Deb’s “Thrifty Stars” Quilts

Do you have a Layer Cake of forty 10″ squares that you’d like to turn into a quilt? May I suggest my quilt pattern, “Thrifty Stars!” It’s fun; it’s speedy; and it efficiently uses nearly all the squares in a Layer Cake.

Thrifty Stars

“Thrifty Stars”

My friend, Deb, wanted to make a quilt for her musically talented daughter. She found a Layer Cake of “Sweet Serenade” by Moda, classy fabrics in brown, teal, peach, and ecru at our local quilt shop, Loving Stitches. She made the quilt in record time, I quilted it with a musical pantograph “All that Jazz,” and her daughter loves it.


Success results in enthusiasm . . . for making another “Thrifty Stars” quilt. This time the recipients will be Deb’s nephew and his bride. The bride’s favorite colors are “watermelon.” Not finding a Layer Cake in red/pink and lime green, Deb purchased fat quarters and cut 10″ squares from them. What a fresh, pretty quilt – perfect for a wedding gift!

Debs "Thrifty Stars"

Deb’s “Thrifty Stars”

Deb requested some personalization in cursive writing on the inner border: date the couple met, wedding date, names, and the romantic sentiment printed on their wedding invitation. As you might guess, it is much easier to “write” words left to right in the top and bottom borders than to “write” sideways on the side borders. You can see from the picture below that after quilting the quilt and quilting words in the top and bottom borders, I removed the quilt from the machine and trimmed it. Then I turned the quilt 90 degrees and pinned it into the machine again for writing on the side border. Since I wanted the writing on both side borders to be readable from the interior of the quilt, I unloaded it, turned it, and re-loaded it a third time. Time consuming, yes, but the readable outcome was worth the extra effort.

Deb's quilt - turned

Believe it or not, Deb has another nephew with a summer wedding. The bride’s favorite color is purple. So another “Thrifty Stars” is in the works!


Let me know if you would like a “Thrifty Stars” pattern. The quilt measures 72″ square and is perfect for wedding and graduation gifts.

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