Star Cakes Quilt Pattern – free with a video tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop!


A few years ago Fat Quarter Shop offered me some fabric so I could sew up their latest Shortcut Quilt Pattern, the Star Cakes Quilt, and look how cute it turned out!

This shortcut quilt was just as fun to make as my other ones have been. I learned a new way to make 8 half square triangles from 2 layer cake squares (a layer cake is a stack of 42 pre-cut 10” squares). I had hardly any waste from my layer cakes – but it was really pretty waste, lol!


The Star Cake block is so pretty – both classic and modern at the same time! For this quilt I needed 1 print layer cake (I used Paradiso by Kate Spain for Moda), 1 solid layer cake, and 2 more yards of solid fabric for the sashing and borders. It’s a big quilt top too – a generous twin at 72” x 90”.

See all the pretty layer cake fabric bundles at Fat Quarter Shop.

You can watch Kimberly’s fun video tutorial above or on YouTube and download the free Star Cakes Quilt Pattern here.

Happy Quiltmaking!

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  1. Why do you have to cut the 10" squares down to 9-1/2 " squares? Can’t you just make the 4 HST out of the original size?

    1. Please see my response to the other person who asked the same thing. I didn’t design the pattern, so I don’t know. Sorry!

  2. I love that quilt! The colors work well together!
    I also found the need to cut the 10" squares odd. Couldn’t you just leave them that size, then maybe trim the extra fabric once you have made you HSTs? That way you would have more room to trim and you eliminate that extra step of trimming down 1/2".

    1. Hi Abby… remember I’m not the designer of this quilt, just a fellow quilt maker!

      Maybe she designed it that way so that the size of the HSTs would be exactly what she wanted in the end.

      I suggest you pose this question to Kimberly on the Jolly Jabber (Fat Quarter Shop) blog or her YouTube page.


  3. This is gorgeous! How long did it take you to complete the topper from start to finish, you reckon?

    1. I sewed this a while back, but I seem to remember about a week – with quite a few hours of time spent at the sewing machine and ironing board. It requires LOTS of half square triangles. But it was well worth it! xoxo

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