Stars, pinwheels and nine-patch units are all popular quilt designs, and this quilt pattern combines all three of those elements. I wanted my quilt to be a bit scrappy, so I varied its fabrics just a bit, mixing two neutrals, two greens and three different red fabrics with the gold, brown and black prints that are repeated throughout the quilt. The end result gives the finished quilt a somewhat scrappy, but controlled, appearance.
Before publishing the quilt pattern, I put out a 'name this quilt' query in our Quilting Forum. A couple of members recommended that the term 'star crossed' be part of the name, and Dee in TX added 'nine patch.' So that's how 'Star Crossed Nine Patch' came to be.
Flying geese surround pinwheels and nine-patch blocks, but the positions of the geese are reversed, creating star tips for the pinwheels and an on-point appearance for the nine-patches.
I'm a slow quilter, especially since I prefer to hand quilt. I'll machine quilt wallhangings, but simply do not like fooling with the bulk of a larger project. The Star Crossed quilt was longarm quilted (in an all-over feather design) by Angela Lamoree of Five Little Monkeys Quilting.
Finished Quilt Size: about 60” x 84”
You’ll make 18 blocks with a pinwheel center and 17 blocks that feature a nine-patch unit. Both blocks finish at 12-inches square.
Fabric & Other Materials
Because many fabrics are used in this quilt, I suggest you cut a small patch of each and pin on a label to mark its designated letter. Alter fabrics to suit your needs. I've added a bit to the required amounts, but it never hurts to add a little more, yourself.
Fabric A - Light neutral for pinwheel block background: 1-3/4 yards
Fabric B – Light neutral for nine-patch block background: 1 yard
Fabric C – Black print used in both quilt blocks: 1-1/2 yards
Fabric D – Dark red fabric for flying geese in pinwheel blocks around quilt’s perimeter: 5/8 yard
Fabric E – Deeper red fabric for flying geese in pinwheel blocks within quilt’s interior: 5/8 yard
Fabric F – Lighter, brighter red for flying geese in nine patch blocks around quilt’s perimeter: 5/8 yard
Fabric G – Green for nine patch blocks around quilt’s perimeter: 1/2 yard
Fabric H – Brighter green for nine patch blocks within quilt’s interior: 3/8 yard
Fabric I – Gold used in both blocks: 1 yard
Fabric J – Brownish gold for flying geese in nine patch blocks within quilt’s interior: 3/4 yard
Fabric K – Multicolored gold stripe for crosswise grain binding strips: 3/4 yard
Fabric L – fabric for backing: 2-3/4 yard or 70” x 94” panel of wide fabric (Backing Instructions)
Quilt batting – approximately 70” x 94”
Refer to How to Calculate Yardage to make a larger or smaller quilt.
If you are a beginning quilter, and aren't sure how to cut shapes for a quilt, refer to: