100 Blocks Volume 5: Star Glow

I’m always drawn to star blocks, so it seemed natural to design a star for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5. While doodling on graph paper, I played with the idea of different sized stars in the same block and decided on a design where the stars got progressively smaller (or larger depending on how you look at it!).

Here’s Star Glow:

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Star Glow

Blue and yellow are favorite colors of mine, and these fabrics from the Midnight Blue collection by Karen Combs for Troy Riverwoods Collection were perfect. They made each star stand out on its own.

I drew my block in EQ7 by The Electric Quilt Company and played with different quilt layouts. One of the things I love about EQ is the ability to easily use blocks to create different quilt designs. Here are a few of the layouts I came up with.

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quilt design 1: This layout shows all the blocks in the same orientation.

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quilt design 2: I rotated the blocks so the small stars all meet at the block intersections.

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quilt design 3: In this layout, two of the small stars meet at the block intersections.

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quilt design 4: I rotated the blocks in every other row.

I wanted to design a border for this quilt. I decided to break the block down into the 3 different stars.

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large star (12")

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medium star (8")

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small star (4")

Using 2 of the different individual stars, I designed these simple borders:

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quilt design 5

There’s one border using 4″ stars and one using 8″ stars (with a different colored background). I think it would be fun to use these individual stars in different combinations for borders as well.

For these designs I used the same colors as my original block, but I can see lots of different coloring possibilities for these quilts.

I enjoy analyzing blocks and designing borders and settings to showcase the blocks. That’s also one of the classes I’ll be teaching at Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Williamsburg, VA August 2–4.

I’d love to have you join me and the other great teachers we have lined up—Debbie Caffrey, Nancy Mahoney, Monique Dillard, Lynda Howell, Carolyn McCormick, Bonnie Hunter and QM Interactive Editor Diane Harris—for a wonderful time in historic Williamsburg. Along with classes from these great teachers, 2 dinners are included with keynote speakers Bonnie Hunter and NY Times best-selling author, Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the popular Elm Creek Quilts novels. Classes are filling up fast, so go to quiltmaker.com now to register for Quiltmaker’s Block Party.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by 12 noon MST on Tuesday, 5/1 telling me what color combinations you would use  for a chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 5 and prizes from FreeSpirit and Timeless Treasures.

Congratulations Madeline, comment #169! Your comment was randomly picked to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 5 and prizes from our sponsors FreeSpirit and Timeless Treasures.

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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266 Responses to 100 Blocks Volume 5: Star Glow

  1. Annie K says:

    I think I’d try a soft, sagey green, sherberty orange, and buttercup yellow for the stars, on a pale turquoise background.

  2. DanelleB says:

    I love the pattern, and it would be so neat in red, white and blue for the 4th of July!

  3. Jay says:

    I, too, am devoted to blue & yellow combos, but lately I’ve been attracted to pink & red together. What’s that about??

  4. Rhonda H. says:

    I love your color combination; I have a yellow kitchen with blue and yellow toile curtains and blue/white, blue/yellow plates on the wall, so your combination really appeals to me. However, I see endless possibilities of color combinations for these blocks; very creative. Thanks for chance to win!

  5. Beautiful block! I would use red, green, and yellow.

  6. Sandy Gridley says:

    Right now I’m in the lime and yellow mood. Maybe toss in a little hot pink for a strawberry lemonade effect. I’ve always been a fan of star patterns, this one is the most unusual and fun one I’ve seen.

  7. Jennifer P says:

    The first thing I thought of when I saw your amazing stars was Red White and Blue. My vision would include the different size stars in various combinations of the three colors. My daughter is currently serving in Afghanistan so patriotic is on the top of my mind. I’d love to win and thanks for the opportunity.

  8. Pat V. says:

    Wow, it’s so great in blue and gold. Perhaps a black background with orange, yellow and lime green stars? Looking forward to including this block in a quilt I’m assembling (it’s all stars)!

  9. Ruth Funk says:

    I like the quilt layouts with this block.

    I have been collecting all of the 100 block issues and would love to win this one.

  10. Ruth Funk says:

    Love your block and the quilt layouts

  11. LizA. says:

    I love this block! The nested stars are great. I think this would make a fantastic Quilt of Valor in red, white & blue.

  12. Cheryl Netzke says:

    I love this pattern. I think I would use deep yellow for the small star, softer yellow for the middle and pale cream for the largest, with midnight blue for the background.

  13. Wilma Searcy says:

    This block of stars in progressive sizes is perfect for my next bed quilt in autumn colors. The background will be cream or light beige. The stars will be scrappy, but somewhat controlled to small prints that “read as one” color. I would love to win this new 100 Quilt blocks Vol. 5.

