Blast off! Outer Space by Makower UK is a fun collection of rockets, stars, planets, astronauts and quirky aliens! These fabrics are perfect for little star gazers and space enthusiasts everywhere!
Outer Space Panel is great for baby/kids quilts. The size in this tutorial is more on the 'baby' side, but add another border or two and it would be great for a child of any age.
Make a couple of super fun coordinating pillowcases to go with this panel quilt!
***Outer Space panels are sold out and cannot be reordered. See remaining fabrics in this collection here!***
To make this quilt you will need:
- 1 Outer Space Panel Quilt Kit
- 1 1/2 yards for backing - any print from Outer Space will look great!
- 1 Outer Space Panel
- 1 Outer Space Fat Quarter Bundle (you will have more than you need here)
- 1/2 yard for first border and binding
- 1/2 yard for outer border (18" exactly are needed here. If you like to have extra for errors, order 1 yard).
- 1 1/2 yards for backing
You will also need:
- Aurifil 50wt cotton thread in Stainless Steel
- Batting at least 46" x 54"
- A rotary cutter
- A rotary cutting ruler
- Cutting Mat
- Fabric scissors
- Pins or clips
- Marking tool
Finished quilt size is 40" x 46". All seam allowances are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
From the panel, cut each rectangle along outside of colored trim.
From each of the six fat eighths, cut a 6" strip. Sub-cut into (3) 5" x 6" rectangles.
First border: from the Stars in Black, cut (2) 1 3/4" x width of fabric strips. Sub-cut each strip into (1) 23 1/4" strip and (1) 25 1/2" strip.
Binding: from the remaining Stars in Black yardage, cut (5) 2 1/2" strips.
Outer Border: from Planets in Blue, cut (4) 4 1/2" x width of fabric strips.
Starting with the large center panel: place a 1 3/4“ x 25 1/2“ Stars strip right side down on each side of the panel. Line up raw edges, pin and stitch. Press seam towards border. Repeat with the 1 3/4" x 14" Stars strips, attaching to top and bottom of panel.
Piecing the panel borders:
Alternating between a 5” x 6” print rectangle and a small panel block, make two horizontal rows to go on the top and bottom of large center panel. Press seams toward panel block.
Alternating between a small panel block and a 5” x 6” print rectangle, make two vertical rows to go on the sides of the large center panel. Press seams toward panel block.
Now make two more vertical rows, this time alternating between a 5” x 6” print rectangle and a small panel block. Press seams toward panel block.
Pin and stitch border rows to large center panel, starting with the top and bottom. Trim any excess fabric if necessary.
Then add the first set of vertical rows, then the second set of vertical rows. Press seams as you go.
Outer border: Pin and stitch outer border strips on left and right sides of quilt top. Trim off excess fabric. Press seams towards outer border. Repeat for top and bottom.
Quilt and bind as desired. Enjoy!
Thank you for reading along. Please let me know if you have any questions!
As always, my pups love helping me take photos of my quilts. Sammy was especially interested in the camera this time! :)