*Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas Day 3* Giveaway!

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Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas. Today I want to tell you about a block that’s easy and fun—and has a smashing effect!

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This is Asterisk, designed and made by Karen Griska, author of the always interesting Selvage Blog. Asterisk was patterned in the May/June ’10 issue of Quiltmaker (No. 133). It’s still available as a digital issue (you get it instantly).

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This quilt is an absolute stunner. And the best part is that these little blocks are so much fun. They are completely addictive, and you can do them in any fabrics at all. They’re so striking that you just can’t go wrong as long as there is some contrast between the two fabrics in each block.

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At my semi-annual retreat in October, I made Asterisk blocks in Christmas fabrics. I used lots of different reds, greens and aquas for interest. I’m not sure yet just how large this quilt will grow, but wouldn’t it be fun to make it bed-size and use it every year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day?

Quiltmaker and Martingale/That Patchwork Place recently partnered to publish a new book: Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond.


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Recognize the cover quilt? Karen’s knockout piece was a perfect wowser to grace the front. And let me say it again: This is an easy little block to make. Karen’s method is ingenious and you’ll be hooked from the first block.

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Love Notes is a signature quilt and it's patterned in Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond.



And there are 13 more quilt patterns inside, too–all easy but very attractive. At just $24.99, we made sure you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.

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Coin Collecting would make a great guy quilt—find the pattern in Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond.


So dig out your back issues to find May/June ’10, order the digital version, or get your copy of Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond. And footnote this as fun!

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Now let’s have a giveaway. I have a lovely brand-new copy of Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond for one lucky reader. For your chance to win, please leave a comment below before midnight, Friday, Dec. 7 and tell us what colors you’d use for an Asterisk quilt. We’ll announce winners here next week. And the winner is… Beth B (comment #85). Congratulations Beth!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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211 Responses to *Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas Day 3* Giveaway!

  1. jacquelyn g. says:

    I would used shades of light blue, turquoise, royal blues with ribbos of golds and silvers, and whites.

  2. Loretta T says:

    WOW! What a striking looking quilt.

  3. Shelor Robin says:

    I would love to do this quilt in as many colors of batiks as possible!

  4. Debra G says:

    I would like to try black for the astericks and solid pastel colors for the blocks, or vice versa.

  5. cynthia anderson says:

    Red ,white cause it reminds me of christmas and great contrast.

  6. Melinda says:

    I would love to make this quilt in Christmas colors, it looks like a package all wrapped for Christmas gifts.

  7. I would use small black-on-white and white-on-black prints, deep jewel tones of turquoise and purple, and some yellow – just because I like to put something yellow in every quilt I make if possible! :)

  8. Deb W says:

    I want to make this quilt using my black & white stash, adding in a neon green. POP!

  9. Carmen says:

    I’m a big fan of anything that looks like snowflakes or stars, so of course I love this quilt!

  10. Deb McPartland says:

    Oh the possibilities!

  11. Marsha Crutchfield says:

    Different shades of lighter shades of green and light browns/tans…

  12. It reminds me of snowflakes so I would alternate blue and white blocks, pulling out all the scraps in those colors. Thanks for the fun!

  13. Jan says:

    Thank you for this site. I would make the asterisk quilt in red and greens and use it all year long. I like Christmas Spirit all year long.

  14. Linda S says:

    Lovely bright colours, pinks, purples and creams!

  15. Sam VanSant says:

    What a great stash buster and sooooo neat looking! I’d make mine with brights….lime, orange, purple, etc…. brights in all shades! HOPE I WIN!!!

  16. Beth B says:

    Love this quilt! I think it would look great in greens and teals, earth tones, happy brights for a baby quilt….I may have to make several of these. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. Amy says:

    I’m feeling nostalgic, so purples and golds for Elmira College. With some soft gray thrown in to tone it down a bit.

  18. Mary Thurlow says:

    I would like to do one in little girl pastel colors.

  19. Judy says:

    I need the “beginner” concepts!
    Beautiful quilts!

  20. JuliaB says:

    what beautiful colors!

  21. MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway. An asterisk quilt would look great in oranges and aquas….

  22. Linda says:


  23. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  24. Doreen Kennedy says:

    I like red black and white!

