Starburst

Materials

Based on 112cm/44in wide fabric

  • 50cm of purple print for outer border
  • 50cm plain black for blocks, centre band, inner border and binding
  • 56cm x 50cm (fat quarter) of violet batik for blocks
  • 56cm x 25cm (fat eighth) of lavender batik for blocks
  • 56cm x 25cm (fat eighth) of lilac batik for blocks
  • 56cm x 25cm (fat eighth) of mauve batik for blocks
  • 56cm x 25cm (fat eighth) of purple batik for blocks
  • 56cm x 25cm (fat eighth) of orange batik for blocks
  • 56cm x 25cm (fat eighth) of yellow batik for blocks
  • 56cm x 25cm (fat eighth) of plain white for blocks
  • 15cm x 15cm square of green batik for blocks
  • 70cm of natural calico for backing
  • 70cm of 2oz wadding
  • Foundation paper

Finished Size

57 x 95cm (22 1⁄2in x 37 3⁄8in)

Skill Level

Experienced

Suppliers

Similar materials are available from all good quilt shops, or raid your scraps bag and see how many different coloured versions you can come up with.

Log Cabin has it all! With its clean lines, high contrast, simple construction and versatility of shape and set, the familiar Log Cabin is loaded with design potential. If you’ve been searching for a pattern that combines 19th century tradition with 21st century pizazz then this is the one for you. With a curved theme where narrow strips are placed on three sides of the block, elongating it into a rectangle

Preparation

  1. If wished, you can cut the border sections first and put them to one side labelled for later. Alternatively cut them as you need them referring back to this section for measurements. Cutting first is a good habit to get into as, for a large quilt, it means you have the whole length of the fabric. If you leave it to after the blocks are pieced you may not have a long enough strip and will need to piece the borders. Cut the following:
    • One strip 1 1⁄2 x 29 5⁄8in from plain black for centre band
    • Two strips 1 x 29 5⁄8in from plain black for the inner side borders
    • Two strips 1 x 16in from plain black for the inner top and bottom borders
    • Two strips 4 x 31 1⁄8in from purple print for outer side borders
    • Two strips 4 x 22 1⁄2in from purple print for outer top and bottom borders
  2. You can cut pieces for each block following the table, alternatively cut them as you sew each foundation piece. Some people just grab scraps and sew them on and trim away later, others like to cut the strips to size first. It doesn’t matter which approach you use, but the strip method probably is more economical with your fabric.

Block A

One 1 1⁄4 x 1 1⁄4in square in green – piece 1
One 1 x 13⁄4in strip in black – piece 2
One 1 x 2in strip in black – piece 3
One 1 x 2in strip in lavender – piece 4
One 1 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2in strip in lavender – piece 5
One 1 x 2 1⁄2in strip in violet – piece 6
One 1 x 2 3⁄4in strip in violet – piece 7
One 1 x 3 1⁄4in strip in lilac – piece 8
One 1 1⁄2 x 3 1⁄4in strip in lilac – piece 9
One 1 x 4in strip in black – piece 10
One 1 x 3 1⁄2in strip in black – piece 11
One 1 x 4 1⁄2in strip in mauve – piece 12
One 1 1⁄2 x 4in strip in mauve – piece 13
One 1 x 5in strip in orange – piece 14
One 1 x 4 1⁄2in strip in orange – piece 15
One 1 x 5in strip in purple – piece 16
One 1 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2in strip in purple – piece 17
One 1 x 6 1⁄4in strip in yellow – piece 18
One 1 x 5in strip in yellow – piece 19
One 1 x 6 1⁄2in strip in violet – piece 20
One 1 1⁄2 x 5 3⁄4in in violet – piece 21
One 1 x 7 1⁄2in strip in white – piece 22
One 1 x 61⁄2in strip in white – piece 23
 
