A festive framework for Starry Lane blocks results in a bright wall hanging. Fanciful orange, red, and yellow prints from Julie Paschkis' Folklorica collection for In the Beginning Fabrics make pinwheels and star points pop like colorful confetti against the black background.

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Materials

Inspired by "Skylight Stars" from designer Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip

Quiltmaker: Laura Boehnke

1/8 yard orange tone-on-tone (blocks)
5/8 yard yellow print (blocks)
1-1/8 yard black-and-green floral (blocks, sashing, outer border, binding)
1/4 yard teal wavy print (blocks)
1/4 yard red print (blocks)
8" square green tone-on-tone (blocks)
1/4 yard orange print (blocks)
5/8 yard black tone-on-tone (blocks)
6" square teal tone-on-tone (sashing)
1/4 yard orange-and-red stripe (inner border)
2-3/4 yards backing fabric
49" square batting

Finished quilt: 42-1/2"
Finished block: 10" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From orange tone-on-tone, cut:
10-2-7/8" squares

From yellow print, cut:
8-2-7/8" squares
40-2-1/2" squares
40-1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangles

From black-and-green floral, cut:
5-2-1/2x42" binding strips
2-3-1/2x42-1/2" outer border strips
2-3-1/2x36-1/2" outer border strips
10-2-7/8" squares
12-2-1/2x10-1/2" sashing rectangles

From teal wavy print, cut:
36-1-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles

From red print, cut:
8-2-7/8" squares
20-1-1/2" squares

From green tone-on-tone, cut:
16-1-1/2" squares

From orange print, cut:
32-2-1/2" squares
32-1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangles

From black tone-on-tone, cut:
36-2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles
36-2-1/2" squares

From teal tone-on-tone, cut:
4-2-1/2" sashing squares

From orange-and-red stripe, cut:
2-1-1/2x36-1/2" inner border strips

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Assemble Block Centers

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each orange tone-on-tone and yellow print 2-7/8" square.

2. Layer each marked orange tone-on-tone square atop a black-and-green floral 2-7/8" square. Sew each pair together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1).

3. Cut a pair apart on drawn line to make two triangle units (Diagram 1). Open triangle units and press seams toward orange tone-on-tone to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 2-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 triangle-squares total.

4. Referring to Diagram 2, sew together four triangle-squares in pairs. Press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make an orange Pinwheel unit. Press seam in one direction. The Pinwheel unit should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make five orange Pinwheel units total.

5. Referring to Diagram 3, lay out one orange Pinwheel unit, four teal wavy print 1-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, and four red print 1-1/2" squares in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward teal wavy print rectangles. Join rows to make an orange block center. Press seams away from middle row. The block center should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make five orange block centers total.

6. Using marked yellow print 2-7/8" squares and red print 2-7/8" squares, repeat steps 2–4 to make four yellow Pinwheel units.

7. Using yellow Pinwheel units, remaining teal wavy print 1-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, and green tone-on-tone 1-1/2" squares, repeat Step 5 to make four yellow block centers.

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Assemble Blocks

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each yellow print and orange print 2-1/2" square.

2. Align a marked yellow print square with one end of a black tone-on-tone 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 4; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle. In same manner, add a second marked yellow print square to opposite end of black tone-on-tone rectangle. Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 4-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 Flying Geese units total.

3. Referring to Diagram 5, join two yellow print 1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangles and one Flying Geese unit to make a star point unit. Press seams toward yellow print rectangles. The star point unit should be 6-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 star point units total.

4. Referring to Diagram 6, lay out an orange block center, four star point units, and four black tone-on-tone 2-1/2" squares in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams away from star point units. Join rows to make a Starry Lane A block. Press seams toward block center. The A block should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 to make five Starry Lane A blocks total.

6. Using marked orange print 2-1/2" squares, remaining black tone-on-tone 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, orange print 1-1/2x2-1/2" rectangles, yellow block centers, and black tone-on-tone 2-1/2" squares, repeat steps 2–4 to make four Starry Lane B blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Center

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out Starry Lane A and B blocks, black-and-green floral sashing rectangles, and teal tone-on-tone sashing squares in five rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward sashing rectangles.

2. Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams toward sashing rows. The quilt center should be 34-1/2" including seam allowances.

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Add Borders

1. Sew short orange-and-red stripe inner border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long orange-and-red stripe inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.

2. Sew short black-and-green floral outer border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long black-and-green floral outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.

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Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with black-and-green floral binding strips.

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