New pattern: Banded Stars

I have a new pattern to share with you today, Banded Stars! This classic pattern features two-toned navy stars banded in a pair of Moda Bella Solids (Etchings Stone and White Bleached). I think of it as a two-color quilt . . . with dimension! I’ve been percolating on this pattern for a few years actually, planning and sketching and testing until I got it just right. I hope you like it!

Back in 2020 I released a pattern called Buffalo Check Autumn, which featured my signature buffalo check motif along with oversized pumpkins and denim stars. We displayed the quilt on our guest room bed during the autumn, and then put it away during the Christmas holidays.

In January when the Christmas quilts were tucked away, I returned Buffalo Check Autumn to the guest room and folded it strategically so that the pumpkins were hidden. It became winter transition quilt when paired with a snowflake pillow. Every time I walked past the guest room I thought, I need to make a quilt with just those colors. Banded Stars has really been three years in the making!

I want to give a virtual hug to my friend Katy of Woods Edge Quilting, for the Baptist Fan magic she performed on this quilt. It is stunning and a perfect complement to this classic quilt.

Banded Stars finishes at 74” square and is available as a PDF pattern on my Etsy Shop. Thanks for stopping by today to check it out!

Here are the specific Bella Solids that I used in this quilt:

Moda Bella Solid 9900 98 White Bleached
Moda Bella Solid 9900 178 Etchings Stone



After I published this blog post, I realized that I never showed you the backing fabric I used with my Banded Stars quilt. It’s from Corey Yoder’s “Beautiful Day” collection for Moda (Blooms Stone SKU# 29132-22). I found the yardage at my local quilt shop (Paisley Threads) and was thrilled that the color was a perfect match to the Etchings Stone Moda Bella solid.  Moreover, the floral design, while gorgeous in its detail, is also very soft and subtle, making it a lovely complement to the quilt top. This quilt resides at the foot of our bed, and there are days when I fold it so that only the backing is exposed. It’s that pretty!

14 thoughts on “New pattern: Banded Stars

  1. Beautiful new quilt, Taunja! Love the Blue stars with the two-tone background fabrics. So pretty!

  2. Love the stars in this quilt! Can you please tell me the colors and fabric line you used for the stars? Thank you

    1. Hi Barbara! I think you and I may have emailed about this, but if I have you mixed up with someone else . . . the blue with the dot is from an older Sweetwater collection called Sweet Tea. The lighter of the two blues is Moda’s Indigo Chambray. I hope that helps! Thanks!

  3. I love the Banded Stars quilt and have ordered the pattern. Before I begin are there any pattern updates?

    Thank you.

  4. Can you tell me more about the Baptist fan template you used to quilt the top? I’m trying to locate one for my longarm quilter to use on a hexie quilt.

    1. Hi Edie! If you reach out to my longarm quilter, Woods Edge Quilting (she’s on Facebook under that name), I’m sure she could help you with the specifics! 🙂 She’s a great lady!

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