Ninja Stars Quilt: Easy Quilt Pattern in 2 Sizes

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Here’s the bold and modern star quilt pattern you’ve been looking for! It’s perfect for that hard-to-sew-for person on your list. This free pattern comes with a huge Full or Twin XL size (for someone going off to college) and a fun throw size that’s perfect for watching TV on cool nights.

I know you love my other star quilt patterns too:

Or check out these 20 Easy Star Quilt Patterns for Beginners.

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Are you looking for a fast and easy pattern that packs a big punch? Here you go!

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What Sizes are in this Free Star Quilt Pattern?

This quilt pattern includes two sizes of quilt: The larger size will fit either a full size bed or a twin XL (extra long) bed. The other quilt size included in this pattern makes a throw quilt. There are 2 star blocks in this quilt. The large easy blocks make it especially quick to make.

When sewn with 24” blocks, the Ninja Stars Quilt finishes at 84” x 108”. I made this quilt for my 6 foot tall college kid. He loves it.

When sewn with 16” blocks, the quilt is only 56” x 72”. That’s a great size for a tall person (or any person) to use for snuggling.

Of course, it would be very easy to change these quilt sizes by varying the width of your border pieces.

I designed this modern quilt using only two fabrics for a striking graphic look. But you don’t have to use solid black and cream fabrics like I did.

And here’s a gorgeous alternate quilt with red, white, and blue Land of the Brave fabrics from Riley Blake!

OPTIONAL: I used my Accuquilt cutter to cut most of the pieces for this quilt. If you love to use your Accuquilt fabric cutter like I do, I’ll share the cutting die numbers for dies that you can use. Using an Accuquilt is not necessary for this quilt, but I love it! See all my Accuquilt friendly quilts.

I can’t wait to see all of the Ninja Star quilts that my readers make!

Free Ninja Stars Quilt Pattern

To make the larger Full or Twin XL Size Quilt, you will need:

  • 3 yards of fabric for the stars
  • 5 1/4 yards of background fabric
  • 3 yards of 108” wide quilt backing fabric (or enough fabric to piece together a 90” x 103” quilt back)
  • a piece of quilt batting at least 90” x 103”
  • 1 yard of binding fabric (10 binding strips)

To make the Throw Size Quilt, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 yards of fabric for the stars
  • 3 yards of background fabric
  • 4 yards of fabric for the backing (or enough fabric to piece together a 62” x 78” quilt back)
  • a piece of quilt batting at least 62” x 78”
  • 3/4 yard of binding fabric (7-8 binding strips)

You will also need:

  • a rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and mat
  • sewing machine
  • thread (I suggest thread matching the background fabric)
  • ironing board and iron
  • pencil or fabric marking pen

Cutting Instructions for the Full or Twin XL Size Quilt

The blocks in the larger quilt finish at 24” x 24”. The finished border is 6” wide.

From the star fabric, cut:

  • 48 squares 6 7/8” x 6 7/8” (flying geese corner squares)
  • 48 rectangles 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” (rectangles)
  • 48 squares 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (small squares)

From the background fabric, cut:

  • 48 squares 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” (larger squares)
  • 48 squares 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” (small squares)
  • 12 squares 13 1/4” x 13 1/4” (flying geese squares)
  • 9 strips 6 1/2” x 42” for the border
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • Instead of cutting 48 – 6 7/8” squares, you may cut 96 – 6” finished HST triangles with die 55001 (available separately or in the 12” Qube set)
  • The 3 1/2” x 6 1/2” rectangles may be cut with die 55724 (available separately or in the 12” Qube set)
  • The 3 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55701 (available separately or in the 12” Qube set)
  • The 6 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55000 (available separately or in the 12” Qube set)

Cutting Instructions for the Throw Size Quilt

The blocks in the larger quilt finish at 16” x 16”. The finished border is 4” wide.

