Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ruby Star Quilt

Ruby Star was one of the two quilts that we debuted at the Quilt Festival in Houston. Linda Davis, is one of the "Sew It Up Sisters". She designed the quilt using a charm pack from Moda's Ruby collection.  So, here's the pattern!

Ruby Star
by Linda Davis
Finished size 50” x 50”

Materials needed:
   1 Ruby charm pack
   1 ¼ yd white background fabric – I used Moda Bella bleached white
   1 yd red tone on tone for inner border and binding
   1 yd floral for outer border
   Batting 51” x 51”
   Backing 3 yds
I like having leftovers so my yardage requirements are on the generous side.

Cut (16) 5” squares from white fabric
Cut (16) 4 ½” squares from white fabric
Choose 16 charms for the star points
Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the 16 charms then put them right sides together with a white 5” square and sew ¼” on each side of the line.

Cut on the line and press one toward the print and one toward the white.  Each of these half square triangles will need to be trimmed to 4 ½”.

Sew each pair together along the white edge with the prints forming a “V”

Choose 16 charms for the centers and trim each of these blocks to 4 ½”
Sew these squares into a 4 patch, this will be the center of the star.

Lay out your centers and your star points in a way that pleases you then sew a 4 ½”square to each end of the upper and lower star points

and sew the remaining star points to the sides of the four patch. You can then sew each row together; you will have 4 stars that are 16 ½” on each side.

Cut (5) 2 ½” strips of white and then cut 16 ½” strips, you need 10 and should be able to get two from each strip.
You need (9) 2 ½” squares for the cornerstones, so cut your remaining charms into 2 ½” squares and decide which you want to use.
Sew the sashing between each block to connect them and then sew a horizontal row with the cornerstones between and sew this to connect two rows of stars and then one on the top and one on the bottom.
Cut (5) 2 ½” strips of the red and join these end to end to make your inner border. Measure across the quilt and cut 2 pieces that length and sew them on and then measure across the other way and cut two borders that length and sew them on.
Cut (6) 3 ½” strips of the floral fabric, sew them end to end and measure and cut as for the inner borders and sew on the outer borders.
Your quilt is now ready to be layered with batting and backing and quilted. Use the remaining red tone on tone for the binding.

This makes a nice small quilt to layer on a table or cover  the end of a bed or the back of a chair.  If you want a bigger one just use more charm packs.


  1. Its so beautiful! I want to learn to quilt!!!

  2. Love this quilt! One problem though: I noticed, as I was making it, that the following section is incorrect.

    Cut (5) 2 ½” strips of white and then cut 16 ½” strips, you need 10 and should be able to get two from each strip.

    Unless I put mine together incorrectly, I think you should cut 6 strips and end up with 12 of the 2 1/2 x 16 1/2 sashing pieces.

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. This is making a gorgeous baby quilt for my sister. The bonus is that it was really easy even for a newbie quilter like me. :)