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Charm pack and wonky stars tabletop or baby quilt pattern
There are many versions of this wonky star pattern on websites including Moda's Bakeshop, but we're going to show the version we made here.
 
This is a small sample quilt made using one 42-piece charm pack and some off-white fabric.. Charm packs contain 5" x 5" squares. We took out 3 of the charm pack squares and replaced them with 3 off-white 5"x 5" squares. Finished size is 32" x 28".
 
Supplies:
One charm pack 42 pcs. (or 40-pk. will do)
1/2 yard white or off-white fabric, for stars and binding
1 yard fabric for backing
Batting approx. 30" x 36"
Matching thread
We'll make the three wonky stars first.
Cut the white fabric into 15 squares, 5" x 5". Each star requires 5 squares: one for the center of the star and 4 to be cut for the points of the star. In this picture, the background squares are laid out for placement.
 
Taking a charm pack square next to the center white piece, make the star points using two white triangles. Place the triangle over the bottom corner of the charm pack square for placement. Flip triangle, right sides together, on the colored square. Stitch using 1/4" seam allowance.
Then trim excess under the white triangle using ruler 1/4" from seam. Press the seam to the darker side.
 *Note: when placing the white triangle on the colored square, make sure the white will cover the corner of the colored square completely when stitched in place.
With a second triangle, place the same way over the next corner, checking to see that it covers the corner when stitched in place. Then flip to right sides together and stitch. Again trim the excess under the white triangle to 1/4" seam allowance and press.
This shows the white triangle covering  the colored corner. Trim excess behind the white to 1/4" and press seam.
Leave the rest of the white triangle for now.
Next, cut the (4) 5" x 5" white squares in half diagonally.
Place this block next to the center white block and you'll see the star taking shape! Repeat these steps for the next three blocks around the center white square. Now one star is complete.
 
Make two more stars!  
Once you've made the three stars, you can place all the blocks out on your table to see where you'd like to place them.
 
The last step is to sew all the blocks together in rows, then sew the rows together. 

Be sure to press seams as you go along.
 
Sandwich the layers, the backing, batting and top, and quilt it in a pattern you like. Attach the binding.
 
The quilting was done by machine, following the outline inside the stars, and simple diagonal lines outside the stars.  
This quilt can easily be made larger by buying more charm packs or using scraps you have and cutting them to 5" x 5" squares.
 
Any size squares will work, too. You could make them all smaller or all larger than 5" x 5" squares.
 
And once you get the hang of it, these stars are fast to make!
Once pressed, the block is not square and must be trimmed to 5" x5" square.