100 Blocks Volume 4: Best Friends

Of all the quilt blocks in the big, wide world of quilting, the Friendship Star is my favorite. It’s a simple block, not terribly spectacular, but I guess just the feeling of it makes me all warm and fuzzy. It was fun to play around with different sizes to see what I could come up for my 100 Blocks, Volume 4 block.

QMMS 110062 STODDARD 300x300 100 Blocks Volume 4: Best Friends

Best Friends

While I was making this block, I played around with a few ideas for colors and settings. I love the solid white background, so I rotated the blocks and came up with this:

paula blk4 wht 300x300 100 Blocks Volume 4: Best Friends

Then, of course, when you think of stars you also think of the night sky. So I tried a darker background with yellow and gold stars:

paula blk4 blue 300x300 100 Blocks Volume 4: Best Friends

I really love both of these combinations. I’ve collected fabric for both of them, but can’t decide which to do first!

Since the name of my block is Best Friends, I’ll tell you quick about my best friend. You know how you have friends, and you have friends. And even among your friends, you have a Heart-Friend. I have a Heart-Friend, her name is Mary Ann and she lives in Washington, where I used to live. A few years ago I moved to Arkansas then Colorado, but it felt like I was moving CLEAR across the world from my best friend. I miss her EVERY day. We talk regularly, email lots, and visit each other a few times a year. Even if we haven’t talked for a day or a week, we can pick up where we left off without missing a beat. We often have the same thoughts on the same day and we even signed up for the same block-of-the-month on the very same day without talking to each other first! No matter how many miles are between us, she’ll always be my best friend.

Giveaway: Leave a comment, and tell me who your best friend is by 12 noon MST on Thursday 11/10 for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4 of your very own.

I loved loved LOVED reading your comments about your best friends – friends, sisters, moms, husbands – you made me all tingly and happy. The randomly selected winner is #22 Kristen Hamilton and just for fun I randomly selected another winner, #155 Marcia Wright, for her comment about how she, her sister and her mother always joke about having “ESPN”. Being a total ESPN football fanatic, that totally cracked me up! Thank you to everyone for all of your great comments!

Happy blog hopping!

About Paula

I'm an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker in Golden, CO. I've been quilting for 18 years, including teaching, long arm quilting, designing, and stash building. I also love to read, run, stitch, play with my boston terrier and spend time with my family.
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179 Responses to 100 Blocks Volume 4: Best Friends

  1. Such a sweet block!
    I love the colorful version :D

  2. Shannon says:

    I think I missed the give away cut off but I still wanted to comment. I LOVE YOUR BLOCK! I can see doing so many different quilts with this block. So cool!

  3. Amy C says:

    My best friends are my daughters!

  4. Nora says:

    I met my best friend on my first day of school. she sat in front of me and wore a red sweater. She was worldly and comforted crying me. I had never been away from home.
    That was 60 years ago and we are still close.Our children grew up together.

  5. Wendy B says:

    I know it sounds soppy but my BFF is my hubby!!!! He’s always there for me, even takes me to quilty places on holidays and buys little quilty nicky knacks whenever he sees them. He’s my rock!

  6. MarciaW says:

    Paula, Thank you for the copy of QM’s 100 Blocks volume 4! Looking forward to making some of these blocks into a new quilt design.

  7. Amanda Wulf says:

    I love the stars!!! I can think of many different colorways and layouts for these!!! I can’t wait to make this one! Congrats on being in the magazine!!!

  8. Carla G says:

    My best friend is from high school. We live in different cities but still connect via phone. Now that we both have young kids & our own businesses, we don’t talk very often and haven’t seen each other in many years. Love your star blocks! :)

  9. Nancy Sue says:

    My best friend and I connect through email (yea for modern technology). We met when we worked at the same place. Although we get busy with our schedules, we’re able to pick up right where we left off….(even when I get behind in my emails to her)!

  10. Diane Harris says:

    I loved your best friend story. Your block settings really show off the potential of this design! I’m thinking scrappy quilt, and soon.

  11. Pat Bandura says:

    I’d say my best friend is my Husband

  12. KrisD says:

    My best friend is my husband. He’s there to support me in anything I do and takes very good care of me. He’s even the one who got me so involved in quilting by shopping for a new sewing machine for me several years without me knowing about it. Don’t know what I’d do without him!

  13. Marie says:

    not spectacular? of course it is~lots of personality options. keep up the good work

  14. Cee Dee says:

    Lovers , come and go. But a friend is forever!

  15. KT says:

    Love your best friends block! Friendship star was the first quilt block I ever made, and I love your variation of it! My best friend is my hubby–even though he doesn’t get the quilting thing, he takes the time to admire my latest accomplishments, and he got up early most mornings last summer to train with me as I trained for a triathlon, as well as bringing the kids up early on the morning of to cheer me and the other women on!

