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 Creative Editor for Quiltmaker magazine. I've been quilting for almost 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy scrapbooking, knitting, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
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265 Responses to 100 Blocks Volume 5: Star Glow

  1. Charlene says:

    very fun and detailed also

  2. Marcia says:

    The block is an interesting twist on stars. Thanks for the suggestions for layouts.

  3. Linda E in AZ says:

    I’d use purple and lime green and yellow.
    thanks

  4. Kaye M. says:

    Your designs never cease to amaze me!! I love stars and this is over the top. I would try yellow, tangerine and gray for my color scheme.

  5. Beth Vilsack says:

    I would use hot pink, lime green and bright yellow!

  6. Tricia says:

    For some reason this pattern appeals to my “fall” palette. Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Greens on Sky Blue background. Like I’m looking through a crown of a tree at the sky. The different layouts gives your wonderful block so many possiblities. Thanks you for sharing those with us. Congrats on making the magazine. And Thank you for the chance.

  7. JoAn GODFREY says:

    my first color choice is always blues. i do a lot with bright TOT’s too. this would look pretty in a rainbow of colors in the same quilt. take color from corner to corner diagonally across the quilt.!!!

  8. Cornelia Masur says:

    I just love this star pattern. it is just absolutely astounding. I would just have to change the color way to my favorite of Lime Green and a Dark Green. Would go really well with the new colors in my bedroom.

  9. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I think this would look great in gold, red and green for Christmas. But just about any color combination would look neat!

  10. Diantha Howard says:

    I like star blocks too. I like your color combination. Another I might try would be a white on white background, with various densities of pink and white prints for the starts.
    Thanks for the opportunity to try to win the Block book!

  11. GwenH says:

    Very pretty block, I love stars… I’m not sure what colour combinations I would do, I like the light blue background with yellow and dark blue stars, it would depend on what I have in my stash or what fabric I fall in love with at the quilt shop too. Thanks for the chance to win this magazine.

  12. Jill says:

    I like the three stars together. Very pretty.

  13. OHSue says:

    I love all things Christmas, so for me it would be green red and gold for the stars with cream background.

  14. jean says:

    I would use 2 shades of green, deep purple and white background. Always love greens! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. jmniffer says:

    Star blocks are my favorite. I’ve never seen anything like your block and I love it! I like the colors you uses and would likely do something like that or in blues and greens. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  16. Pat Hersl says:

    I’d have to play with my EQ too but wondering how red/white/blue would look. Maybe scrappy in graduated colors throughout. Too many ideas!

  17. Robbin says:

    The block is great, love it. I would probably use brown, cream and pink.

  18. VickiT says:

    What a great block. I really love the way you’ve created the stars in the block. The alternate layouts you’ve created are really good. I think that I like your option 2 the most of those.
    Congratulations on your block being in Issue 5.
    The colors I would use are probably purple and blue or a turquoise and red. I love both of those combinations and purple being my favorite color means that might be my first choice.

  19. DianeH says:

    What a fabulous block! I think I’d step out of my comfort zone and use whites, blacks and yellows.

  20. ellen says:

    Red, white, and blue!! I’ll have to make this for Quilts of Valor.

  21. Judy says:

    I love your star block. I would make it in blue and purple.

  22. Konda Luckau says:

    I don’t need to win. I just wanted to tell you that I love your block! What about adding sashing between the blocks that form a star when added to the cornerstones. Then you could make a star in the cornerstone and add two more layers of stars! Or is that taking the idea too far?!?

  23. Cindi says:

    I love the color combo you showed, though I’d probably have to come up with one that used pink. Or maybe patriotic or Christmas stars. Or…… Looks like I could make this lots of ways.

  24. Janis T says:

    I’m in my sea glass colors mood, blues, greens, teals. Great block!

  25. This block has many possibilities. And I love the secondary patterns that are created depending upon how the block is used. I envision this done in luminous colours on a black background that has a subtle pattern for movement.

  26. MarciaW says:

    Red White Blue and Gold like our American flag – all those stars inspire me to think of a patriotic theme – Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. Karlene says:

    Since I love red that would definitely have to be one of the colors; then maybe add pink and black.

  28. Regina says:

    orange/red/purple… but I am nutty that way!!!

  29. Martha Varino says:

    I love hand piecing…this would be a great project.

  30. Shelia says:

    I REALLY like blue/yellow quilts. This would be perfect.

  31. Judith says:

    I would (will) make this in chocolate, turquoise, butterscotch, and aqua. And it will be beautiful. Thank you!

  32. Madeline says:

    I would love to make some stars varying from pale blue to navy on a silvery background for a “winter stars” quilt for Xmas.

  33. Robyn Brown says:

    I’d like to see something really striking like maybe a black background and various shades of white/cream for the stars.

  34. Carol Pennington says:

    Love, love star block. Want to make a quilt using it

  35. Shirley Pearce says:

    There’s modern quilts popping up using the modern color fabrics. I would make the star block in 2 shades of cherry red and teal.

