Modern Blue and Gray Star Quilt Pattern

This week I finished up the modern version of my new Palace Court quilt pattern in contemporary blues and grays. I’m SO happy with how it turned out! This design is a riff on a traditional star quilt block. And the assembly is quick.

Palace Court Quilt pattern by Amy Smart in trendy blues and gray

You can see the original Palace Court quilt pattern here for contrast. I love how totally changing the fabrics/color palette gives the quilt an entirely different look! The Palace Court pattern is available in my shop in PDF and Hard Copy formats

Modern Denim and Gray Star Quilt - design by Amy Smart

For the fabric on this quilt I used just one background fabric. The original quilt shows the design using 3 different background fabrics for a different design element. I love how changing the fabric gives the quilt an entirely new look. One background fabric also modernizes the look, I think.

I made this version a slightly smaller variation of the Twin size quilt. Omitting the bottom rows to make a square version that measures 68″ x 68″.

Close up fabric texture of Chambray quilt block with Blossoms backgroud

Because I wanted a less scrappy, more contemporary version, this quilt was made with only 4 fabrics. I went with fabric with texture to give the quilt some visual interest.

The background (white) print is Riley Blake Blossom gray on white. The navy is Christopher Thompson’s Blue Stitch Indigo Chambray woven. The other two prints are from my stash from years past. The lighter blue I believe is Essex Yarn-dyed Linen blend in Denim. I have no idea what the center beige woven is. I wish I did because I’d love to buy some more! If anyone recognizes it, let me know!

Chambray and Denim Star quilt by Amy Smart

The quilting was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting – the pattern is called New Moon – and gives the quilt some modern texture. I didn’t want this one too densely quilted so that I would have some nice drape.

Gray and White gingham flannel quilt back

The backing fabric is Riley Blake’s Buffalo Check flannel in gray. It’s a perfect neutral gray.

Contemporary blue and gray quilt made by Amy Smart

I’ve always been a sucker for traditional blue and white and love how it never goes out of style. I like how adding some additional neutrals – like the gray and beige – give the quilt a little more depth, but still keep it a neutral palette.

We recently finished a MUCH needed update of our master bedroom. Ever since our kitchen disaster summer 2019 my bedroom has been a dumping ground for piles of stuff that needed a home. It felt good to finally get all of those piles cleaned up and cleared out.

Fresh modern quilt by Amy Smart - Navy and Gray

In addition to purging a lot of things we no longer needed (thank you Mary Kondo) we also installed giant Ikea PAX wardrobes. This is my third room installing these suckers after our laundry room and my sewing room. They hold SO MUCH STUFF. Things that needed a home like: piles of quilts, photo album projects, bed linens (would you believe our house has no linen closet?!), etc. etc. They’re all organized and stored away nicely and my bedroom is pile-free for the first time I can remember.

The feng-shui is the best it’s ever been in my room. I feel like a real grown up. 

Modern Denim and Chambray quilt by Amy Smart

The Palace Court pattern is available in my shop in PDF and Hard Copy formats


Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend. xo

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  • Reply
    April 2, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I love this look! The biege fabric, could it be a manchester embroidered cotton by Diamond Textiles?

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      April 3, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      I think you’re right! It’s does look like a woven cotton from Diamond Textiles. I’ll look it up!

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    April 3, 2021 at 7:57 am

    I really like this newer version. Does the pattern include fabric requirements for this minimalist version? I am not understanding it, if it does.

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    Julie Vogel
    April 3, 2021 at 8:16 am

    ‘Love the blues ad grays! I love all of your quilts! Congrats on getting your bedroom fixed up. Strange how remodels make one room look great and the rest of the house suffer! Thank you for sharing!!

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      April 3, 2021 at 12:53 pm

      It’s like the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”… – you do one project and that triggers the idea for another!

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    Rosemary B
    April 3, 2021 at 10:00 am

    lots of inspirational words shared today, Amy.
    My whole house…. needs the Kondo cure. It will have to wait. Seriously, treading water here, however, other days, I am just grateful for the dungeon (basement) because being my 97 year old daddys care giver is so wonderful but exhausting.
    I love this quilt. It looks so easy and uncomplicated.
    Happy Easter to you and your family

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      April 3, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Oh bless you, Rosemary! You have such a full plate. It’s okay to just tread water sometimes. I just heard a friend who was asked, “Are you keeping your head above water?” and he replied, “Not really, but I’m trying to at least keep my snorkle tube above water!”


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    Renee Huelskamp
    April 3, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Since it said “blue and grey” I was disappointed the only grey was tiny dots in the white background that don’t show up except in the closeup.

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      April 3, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      True – the centers are more of a beige. But the backing is gray and white buffalo check, so there’s a little more! 😉

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    April 3, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Love these quilts, Amy! This pattern is sew awesome!

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    Leigh Anne Eck
    April 4, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Hi Amy. I sent you an email but want to reach out here as well. For the month of April, Naitonal Poetry Month, I am working on a Patchwork Poetry project where I write a poem each day about the topic of quilting.I would love to write a poem and use some of your quilts to use as pictures to accompany the poems. I would of course give you credit and use a link back to your website. You can see my project here: http://adayinthelifeof19b.blogspot.com/search/label/Patchwork%20Poetry
    Thank you – Leigh Anne Eck

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    (Canadian) Sue Mac Donald
    April 4, 2021 at 11:13 am

    can’t think of what to say about your quilt other than I LOVE it!!!

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    September 10, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    I am late to this post but really love this minimalist version as it would be perfect as a gift for my son in law. However, I am having a hard time figuring out fabric requirements based on the pattern you posted. Could you break it down in more simple terms…how much would I need for each of the four colors as well as the background? Thanks!

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      September 16, 2021 at 11:13 am

      Hi Joan – I’d be happy to help – which size pattern are you interested in making?

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    September 17, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Amy, I am interested in the Throw size. Thank you!

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    September 21, 2021 at 5:38 am

    Hi Amy, I am interested in the throw size. Thank you!

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      September 28, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      Huge apologies for the delay. Here are the details:

      Background (white): 2 1/4 yards
      Star points (navy): 1 yard
      Star interior (chambray): 1/2 yard
      Light Gray accent: 1 1/4 yards (replaces solid yellow on the pattern)
      Taupe/Beige star center: 1 1/4 yards (replaces Fat Quarters)

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