  16. Pat V says:

    My best friend for 20 years has been my husband

  17. E. Engman says:

    My best friends are my daughters (4) and my sisters (5).

  18. Jo says:

    My daughter-in-law!

  19. Kira says:

    I moved away from my best girlfriend. It’s a good thing I have a cel with free long distance.

  20. Annmarie says:

    Friendship star is my all time favorite block too. And I just love your variation and I really love the quilt setting! I’ve added it to my ToDo list. My best friend is Connie. She’s 86 & I’m 63. Connie has been my friend for over 40 years. She is also my quilting mentor. I think I need to make a Best Friends mini just for her! Thanks for the inspiration & thanks for the chance to win Vol 4.

  21. Tara A says:

    My best friend is Tricia even though we live so far apart.

  22. JoAnne T. says:

    I am very proud to say that my best friend is Marian. She is a “Guidance Aide” at an elementary school. She’s always understanding and comforting if I have a problem. I try to do the same for her. She’s a grandparent and I try to spoil that grandson of hers, I have no grandchildren. Simply put, Marian is platinum!

  23. Maria Kievit says:

    My best friend would be Kristine. Years ago we met when my oldest and her 2nd or 3rd went to the same preschool together. Afterward we followed a course together on how to make a quilted jacket. I still have mine to this day, but it’s totally worn out. The friendship, however, has not.

  24. Barb Colvin says:

    Paula, your block works into such a great quilt! My best friend is Lynn, and her favorite color combo is blue and yellow.

  25. MarciaW says:

    My best friends are my sister and in many ways, my mother. We seem to think the same thoughts at the same time and talk in shorthand – yet know exactly what is meant. We say we have ESPN, which helps to confuse male members of the family when watching football. Thanks for the chance to win. My favorite combination is the darker background with the yellow, and perhaps some other color of stars just to throw in something unexpected.

  26. Cecilia says:

    My best friend of all time is my husband. My best female friend is Vicki who I still consider my friend wven though she lives in Florida and I have lived in Georgia now for 11 years now. No matter how much time has passed since we talked last, we just pick up as if it were just yesterday that we talked last.

  27. Debbie in WA says:

    Love your block!
    My best friend is half way across the country from where I live now but I have many friends here to enjoy a stitching life.

  28. kim says:

    What a beautiful quilt, I love pinwheels. Thank you for the giveaway .

  29. Kathy C says:

    My best friend and I have been friends since the 4th grade. We are now 64 years old and STILL best friends.

  30. Melanie says:

    My best friend is my husband, Paul. After 8.5 years, we still talk about everything..and I mean everything. He supports my every venture, he listens intently without interruption, and he always has the best advice. Even when we travel and are in the car, whether it be for 1 hour or 6…we never tire of talking to each other.

  31. Dawn says:

    I’ve been best friends with Ruby since I was 13 yrs old and that was 49 yrs ago.

  32. Rita Goshorn says:

    laura, my bff, moved into my neighborhood 65 years … we started first grade together. since school, we have mostly lived apart, phoning, now emailing, still close. neither of us is up to traveling anymore; we feel that now, when we chitchat, we’ll not see each other again.

  33. Peg Spradlin says:

    I love your block, Paula. Another winner. My best friend and I have been thru alot together and luckily still live in the same town so a week rarely goes by that we don’t get together. She’s the easiest person to talk to and we tell each other everything-and I do mean everything!

  34. Dianne Giles says:

    My best friend is Dottie across the road. She is 82 (I am 56). We are sew similar in sew many ways and yet sew different in others. I love her to bits and will miss her terribly when she goes. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

  35. nadine says:

    My best friend is my husband. I have sewn (as my job) most of my life. Now I have lots of free time . He never minds when I’m in my room sewing.

  36. I grew up with my best friend, we were always there for each other and even though we don’t see each other, we are always there for each other when we need each other.


  37. SewCalGal says:

    No doubt about it, my husband is my best friend.


  38. Joanne Maner says:

    My best friend is Maryam. We met about a year and a half ago in an online quilt group. We have not met in person yet, but we feel more like sisters than just best friends.

  39. Wendy says:

    My best friend is Carolyn and stars are her favorites. We are quilting buddies and have shared a lot of good times togather and some not so good. We try to be there for each other when ever we can. I don’t know what I would do without her friendship.

  40. Marianne says:

    My best friend is Aeleen. We have been best friends all our lives. We were born one week apart and have been thru all life’s ups and downs together. I am looking forward to this issue of 100 blocks. Maybe I will pick some of my favorites to make a quilt for my best friend.