  36. LeAnne L says:

    Color combination: Black, gray, teal and purple or maybe gold if it needed more of a pop.

  37. Cheryl says:

    Hmmm….I’m leaning toward an orange, aqua and grey.

  38. E. Engman says:

    My color choices would be red, white, and blue–the block would look really in a Fourth of July quilt.

  39. Carol Vickers says:

    Purples and greens are my new found love!

  40. I’d use a dark background (black or navy) with bright jewel tones for the stars. =)

  41. WOW! This is beautiful! Also, one of my all-time favorite color combinations.

  42. Marge in Louisiana says:

    I would like a dark teal and a light teal and a medium purple as my colors. I would also get to go chopping for those fabrics as I have none right now. -G-

  43. Terry H. says:

    I am leaning towards a red,white & blue color combo, with either a pale yellow background, or maybe even a lite shade of gray. Great star block with lots of
    possibilites.

  44. Kate says:

    You already picked my favorite colores, blue, white & yellow so mine wouldnt look alot different. Neat design, thanks for the chance!

  45. kwiltnkats says:

    Carolyn, another great design. When I think of stars I tend to think of patriotism. So you will understand when I say yellow, red, and blue on a background of white. Love your yellow and blue fabrics in your original Star Glow block. Sandi

  46. Patty Happel says:

    Blue and yellow with a little green are my favorites

  47. Sandra says:

    The blue and yellow conbination is beautiful. If I chose another color it would probably be yellow and greens in batik.

  48. Gunda S. says:

    I Love that block, I will use purple pink and yellow

  49. Jan Beam says:

    Love the design possibilities your block inspires. Might make this one in traditional red-white-and blue for a patriotic tribute. Thanks for opportunity to win. Already have the Volume 1 and 2 “100 Block” editions and enjoy the diverse designs at my fingertips. Thanks.

  50. Wanda White says:

    I love the star pattern you made, it reminds me of my walk with God, starting out small and getting more and more of His Spirit in my life! I would definately stay with the blue/yellow combination but may add a tone of brown in it!

  51. I love the block. I am big on stars too. I think I would have to do this with batiks in the purple hues for my daughters room. She is big into those colors right now.

  52. Jan says:

    I think dark midnight blue and various shades of light yellows to gold for the stars – “looking at the night sky”

  53. Kate Dinsmore says:

    I would do it in shades of green, so that it would look cool and summery

  54. Glenna Reynolds says:

    I love the yellow and blues and would probably chose that combination. Great block!

  55. Lee says:

    Congratulations on a great block! I would use batiks in blues and greys. thanks!

  56. I like design no. 4 – and I think a colorcombination of black and several gray and a single ‘pop’ color would look amazing:-)
    Thank you for the giveaway:-)

  57. Esther Sorber says:

    I love this design. I think the blue and yellow are the best colors for it, but a variety of pastels would be good also.

  58. Judy says:

    I’m with you–I love blue and yellow. They are my happy colors. I would love a chance to win the magazine.

  59. Maureen Terblanche says:

    Love your variation no. 3. Looks like two children holding hands and butting heads! LOL Really cute, thank you!

  60. Anne Colwell says:

    I’d go patriotic with reds, blues, and white. thank you.

  61. Carrie P. says:

    such an awesome block and it makes a really nice looking quilt too.
    my combo would be gray, yellow, turquoise.

  62. Peggy Sides says:

    I just love these stars they would look beautiful in pink and purple.

  63. robin says:

    Very cool block! Hmmm – I’d perhaps try it in moss green, purple, and yellow on an off-white background. Would have to try out that combo on EQ first!

  64. NancyW says:

    This is a wonderful pattern. For me it says red, white and blue. It would look great draped over a wicker chair.

  65. Donna Amos says:

    Love your block. I would go “scrappy” with shades of aquas, browns, a bit of corals and neutrals for the background. I would use your setting #2 that puts the blocks in groups of 4, bringing like kind of tones to the group. May have to try this. Thanks for the drawing chance.

  66. Stephanie Matz says:

    My granddaughter is currently into oranges and purples and she asked for stars for her quilt, but I think I’d have to find exactly the right shades. My instinct is to do something striking–blacks, whites, reds, greys. But we’ll see. Thanks for sharing this terrific block!

  67. Brinda Sexton says:

    What’s not to love about stars? Great block……

  68. Penny Potts says:

    I think this would look great in a paprika color with mossy green and some red. Would match my home office, then I could snuggle up and nap in style.

  69. Donna Rowe says:

    I would love to see this done in gold, silver and sparkly white on a deep blue backgroud or black – reminiscent of the stars we used to get on well done homework!

  70. Brenda says:

    I think I would love to see a red and grey combination….thinking French General colors.

  71. Nancy Noah says:

    I have always loved the yellow and blue combination, but I could also see this in shades of blue.