From the star fabric, cut:

  • 48 squares 4 7/8” x 4 7/8” (flying geese corner squares)
  • 48 rectangles 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” (rectangles)
  • 48 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (small squares)

From the background fabric, cut:

  • 48 squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” (larger squares)
  • 48 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” (small squares)
  • 12 squares 9 1/4 (flying geese squares)
  • 6 strips 4 1/2” x 42” for the border
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • Instead of cutting 48 – 4 7/8” squares, you may cut 96 – 4” finished HST triangles with die 55710 (available separately or in the 8” Qube set)
  • The 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles may be cut with die 55715 (available separately or in the 8” Qube set)
  • The 2 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55709 (available separately or in the 8” Qube set)
  • The 4 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55708 (available separately or in the 8” Qube set)

Make 48 Three-Patch Pieces

Use a 1/4” (or scant 1/4”) seam allowance throughout this quilt pattern.

1. Sew a small star fabric square to a small background fabric square.

Repeat to make 48 two-patch pieces.

2. Sew a star fabric rectangle to a two-patch piece as shown.

Repeat to make 48 three-patch pieces.

Make 12 Four-Patch Blocks

1. Sew a three-patch piece to a larger background fabric square as shown.

Repeat to make 24 pieces.

2. Sew two pieces together as shown to make a four-patch block.

Repeat to make 12 four-patch blocks. You will have 24 three-patch pieces leftover.

Make 48 Flying Geese Units

1. Cut all of the star fabric flying geese corner squares in half diagonally once. Cut all of the background flying geese squares in half diagonally twice.

2. Sew two small triangles to a larger flying geese rectangle as shown. Trim away the dog-ear triangles.

Repeat to make 48 flying geese units.

Make 6 of Star Block A

1. Arrange the following pieces as shown to make a Star Block A:

  • 1 Four Patch Block
  • 4 Flying Geese units
  • 4 background fabric squares 6 1/2” x 6 1/2”

2. Sew together in 3 rows.

3. Sew the rows together to make the block.

Repeat to make 6 of Star Block A.

Make 6 of Star Block B

1. Arrange the following pieces as shown to make a Star Block B:

  • 1 Four Patch Block
  • 4 Flying Geese units
  • 4 three-patch pieces

Take special notice that the Four Patch Block in the center of Block B is rotated 90 degrees compared to its placement in Block A.

2. Sew together in 3 rows.

3. Sew the rows together to make the block.

Repeat to make 6 of Star Block B.

Assemble the Ninja Stars Quilt

1. Arrange the 12 quilt blocks on a large table, a quilt design wall, or the floor. Refer to the diagram above for exact placement.

2. Sew the blocks together to make 4 rows. Then sew the 4 rows together.

3. Piece together the side borders:

For the Full or Twin XL size quilt: Piece together five background fabric strips. Cut both side border pieces from this strip. The expected length of each side border piece is 96 1/2”.

For the Throw size quilt: Piece together three background fabric strips. Cut both side border pieces from this strip. The expected length of each side border piece is 64 1/2”. If your border strips are not long enough, make each strip a little longer using fabric from your scraps.

I highly recommend measuring the quilt top and cutting all border pieces the correct size. See how to cut the correct size quilt borders. Cut and attach the side borders.

4. Piece together the top and bottom borders:

For the Full or Twin XL size quilt: Piece together two background fabric strips to make each border piece. The expected length of the top and bottom border pieces is 84 1/2”. If your border strips are not long enough, make each strip a little longer using fabric from your scraps.

For the Throw size quilt: Piece together three background fabric strips. Cut both the top and bottom border pieces from this strip. The expected length of the top and bottom border pieces is 56 1/2”.

Finishing the Quilt

1. Cut or piece together a piece of quilt backing fabric and make a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting, and top.

The larger quilt will require batting and backing pieces that are at least 90” x 103”. The throw quilt will require batting and backing pieces that are at least 62” x 78”.

2. Baste together with fusible batting, pins or basting spray.

3. Quilt as desired. Straight line quilting or cross hatch quilting with your walking foot would be fast and easy.

4. Cut the needed amount of binding strips and bind using your favorite method. This is my favorite quilt binding method.

xoxo,

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