Rocket Star Quilt Block-Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage Series
Hello Quilty Friends!!
I’m popping today to share a super fun quilt block I made as part of Fat Quarter Shop’s “Classic and Vintage” series. This block is called The Rocket Star Block and ends up at 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ unfinished. The PDF pattern can be found here Rocket Star Block pattern
The pattern uses the Starburst 30° ruler by Creative Grids. The PDF includes a template but personally I think using the ruler is much easier. It is possible to accidentally shave off tiny pieces of the template when cutting out your fabric using the template. Normally that would be no big deal but if you opt to make the full sized quilt shaving off those tiny pieces can create problems when putting your blocks together. Every tiny piece matters right?!
You can find the ruler here
The block construction itself is not difficult. You just need to make sure you line your 5 1/2″ square ruler up properly when cutting down your Rocket Star Wedge units. I chose to “fussy cut” my fabric for the print squares but that is definitely not a requirement.
Let’s talk fabric for a minute shall we? Choosing or “pulling” fabric for a project is one of my favorite parts! In fact I love it so much I often “pull” fabric for imaginary projects that I don’t even have time to actually make. I just love mixing and matching to come up with something unique. About 90% of the time I don’t stick with fabric from one line or designer, or even the newest fabric on the market. I usually mix things up from my stash based on color, print, scale etc. If you want to learn more about how I build my stash and do it on a budget you can read more here
Tips for building your fabric stash on a budget
For this block I mixed and matched freely. The background is Dottie white on white by Connecting Threads.
It looks like they’re out of the white on white but that orchid color is a great match for the purple I used in my block.
The purple I used is from Leonie Bateman’s Sorbet line for Penny Rose Fabrics. It’s out of print now but you can you can find a bit of another purple in the same line here Penny Rose Sorbet
The green print I used is called French Twist in the jade colorway. It is by Amy Butler in her Violette line. It is also out of print but you can find some of her other fabric here Amy Butler fabric
or here Amy Butler fabric
The “fussy cutting” possibilities are endless for this portion of the block. Just make sure to read the pattern well as those squares actually start out as rectangle pieces of fabric before adding the background.
Overall I’m super happy with the finished block and could definitely see myself making an entire quilt with more of them in the same fabric.
The two images above are of the finished quilt by Fat Quarter Shop. You can find a kit to make one just like it here
This is the backing to go along with it
They used the new fabric line Nova by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. You definitely want to check it out!
For more information about this block and to see other quilty friends versions head over to The Jolly Jabber-Rocket Star Block
There’s even a video tutorial to help you out.
Well friends I hope you enjoyed this fun block and that you head over to check out other versions.
See you next time!
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