  72. Cheri says:

    I would use my favorite colors: pink, pink, and also pink.

  73. Sallie says:

    Love it! Congratulations! I’d use shades of blue and a white. Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. Glenna Allenberg says:

    Love stars also and this is a beautiful twist on them! I would make this!

  75. Carol Nichols says:

    Love the star pattern. The varied shapes add a lot of interest. I can see it in red. white and blue, but also would like red and green and white for Christmas.

  76. Linda Smith says:

    Awesome block! I love the colour combo you chose. I would love try this pattern in the same colours. Thanks for the chance to win.

  77. lindawwww says:

    I would love to use your block in a green, red, and white Christmas quilt.

  78. Sara says:

    Fabulous block! I like “hot” colors….bright orange, yellow, pink…for this block. It would also be super in dark-medium-light yellow on a dark blue (night sky) background.

  79. Sandra Timmons says:

    I also like your blue and yellow combination. Of course all of your layouts are great ideas. I was also thinking of a black background with a variety of silver fabric choices for the stars. Your Star Glow block is definitely a good description. Thank you for such a great block and a chance to win such awesome prizes.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

  80. Jocelyn says:

    I do like the blue and yellow, but I also favor pink and brown.

  81. Patricia Crowley says:

    I’ve been wanting to do a patriotic quilt for some time, I think I would do Red, White, and Blue!

  82. Maryellen says:

    I love your block! The second layout is really cool, too. It depends who will get the quilt when I pick colors. I love blue and yellow, but would probably make shades of purple for mine. Great job!

  83. Vicki Sprain says:

    Love this block design! How about a black background and stars that are bright red, orange and red?

  84. Tea in MO says:

    Wow, love the design/layout possibilities.

  85. Leslie Ellis says:

    I would use black, red, and white!I amreally enjoying darker neutrals such as blacks and grays with a pop of abright color!

  86. Melanie Hermanson says:

    What a fantastic star design. I just read through 11o comments from all the others about what colors they would use and I thought, “What a fabulous magazine article that would make to show this new star block in a hundred different color variations!!
    Well, I havent heard anyone mentioning “scrappy” yet. But I think there would be wonderful possibilites by using shades …light, med and dark of a specific color for each block. I keep my smaller pieces of fabric in colored plastic storage totes RED BLUE Orange Yellow Green Lavender. Reds in the red tote, blues in the blue one. etc.
    So it would be a terrific way to use up some of those and then of course I could BUY MORE FABRIC!!! hee hee

  87. lisa says:

    I love the three stars. I could see doing a 4th of July theme with these. The possibilities would endless. I want to make a quilt for my father for his birthday. (which is 4th of July) I think this is something I would like to try.

  88. Janice Blake says:

    Orange and yellow with green accents.

  89. Janet Wright says:

    OMG I love that block. I love your block so much that if I do not win, I am going to buy the book just for that block. It is easy enough, but stunning!! I am the Queen of Stars, and I just have to make it. I love layout 2, where the little stars meet in the middle. I see me now going thru my stash of bali’s. I see a black background, little red, middle green and big blue. Oh I need to finish something so I can do this when I either win or buy the book. You have totally inspired me!!!!

  90. Diann Cornell says:

    I would use green with shades of purple.

  91. Trudy Jackson says:

    Loved your color selection – my favorites too! It is amazing how the rotating of the block totally changes the look. Congratulations for your block being selected.

  92. martina says:

    Oh, I love those stars. Perhaps I would use the same colour choce as you did. Looks great!

  93. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    I love, love, love star blocks. I think this would even look great as a mini quilt.

  94. Billie K says:

    Quilt design #5 is my favorite. I’m totally in love with this blocks. It’s my favorite so far. Stars are my favorite of all blocks.

  95. Rita Franke says:

    I love stars but am intimidated by their seeming complexity. I really like your triple stars here and the color combination is really nice (some of my favorite colors and combinations, too). What about red and white for another option?

  96. I would use black, cream and gold!!! Those are may favorite colors right now! And I can’t wait to see this new magazine! it’s one of my favorites!

  97. Sher Stiles says:

    I love this block and would buy the magazine just for that block. I would use shades of purple for the stars and a cream for the background. But I love color so I could see making each block a different color of the rainbow and then when putting the quilt together I would create my own rainbow of color across the quilt. That block has so many possibilities, they are endless. Thanks so much for creating the block. Wonderful!

  98. I would do red, white and dark blue, with a light blue background. I love patriotic themes. And I love stars!! Oh my gosh~ it would be so elegant in Christmas colors, of gold, deep red, and green too! :-) Thanks for the chance! I believe this is the first block I would make!

  99. Tamie Powell says:

    Either in a fire cracker red, white and Navy blue OR bight yellows in the star with purples in the middles and then modeled black back ground! I am a big fan of black, amish style backgrounds!

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