Pattern - Sunshine and Stars

Sunshine and Stars - 1


This is a pattern for a dramatic quilt which showcases a very traditional block in a modern setting. It utilises some key design concepts of the modern movement – large areas of negative space and nice clean lines.

The lovely thing about this design is that it can be completed in the “usual” way or as Quilt as You Go, thus allowing you a great many options in terms of quilting, no matter what size of sewing machine you have.

You can choose to make this quilt in a variety of sizes which will work for decorating a bed, snuggling under on the sofa or hanging on a wall. The amount of quilting that you incorporate into your design may have an impact on the finished size.

NB - this is a pattern only, not a course

What's included in the price?

Full pdf pattern

What you will need

Fabric to complete the top and quilt back, wadding, threads
Full materials list is included with the pattern


Sheena Roberts at Green Man Quilts

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


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Live online
Julie - - #32457

Really enjoyed the course. We tried various blocks under Sheena's guidance, she let us choose which we preferred. I used lots of scraps and now understand how to modify traditional blocks to make a modern interpretation. Zoom worked well.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

So glad you enjoyed your day. This was such a fun workshop and I loved working with you

Live online
Helen Clark - - #32328

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and came away with lots of ideas, hints and tips - and more confidence to try new ideas. Sheena is a great tutor - she explains things well, and is prepared to demonstrate and explain a different way if we didn’t understand it the first time. She never makes you feel that you are stupid! Sheena also coped with glitches in technology with patience and humour. I’m looking forward to the next workshop I’m doing with her in June! Thank you Sheena!!

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thank you, Helen. I am honoured by your words. It was great having you along and I can't wait to work with you again. Roll on June!

Live online
Jane Landsborough - - #32204

This was a fabulous stained glass workshop. I learned so much, Sheena made it fun and the day flew by. The day was really well organised, too, so that it felt like a face-to-face course. Sheena has the skill of imparting her knowledge with good humour and grace and she has loads of tips to share.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thanks Jane. It was a lovely day and so nice to be able to create a really enjoyable event for people with lots of lovely interaction and supportive contributions. Thank you for joining us, and well done on a lovely wall hanging.

Live online
Paula Prince - - #32198

The stained glass window workshop was a most enjoyable day. The preparation handouts were very clear and easy to follow, as were the instructions on the day, and Sheena was on hand at all points during the day to help and advise.
I felt that I learned some more new techniques, which I have since made use of in another project. I also appreciated the fact that we were able to more or less complete the work during the day.
A great day, which I would definitely recommend!

Response from Green Man Quilts:

I am so happy that you enjoyed the day. And delighted that you are being able to use the skills in other projects. It is nice to have a project that fits so neatly into a single day!

Live online
Susan Hood - - #32079

I had a great day on this Zoom course- Sheena explained and demonstrated all the steps as well as providing an excellent pdf handout. There were lots of opportunities to learn from Sheena and from each other and it was lovely to be able to complete my wall hanging in one day (I did everything but the hand sewing of the binding during the class). I really feel I achieved something and will be making more as it’s been much admired.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

As always, it is great to have you along and you contribute so much to all classes.

So glad you enjoyed the day and it was lovely to see the photo of your wall hanging.

Thank you

Live online
Alison MacDonald - - #32132

This was my first experience of online classes and I found it very easy to follow. Sheena gave clear instructions and the handouts were very informative. The project was just the right size for the workshop, with most of it completed on the day. A very pleasant day, lovely to meet other quilters and of course Sheena. Thank you.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

It was lovely to have you along. Thank you for taking part. I do hope to see you again at another workshop soon.

