If you are looking for a modern star quilt pattern, the Beaming Quilt pattern is perfect! Beaming is Fat Quarter friendly and perfect for the advanced beginner quilter!
The Beaming quilt pattern includes instructions for Baby, Throw, and Bed size quilts. You can use traditional fabric cutting methods with a rotary cutter, or follow along with the additional AccuQuilt-specific cutting instructions.
See more about the Beaming Quilt in this quick video:
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Beaming Quilt Pattern Sizes
The Beaming quilt pattern includes 3 complete sizes! The smallest size is baby size, which makes a generous square quilt. The quilt pattern goes up to Bed size by adding more blocks. The blocks are the same size in all quilt sizes.
- Baby Size: 44″ x 44″
- Throw Size: 58″ x 72″
- Queen Size: 86″ x 100″
Difficulty of the Beaming Quilt Pattern
The Beaming quilt pattern is great for an advanced beginner quilter. If you’ve made a quilt before or are looking to improve and expand your skills, then this quilt will be a great one for you! The Beaming pattern features a couple foundational traditional blocks that are great building blocks for any quilter.
Fabric Requirements for making your Beaming Quilt
One of the many things I love about this modern star quilt pattern is that it is perfect for using your Fat Quarters! In case you don’t already know, a Fat Quarter (FQ) is a piece of fabric that is typically 18″ x 21″ and is one of my personal favorite ways to buy fabrics.
If you’d rather make it more scrappy, you can use Fat Eighths instead, just make sure to double the number (so for throw size you would need 20 Fat Eighths).
I’ll also note – you can use 1/4 yards instead of Fat Quarters too. This pattern is super flexible and perfect for using your stash!
Note: If you are using AccuQuilt, you will need just a little extra background fabric.
Techniques in the Beaming Quilt Pattern
The Beaming pattern includes comprehensive step-by-step instructions filled with lots of diagrams to make a modern star quilt. I encourage you to shop your fabric collection and use up some Fat Quarters to make your Beaming Quilt.
The two main components of a Beaming Quilt Block are the Flying Geese Block and a Quarter Square Triangle block, which is also sometimes called an Hourglass Quilt Block. I have a few tutorials for you to help as you make your quilts!
Recommended Tools for Making the Beaming Quilt Pattern
The Beaming quilt pattern is a pattern featuring traditional shapes, and is great for confident beginner quilters. You can use just your basic quilting tools to make this pattern.
Since some of the sewing involves stitching along the fabric bias, I highly recommend using Best Press on your fabric to prepare it. Best Press or an alternative to spray starch is helpful to keep your fabric from stretching while you are sewing or pressing. For best results, apply your starch to your fabric prior to pressing & cutting.
The basic rulers I’d recommend are a long ruler, like 6″ x 24″, and a square; my 6.5″ square ruler is super useful! If you want to make it a little easier, you might also consider investing in some extra tools, but they’re totally optional!
When it comes to more fancy rulers, I am a HUGE fan of the Stripology XL Ruler – I used mine to cut out all the strips for sashing, borders, and binding, and some of the squares too.
Alternatively, if you enjoy using AccuQuilt like I do, you’ll be happy to know that the Beaming pattern includes specific AccuQuilt fabric cutting instructions! The 12″ Mix and Match Qube is recommended for using AccuQuilt.
Color Your Own Beaming Quilt
Lately I have really enjoyed spending my down time relaxing on the couch and coloring in quilts for inspiration! Did you know you can use your smart phone or tablet to digitally color your quilts? I use the ReColor App to come up with some new palettes to try!
Beaming Quilt Kits
Rosie Girl Quilting put together this beautiful version of the Beaming quilt pattern and is also offering kits in their shop! Check out the Rosie Girl Quilting Shop now to see their amazing selection of fabrics and kits.
Sewing Arts Center has made not just one, but THREE different Beaming Quilts to offer as kits for their shop! Check them out below and visit Sewing Arts Center to grab your kits.
Pattern Tester Beaming Quilt Variations
I had a few wonderful quilt pattern testers for the Beaming quilt and I’m so excited to show you their versions!
Rebecca from RR Quilts made this stunning green baby Beaming Quilt!
This incredible black, white, and gold Beaming quilt was made by Stephanie from @OctoberintheWild. I love the black background fabric paired with these low volumes and gold!
My pattern tester Laura from @sharingseams made this fun navy and pink baby size Beaming Quilt.
Ashley from @whalingcityquiltco really made this gorgeous throw size Beaming Quilt using a fabulous fat quarter bundle.
Elise from @nursesneednaps made this throw size with a stunning dark background!
Additional Versions for more Quilty Inspiration
I’ve personally made a few different Beaming quilts, and will include more details about each of them up on my blog. Check them out at the links below as they get posted:
- Cheery Summer Cover Quilt
- Greens and Blue Beaming Quilt
- Baby Girl Coral Summer Quilt