Stars Wholecloth Quilt Block
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Wholecloth Quilt using Sulky Stars Quilt Block – Lori Kennedy

Wholecloth Quilt: Sulky Stars Quilt Block

designed by Lori Kennedy

Star Quilt Block

Lori Kennedy Star Block

Create a wholecloth quilt using this Star quilt block design by Lori Kennedy.

Lori Kennedy is a quilt designer, author, teacher and blogger at Lori Kennedy Quilts (formerly The Inbox Jaunt). She loves personalizing quilts with machine quilted doodles. Lori is the author of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 and More Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3. She takes the fear out of free motion quilting with easy quilting techniques and step-by-step tutorials to help every level of quilter find success with machine quilting.  Lori is a BERNINA Ambassador, shares her tutorials in American Quilter Magazine, and has three Bluprint (Craftsyvideos on creative machine quilting. When she is not quilting or doodling, she can be found hiking the trails of Minnesota with her family, Australian Shepherd and of course, her camera!

from Lori:

Happy National Quilting Month! I’m delighted to share my passion for machine quilting with the Sulky Stars tutorial. Thread is to machine quilting as fabric is to piecing blocks. Sulky offers a full line of threads in a dazzling array of fibers and colors to create gorgeous machine quilting! Use heavy weight thread like Poly Deco 40 Wt. polyester to create focus motifs like the Sulky Star design or use a specialty thread like Sulky Sliver Metallic #8024 to stitch motifs that really shine.  To create a subtle, background texture, choose a matching color thread with beautiful sheen like, Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon. In the bobbin, I love Cotton + Steel 50 Wt. Cotton.

Wholecloth Quilt Star Block

Sulky Stars is a simple machine quilting design, but when it is combined in a variety of settings the stars create complex patterns. 

Star quilt block wholecloth quilt

The Sulky Stars Tutorial

Begin by marking a square and dividing it in half to create two triangles. In the bottom right corner, stitch an arc. Closely echo stitch the arc twice. 

Star quilt block wholecloth quilt

Stitch triangles around the arc. 

star quilt block wholecloth quilt

Continue adding triangles to create a quarter-star motif. 

star quilt block wholecloth quilt

To vary the design, stitch the motif along the center line instead of the corner. 

star quilt block wholecloth quilt

Or add multiple stars within the triangle. 

star quilt block wholecloth quilt

To fill a square block, try different combinations of the stars. 

Star Quilt Block wholecloth quilt


Combine the Stars to Create a Wholecloth Quilt

To create a wholecloth quilt, arrange the blocks in a grid composition with sashing between and a border. For the Sulky Stars Quilt, I arranged four inch blocks with 3/4 inch sashing and 1-1/2 inch border.  I stitched the Sulky Stars with white Poly Deco to create good contrast, then I filled in the background with blue Sulky 40 Wt. Rayon. To create more depth, I added straight line stitching in the border using 30 Wt. Cotton Blendables (#4014).

star quilt block wholecloth quilt

Have fun creating your own wholecloth quilt using this star quilt block tutorial!


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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!