Best wishes


Online on-demand
Beverley Chamberlain - - #31996

The Textile Textures Playtime course is such fun and very informative! I always look forward to the first of the month when the new material is sent out as I find it a real stimulus to creativity. The written tutorials, photos and videos are very well presented and easy to follow. In addition, the tutor, Sheena is very approachable and always willing to provide help as needed. The private Facebook group is very helpful too and has photos of many inspiring projects created by students. One of the things I like about the tutorials is the different ways in which the techniques taught can be applied – I have found the course to be so useful for giving me ideas for embellishments to add to the upcycled clothing that I create, and I am sure the course would be of benefit to anyone who creates with textiles in any form and did I mention it is FUN?? I highly recommend both this course and the lovely tutor, Sheena who is an excellent teacher.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thanks for such a FUN review! So glad you are enjoying it and finding all the different elements to be supportive.

Live online
Susan Hood - - #31692

What a fun, interesting and informative day! Sheena’s a great teacher - her live demos, supporting videos and info, and her inclusive approach made for a really successful day. I’m looking forward to practising and developing what I learned and will certainly be back for more.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Oh, Thank You! Delighted that you had such a successful day and I am looking forward to seeing what else you make.

Online on-demand
Val Button - - #30034

Thoroughly enjoyed this online course. The teacher is friendly, supportive, approachable, knowledgable on her subject and quick at responding to queries. The teaching material, written instructions, photos and videos are very clear and very easy to follow. The whole experience worked very well and I will certainly be doing another of her online courses in the future. I can’t recommend her enough.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thank you for such a lovely review. You always bring so much to classes and I love the fact that you made TWO pieces during this course and not just the one. It is amazing how different the pieces are as a result of your fabric choices. Great work.

Online on-demand
Jane Landsborough - - #30014

Brilliantly organised course. Sheena’s got the knack of imparting her knowledge with good humour and grace. She gives loads of practical advice, tips and encouragement. The mix of emailed instructions, downloadable videos, online community and constructive feedback is really successful. Answers to queries come back inhumanly fast - she seems never to sleep! I thoroughly recommend Shena as a tutor

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thank you. You really are too kind! I really value your contributions to the class and you have such a good eye for colour.

Online on-demand
Celeste Barry - - #30000

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Sheena and meeting a new group of quilter friends online. I started the friendship star class with intermediate quilting skills and am ending it enriched with new tools and tips to carry forward in my quilting. I loved Sheena’s teaching style and breakdown of the project into weekly bite-size pieces. It’s been fun to share our weekly progress online. Both Sheena’s and group comments have motivated me outside my comfort zone to try new methods and gain insight to looking at the same seam allowance from a new perspective. Will definitely sign up for another class.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Oh My! What a lovely review. Thank you. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and have appreciated the comments that you have made to support others. Thank you for joining the class and I look forward to working with you in the future. (Seam allowances really can make or break a project, can't they!)

Online on-demand
Geraldine Chalmers - - #29980

I have been doing classes with Sheena for several years now. I started in Hertfordshire doing evening classes which I thoroughly enjoyed. Sheena has a really lovely way of teaching and she has given a nervous novice like myself the confidence to progress to producing quilts I am very proud of. I have since moved away and was delighted when Sheena started doing online courses which I really recommend. The course materials are very good, clear and easy to understand. Sheena has a wealth of knowledge and is available for help whenever it is needed. I also enjoy following the groups progress on social media. I would highly recommend this course.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thank you for such a lovely review. I was equally delighted when the advent of the online course meant that I could continue to teach you. You have made a beautiful quilt this term and I look forward to seeing what you create in the future.

Online on-demand
Angela Rice - - #29923

I have been having quilting lessons with Sheena for nearly three years. She has abundant knowledge, skills and patience. Sessions are always interesting and very enjoyable and with her guidance, my quilting continues to improve. At present I am undertaking an online course, making a small curvy flying geese wall hanging. Sheena's pattern and instructions are excellent and are supported with relevant short videos. Sheena is always available when support/guidance is needed. I recommend Sheena very highly.