  14. Rachell R. says:

    I love stars, too! My two babies’ quilts I have completed are stars samplers. I love the ideas and designs of stars on dark backgrounds, like the night sky. I used a light, med, and dark yellow golds for the stars, and a med blue with silver sparkle for sashing, and dark blue for backgrounds. The second quilt was all the same yellows but in green backgrounds! If I have a girl in the future, I’d love to do the same with the yellows but in purples backgrounds. Right now I’m working on a 12-block of the month (we’re done with that but I decided to turn mine into a king-sized) based on Chiaverini’s Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler. My colors are red white and blue, and I chose a lot of the stars in the book and I can’t wait to see them in Patriotic colors!
    I can’t wait for the chance to receive a copy of the new magazine!!

  15. Leanne says:

    I love the blue and yellow. It would look nice in Christmas colors too. I loved the alternate settings for possible quilts. It’s fun to see what one block can become. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Janine A says:

    I love star Glow! I would use the blue fabrics my husband brought from Japan along with a greyish white Stonehenge fabric to make him a quilt.

  17. Jannette says:

    My favourite colour combo right now is aqua and brown, so I’d probably go with aqua, teal and a rich brown for the stars.

  18. Sandy S says:

    Don’t you just LOVE EQ and the possibilities. I don’t know how many times I have drafted a block and then played. So much fun. Love the block and I have to say the small stars meeting in the middle is my favorite. Good job on these publications. So much fun and inspiration!

  19. Kay Ahr says:

    I would use shades of orange/yellow for the stars and a medium to dark blue for the background. I wouldn’t use the same oranges/yellows throughout though.

  20. DebrafromMD says:

    I’ve always wanted to do a pink and brown quilt. I love quilt design number two and could see this in those colors.

  21. Chris says:

    I really adore yellow and oranges!

  22. Lee says:

    I love greys and yellows! thank you!

  23. Kathleen says:

    I think I’d try a patriotic themed Red-White-& Blue quilt for your lovely Star Glow block. Love, love, LOVE it! :)

  24. gilda says:

    I love blues, greens and purples…so that is the color combination that I would use, love the pattern in this quilt!

  25. Ronna says:

    I love the blue & yellow ~ thats always such a happy combination. But I would love to see it in traditional Red White & Blue. =)

  26. Judy Urban says:

    I would us the same colors I have fabric from Eleanor Burns the same colors.
    I love the pattern love star blocks.

  27. Angie SoCal says:

    This looks like a great pattern to make in our patriotic colors: red, white and blue. Thanks for such a great pattern, Carolyn. And thanks for the chance to win a copy of the latest 100 blocks.

  28. Barbara says:

    I’m partial toblue and yellow.

  29. Maryann McEvoy says:

    I would probably use the yellow, light blue, dark blue comination as you did. These are my favorite colors. I would love to try it in grey, red and black too for a different look. Great block pattern!!

  30. Mary W says:

    What a great block. Love all the ways to set it. I see it bright colors on black background. What fun to play with. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Cathy B says:

    I LOVE your block! I like the civil war prints…..tans, blues, reds, creams…. I am enjoying this 100 Block blog tour. Thank you!

  32. Cecilia says:

    I would love to try this block in aqua, red and white. I love stars too! Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. I would like to see one in RED WHITE BLUE. Congrats to you and your beautiful block on QM’s 100 Block. Thank you for sharing…Judith, Texas

  34. Marge Kumaki says:

    This is a fabulous block. I’m seeing it in hunter green, two lighter shades of green and either a yellow, pink or orange-red pop! Great idea; thanks for the chance to get 100 Blocks and the other things in this package.

  35. Marilyn says:

    This is exactly what I need in these exact colors for my student teacher! I have to make her a quilt by June 1. Perfect timing! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love it and am going to start cutting right now :) So happy, can’t even tell you. I’ve been looking for the perfect patten for weeks! Yes, wow.

  36. Terri Lynn Normoyle says:

    Quilt design 2 is fantastic, absolutely would put a border on it as well!! Great ideas!!!

  37. Janet says:

    I would have to say this block just calls out red, white and blue to me:)

  38. Victoria M. says:

    I love this block with the 3 different sizes of stars. I think I would try it in shades of rust and gold, maybe on a tan background, or I bet it would look striking on a black background with different colors in each block. I agree with other commenters that the possibilities are endless! Thanks for having this giveaway.

