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. SHELLY ALLAN says:

    I love this block! I’ve searched online for the book and can’t find it. Even the link on this page no longer works. Is there some where I can get this pattern?

  2. Marilyn says:

    I just saw this Block on my FB page from Quiltmaker.com
    I am a regular subscriber to the magazine, and in the process of seeing if they still have this pattern for purchase.
    Thank you for a beautiful block with wonderful colors.

  3. This block is great! I’d love to see one large quilt top made from the block. I’ve pinned the block to my “Quilty Goodness” board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you’d like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

  4. Carol Smith says:

    I love this pattern, it is beautiful. I am in the process of making a block, but have a problem. In the step to make the smallest star, I do not understand how to make the 2nd block in the first line, it is also in the 2nd, 3rd and 4 line. I am missing something and I am lost, Would you please explain it online in case someone else has the same problem. (It is the unit with a J triangle and 2 I unit). Thank you for taking your valuable time to explain

  5. Veronica Pesson says:

    Wow that’s nice! Sure would like to have this pattern and magazine!

  6. Maria do Carmo Pezzuto says:

    Essas cores ficaram perfeitas,eu vou copiar para minha barra de cama.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

  7. Amy C says:

    Wow – these are great! I would use black, red and white and I can imagine it now!! Fun. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  8. Jamie says:

    I think your stars look great. I would love to see it with white and light blue stars on black background. Thanks for including the samples of different quilt outlays.

  9. Becky S says:

    I love the Star Glow block! I think I would make it in shades of aqua red and white.
    Thanks for the great giveaways.

  10. Jill says:

    I would make this in red white and blue. Going for patriotic.

  11. Deborah Rayman says:

    I would Red White and Blue for the good USA. What else?

  12. Betty Bradley says:

    I love star blocks also. Thanks for a new pattern!

  13. Clara Chandler says:

    I’m also a “blue and yellow” kind of girl. The latest design from Kate Spain would work well with your stars — Good Fortune.

  14. Rose says:

    I believe you have picked the perfect color combination, I wouldn’t chang a thing.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. deb hamilton says:

    <3 LOVE!!!

  16. Jenny says:

    I think this would look beautiful in black, white and red. Hope I am lucky.

  17. vickie van dyken says:

    What a terrrific block :) I know a few stars that deserve this one !!!
    Thanks,
    Vickie

  18. Claudia says:

    Lemon meringue and periwinkle.

  19. I would use red, red-orange, and orange with a yellow background.

  20. Gwen W says:

    Great block – endless possibilities. Today – I feel like brown, tan and teal. Tomorrow – who knows?

  21. Kathleen says:

    Just when you think you’ve seen every star possible! This is very inspired. I’m happy I found your blog through the Quiltmaker hop.

  22. Marsha says:

    I love the three stars superimposed on the other stars. I definitely have to get this book so I can make this block. I’ve been looking for something to do in red, cheddar and a third color-maybe brown. This could be it!

    Thanks so much; it’s a wonderful block.
    Marsha

  23. Mo says:

    What a great block! I would make it in pink, orange, and green.

  24. Ann Hibbs says:

    Don’t you just love EQ? Can’t tell you how many quilts I’ve designed with that program, mostly playing with value and fabric placement for a new quilt. I especially like setting #2, and would probably make a wall hanging with 4 blocks in that setting. I think it would be stunning in red, white and blue for a patriotic theme, or graphic in red, white and black.

  25. Becky (central oregon) says:

    ohhhhh…I want to make this with soft purples and a kick of pink!!

  26. Debbie says:

    I love these stars… I think red and white is my favorite color combo… so three shades of red…. into white on white background

  27. Connie says:

    Beautiful block! I would use red and green! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Nancysue says:

    I like layout #4 especially. Mom is a breast cancer survivor (and loves the show Dancing with the Stars) , so I can’t wait to play around with this block in shades of pink for a lap quilt for her.

  29. Amanda E says:

    I would use purples, greens, and maybe a grey as a “background” color

  30. rosa says:

    congratulations.Your blog is just stunning.I love star patterns andpink,green and purple .

  31. Joyce Carter says:

    Congratulations! Your block is amazing. I really like stars and I think I would make this in red, black, and white for my grandson. This is his favorite colors.

  32. Lori L says:

    I think red, white, and blue for a nice soldier quilt was the first combination that popped into my mine. Nice job. Thanks for a chance to win.

  33. Robin F. says:

    I love stars! Bright batiks with black are my favs. reds, purples,yellows.

