This week is so exciting! My block Rising Star is among the blocks featured in Volume II of Quiltmaker’s Magazine’s 100 Blocks issue.
EQ7 Drawing of the Block
Actual Photo of the Rising Star Block Block #106 in the Magazine!!
I came up with the idea for this block while learning to use the Patch Draw worktable on EQ6. I wanted to play with the circular grids and see if I could design a star block that looked different from a traditional radiating star. Once I settled upon the design, I played with color to get the illusion of a spinning star, throwing off its colors as it spun.
Here is one of the first designs I came up with for a quilt using this block. I alternated blocks with another block I submitted (but wasn’t published) called Winter Sun.
Here is the quilt I came up with. Design 1: Stars and Suns
The setting idea below eliminates the alternate block and shows off the secondary design possibilities when the blocks are set in a simple 4 x 4 horizontal setting of 16 blocks. The star border plays on the theme and pulls the colors into a frame that stops the action of the spinning stars without over powering them. This setting is 47” x 47” square. Wouldn’t this be fun as a mini? Design 2: Desert Stars
Design 3 (above) Desert Star Mini
This next setting uses the same blocks and border, but reduces the number of blocks to 4. It is 29” x 29”.
In each of the settings I have shown so far I have reduced the size of the block from 12” to 9”. I liked the proportions of the block to the border better at that size. So after playing with size and the number of blocks I had to play with color. I used the “Random Recolor” feature in EQ7 and came up with dozens of new color combinations. Total funnage!!
Here is one color variation I liked: Design 4: Kaffe Stars
Design 5 (above): Summer Night.
In this setting I put the blocks on point and recolored again. Partial stars make up the setting triangles and corners. The secondary stars really take on a life of their own in the small white dotted fabric. I love this setting. Wouldn’t it make a great summer night quilt?
It is hard to stop playing with settings once I get started, but if you have hung in with me this long, I have a surprise for you. Let me know which setting(s) you like best -- by leaving a comment on this post -- and you will automatically be entered to win a FREE copy of the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine . One person will be chosen at random from all comments received before 11/15/2010. Keep reading because I am giving away more stuff before this post is done!!
Surprise #2 -- the winning setting (the one with the most votes) will be patterned and available for Free to everyone who left a comment!! I will send you a link to download the complete pattern for free.
Design 6: Dancing Blue Stars
Design 7: Jayhawk Stars
These are both on-point settings where I played with color and different setting triangles. I also reduced the number of blocks in the second of these designs.
Here is a quilt I designed just for you, my incredible friends and readers. Design 8: Stars in my Eyes
If you click HERE you will be able to download a pdf of the templates to make this 12” block and click HERE for the templates for the setting triangles. Here is a yardage chart. And if you want a sunnier version of this same quilt, how about this?
Design 9: Sunny Stars
If you want a really fast method to make this quilt, use a piece of interfacing!
- Download the full size block outline HERE and trace it onto the interfacing or place it beneath the interfacing so you can see the lines through the interfacing.
- Cut the templates out and arrange them on the interfacing with the glue side up.
- When all the pieces are arranged and touching, iron them down onto the interfacing.
- Add the borders, then layer with batting and backing.
- Then satin-stitch or zig-zag the seams to hold all the patches in place. Use a variegated thread to add to the composition or an invisible thread to disappear into it. You will be stitching through all the layers so your quilt will be quilted at the same time that you join the seams and edge-stitch.
Cutting List: Innermost border cut two 1” x WOF strips. Middle border cut two 1” x WOF strips. Outer border cut three 1.5” strips. Binding cut three 2.25” strips.
Now. The first four people who make this quilt and send me a picture of themselves holding it up will receive a Free Issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks along with a free Morning Glory Designs Pattern of your choice!! Send photo to reezehanson (at) hotmail.com
Now that’s a cool Give-away!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
And check out my ad in the front of the magazine!!!! on page 9! and the setting ideas using my block on page 16!!
And watch for an upcoming preview of next year’s FREE Block of the Month being offered on my blog.
Thanks to all of my friends and readers. You are the best.