  39. Jennifer says:

    I think red, white and blue would be a timeless combinationfor these stars. I can just see the quilt in these colors a hundred years from now, drawing sighs from the people who look at it. For a more modern feel, I think turquoise and violet and chartruese would be a lovely combination.

  40. NANCY CHADDICK says:

    Probably the blues and yellow, like you used. However, I might go with 30′s reproductions and either bubblegum pink or 30′s green; and then again I might use reds and pinks; or red and yellow, or purple and green – way too many possibilities Lol!

  41. I am into americana this month, so I would be tempted to use red, blue and light tan and make an americana quilt with it, reminds me of fireworks.


  42. Katie says:

    I would make a scrappy quilt with this block, using vintage linens from sheets and pillowcases (when I was bit more experienced, I am new to this). I absolutely LOVE this block, it’s my favorite from the blog hop today. Thank you for all these great giveaways, and the chance to win!

  43. Terre Sturtevant says:

    I love the progressive star, it was a great invention of yours. I would love to win .

  44. angie chappell says:

    I think i would use pinks and browns or rainbow color a different color for each star and block

  45. Becky Greene says:

    Might have to go patriotic with this one and choose red, white and blue on a very light blue background. I love the versatility of your block. Thanks for the chance to win and Congratulations on being included in 100 Blocks!!

  46. Donna Joy says:

    My favorite colors are blue and yellow so I like yours. I have all the quiltmaker 100 blocks books, wouldn’t want to miss one of these Inspiring magazines.

  47. A.J. Dub says:

    I think I would use Red, Yellow, and Aqua. I have actually wanted to do something similar to this for a while. I love stars! I would love to win the book if only so I could make this block.

  48. Norma says:

    I love star blocks, they’re just so timeless

  49. Janet Frank says:

    Congrats….love all the possiblities with your block. I like peach & teal on black background. Thanks for the chance!

  50. ANGELA BARGER says:

    love star blocks, and Love the USA so mine would be shades of Red White and Blue

  51. Jeanne says:

    I think I would try doing a scrappy version. I think that would be fun plus it would use up scraps. Don’t we all have a ton of those!!! LOL Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy quilting!

  52. Lori S says:

    Great block. I do love the colors you chose, as blue and yellow is always nice. I think I would go red, grey, black and white to give it a totally different feel. Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. kathy h says:

    Congratulations on having your block in the magazine. I love star blocks too so this was especially nice for me. I love the blue and yellow combination too. My daughter wants a quilt with those colors and that just might be the one for her.

  54. Myra Sattler says:

    The stars are so USA that I would try to use red, white and blue colors to see how they would mesh.

  55. Nancy D. says:

    I love your color combo. I think a purple, aqua and orange with the gray would be cool.

  56. Patricia says:

    Love how creative your block is! I would make this quilt in patriotic colors. Thanks “sew much” for this chance to win!

  57. Karen A says:

    I think fall colors would be lovely. I also think you could go scrappy and do different color combos in each block of the quilt.

  58. Stars are my favorite and I’d choose red, white and blue for a QOV. Thanks for the wonderful design and the giveaway.

  59. Sandi says:

    I think it would make a great red, white, and blue quilt. It’s a beautiful block and quilt. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  60. Mary says:

    I love stars and a realy like this pattern I would use purple, pink and white. Thank you.

  61. Dee says:

    I too am a blue/yellow girl. But my second choice would be cream, brown and black. Love this block!

  62. Patti says:

    I like the block and the layout for quilt #5 with the borders. I would use purple and green as the colors. Thanks for a chance.

  63. Julie A. says:

    I don’t think anyone can beat the colors you have — they are wonderful. Maybe some orange with yellow. I just LOVE that block. Thanks

  64. I think I would go for a patriotic theme and go red, white and blue on either a dark dark blue or black background.

  65. Terri Lynch says:

    WOW! That’s an amazing star block. I’d love to see this with a really dark background. Navy or Black…with some beautiful pastel batik stars.

  66. Lee Ann L. says:

    Oh my goodness! This blocks appeals to the star lover in me! Thank you for showcasing this block! It definitely makes me want to go out and buy the magazine. :-)

  67. Melody says:

    It would be fun in jewel tones of blue, purple and green although I’m thinking of a quilt in pink with lime green and orange right now.

  68. Janet says:

    Hmm…… I think I would like to try them in different values of orange or pink/reds.

  69. Amber says:

    Love the versatility of this pattern. Great job!

  70. Beautiful block!
    I’d love to use, Fuchsia, Lime green and dark green for the star and light yellow for the background :)

    Thanks for the chance :)

  71. Kris says:

    I would use browns, blues, and greens – love this block’s versatility!