  34. Maria Kievit says:

    Like the pattern you drew up. I think the colours you have there are fab. Yellow, dark blue and light blue. Might have to use up some scrappy blues to make it more interesting too! Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Judy W says:

    Well, you started off with my favorite color combination, so it’s hard to top! However, I would like to see it in red, white and blue. The stars just look patriotic to me.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Judy

  36. I love, love, love the Star Glow block…never thought of this! I will definitely try this one with sea green, tan and ocean blue. Thank you for your generosity. Have a great day.

  37. Laraine says:

    I would use the same colors you used, but reverse them.The background the dark blueand smallest star yellow. You would get a 3D effect.

  38. Debbie says:

    I would love to see these in purples and blues.

  39. Michelle H. says:

    I adore the stars…I’d use pink and orange.

  40. Janet says:

    I love your blue and gold version. I would probably play around with these colours – maybe try some more gold stars as well. Thanks for entering me in the draw.

  41. Binks says:

    OMGosh!!! I love, love, love this design. Your block is so awesome and may be the sole reason I may purchase the issue. …total drool…
    I think I might try a gray, yellow, orange combo.

  42. Julie in WA says:

    Love the stars! The mini one looks almost like an asterix! I can see this in reds, reds on white, white on reds, etc.

  43. Annie says:

    Your color combinations take me back a few years to when my kids were in high school – blue and gold are their high school colors – and both girls were on the Pom Pon squad, so we used a lot of stars in blue and gold! I think, for myself, I’d try gold, lavender, and pale pink on a black background.
    See you in August. I’m signed up for two of your classes and I’m really looking forward to them!

  44. Roberta Sevey says:

    I’ve always loved star blocks and this one is exceptional nice. I used to get Quilters Newsletter, now magazine, when it was actually a “newsletter.” It took me until I was nearly 60 to start making blocks/quilts on my sewing machine. Prior to that, I did all my quilting by hand. I LOVE this electronic media for sharing. Thanks.

  45. Diane Wagner says:

    I think this would be a great block for a child’s quilt. I’d use primary colors or pastels for a baby quilt size.

  46. LOVE your block! I would like to try it in purples w/lime green … and make it for my Precious G’daughter!!! This is a FUN block!

  47. Karrie Smith says:

    My sister passed from Cervical Cancer almost two years ago (when she turned 28). The color is teal. I have adopted that as my favorite color for everything. I think I would do teal and maybe a brown, or teal and a blue. It’s so exciting to see what you can actually do with fabric. I love it!

  48. Vickie says:

    I would use red, green and gold with an off white background for a Christmas quilt :)

  49. Tracy says:

    Awesome stars… Scrappy Red, White & Blue would be perfect with this pattern.

  50. Sharon says:

    I love blue, yellow, and white

  51. Jen says:

    I would use red, white, and blue. I also love layout #2!

  52. Debbie M says:

    Your blue and yellow designs are really nice, Carolyn. I would probably use maroon, orange and yellow.

  53. Patricia says:

    Oh..pink and brown please! Thanks for the chance to win 100 Blocks #5…love, love the other ones!

  54. Angela N. says:

    I want to webcam into your party!! Im just to far away here in colorado :( . Color combos… hmmm… I was very intrigued recently by a friends use of greys with soft pink and purple. It looked gorgeous.

  55. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Love your block & the blue & yellow. I’d probably try it with lavenders & yellows. Thanks for the chance to win.

  56. Donna says:

    I don’t think you can improve on a blue and yellow quilt. Love it!

  57. Wanda Heath says:

    I love your block! I’m not one to do stars but I really like this one. I will definitely have to try it. I would use brown, tan and cream.

  58. Linda(Petey) says:

    Stars, blue and yellow…I’m with you. Your design certainly shines! Beautiful.

  59. CelticRose says:

    Nice block and congrats on being included in the issue! :)

    I think I’d do design #2 and use tone-on-tone batiks in dark, medium, and light values of purple on a light gray background.

  60. Cindi C says:

    Stars are my favorite! Great block! I really lean toward greens & blues right now. There are so many color combinations that would be beautiful.

  61. Gina says:

    I think this would be really striking in a black and white quilt. The background would be white, small star black, then 2 greys with the lightest on the largest star. Then I would quilt it with red thread and do a red border.

  62. Doris Rice says:

    I love the blue and yellow you have used and might use it too. However, I’m also pretty predictable and my friends would say I would use red, white, and blue. It’s my all time, standard favorite.

  63. Cindy says:

    I love this block. Stars are my favorite. Congrats on being in the magazine.
    I know I would put a purple color in the block because that is also my favorite…maybe a yellow to go with it.
    thim3@hotmail.com

  64. Cathryn H. says:

    Marvelous Pattern! I love the way you arranged it in several different ways. The possibilities are numerous and I am starting to imagine what I could do with different colors.

  65. Nancy says:

    The possibilities are endless but a pretty blue and brown combination or one of my favorites is a deep burgandy with a medium blue and pale burgandy.

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