The Sunrise Star Quilt Featuring Ruby Star Society

I just love Ruby Star Society Fabrics. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you are about to find out. But when I was writing my Sunrise Star Quilt Pattern I wanted to make a fat quarter friendly version because, well, it’s easy to get fabrics for. But also because I had a ton of Ruby Star Society fat quarters I wanted to use in a quilt. So I guess you could say for my own selfish reasons you are reading about this quilt.

You can find a copy of the Sunrise Star Quilt Pattern here.

Let’s first talk about the Sunrise Star Quilt Pattern. This pattern is a block based quilt pattern. At the center of each block is a sawtooth star. As the block moves outward the colors change and give the impression of an expanding star or glowing star. 

As the blocks are joined a secondary block appears in the corners, and like magic you have two different blocks in your quilt.

I love this pattern because of the potential depending on the fabrics used. The pattern has two variations. The first variation includes a background fabric and four accent fabrics. This makes every block the same and gives the quilt a nice classic and clean look.

The second variation is the fat quarter version. This means every block in the quilt is different. I love this version because it’s a more scrappy version and adds so much variety to the quilt. Each block is unique and I love to look at each one. 

About the Pattern

The Sunrise Star Pattern is a modern quilt pattern with four sizes:
  • Baby 42 in. x 42 in.
  • Throw 56 in. x 70 in.
  • Twin 70 in. x 84 in.
  • Queen 98 in. x 112 in.

This pattern is written for the advanced beginner. Each block has a good amount of sewing. But, the sewing elements used in the quilt are not necessarily very difficult.

To make this quilt you should know how to sew and trim:

  • Half Square Triangles.

It is important to have a consistent 1/4 inch seam before taking on this quilt, otherwise the pieces of the quilt won't quite fit together correctly. Because each element of the block interacts with the others, if one unit is off it will mess up the design of the block.

As I said earlier, this pattern was written with two variations. You can buy fabric for a yardage version or a fat quarter version.

If you sew the quilt using the fat quarter version there is a couple inches strip left from each fat quarter. I meant to use the left overs for a scrappy binding, but when it was time to bind I completely forgot.

Fabric Choice

Let's talk how I chose my fabrics for this quilt. As I said I had quite a few fat quarters of Ruby Star Society hanging around. Why? Well, I am a part of a Ruby Star Society Club which sends a curated bundle of 12 fat quarters every quarter.

The Fat Quarter Shop is one of my favorite online fabric stores. It has a wide variety of fabrics and notions. They also have a lot of fabric clubs or block of the months you can join. Here is a link to their fabric clubs.

In the past I have been a part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Quarterly Club. Then, I took a break from clubs for a while because I had enough fat quarters. But I was seeing so many fabrics from Ruby Star Society that I loved. So I decided to join their quarterly club.

It's so fun to get a surprise bundle of curated fabrics with a spool of thread and a pattern in the mail every four months. I usually just use the fabrics for my own projects.

I especially love these clubs because I am not great at curating fabrics, or am always second guessing my choices. This allows me to have a curated bundles delivered right to my door. I love it!

This quilt is a throw size so I needed 20 fat quarters. I used one curated fat quarter bundle and then pulled 8 fabrics from another bundle.

The background fabric is called Sketchbook Natural Brushstrokes by Alexia Abegg for Ruby Star Society. The fabric is a nice cream/off white color with spots of different colors throughout. It's a great background fabric.

I really wasn't expecting to love this quilt as much as the more simplified, four accent fabric version. But as soon as the blocks started coming together I fell in love!

This quilt is a throw size. I love making throw size quilts. It doesn't take too long and they aren't so big that they are hard to handle.

I already had the perfect backing stashed away. I had bought it previously when it was on sale. Backing fabric can be expensive so I am all about saving money if possible. In fact, I have a blog post on 4 Tips to Save Money on Backing Fabric.

I sent this quilt to Kaitlyn from Knot and Thread Design for quilting. I was looking for a geometric design with curves. So I decided to have her quilt with the Arches Panto.

Look at the beautiful quilting! I just love the texture and the design.

It's official! This Sunrise Star Quilt is now my favorite. In fact I love it so much I'm a bit afraid to use it.

Don't forget to get a copy of the pattern. You can find it in my shop. I can't wait to see what you make.

Pattern: Sunrise Star

Panto: Arches

Quilted by: Knot and Thread Design

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