Fat Quarter Shop Star Crossed Sew-along


When the team at Fat Quarter Shop asked me if I’d like to be involved in the Star Crossed Sew-along I jumped at the chance. I’m such a sucker for a good patchwork star and I loved that this one doesn’t use two half square triangle blocks to make the “sparkly bits” (technical term) off the centre star.

We were able to use the pattern in whatever way we wanted and so I decided to do something I’d never done before; free motion quilting. Sure, I’ve done a class on how to do it, but I’ve never actually done it on a non-practice quilt sandwich before. So I decided to do a mini using just one block of the quilt pattern (lucky for me the pattern has the instructions for cutting just one block which is so so handy if you’re wanting to do a scrappy version!).

I decided to have a little bit of fun with the fabric selection and go for something that makes use of the patchwork and the fabric pattern. I just love the idea of using a print with a lot of background in a patchwork block where the background block fabric matches the background of the print.  This bird print from Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park range just seemed to be the perfect fit for what I wanted to do. I love that it looks like the birds are spiralling out of the centre of the block.

Fat Quarter Shop Star Crossed Sew Along - Patchwork and quilting by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

I used Robert Kaufman’s Kona White for the background and there’s just enough of a difference between the Violet Craft fabric and the Kona to give a really lovely subtle nod to the patchwork pattern.

This is the first time I’ve ever done any quilting like this and I’m pleasantly surprised with myself. This pattern is perfect for stitch-in-the-ditch because you can stitch the pattern out without having to stop and start (you just cross over where the star points meet the “sparkly bits” point). I’ve never stitched-in-the-ditch before so it was handy that I was able to use a thread (Aurifil #2021) that just disappeared into both fabrics.

Fat Quarter Shop Star Crossed Sew Along - Patchwork and quilting by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com
“Roar!” said Rex. “Roar!” replied Trippy.

I used a meandering stipple to push the background down and really make the star pop. Again the pattern really works for this because you can pass the meandering stipple through the same point where you crossed over when you stitched-in-the-ditch. Don’t look too hard or you’ll notice where my stitch length was really off as I stopped and started and tried to find my rhythm.

While I was taking photos the Little Man wanted to get involved and very generously shared his favourite toys of the moment with me. Think the kid might grow up to be a photo stylist…

Fat Quarter Shop Star Crossed Sew Along - Patchwork and quilting by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com
“Give me a boost! I can’t reach the zip” said Rex. “That’s cause you’ve only got little arms.” pointed out Trippy helpfully.

I had intended to use the block as a mini, but I’ve been inspired by Gemma (of Pretty Bobbins) and her love of a good quilted cushion and so I made it into a cushion instead. I backed it with a cotton canvas from Spotlight and in a shocking turn of events I actually installed a zipper! I made my own piping using the Domino Print from Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park.

Fat Quarter Shop Star Crossed Sew Along - Patchwork and quilting by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com
As Trippy and Rex spooned, Trippy reminded Rex that “Roar!” is dinosaur for “I love you!”.

I had so much fun making this cushion. The block comes together really quickly, that pattern is really clear and I adore that there’s no break in the pattern with those “sparkly bit” pieces which means that you can have some fun with prints. The block is versatile which means you can use it in a number of applications; I’m thinking a table runner would be fun.

You can purchase the pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop by clicking here. Be sure to check out the Fat Quarter Shop Blog today to see the other amazing items being made with the Star Crossed pattern, or check out the other bloggers involved in the Star Crossed Sew-along here:

Natalia of Piece N Quilt
Daisy of Ants to Sugar
Riane of Vessel Quilts
Angie of Gnome Angel

Disclosure: The Fat Quarter Shop are sponsors of GnomeAngel.com. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by the businesses involved. For further information about my disclosure policy please click here.

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  1. Rachel @ Quiltineering May 25, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Adorable! I have to admit the dino commentary was my favorite part. Thanks for the giggles and eye candy!

  2. Brenda E. May 22, 2015 at 10:12 am

    The cushion is a great idea to use for orphan blocks. I always make a mini version of the quilt or block that I will free motion and audition my thread and design on it so I know it will work.

    1. GnomeAngel May 23, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Oh that’s a great tip! I had never thought about using them as an audition block. Thanks for sharing Brenda! <3

  3. Barbara Fox May 22, 2015 at 2:53 am

    I love the simplicity of the pillow it looks as if you put a lot of little birds in a flock onto it

    1. GnomeAngel May 23, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Thanks Barbara, that’s exactly what I was trying to achieve. Plus I now know that fabrics that match so closely in colour make it really easy to hide errors! 😉

  4. Nancy Stone May 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Very nice cushion.

    1. GnomeAngel May 23, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Thanks Nancy!

  5. Riane Menardi May 21, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Oh my gosh! This is GORGEOUS. And your dinos are having such a blast, it’s hard not to smile at this lovely. The front reminds me of The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock — even though it’d look amazing any time of year, I’d definitely want it around during Halloween 🙂 Great job, Angie!

    1. GnomeAngel May 23, 2015 at 7:44 am

      Thanks Riane! Yes, you’re totally right – it’s perfect for the Birds and now I will never put it in our bedroom! 😉 Hee hee hee!

  6. Karen Thurn May 21, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Good idea. I have some of that fabric! I might have to make one too.

    1. GnomeAngel May 21, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Thanks Karen, if you do be sure to share it with me – I’d love to see it!

  7. Lucy @ Charm About You May 21, 2015 at 2:23 am

    A great way to practice fmq on something real! It’s brilliant and those dinosaurs cracked me up!

    1. GnomeAngel May 21, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Thanks Lucy! It was a great way to do it, I can totally see our house covered in cushions that I’ve “practiced” on. 🙂

  8. Kitty May 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I love your version, Angie!! The subtlety of the fabric choice paired with the flying birds as the feature fabric work so well together. It’s so much fun, and dare I say “sophisticated”? The dinos definitely think so 🙂

    1. GnomeAngel May 21, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Oh Kitty, I don’t think anyone has ever used the word “sophisticated” and me in the same sentence before! 😉 Thank you! <3