  72. Diane Kennedy says:

    A fun design! I would love to see it in bright spring colors, hot pink, lime green, turquoise blue, bright purples..

  73. sewlindaann says:

    I would like to see the stars in white, pink, red and then a overall floral pattern as the background. I love seeing the different settings, it’s so inspiring.

  74. michele says:

    what a fun design— pink, red, brown with an off-white background

  75. Darlene Jacolik says:

    Just saw a beautiful quilt done in cream, pink and green and would like to try that. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  76. Heather says:

    I would probably use purples, since I would make it for my daughter’s 1st birthday. So jealous that you have EQ. That’s something I really want.

  77. nancy sperry says:

    Carolyn, I see fall leaves. Iwould use a “fall ” print in the background fo your #2 design (or a multi color batik) and pull my clors from there for my “leaves” (stars),winding up with batiks or tone on tone solids in dark green, rust and orangeor gold. (I think your small star could be a Paw-Paw or Hickory nut, am I the only one seeing this?

  78. Donna Russ says:

    Love your star block, I am a newbie to EQ7 love it also, but still learning…thanks for the giveaway and your block….

  79. What a fabulous design! I would use dark blue, medium blue and light blue on a deep, golden yellow background. I love the design with border #2 – it would be great to add a deep red in the background there for contrast. What an excellent block – thank you!

  80. Dana says:

    You used the same colors I like for stars, blues and yellows, sky and stars, so I would probably use that combo. I really like this block, the three stars are wonderful.

  81. KT says:

    Great block! I love blue, so I think I would stick with your color combo. Love seeing your different setting options–I would go with # 2, with your star borders. Thanks for sharing!!

  82. Carol F. says:

    I would use Lemon yellow, Tangerine, and Bright Pink and use a cheerful aqua for the background.

  83. I want this magazine. I would try making the littlest star gold, the medium star red, the large star med/dark blue and the background white. What do you think? Could be used as a Quilts of Valor quilt.

  84. Lisa Marie says:

    I love this block! I would like to try it in aqua, yellow, and lime green for spring.

  85. I have two quilt projects waiting for inspiration. My son is changing universities. His school colors will be red, black and white. I think your quilt would look wonderful in these colors. My oldest son is getting married in October. His fiance likes green. I’m thinking green, tan and gold. Thanks so very much for this wonderful blog hop! It’s my favorite. Off to visit the other designers….. Have a great week!

  86. Julie says:

    Since I love blues, I probably would use various shades of blue. I do love stars, and your block sure shows them off!

  87. Mary Jo says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Volume 5! I love these issues and have the other four issues!! They are my “go to” book when I need a block idea!! My favorite color combo is cranberry red and white with a touch of medium green, but I also like lime or apple green and eggplant! Black, red and white also pops!!

  88. Heather Mentzer says:

    How about pink and green on white, I love this block pattern.

  89. Mary Jane Cardwell says:

    I would use various pinks against a cream on cream background when making this block for a quilt.

  90. Angie Helman says:

    I came to the Quilty Pleasures blog after visiting Kay Mackenzie’s “All About Applique”. Her block, “Sitting Pretty”, is adorable! I liked both of the samples she presented – one using 30s type prints and the other using large florals. Made me want to run out and find a copy of the current 100 Blocks so I could start working on my own appliqued baskets and kittens.

  91. Sue Heinlein says:

    I love stars too and especially love the secondary pattern of your second EQ design. I’d do that one in red, white, and blue for a quilt of honor quilt!

  92. Barbara says:

    cheddar, sage green and brown I think … love the block !

  93. Deanna says:

    I’ve wanted to make a purple and yellow quilt. Started one, didn’t finish it since the design didn’t work. The Star Glow may work better.

  94. cynthia meredith says:

    I would use Amish-inspired solids–lots of blues and purples.

  95. Kathy says:

    I’ve been itching to do a big red/white/black quilt. This design could do it; love the interplay of the stars, and the fact that you shared your EQ iterations. Thanks.

  96. Sunnybec says:

    I quite like pink and green at the moment. Thanks for the chance.

  97. Carin says:

    I would use aqua, teal, orange on creamy white.

  98. wordygirl says:

    I was thinking this would be a great block for my nephew, who is a huge fan of “Super Hero colors”, so I’d probably experiment with red, yellow, and blue.

  99. May Britt says:

    I would be very happy to win this magazin and then get this pattern. And I am very fond of red, so I think I would have made these blocks in various reds on beige background.

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