Online on-demand
Cheryl Keene - - #29834

I'm really enjoying this course. The online course materials are excellent, comprehensive and clear. It's also great to have Sheena on hand for individual help. Sheena is very knowledgeable and I've greatly appreciated her hints for doing things the easy way, instead of making things more difficult for myself. Funny too! Can't recommend highly enough

Online on-demand
Carole - - #29820

Very clear instructions, both written and on video. Thoroughly enjoying the course. Recommend

Sue Hood - - #28467

Sheena is a positive, kind teacher. She works hard to give everyone the guidance and encouragement they need and makes classes fun and motivating. I’ve learned about so many aspects of patchwork and quilting- choosing fabrics, colours, shade matching, cutting, as well as specific patchwork and appliqué techniques.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thank you, Sue. I really appreciate those kind words. And I am delighted that you find classes fun and motivating.

Freemotion Course - - #28262

I really enjoyed the course, and found it very challenging. This had more to do with my skills and creative talent than anything.

I think it made me realise that I need to do a lot more practice of the basics which I am getting more confident it.

When life is a little less hectic I would like to join one of your classes as this would mean I got regular support and instruction.

Thank you once again. Ginny

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Hi Ginny

You did really well. Please don't undervalue yourself!

Free motion is something that really needs regular practice to come good and you will get there. You had some challenges with your machine and I am sure that a new stitch plate will resolve that. I am glad that my spare came in useful for you and enabled you to get the most out of your day.

I would love to have you along on one of my regular classes, but until then, do keep an eye on my day and weekend workshops to keep you "boosted"

Thank you for spending the day with me and allowing me to help with your quilting skills

Jane Landsborough - - #28124

Sheena is brilliant at conveying the common-sense approach while still encouraging to step beyond one’s comfort zone. She has the knack of congratulating success as well as focussing on areas for improvement. She’s full of hints and tips. I love my patchwork class - the fastest 2.5 hours of my week

Response from Green Man Quilts:

That is so wonderful to read - thank you.
It goes pretty fast for me too, and is always very enjoyable.
You have really highlighted what is, in my belief, a core principle of teaching - common sense, lots of support and a decent amount of challenge!
Thanks for being such a great student.

Anne Salisbury - - #28132

I had never attempted free motion quilting as it seemed a complicated mystery to me. Sheena's Free Motion Quilting day was amazing. It was a small group and there was plenty of time to get to grips with understanding what an important part tension plays and how this can be affected. Now that I understand and have mastered this, I feel confident to practice and incorporate this in my quilts in future. I would highly recommend Sheena's courses, there is something for every level and she covers a lot of different elements of quilting.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Understanding that your tension dial can be your friend (and is not a scary monster!) is so very important and with these newer electronic machines it is easy to forget that we are allowed to change the tension! You really did well during the day and I can't wait to see how you incorporate free motion into you work in the future.
Thanks for a lovely review, and thanks for being one of my students.

Arlene Weekes - - #28120

Nice small classes. Teacher is very attentive and helpful.

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thanks, Arlene - I am really enjoying having you in the class.

Machine patchwork courses with Green Man Quilts - - #28107

Sheena is an excelllent teacher, enormously supportive and encouraging. I've learnt so much and enjoyed the classes so much. Highly recommended

Response from Green Man Quilts:

Thank you so much for a fab review. I am so glad that you enjoy the classes

Sue Todd - - #17120

I booked a VIP 1day workshop on 15th September for a day of learning the skills and techniques of quilting. My VIP day did not disappoint! As there were only three of us (myself and two daughters), all totally new to quilting, we received lots of individual attention, so progressing through the techniques well.
Sheena is a great teacher, explaining and demonstrating carefully. She’s also brilliant at ‘sorting’ it with humour, when things go wrong, which they did!!! (I had ‘wonky’ eyes as I’d had a cataract operation only ten days before!).
I learned so much.
I was inspired to continue and finish my practice piece during the week following the course and I now can’t wait to try some more quilting. Thanks Sheena - a brilliant day...

Clare Baker - - #17052

A fabulous day constructing stars and half square triangle blocks for the surrounds. I had never used triangles before and hoped to come away from the two days a better cutter and more accurate pieces. I certainly felt that I had achieved that along with a stash of cut pieces and constructed blocks ready to be worked into a quilt top. ( I always want to make more than the time on the course allows for!) Sheena is an excellent teacher, generous with her time and support and offers many tips and hints to help us further. I left with a comprehensive set of notes confident that I could complete my rather ambitious project! Thank you Sheena, see you soon.

