The Starburst Quilt

The Starburst Quilt is a fun and lively pattern that is perfect for the confident beginner!  Even if you don’t have much experience with foundation paper piecing, you can certainly make this amazing quilt!  Jenifer Dick (the creative genius behind 42 Quilts) designed this amazing pattern and I love it!  There are no tricky sections and the center nine patch really anchors the hypnotic optical illusion which surrounds it!  Just think of the color combinations!  This Starburst Quilt pattern finished size is 36″ x 51″ – perfect for a baby quilt.  You can even make more blocks (each block finished sizes are 15″ x 15″) to make an even bigger quilt!  I decided to make (4) blocks to make a really nice wall hanging.  Let me show you all about it!

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Starburst Quilt – MATERIALS LIST

  • Nine Patch Revolution (book by Jenifer Dick and Angela Walters)
    • Starburst is just ONE of the patterns in this wonderful book!
  • Main Color (I used what I had in my stash, but if you choose a solid color, I would recommend Paint Brush Studio (PBS) Fabrics – their solids hardly fray at all!)
  • Main Contrast (I used PBS Grey)
  • Backing Fabric (I used up the rest of my main color fabric for this)
  • Binding – I did a fancy flange binding and it turned out great!
  • Quilter’s Dream Supreme Batting (because it’s the best and I love it so much)

Starburst Quilt – Supply List

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Starburst Quilt – Cutting the fabric

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Jenifer’s pattern helps get you ready to make this fun pattern.  She gives you the measurements you need for each piece.  The cutting is super easy because you are just using strips of the two colors in a small variety of sizes.  The FPP pattern is very simple.  If you can sew a straight line – this pattern is for you!  I especially loved how the pattern is one page, and not small bits and pieces that you have to connect later.  Granted, you will piece the (4) sections around a nine patch to complete one block – but THAT’S IT!!!  Easy peasy!

Starburst Quilt – Assembly

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Jenifer’s book gives really great step-by-step instructions on the assembly process, which is super helpful if you aren’t sure how to pull this all together.  I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop with Jenifer showing us how to put these fun units together!  Once we made each block, Jenifer recommended a basting stitch around the outside edge of each block.  This is to prevent wonkiness (is that even a word?) when you piece the large units together.  Brilliant!

My finished quilt!

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The entire project came together in a flash! I just love how this turned out!  I mentioned earlier that I was part of a workshop.  Let me show you some other fun fabric options.  Talk about inspiration!  Wow!

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Block by Deneen

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Block by Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know I will be making another Starburst Quilt someday!  Aren’t these great?  Speaking of inspiration, what colors would you choose?  Comment below and share some inspiration!

Happy Quilting!

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ps – If you want to see more great patterns by Jenifer Dick, be sure to check out her new Etsy Shop!  Jenifer Dick and Trisch Price have teamed up with their new pattern company called Everyday Stitches.  SOOO many great patterns!  I’m going to get the “Spoolin’ Around” quilt pattern.  Our guild is going to do a block lotto with these blocks.  Check it out!

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Nine-Patch Revolution – a Book Review

You know about the Nine-Patch Quilt Block, right?  It’s about as basic as peanut butter and jelly!  Kind of like the cornerstone (so to speak) of quilt blocks.  When I found out that my friend Jenifer Dick and Angela Walters were working on this book together – I was intrigued!  I have always admired Jenifer’s work in this industry.  I got to know Jenifer through the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and love many of the quilts and projects she has shared with the group over the years.  When Jenifer asked if I could review her new book, I was beyond thrilled!  Let me tell you all about Jenifer and Angela’s new book called the Nine-Patch Revolution: 20 Modern Quilt Projects!

Nine Patch Revolution

I was curious how Jenifer was going to take the basic Nine-Patch Quilt block and make it modern.  This gorgeous book is fully illustrated and packed with beautiful and inspirational pictures!  As the title suggests, there are 20 Modern Quilt Projects that are fully explained (everything you need to know to make these quilts yourself).  As a bonus, Jenifer has teamed up with Angela Walters who has also provided some extremely valuable quilting suggestions and inspiration for each quilt!  Let me show you some of my favorites from the book!

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Nine-patch revolution – Nine-Patch 

Nine Patch X

“Nine-Patch X is a one block, scrap busting, thrill ride of a quilt!  The wide array of scraps makes this quilt vibrant and playful, and the X in the center of the block creates a fun, secondary surprise!” ~Jenifer Dick~

Don’t you just love that “X” in the center of the block?  Such a lovely surprise!  In her book, Jenifer does a great job of explaining the steps to create the “X” in the center of her scrappy nine patch block.  Jenifer makes note that this quilt is easily scalable since the finished blocks are 9 ̋ × 9 ̋. You can increase or decrease by multiples of 9 to create the size you want.  Yay!  Angela provides a wonderful illustration on how she quilted this quilt, using a continuous curve variation.

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Nine-patch revolution -starburst

Nine Patch Revolution Starburst

“The Nine-Patch in the center of each block anchors the dizzying, mesmerizing optical illusion once all six blocks are joined together.”  ~Jenifer Dick~

This is a fun and unique baby quilt!  Jenifer provides excellent instruction on the “starburst” design and also includes a free foundation paper pieced template.  Sometimes, picking out your fabrics can be a daunting task, but Jenifer has given some great advise and tips to make your selection process painless!  If you are new to foundation paper piecing – not to worry….. there are some excellent illustrations on this process for this pattern.  There are even tips on creating your checkered boarders quickly and efficiently.  Angela discussed her straight-line quilting technique for this project.  She even includes some useful step-by-step instructions that will get you quilting right away!Oliso Smart Iron

Nine-patch revolution -streaked lightning

NINE-PATCH REVOLUTION -Streaked Lightening

“Streak of Lightning is the name of an old-fashioned setting for Log Cabin blocks, named for the lightning effect that appears across the quilt when the blocks are set together. The lightning in Streaked Lightning appears when improv-pieced accents are set reminiscent of those old quilts.” ~Jenifer Dick~

I saved my favorite for last.  This quilt has me thinking of  my Dad, who was a HUGE race fan.  Perhaps it is the black and white that make me think of a race flag?  I truly love how the simplicity of the black and white nine patch is transformed with the colorful “Streaked Lightening” throughout the quilt.  Such an impact!    The block accents allow you to experiment with some improv cutting, so that precision is not necessary.   Whether you decide to make your quilt just like Jenifer’s or choose your own colors; Jenifer gives you design advise on how to make those decisions.  Very helpful!  I also love the simplicity of Angela’s echo straight-line quilting in the nine patch blocks.

If you are looking for inspiration and would like to try some of these modern quilts, I encourage you to get a copy of Jenifer and Angela’s new book.  Pickup your copy from Jenifer’s Website.  You can also add this book to your Amazon Cart.  Either way, you will be sooooo glad to add this modern book to your quilting library!  Check it out and let me know which quilt is your favorite!

Happy Quilting!

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