Seven Starry Sisters Downloadable Pattern
Designer: Piece O' Cake Quilts
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Seven Sisters is a traditional quilt design that is rooted in both Greek and American Indian mythology. My Seven Starry Sisters quilt is a variation of the traditional design. I trimmed the blocks to bring the stars closer together and added a dash of color with sashing strips.
This pattern can be used in a variety of ways. You can set the blocks together as I did or use your imagination and play with them. My quilt is feels like the 4th of July, but if you sashed the same blocks with green, it would feel like Christmas. No matter how you make it, I think you will really enjoy this quilt!
This pattern comes to you as a PDF file that you can download to your computer today! Included in the 20-page PDF pattern are:
- A full-size black and white pattern for the Seven Starry Sisters block (sashed blocks are 12" x 14"). Please note that the pattern pages are on 8 1/2" x 11" pages that must be trimmed and taped together to make the full-sized pattern.
- Yardage and cutting instructions for the 38" x 47" quilt.
- Cutting instructions (with detailed photos) for this hexagonal block using the Hex N More Ruler
- Template and overlay instructions
- Y-seam sewing instructions
- A color photo of the whole quilt, and more!
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The story of my quilt...
In the 1990s, when Piece O’ Cake was in its early days, my Mom volunteered to make these blocks for me. Years passed. I forgot about them but every now and then Mom would get another block appliquéd.
When she moved to Texas a few years ago, Mom gave me the blocks, both finished and not. I found the blocks on the weekend of July 4th, 2014, only days ago as I write this. I realized that, not surprisingly, my taste in color has evolved over time. I chose the blocks that I liked the best and decided to make a quilt, now!
Mom was new to appliqué and her blocks were not all the same size; some stars had moved around a little. I decided to add sashing to each block so that I could trim them all to the same size. (If you look closely, you’ll see that my sashing widths vary from block to block.)
The sashing began as a solution to a problem but it turned into an important design element. The sashing strips add definition to the blocks and gives a place to add an accent color. Sometimes necessity is truly the mother of invention!
This quilt will always remind me of my Mom and the 4th of July. I hope that your quilt will have a special meaning for you as well!
May you have many happy stitches.