Island Batik Quilting

Create for a Cause Quilt – Pleiades

Each month the Island Batik Ambassadors have a challenge project to do. Our assignment for February 2021 was to create for a cause and the challenge was to use one of their new fabric lines. Now that is my kind of project! Not only will my quilt be going to a good charity, I get to use some gorgeous fabrics.

I decided to call this quilt “Pleiades”, which is a cluster of stars that glow hot blue. It’s also known as the Seven Sisters or M45. I thought that would be a fitting name for this design.

This project was so much fun that I decided to design a free mini 3D Friendship Star quilt pattern which is on my blog. It’s a great little mini to highlight some fabric. You can see a picture of it further down in the article.

Disclosure: The products in this post were generously provided by Island Batik, Accuquilt, Aurifil, Schmetz Needles, and Hobbs Batting.

The Charity

The charity I chose was the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation Benevolent Care Fund. It benefits the residents of their retirement/nursing communities who have outlived their resources.

“For more than 100 years, Lutheran SeniorLife has helped seniors throughout western Pennsylvania thrive spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Through our vibrant senior living communities and our comprehensive care options, our goal is to help you live life to the fullest—with the respect, love and compassion you deserve”

Lutheran SeniorLife

The foundation will be auctioning off this quilt at their next annual fundraiser. Fingers crossed it makes lots of money for them!

The Fabric

The fabrics I received for this quilt were right up my alley. Twenty glorious blues in various shades. The line, designed by Kathy Engle, is called “Starry Night” and is in stores now.

I wanted to really show off those gorgeous blues, and I also wanted the 3D friendship stars to really pop. That is why I went with Island Batik’s “Coconut” from their neutrals line for my background.

For the 3D accents on each star I used their solid black and solid gray fabrics.

The “Pleiades” Quilt

As soon as I saw the fabric I knew exactly what I wanted to do. About 25 years ago I made my father a small wall hanging. It was my original 3D friendship star design that had Y seams in it. It wasn’t very well made, but he loved it and hung it up until he passed away. I have that quilt now. It’s faded and dirty, but I can’t part with it.

My Dad’s quilt made many years ago and the inspiration for the Pleiades quilt.

I’ve always known I’ve wanted to replicate that design and make it easier (since I cannot stand Y seams). Over the years I would take out my sketches and tell myself it was time. This fabric was the motivation to finally make it. So, after plenty of tweaking I had my design.

Create for a Cause Quilt

How I Made It

The stars are all made up of squares and half square triangles. The outer white area is various sizes of background fabric.

All of the triangles and smaller squares were cut using the AccuquiltGo! system. Can I just say wow! What a difference this tool made. I cut the shapes out in no time and they were all the same size. Every half square triangle came out perfectly using my 1/4″ seam allowance.

I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium Batting which was the ideal weight for this project. To machine quilt it I used Aurifil # 6724 Moonshine (what a great name) and #5004 Gray Smoke.

In my machine I used Schmetz Needles .

Thank you to the generous sponsors.

Want to Make Your Own Pleiades Quilt?

I have not written the pattern for the Pleiades quilt, but it was so much fun to make the 3D star that I came up with this mini quilt featuring one of the stars! It measures 14 1/2″ square, and it’s super easy to do. You can get the pattern and tutorial over on the blog post here. Did I forget to mention that it’s free? Yep. It’s my free mini quilt pattern called “3D Friendship Star”.

3D Friendship Star Mini Quilt - Create for a Cause Quilt
My mini 3D Friendship Star quilt.
One More Look At Pleiades
Create for a Cause Quilt
Shoutout to my husband and daughter who brave all kinds of weather to hold up my quilts so I can take pictures of them!

Happy Quilting!


  1. Connie Wolfe

    February 16, 2021 at 8:45 AM

    Your quilt is lovely as is your picture. The covered bridge looks like the one at Versailles State Park. My family has enjoyed camping there for many decades. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 9:01 AM

      I’m glad you like the quilt. This bridge is near Pittsburgh PA. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Joyce Carter

    February 16, 2021 at 10:14 AM

    This quilt is so beautiful. I love the 3D design.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM

      Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

  3. Lori Smanski

    February 16, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Wow your quilt is stunning. The stars really do pop. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 11:09 AM

      Thanks so much. I really appreciate it.

  4. Cindy Shelley

    February 16, 2021 at 11:26 AM

    Love this quilt and the 3 D effect

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 2:31 PM

      Thanks so much!

  5. Brenda Hulsey

    February 16, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    This is so pretty! And it will help an organization that has been hurt by covid! Awesome!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 2:30 PM

      Thanks so much. I do hope it helps them out!

  6. Quilting Tangent

    February 16, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Love your 3D stars, and Dad’s inspirational quilt.

  7. Julie B

    February 16, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Love your 3D variation of a Friendship Star. I do not use Instagram so I am unable to enter your giveaway.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 2:30 PM

      Glad you like the pattern. Thanks. Sorry you can’t participate in this giveaway.

  8. Lynda Godin

    February 16, 2021 at 1:37 PM

    Your patterns is very nice, and I love the name you have chosen for it! How appropriate, given the colours and patterns. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 2:29 PM

      I appreciate that. Thank you!

  9. Emily

    February 16, 2021 at 2:31 PM

    Lovely! A really great design for all those beautiful blues! And great name!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 16, 2021 at 2:52 PM

      Thanks! It was fun to make.

  10. Preeti Harris

    February 16, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Claudia, I love your quilt. I notice that you used almost all the blues from the bundle. They are so pretty and your quilt showcases them beautifully. Kudos to your DH and DD for being the quilt models. Hope you rewarded them with hot chocolate 🙂

  11. Denise

    February 16, 2021 at 5:50 PM

    Very interesting design.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 17, 2021 at 7:30 AM

      Thanks so much Denise.

  12. Cyndy Lipe

    February 16, 2021 at 10:53 PM

    I just love the 3D effect of your quilt. Thank you for the pattern, I will definitely be putting this on my 2 do list.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 17, 2021 at 7:37 AM

      Thanks so much. Have fun quilting.

  13. Christi

    February 17, 2021 at 1:59 AM

    I love the quilt. It’s beautiful. Blue is my favorite quilt color.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 17, 2021 at 7:29 AM

      Thank you so much. I love blue too.

  14. Jennifer Thomas

    February 17, 2021 at 2:23 PM

    So beautiful! I really love this design. I may even make the mini star if I can squeeze it in someway!

  15. Melody Lutz

    February 19, 2021 at 6:26 PM

    This is so peaceful…the design makes the batiks float!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 21, 2021 at 5:25 AM

      Thank you. I appreciate it.

  16. Barb Kaup

    February 20, 2021 at 10:59 PM

    Beautiful and striking quilt design!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      February 21, 2021 at 5:25 AM

      Thanks so much!

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