Elizabeth Harper - - #15435

I booked the “free motion quilting day” as this was an area that I wanted to develop. The class was small which allowed us to have one to one tuition when r required. The day was enjoyable and being able to discuss things with other students was very helpful. Sheena had a relaxed way of teaching which made me feel that I could ask questions freely.

All in all a very good day and I came home wanting to practice and move forward with this skill .

I have booked another day with Sheena on Jelly Roll Quilts

RahatAboobaker - - #15146

Thoroughly enjoyed the two day course supported by Sheena's patience and inspiration.

Jane L. - - #14927

My day of “free motion quilting” was enjoyable, informative and inspiring. Sheena has a great knack of sharing her knowledge in a humorous way. She encourages and motivates and gives tips and short-cuts to simplify tasks. The limited class size means that you get plenty of one-to-one time with Sheena as well as discussion and sharing ideas with the other students. I learned so much

Susan Bell - - #14701

I attended the Fibonacci for Quilters recently. Although I am a reasonably experienced sewer, I was a complete novice to quilting. The group was small enough that Sheena was able to give us individual help as needed and by the end of the weekend I had produced something that I will be proud to display!

Response from Green Man Quilts:

It was fabulous to have you along for the weekend. You had such fabulous ideas and really worked so amazingly hard. Do send me a photo of it in situ. Well done.

Lynne Hughes - - #13531

Sheena is an inspiration, always happy to advise and fills you with confidence. I look forward to new terms. Thank you for your patience and expertise .

Anne Salisbury - - #11033

I am in my second (or possibly third) year of evening classes with Sheena. She is an amazing teacher who manages to have work rounds for my many mistakes. Her projects each term have improved my skill levels as each one is different. If you are a total novice but like the idea of quilting, Sheena's courses are just for you. I would highly recommend.

Clare Baker - - #10535

This course certainly lived up to its title! Lots of instruction in machine quilting with time to practise quilting in the ditch, straight and wavy lines and spiralling within a geometric shape - and I got the maths! Sheena demonstrated free motion stitching and gave us time to practise. We were shown and helped to layer up our quilt tops in preparation for quilting. All of this was accompanied by examples and handouts. We were all given individual help and support too. The preparation and planning that Sheena does to deliver these excellent courses is outstanding. I have the confidence to take my quilting forward. Thank you Sheena. Looking forward to November.

Sandra Greenwood - - #10510

I thoroughly enjoyed the "Get that quilt finished" course with Sheena. I loved experimenting with the walking foot and free machine quilting. Much more practise needed!! As always the tutition was first rate, developing my knowledge, skill set and confidence to think outside the box. Thank you Sheena

Jeanne Carlin - - #10506

As ever so much to learn from Sheena - she is always adaptable and able to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. Enjoyed the company and came away with many new skills.

Jane Winship - - #9900

Had a wonderful day with Sheena today. I learnt so much about my machine and how I can get so much more from it. Sheena is an exceptional teacher and makes things so much easier. I've got a lot to practise which I know I will enjoy. This was a real fun day and so enriching. Thank you so much Sheena.

Hilary Zecchin - - #9707

Sheena is a brilliant teacher and an inspiration to me! She is so supportive and encouraging and I have achieved far more than I ever expected. It is always fun and my skills have grown weekly. A world of colour and imagination which enriches your life.

Maria - - #9665

Thank you Sheena for a fantastic year. I have gained an enormous amount of confidence not only on how to use my sewing machine, but to tackle the different technicks of patchwork and quilting, from a very unsure beginner to someone who can't wait for next September.....bring on the " pinwheels "

Maria - - #9654

Thank you Sheena for a fantastic year. I have gained an enormous amount of confidence not only on how to use my sewing machine, but to tackle the different technicks of patchwork and quilting, from a very unsure beginner to someone who can't wait for next September.....bring on the " pinwheels "

Mary Rees - - #9652

Just completed another term working with Sheena.
Brilliant teacher, always encouraging and never makes you feel anything less than wonderful, even when you have made a bit of a dog's breakfast.
Looking forward to next term already.

