Keepsake Quilt Pattern

Now introducing a classic star quilt pattern, the Keepsake Quilt pattern! Keepsake is Fat Quarter friendly and specially designed for making into a memory quilt, if you so choose.

The Keepsake quilt pattern includes instructions for EIGHT sizes! Yes, eight! Baby, Lap, Small Throw, Medium Throw, Large Throw and three Bed size quilts. You can use traditional fabric cutting methods with a rotary cutter, or follow along with the additional AccuQuilt-specific cutting instructions for making this sawtooth star quilt pattern.

See more about the Keepsake Quilt Pattern in this quick video:

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Keepsake Quilt Pattern Sizes

The Keepsake quilt pattern includes 8 complete sizes, and since it is block-based you can easily make it your own too! The smallest size is baby size, and the quilt pattern goes up to King Bed size by adding more blocks. The blocks are the same size in all quilt sizes.

  • Baby Size: 45″ x 45″
  • Lap
  • Small Throw Size: 72″ x 72″
  • Medium Throw Size
  • Large Throw Size
  • Full Bed Size
  • Queen Bed Size: 90″ x 108″
  • King Bed Size

Star Quilt Pattern for Beginners

The Keepsake quilt pattern is great for a beginner quilter. This classic star quilt pattern is ideal for you to expand your quilting skills, and teaches a really great way to make Flying Geese quilt blocks.

If you want to learn or practice your Four-at-a-time Flying Geese, then the Keepsake Quilt pattern is perfect for you!

Fabric Requirements for the Keepsake Quilt Pattern

One of the many things I love about this versatile 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. Alternatively, you can also use 1/4 yds. for the fabrics in the stars on this pattern.

You’ll also see that the fabric requirements and cutting is separate for the Star Centers and for the Sashing & Borders, so you can easily make them different colors if you want to! Some might even choose to omit the sashing altogether and that is absolutely welcome too!

Scrap-friendly: The Keepsake Quilt is also a great pattern for using up some scraps, like I did on the rainbow sample quilt!

AccuQuilt tip: If you are using AccuQuilt, you will need to refer to the pattern for adjusted fabric requirements specific to cutting using the AccuQuilt dies.

Keepsake Memory Quilt

The heart behind this Keepsake Quilt Pattern is that it makes a super ideal signature memory quilt for capturing notes from loved ones! I originally made my first Keepsake Quilt as a wedding guest book back in 2017, and it’s one of my most cherished quilts.

While you can definitely make the Keepsake Quilt Pattern without capturing signatures on the blocks, I have added lots of tips for turning your Keepsake Quilt into a memory quilt inside the pattern, and also on this post all about the Keepsake Memory Quilt.

Techniques for this Star Quilt Pattern

The Keepsake Quilt Pattern includes comprehensive step-by-step instructions filled with lots of diagrams to make a classic star quilt. I encourage you to shop your fabric collection and use up some fabric scraps to make your Keepsake Quilt.

The main component of this Sawtooth Star Quilt is a Flying Geese unit. Check out this No-Waste Flying Geese tutorial for extra guidance:

Quilting Supplies and Notions

The Keepsake quilt pattern is a sawtooth star quilt 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 preparing your fabric with a starch or starch alternative. I personally prefer using Best Press on my fabric to get it more crisp and keep it from stretching while sewing on the bias. Best Press, starch, or any 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 8.5″ x 24″ and a square; an 8.5″ 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!

My absolute favorite tool for trimming Flying Geese is the Wing Clipper ruler. There are a few other similar options for trimming Flying Geese, or you can use a classic square ruler as well.

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 Blessings Quilt pattern includes specific AccuQuilt fabric cutting instructions! The 8″ Mix and Match Qube is recommended for using AccuQuilt on the Keepsake Quilt Pattern. This is a fantastic die set with so much versatility!

Color Your Own Keepsake Quilt

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! Simply download the blank coloring pages and screenshot the design for your desired quilt size, and then upload the image into your coloring app of choice.

If you want to try a more advanced quilt mock-up method, you can find all my favorites in this post about different ways to color your quilts.

Fat Quarter Quilt Pattern

The Keepsake Quilt Pattern is yet another one of my quilt pattern designs that is perfect for Fat Quarters! You’ll need 1 Fat Quarter for every five star quilt blocks in your desired finished quilt size.

Here are a few Fat Quarter bundle options available in my shop:

Pattern Tester Keepsake Quilt Variations

I had a few wonderful quilt pattern testers for the Keepsake quilt and I’m so excited to show you their versions!

Sarah from @thequiltywife made a Small Throw Size Keepsake Quilt with a charming and fun dotted fabric for her star quilt block centers.

Laura from @sharingseams had lots of creativity while making her Keepsake Quilt using one color for all the star outlines and different fabrics for the actual stars.

Hannah from @thebackporchstitcher is making this Keepsake Quilt as a wedding memory quilt for a dear friend! I love how the table setup turned out and can’t wait to see it when all the blocks are signed and sewn together!

Feeling Inspired to Make Your Own Quilt?

Just grab the Quilt Pattern and some fabric and you’ll be ready to dive in!

Additional Versions for more Quilty Inspiration

I’ve personally made a few different Keepsake 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:

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