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Dotty Stars

Gather up all the polka dot prints you can find, then combine them to make a bright and colorful throw.

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Designer: Becky Goldsmith
Photographer: Perry Struse

Designer Notes: After choosing the many polka-dot prints for this quilt, designer Becky Goldsmith sorted them into two piles—one a range of lights and one a range of darks. She concentrated the lightest lights in the block backgrounds, then used the remaining lights for the light prints in the star centers and points.

Becky unified the riot of prints in the blocks by making each star primarily one or two colors. She included yellow, black, and white pieces in every block to give each one sparkle. In order to choose the colors for her pieced border, Becky repeated the colors of the stars adjacent to each border rectangle. If you’d like to duplicate this look, use a design wall to lay out all your pieces and help plan the color placement.

2-1⁄8 yards total of assorted dark prints in pink, orange, green, blue, and purple for blocks and border
2-7⁄8 yards of assorted light prints for blocks
5⁄8 yard of black dot for binding
3-2⁄3 yards of backing fabric
66" square of quilt batting

Finished Quilt Top: 60" square
Finished Block: 18" square

Quantities are for 44⁄45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1⁄4 " seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.