Patricia Baker - - #9619

I am new to patchwork and quilting. Sheena was extremely helpful especially as my choice of fabric was not ideal. She has great patience and skill at communicating. Really enjoyed myself. The time passed too quickly

Clare - - #9617

Disappearing 9 patch is an intriguing way to make a quilt! I didn't quite get my top finished but with Sheena's illustrated handouts and her detailed demonstration of layering up and binding I am confident I will have it finished. Thank you Sheena. Excuse me, my quilt is calling, must dash!

Helen Anglum - - #9608

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Sandra Greenwood - - #9599

An excellent weekend quilting. I am always amazed at how much I and others achieve in just two days. Clearly this is down to the excellent tuition, relaxed working atmosphere and friendly co quilters. Thank you Sheena for your encouragement. See you in September.

Jeanne Carlin - - #9598

Sheena's Disappearing 9 Patch course was, as always with Sheena, a safe environment to push boundaries. I don't often do random - but I had decided to work in an array of batik - so the fabric lent itself to a random design. With Sheena's encouragement I stopped trying to control the layout of colours and just went for it and guess what - it looks wonderful. It is good to work at my own pace and know that I can call on help when its needed. Felt like a friendly supportive group with lots of chat and much needed coffee and muffins / biscuits. Thanks Sheena

Clare - - #9595

Just completed 2 day disappearing nine patch quilt course with Sheena, my fourth course with her. Sheena is a gifted teacher, breaking course content down, sharing her skills and knowledge generously and inspiring us with her enthusiasm. Her flexible approach allows us to work at our own pace and put something unique and personal into our work. Lots of group and one to one help and support. Highly recommended.

Helen anglum - - #8974

The course was most pleasing. I achieved all I wanted and everything reached my expectations. The tutor was great, approachable and helpful. I would recommend her to my friends and colleagues.

Stephenie Fanshawe - - #8956

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Sharien Hussain - - #8947

Had a brilliant 2 days on the patchwork and quilting course. I learnt how to use a rotary cutter in the correct way. I was always frightened to use one. Wow was I impressed. I was able to make a cushion cover and started the log cabin design for a sewing machine cover. The tutor was very helpful and was able to answer the questions I asked and gave everyone equal time. She was a pleasure to be with. Hope to do another course with the tutor in the near future. Thank you.

Simple Stained Glass - - #8930

This course was very inspirational, taking me from a 'I can't do that' feeling to a 'look what I made!' one. Sheena is an excellent teacher, patient, extremely skilled, and a great motivator with terrific focus. Anyone doing any course with her will come away with much more than expected. I hope to be back for more!
The venue was very suitable for the occasion - food was plentiful and delicious and accommodating different dietary needs.

Judith Clegg - - #8882

Course/teaching- thought this was a good project as it was achievable in the time and also involved revisiting basic skills and learning new ones.
Sheena coped admirably with a mixed bunch of students. Her good humour never faltered and she had time to help each of us especially at crisis points! Sheena manages to instil confidence and "can do" attitude in her students, a rare quality indeed.

Jane Winship - - #8871

I loved this course. It was very well paced with good and useful handouts. Sheena is a great teacher, very patient explains things simply and well and is also good fun. The choice of venue was wonderful too. We were fed delicious meals and were able to sew to our hearts content with really supportive guidance, what's not to like?! AND we all finished our gloriously coloured pieces.

This review is for the Simple Stained Glass course.

Elaine Cockle - - #8867

Great course.
The pace of learning was just right and Sheena was encouraging and very supportive (and patient too!). It's great to be pushed out of your comfort zone and the end results are fabulous.
Great venue too.

This review is for the Simple Stained Glass course.

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