loft wadding
- Pale blue machine quilting thread
34 x 40in (86.5 x 101.5cm)
- Thirty six 4in squares in white
- Fifteen 3 1⁄2in squares in white
- Thirty six 4in squares in blue
- Strips of blue 4in wide to total length of 150in for binding
- One 36 x 42in piece of blue for backing
- Fifteen 3 1⁄2in squares in blue
- Forty two 3 1⁄2in squares of green
- Place one white square and one blue square RS together. Carefully draw one diagonal line from corner to corner on the WS and stitch 1⁄4in away on either side of the
line as shown in Figure 1.
- Cut apart along the centre line, open out and press. Repeat with all of the other
blue and white 4in squares to make a total of 72 bi-coloured squares.
- Trim the resulting units to exactly 3 1⁄2in squares, making sure that the seam runs
from corner to corner (see Figure 2).
- Working in horizontal rows and following the quilt assembly diagram shown in Figure
3, stitch the plain and bi-coloured squares together. Then stitch the rows together,
taking care to match the seams. Press.
- Carefully join the 4in binding strips to make one continuous length.
Figure 1: Preparing the half square
Figure 2: Finished square after trimming
Quilting and Finishing
- If you plan to do your own quilting, spread the backing RS down on a flat
surface, then smooth the wadding and the quilt top, RS up on top. Fasten together
with safety pins or tack in a grid.
- Replicate the quilting shown here using the ‘free motion machine
quilting’ method and referring to the photograph as a guide for the design, quilt over the surface of the quilt in
pale blue machine quilting thread. For beginners a simpler version would be to
hand quilt simple star shapes following the edges of the blue and white stars.
This would be a simple machine quilting alternative too.
- Using the blue binding strip, press in half lengthwise and use to bind the
edges with a double-fold binding. Either mitred at the corners as shown here or
sewn and finished separately for each side of the quilt.
Figure 3: Quilt Assembly diagram
Longarm Quilting Machines
The quilt pictured here was quilted by
Jenny Spencer of The Colour Room using
the Feather Meander pattern on a longarm
quilting machine. These machines have
hundreds of options in the quilting designs
available. You can choose edge-to-edge
quilting; all-over quilting of one design
over the entire quilt, or select a number
of patterns to complement each other,
e.g. medallions, feathers, cables and
cross hatching, all combined in one
quilt. Added to these the option of your
own freehand style and a choice of
The quilt top, wadding and backing
are mounted onto separate rollers which
are part of the frame of the machine. This
means that the three layers of the quilt
need not to be tacked together. The
quilting is stitched in sections about 24in
wide. When the first width is completed
the quilt is moved on and the next section
is ready to be quilted. The machine is
hand operated and takes considerable
skill to operate successfully. A similar
setup is the SuperQuilter or the Grace
quilting frames which enable you to use
your existing machine. The section
stitched at any time then depends on the
distance between your needle and the
side of the machine.
First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 12 Number 1 - January 2004