100 Blocks vol. 6: Spinstar

Have you picked up your Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 6 yet? It’s officially on sale now! I hope you enjoyed last week’s blog tour as much as we did. This week, Quiltmaker editors are sharing our designs. Today it’s my turn!

QMMS 120024 COVER 500 shadow4 233x300 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarDesigning foundation-pieced blocks for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issues has been a fun challenge for me. In volumes 2–5,  I designed a block for each of the 4 seasons. But what next? Time to pull out my computer and fire up the EQ7.

The first thing I did in EQ was set up a 6″ square to sketch a section of the block. There I sat with a blank slate and no idea which direction to take. Then in the back of my mind I heard, “What if?” Before I was an editor at Quiltmaker, I was an accountant. I frequently used “what if analysis” when plugging numbers into budgets. So, okay. . . “what if” I draw two diagonal lines through the center? “What if” I created spiky triangles on each side? “What if” I draw diagonal lines on opposite corners? Not all that impressive, is it?

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6" section

“What if” I join 4 of those 6″ blocks together to make a 12″ block? That’s more interesting.

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6" sections joined to make 12" block

Now, “what if” I color it? I’m a batik lover and when it comes to color, I lean toward rich jewel tones. Since I was playing “what if”, I decided to go for something completely different. As I played with the colors and values, a variation of a Friendship Star took hold. My final coloring used reds, golds and blues. I searched for the same fabric colors to sew the block, and selected the Legacy line from Timeless Treasures.

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Spinstar by Eileen Fowler from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, vol. 6

I wasn’t the only one who played. Check out these arrangements of the 6″ sections made by QM block tester Coleen Tolzmann:

Coleen Tolzmann 1 296x300 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarColeen Tolzmann 2 300x300 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarColeen Tolzmann 3 300x291 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarQM block tester Colette DeGroot used some funky stripes, dots and floral prints in her block. Wow! Wouldn’t that make a fun quilt?

Colette DeGroot 300x300 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarNow, “what if” this 12″ block was repeated in a quilt? When I dropped the blocks into an EQ layout, additional stars emerged at the block intersections. The diagonal strip in the middle of the 6″ sections looked like sashes. Look at the light blue patches. Do you see them forming a circle around the secondary star? vol6layout 300x300 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarNope, I couldn’t make just one block. I went for an entire quilt top. Notice my spiky triangle-square border. (Now if I can just get it quilted before the year is over!)

photo1 e1352837562972 995x1024 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarI searched the galaxy for a name that would fit this block. But my nickname for it, “Spinstar,” stuck. (Not to be confused with “spinster”–that was my Aunt Bertha.)

If you still haven’t picked up your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 6, here’s another chance to win it. And I’ll include a 100 Blocks mug!

Vol6 mug5 300x300 100 Blocks vol. 6: SpinstarTo win, your mission is to leave a comment here by midnight MST tonight (11/15/12) and include the name of a celestial star or constellation. (That would be a star in the sky, not a star in Hollywood.) One random winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Congratulations to Kathy! Her comment #89 was picked at random. A 100 Blocks volume 7 and mug are on the way!


About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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139 Responses to 100 Blocks vol. 6: Spinstar

  1. Tammy Hempel says:

    I just came from Quiltmaker. I sure would love a magazine!! Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Pam H says:

    The Little Dipper! Would love a chance to win this …I’m always looking for new ideas to explore!

  3. Mary C in WA says:

    I’m happy to see the Tester’s versions on here. Thanks for designing it. I’m not a fan of the foundation piecing either, but I liked making this one. I shared mine on the last day of the Blog tour.

  4. Judy says:

    The Milky Way is a cluster of stars. That’s one beautiful quilt.

  5. Jenelle Boxberger says:


  6. Chris P says:

    I have to go with Polaris, the North Star, because it is the first star my Dad taught me to seek out in the night sky.

  7. Susan C says:

    What an interesting block, I enjoyed reading about your design process. My favorite star is our nearest one, the sun! After several gray and dreary days I was so happy to see it peeking out from behind the clouds this afternoon!

  8. Becky S says:

    I like the Big Dipper. Thanks for the chance to win. I love your block and your Spinstar quilt.

  9. Maureen Flax says:

    Orion is my favorite. What a gorgeous quilt, and I need that book/magazine.

  10. Cynthia Knapp says:


  11. Love this! How easy to design it!

  12. Debbie M says:

    Your block looks like crystal, Eileen. Love it. There’s a constellation called Libra, my sign, and it means balance, of which there’s a lot of in your block!

  13. I have to say Polaris or the North Star, since I come from a long line of sailors and it is what guided them home. Love the star block and lots of fun variations.


  14. Melba says:

    If I win, for sure I’ll have stars in my eyes!!!!!!, I love to see Venus in the sky, I’ll keep my fingers and toes crossed, yayyyyyyyy

  15. Barb Johnson says:

    I love star-gazing, but I live near a city and there is a lot of light pollution that hides the dimmer stars. One constellation that I can count on seeing is Orion. He is rising in the east this time of year, a sure sign that winter is on the way.

  16. Deanna says:

    Casseopia has been my favorite since college astronomy class. Just the name, I guess.

  17. Anda says:

    Orion! awolk at rogers dot com

  18. Wilma says:

    Orion comes to mind, thanks to Eleanor Burns.
    It would be awesome to win!

  19. lindawwww says:

    Ursa Major is my choice. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Lizzy says:

    Little dipper

  21. E. Enman says:

    Orion–just saw it in the sky last night, not easy here because so many lights.

  22. janita says:

    The big dipper. The block looks amazing in your quilt. Thanks for a chance to win. janita

  23. jmniffer says:

    I like the Big Dipper; one I can find and looks like its name!

  24. Mary says:

    I like the Little Dipper.

  25. Jamie says:

    Orion came to mind first when I read your post. I love the block and the secondary patterns that it created.

  26. Judy A says:

    Your “spinster” comment is hilarious!
    Love the design and the color combination!
    The only star group I can think of is the Big or Little Dipper!!

  27. Orion is the one i always remember, i loved the movie “Men in Black”. love the block and quilt, thanks shobbs@scarlette.com

  28. Jan G. says:

    Great Block I would have to say Virgo!!!

  29. Shelly Babinchak says:

    Cassieopia, as I just read in a Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas book.love these giveaways!

  30. Barb in MI says:

    Cassiopeia it is for me. Love your SpinStar!
    Thanks for a chance.

  31. Linda says:

    The Big Dipper, that’s the only one I can spot easily! I love the spinstar and the quilt looks great! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win the magazine and the cup too! I have gone to 3 shops looking for the magazine and haven’t found it yet. I’m going to one more place today before I order it online…

  32. Mary Arline Smith says:

    “Little Dipper”
    Your choice of fabrics and placement nearly match the foyer and living room decor and furnishings of the home of sister and brother-in-law in their rural home Iowa home built in 1866.

  33. Becky says:

    Cygnus the Swan is one of my favorites! Probably because I can actually find it! :)

  34. Bev Gunn says:

    Orion-the hunter!

  35. Gina says:

    Sirius – my favorite star.


  36. Madeline says:

    Cassiopeia, is that the right spelling? Isnt this the constellation of the lady? I think she must be quilting! I need this magazine anyway!

  37. Nancy says:

    I always liked the Little Dipper. On a clear night, I can still pick it out! I like the versatility of your block. Nice job!

  38. Carrie ORourke says:

    Orion – sat out last night with my girls watching for shooting stars… and talking about stars and planets. [And thanks for a chance to win the mag and mug!]

  39. Kate says:

    I always like Pegasas cause I like horses… great quilt!

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