  25. Elizabeth Kuntz says:

    Lately my color choices are in all earth tones. I can’t seem to get beyond that but it does includes greens and blues not just beige and brown. :-)

  26. K B Parnell says:

    I think that I’d go with the “new” quilt look…lots of whites, tans, grays, then black as the sashings, with one or two blocks a really bold solid…teal blue or bright yellow.

  27. cheryl says:

    I would love to see it shades of grey, yellow and white!! Or maybe purple, brown, and cream. Or both!! You never know.

  28. Carol Grayshock says:

    I have many ‘fat quarters’ that have no special home, just fabric that I just loved & wanted to have. The asterick quilt would be a great quilt to use for the wonderful bright colors to use from my stash.

  29. Jackie says:

    How about making this quilt in a rainbow of colors, it would make a bright and cheery kids quilt.

  30. sue cook says:

    I would use background of several dark blues and purples, and the asterisk in neons. Shades of fireworks!

  31. Connie Phillips says:

    Love the asterick block! I have a scrappy quilt in progress. I loved the class I took at QuiltNebraska last summer!

  32. Christmas colors would be nice, but how about black and white?

  33. Betty Holk says:

    I would make this quilt with green and red astericks to use at Christmas. I think it would be awesome.

  34. Francinia Flores says:

    Love the pinks with the reds but I would do mine in blues and silver.

  35. Mary Royster says:

    I’d do this quilt in shades of blue, purple, red and yellow. I think it would be like fireworks.

  36. Kathy MacKie says:

    I’d use lime green and purple for sure.

  37. Lee says:

    I would use blues and greens.

  38. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I’d use purples and greens

  39. Rita Schiavone says:

    The asterisk looks like it should be scrappy though I’d want red to be predominant.

  40. ANGELA BARGER says:

    either sea colors of blues and greens or Christmas colors your blocks are neat would be like a bed full of presents.

  41. Gale Yawn says:

    I would make it in reds, greens, and whites, but not Christmas fabrics. I just like these colors together and they are in my family room.

  42. Cathy K says:

    I just love big easy blocks and this pattern is a winner! I think that I would either do a Christmas variation (due to all the Christmas fabrics I have in my stash) or a two color quilt in either blues or neutrals – this pattern truly lends itself to a great variety of fabric combinations!

  43. Tami Chaulk says:

    Christmas fabrics would look great for this quilt, or maybe red, white & blue for a valor quilt.

  44. AMANDA says:

    I would have to use Red, Black & White in different patterns & some solids too.

  45. Bev Stone says:

    I would make it with Christmas fabrics or maybe blues and whites to look like snowflakes.

  46. Barbara says:

    I do believe mine would be all colors green

  47. donna says:

    I would have to use greens for this quilt.

  48. RobinJ says:

    Brights that could be used year round. Or all shades of one color with white flakes that would be very pretty and could be displayed as flowers or flakes.

  49. Nancy Latham says:

    I would make this with RWB as I make a lot of Quilts of Valor or Christmas as I seem to have a lot of this type fabric too.

  50. Ellen McKee says:

    I would make it from Christmas fabric, and have the asterisks in white to resemble snowflakes.

  51. Judy1522 says:

    I love the look of the asterisk quilt and I would make it in Christmas fabrics of red and green with maybe a little blue.

  52. Margaret Schindler says:

    I would use turquoise and red

  53. laurie says:

    I would probably make this a coordinated scrappy. I think the using red for the asterisks would look great.

  54. Kathy C says:

    I would certainly use my black, white and red stash for this quilt.

  55. I have some leftover Fairy Frost in jewel tones that would look smashing in this setup.

  56. Marcy Cawley says:

    I’d like to make mine in red black and whites.

  57. I would select black, gold, tan and off white for my colors. I think that would make a striking quilt.

  58. Gidget says:

    I think this quilt would look good as a Christmas quilt!
    So green, red and gold!

  59. Claire Gregory says:

    I think this quilt would be gorgeous in blues and terra cottas.

  60. Mari-anne says:

    The book would be wonderful to have, seeing I’m a begging quilter. Need all the tips, tricks and basics I can get.

  61. Patricia Kunze says:

    I love the bright greens, reds and pinks. It would be fun to experiment with several different combinations.

  62. Rachell R says:

    I would make it in Blue and White for snowflakes!
    I would enjoy looking through this book, and I might just gift it to a good friend who wants me to teach her to quilt.