  41. My best friend is Chuck, he started out as an online friend and we tried dating and just decided that we would be friends and 9 years later it is going strong. There is not a thing that either of us can say or do that the would make us stop caring or being there. We have been through births and deaths of family and friends and have traveled extensively together. We are there for each other personally and professionally. I had surgery 5 years ago and woke up a paraplegic and he never left me and was there when my family and other so called friends were none existent. Chuck is my rock and the man that makes my life complete as long as we don’t have to live together. LOL

    I can’t wait to get Vol #4 thanks for a chance to get it.

  42. Sandra Hadley says:

    My bets friend for 22 years and counting is my husband. He is always telling people about my habit of picking up fabric for a particular quilt without a picture or notes on hand. He enjoys looking at the tops that I have finished and in the process of quilting.
    Most of all I can tell him anything that crosses my mind and accepts or makes stray comments back.

  43. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    My best friend is Lynn, who lives in NC and I live in MO. We met on a yahoo quilt group and became friends when she lived in Chicago. We don’t get together often, but when we do it is just like we had seen each other the day before. So nice to have a friend like that!

  44. Nancy says:

    Your block is awesome! My best friend is also named Mary Ann. We started out as sisters-in-law about 33 years ago; then she and my brother split but we decided to keep our friendship. We even share the same birthday and are both quilters. We always go to the state quilt show together and have a great time. I can’t imagine life without friends.
    Congratulations on being in volume 4 !!

  45. Donna Joy says:

    My best friend is my sister. I did make her daughter a quilt from quilt maker named best friends. Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Billie K says:

    My best friend is my DH.

  47. Judy says:

    My best friend is my sister Betty. We live 1100 miles apart but we still talk almost every day. She knits but doesn’t sew, and I sew/quilt but can’t knit. Thanks for the chance to win.

  48. Judy W says:

    My best friend is a non- quilter, but we still have lots in common. It would be great if she took up quilting, but I don’t see that happening! Judy W

  49. Julie in WA says:

    I am blessed to have two best friends…my mom and my daughter! I do love your block…always have liked star blocks, and your use of three in one block is a great idea!

  50. My very best friend lives in MN her name is Dawn. I live all the way in AZ and I know what you mean when you say you can pick up right where you left off.

  51. Jodi G. says:

    Great block and Love the name. I’ve had my Best Friend, Lauri for over 41 years. Yikes!! hehe I knew it had been awhile. We’ve been bbfs since fourth grade and believe it or not, we’ve *never* had a fight. We live in different states now and are both grandmas and like you, can pick up the phone after a week, etc. and just pick up right where we left off. Thanks for reminding me what a Blessing Lauri has been to me.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  52. Bev Gunn says:

    I have had multiple “best” friends at different stages of my life, Right now I think my younger sister is that to me. We did not get along as teens, but as we get older we grow closer. (And,as my hair and hers gets greyer, we even are beginning to look more alike than ever!)

  53. A.J. Dub says:

    My best (girl)friend is Christine. She takes me as I am but also encourages me to be my best self. She is awesome!

  54. A.J. Dub says:

    I sew in the early afternoon during nap time, usually. If my husband works late then I will sew at that time as well.

  55. Dana says:

    My best friend is Cori, we get along so well, think alike and can have an argument and still stay friends. Thanks.

  56. Jan says:

    Best friend is my husband, best girlfriend is Deb, she just moved to another state. We’ve been emailing a lot and talking on the phone. It still makes me sad. I miss her.

  57. Tamsyn says:

    Beautiful block! I LOVE stars. My best friend is Sarah. She is so different from me and yet we are besties.

  58. Rachell R. says:

    Oh, yeah, and I received a resubscription offer…to give a subscription for free to someone else. So I renewed my subscription to QM, and gave the gift subscription for my Christmas gift to my best friend Jessica! I can’t wait to keep quilting and sewing with my friend!

  59. Mary Jo Baird says:

    My best friend is Nancy-she is my boss’s wife and we are pretty opposite when it comes to background! She is from the north-New York and I am from the South-Tennessee! She has short, blonde hair and I have very long, dark hair! We get along so well! We love the same things! She’s my bestie!!

  60. Rachell R. says:

    I love stars! I just had to do a Friendship Star for both of my little boys’ crib quilts, and one in our Block of the Month club at my local Bernina using Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler from Jennifer Chiaverini.
    My best friend is Jessica. She needed a new sewing machine so I found her a used one, just like mine, at our Bernina store, and I took the classes with her to help her learn how to use it….and learned some things I never knew before about my machine! Then we made pj’s together, and then made a quilt together for our neighbor and friend who was dying of cancer. We finished it and cried together as we presented the quilt to our friend and her family….and she was able to enjoy it for just another week and a half before she died. What a sweet moment in time for friends!