Figure 1: Foundation Pattern Block A
Figure 1: Foundation Pattern Block A

Figure 2: Foundation Pattern Block B
Figure 2: Foundation Pattern Block B

Figure 3: Foundation Pattern Block C
Figure 3: Foundation Pattern Block C

Blocks B and C

One 1 1⁄4 x 1 1⁄4in strip in green – piece 1
One 1 x 1 3⁄4in strip in black – piece 2
One 1 x 2in strip in black – piece 3
One 1 1⁄2 x 2in strip in lavender – piece 4
One 1 x 2 3⁄4in strip in lavender – piece 5
One 1 x 2 1⁄2in strip in violet – piece 6
One 1 x 3 1⁄4in strip in violet – piece 7
One 1 1⁄2 x 3in strip in lilac – piece 8
One 1 x 4in strip in lilac – piece 9
One 1 x 3 1⁄4in strip in black – piece 10
One 1 x 4 1⁄2in strip in black – piece 11
One 1 1⁄2 x 3 1⁄2in strip in mauve – piece 12
One 1 x 5in strip in mauve – piece 13
One 1 x 4in strip in orange – piece 14
One 1 x 5 1⁄2in strip in orange – piece 15
One 1 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄2in strip in purple – piece 16
One 1 x 6 1⁄4in strip in purple – piece 17
One 1 x 4 3⁄4in strip in yellow – piece 18
One 1 x 6 1⁄2in strip in yellow – piece 19
One 1 1⁄2 x 5in strip in violet – piece 20
One 1 x 7 1⁄2in strip in violet – piece 21
One 1 x 5 1⁄2in strip in white – piece 22

Block B only

One 1 x 8 1⁄4in strip in black – piece 23

Block C only

One 1 x 8 1⁄4in strip in white – piece 23
One 1 x 8 1⁄4in strip in black – piece 24

Making the Blocks

  1. Make six of block A, four of block B and two of block C. Using the full size patterns, draw the block design onto foundation paper transferring all seam lines and numbers.
  2. Cut out the squares and strips as listed. Place the centre square for piece 1 RS up on the unmarked side of the paper. Hold it up to the light to make sure that the piece covers the whole area marked 1 and extends beyond the drawn lines on all sides. Secure with a pin. As you get more confident you may find you can dispense with the pin and just start sewing.
Starburst
  1. Place the piece 2 strip on top of the piece 1 square with RS together and pin in place. With marked side of the paper uppermost sew exactly on the seam line between pieces 1 and 2. Begin by sewing a couple of stitches before the line begins and extend a few stitches at the end of the line.
  2. Trim the seam allowance to 1⁄4in. Fold open the strip and press. Place piece 3 across piece 2 and the centre square 1, with RS together, pin in place. Sew on the line between piece 3 and piece 2 and the centre square 1. Fold open piece 3 and press.
  3. Continue to add strips in numerical order to complete the block. A 1⁄4in seam allowance is allowed on the patterns, so trim excess fabric and paper to the outside lines

Assembling the Quilt

  1. Refer to the photograph and also the layout diagram in Figure 4 and arrange the blocks in two vertical rows of six blocks with the centre band in between. Take special care to place each block in the right direction to form the oval design.
  2. Sew the blocks together in vertical rows and then sew the rows to each side of the centre band. Before pressing remove the paper from the seam allowances, but leave the rest of the paper intact until the quilt top is complete.
  3. Sew the longer inner plain black borders to the sides of the quilt and sew the shorter inner borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the seams towards the borders.
  4. Sew the longer outer purple print borders to the sides of the quilt and sew the shorter inner borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press the seams towards the outer borders. Remove all the remaining foundation paper, a squirt of water from a plant mister helps it tear.
Figure 4: Quilt layout showing borders
Figure 4: Quilt layout showing borders

Quilting and Finishing

  1. Layer and tack the quilt top with the wadding and lining. Pauline has quilted radiating lines from the inner corners to the centres of each block. She has also quilted in the ditch around the centre green square and all the remaining strips. Quilt lines 1 3⁄8in apart across the outer border or quilt a pattern of your choice.
  2. Remove all tacking threads and bind the quilt with 2 1⁄4in wide double binding. Attach a hanging sleeve to the back and a label which includes your name and date. You could include Pauline Johnston’s name as the designer.

First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 14 Number 9 - September 2006