  63. I would make it pink and brown for my granddaughter.

  64. jewel blount says:

    pink black and white

  65. kelly spriggs says:

    pink and purple

  66. cheryl bryant says:

    red, black, and white

  67. Dell says:

    Lime green, orange and burgandy.

  68. Rachel says:

    Love this quilt! I could do it with black and grays with vibrant purples for the slashes!

  69. Melissa Korlin says:

    I’d love to make this quilt out of sage greens and beiges.

  70. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    I would love to use reds, whites and blacks. I am a newbie to quilting so this book would really be nice to have. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  71. Debra George says:

    I would love to make this in purples, lime greens, and yellows.

  72. Ruth Stillman says:

    The asterisks make me think of snowflakes, so I would use blues and silver/gray with some white as well!

  73. Nancy Nehez says:

    Wow, I love the scrappy look in the asterisk quilt…I think I’d go scrappy too! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  74. Rosemary Kukec says:

    I would use creams, cocoas, mochas and a splash of pinks!

  75. Diana says:

    I love the asterisk quilt. It reminds me of Christmas presents with their ribbons. Thanks!

  76. Stina Blomgren says:

    Ahhh.. I would love to make one in orange…pinks and hmmm..maybe some purple…;0))))

  77. Linda E in AZ says:

    I’d use purples, lime greens and yellows.

  78. cynthia meredith says:

    That quilt made an indelible first impression on me, and I think it’s on its way to being a classic! I think I’d do it in blues with a few yellows here and there for twinkle.

  79. Brown, beige and different shades of green. thanks

  80. Well, I’m a civil war fan, so I’d have to use some of this fabrics! Recently I made a quilt using wool, civil war, Kaffee, batiks and homespuns! Believe it or not, it turned out pretty! ( you can see it on my blog, http://www.hallbrookdesigns.blogspot.com, left sidebar, In The Orange Grove) this is my version of a prim modern quilt! So, if I were to make the asterisk quilt, I’d love to do it in the same combination of fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

  81. DianeH says:

    This pattern would be perfect to use up the many many many fat quarters I have. Love the scrappy look of this fun block.

  82. Becky Greene says:

    Honestly, I would probably go totally scrappy and have every color imaginable. It is, however, nice to dream of making a quilt in navy blues, oranges and grays. Thanks for the chance to win!

  83. Lee Ann L. says:

    Hmm, how about greens, purples, and anything considered to be “golden” colors? Thanks for a chance to win.

  84. Nancy Davis says:

    I make it in shades of blue and white to coordinate with my “Blue” Christmas tree theme!!

  85. Karen says:

    I’m torn between completely scrappy and blacks, whites and lime green.

  86. Leanne says:

    I’d use blues, greys and yellows. Thanks for the chance to win.

  87. I’d use blues, tans and browns. Thanks for highlighting this book. My SIL is a new quilter and likes modern quilting. I’ll recommend this one to her.

  88. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I would like to make Asterisk in varying shades of aquas and teals, with pops of black & white!

  89. Dana says:

    Because of the time of year, I would use icy blues with whites and off whites to give the feeling of snow, I think it would be beautiful. Thanks.

  90. diane says:

    I’d love to make it in purple and grey.

  91. Sandra Timmons says:

    I would make my Asterick quilt a stashbuster quilt. You could use this quilt every day, all year long. Good way to use up your stash and still have a very stunnng quilt. Thank you for giving all of your followers a chance to win a copy of Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond.

    Sandi T.

  92. Cheryl Korman says:

    I tend to lean towards purples & blues but I think I would use some bright colors so that it pops.

  93. Bernie S says:

    I think I’d use browns, aqua and yellow, or maybe red, white and blue, or maybe greens, or maybe I just cannot decide!

  94. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I’d go with reds, oranges, yellows, browns & some hits of blue. Thanks.

  95. Karlene says:

    i would go with varieties of reds, blacks, and white.

  96. Annaleena says:

    I would try it in different shades of browns, blues and yellows.

  97. QuiltSue says:

    As I’m from the UK, this block always reminds me of our national flag, so I’d have to do it in red white and blue.

  98. LJ says:

    The asterisk looks like it should be scrappy though I’d want blue to be predominant.

  99. Sharon says:

    Black, grey, and citron!

  100. Nancy says:

    My Asterisk quilt would be made with red, white and blue fabrics and be donated as a Quilt of Valor.

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