  61. Linda in PA says:

    My best friend’s name is Toni. We met through work a little over 39 years ago. We share the same wedding anniversary date, but a year apart. I’ll have been married 40 years in May and she will celebrate her 39th anniversary. My family moved away about 30 years ago, but we still stay in touch.

  62. I absolutely ADORE STARS. My BFF is Catherine…..

    Congrats on being in the latest issue! LOVE IT!

  63. My bestest friend is Regina. A couple of weeks ago, I shopped online and sent her a message that I bought a shirt. She was actually wearing the SAME shirt! And we live states away as well. :)

  64. kwiltnkats says:

    Paula, Friendship Star is one that always brings to mind that bond you write about. I’ve made the block several times for celebrations where a signature is requested or an inspirational thought was expressed. I assembled a BOM swap for a charity event similar to your blue & yellow version with green (http://www.kwiltnkats.com/Fundraisers/2009%20BAE%20Systems%20Quilters%20AmericaSupportYou,%20Friendship%20Star.jpg). I added some borders to expand its size a bit (and to use all the blocks made). It is so versatile…and it does make you happy! Kerry tops my list of friends. Fortunately we live close and see one another on a regular basis. Most Saturdays we sew together; how neat is that! Sorry Mary Ann is miles away…but it sounds like distance can’t keep the two of you apart! Sandi

  65. Pat V. says:

    My best friend is my husband. He is always the first one I invite to go with me to dinner, a concert, and yes, even quilt shows!

  66. Rachel B says:

    My hubby is best friend. Jesus is closer.

  67. Kris says:

    My best friend is my husband, he is always there for me! Thanks for the chance, I love the way the secondary pattern circles on the quilt, great imaginative design!

  68. Cindi C says:

    I guess it would be Darlena, she lives in a different state, but I know that if I needed anything at all, she’d be here in a minute. And she knows the same thing.

  69. Barbara L says:

    I love star blocks! My best friend also happens to be my next door neighbor…how awesome is that for me! We just have to yell over the fence to each other in the summer! She shares my passion for primitive decorating, and folk art style quilts!

  70. Jeanne says:

    My best friend is Holly who is a treasure for a friend as she is always there for me.

  71. LJ says:

    I love this block and particularly think the difference sizes of stars is lovely. I prefer the white background but both are fantastic. My best friend is Dolores. I love it that we can share anything with each other.

  72. Robyn Brown says:

    My best friend is my husband. I love that I can share things with him that I cannot tell others (they’d think I was crazy LOL). He totally gets me.

  73. Karen says:

    My bestie is a friend from high school. She’s been there for me through the ups & downs through high school, college, first love (last one, too). We’re able to see each other about once every few months, depending on our work schedules, but it’s usually filled with laughter, shopping and cocktails.

  74. annie says:

    My BFF is Zoe. She has been a friend since I was 5. Our lives drifted apart after High School, then we found each other after the birth of her first child and my third. We found our lives had taken similar paths and it was so fun to reconnect. After that we have kept in touch. Even though she is hundreds of miles away, she continues to be one I think of when the phrase “Best Friends” is mentioned.
    PS Congratulations on making THE 100!! I’d love to win a copy.

  75. Celine says:

    I met my best friend at university. She is named Celine, like me and we have lots of parallels in our life – outside our control. Our kids were born 3 months apart, we were married the same year, we had lots of great and terrible times in our life that we have been able to share (like losing a parent from the same type of cancer 6 months apart etc). We are always delighted to see each others and can speak for hours on the phone. She is a real jewel and I love her.

  76. VickiT says:

    I have someone I still consider my best friend. We’ve known each other since we were about 6 yrs old. We met in Kindergarten and were best friends all the way through school and beyond. She’s actually my oldest sons’ Godmother. The sad part is that she moved a very long way from here a number of years ago and now I only see her about once every 10 yrs or so and she’s so busy with her kids that I rarely hear from her. I really do miss her. She’s the only one who has ever known my every thought and I hers. I almost moved to the same city she lived after my divorce but with three children all under the age of 5 I was afraid to make that kind of move without a job waiting for me so I never did go. Now I’m glad I didn’t because had I moved, I never would have met the man I am married to now so at least I’m happy. I just wish I could be in touch with her more often.

  77. Sherri G says:

    My best friend is definitely my husband, John. :-)

  78. Carol R says:

    I have several “best” friends. Each is just as important, but contribute to a different part of my life. I love the star block and think it would be neat to make this one.

  79. Sherry Caldwell says:

    I am so excited to get the magazine and start working.

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