*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. Jeanne J. says:

    This is a hard choice, lime green with navy crosses or navy with lime green crosses.

  2. Tonee Taylor says:

    I would make the quilt in multiple black and white fabrics with just a splash of red – absolutely stunning.

  3. Sandra Gallivan says:

    I have never tried that pattern … needs a little more red and green

  4. barbara says:

    I would use all sorts of red and white…

  5. Linda Walker says:

    I think I would use reds, greens and pinks and make it queen-size to cover either my bed or the bed in my guest room during the holiday season! I LoVe this pattern and can’t wait to begin my quilt.

  6. Myra Sattler says:

    I think I would try Kansas Trouble fabric for a different look.

  7. Mary says:

    I would use pinks and purples but I also think it would look nice red and blacks

  8. Pat Smith says:


  9. Patricia Hersl says:

    This is one for my guild library!

  10. GwenH says:

    Looks like a great book, I think I would make my Asterisk Quilt with Christmas fabrics, love Christmas Fabrics.

  11. Terri Bayne says:

    Looks like a fun one. Terri

  12. Carol Vickers says:

    Reminds me of snowflakes, so blues, whites, and silvery grays.

  13. Misty says:

    Love your posts! Keep them coming!

  14. Carmen says:

    I’ve been wanting to make an Asterisk quilt since that first magazine came out! I think it would be really pretty in blues and yellows.

  15. Florence Dupuis says:

    How about soft blue, pink, not too soft yellow and green for a baby quilt.

  16. Florence Dupuis says:

    Scrappy bright colors.

  17. Jennifer says:

    Oh boy the ideas running through my head right now. Lots of pastels yellow patterns, and pink in the back ground with greens as the asterisk and boarder.

  18. Elma Lutman says:

    I have a huge assortment of batiks that would look awesome including reds purples and blacks.

  19. Cynthia says:

    A group of us made the Asterisk a couple years ago and loved the whole process as well as the results. I had been wondering when it was going to catch on!

  20. Debra Dennis says:

    I would make this in reds, pinks, greys, blacks, and whites.

  21. Liz Mandelkow says:

    I think I would like to try it in Kona cotton solids.

  22. Yalana Rhea says:

    Would love to do it teals with deep purple, white and a touch of black

  23. Karen jones says:

    I’d love to make one in black and whites with a splash of bright colours. Here and there.

  24. Jenny Mahieu says:

    Either Christmas colors or use my large collection of Batiks

  25. Diane Antle says:

    I think it would be really pretty in christmas prints with lots of red and green!

  26. Vernon says:

    I would use a color pallette of black, white, and turquoise.

  27. Debbie says:

    I have so many scraps that I would grab a bunch of scrap fabric and put it in a brown bag and just pick out the fabric as I went along. I always love to use my scraps…brings back lots of good memories of the quilts I have made for the people I love.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. Jenny Moore says:

    I would make this quilt in black, white, grey and red. Would love to win this book.

  29. Laura says:

    Maroon grey and black

  30. Melissa Flanagan says:

    My kids are adopted from Viet Nam and I think this would be a fun quilt to make in red and gold – the colors of the Vietnamese flag.

  31. Susan P says:

    I can’t decide whether to make it scrappy or to go with various shades of green. I love green!! I would love to win this book as I am addicted to quilting (just started piecing quilt tops this year) I have made 3 lap quilt tops so far…now I need to get them put together…maybe after christmas gifts are done. Thanks.

  32. Kelly Cline says:

    I would definitely make it in Christmas colors!

  33. Gill says:

    As scrappy as possible – mainly blues and neutrals with pops of red or orange

  34. Shirley says:

    I would use blue, white, and purple making them look like snowflakes. I think it would be stunning.

  35. Annalise says:

    I would make mine scrappy but with lots of blue in,because I love blue.

  36. Debbie says:

    I would use bright colors and make it scrappy, it would make you feel happy when looking at it, love the asterisk pattern, beautiful

  37. Deanna says:

    This would be a great addition to my creative juices.

  38. dawn dennie says:

    I would make it scrappy.

  39. Heather says:

    I think mine would be scrappy and would have lots of random colours. I really, REALLY want to make an asterisk quilt (note to self).

  40. Pat T. says:

    Wow!!… What a stunning design!
    My first thought was firecrackers and fireworks… so red, white, and blue for a July 4th picnic quilt seemed a natural!
    … Then, I read what a couple others thought of… Snowflakes!! Yes!
    So, I want to do one in lots of icy blues with snowy, frosty whites, too!
    … Then, I thought about that cover picture, of the great scrappy, multicolored quilt!
    Yes! Love it! So, a happy, bright and beautiful scrappy quilt is calling to me, too!!
    Looks like a pretty versatile pattern, as well as stunner!
    Thanks for the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of Easy Quilts for Beginners and Beyond!!

  41. Debi T says:

    I would use orange, yellow, aqua and brown.

  42. Sandy Olson says:

    I am working on a strips and strings.

  43. Nancy Myers says:

    I have so much blue fabric in my stash, it would be dark and light blues!

  44. Robin Castor says:

    I’m already working on one that is scrappy blues & browns, started at Quilt NE.

  45. Kay goble says:

    I would like to use a blue and silver mix for a Christmas quilt and then another mix of pastels for Easter!

  46. Sandra B says:

    I’d do it in brights – turquoise, orange, purple, lime, red, yellow, with black and white asterisks, for my special needs son.

  47. Darlene Krystal says:

    For an Asterik quilt block I would choose the colors yellow and purple for a starry xmas quilt….merry christmas

  48. ritainalaska says:

    i’d use my scrap black, white and green.

  49. Tara A says:

    I’d use blues, grays, and yellows.

  50. E. Engman says:

    Rainbow colors (vivid) with black asterisks.

  51. Judy J says:

    Pink, purple, and lime green.

  52. Rawyah S says:

    purple, green and blue.

  53. LizaA says:

    I think I’d use some reds, creams, and browns.

  54. helenmarie says:

    I would make one in purple and gold… school colors!

  55. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I would use either pink and gray or pink and green. Those are my favorite color combinations and I want a quilt out of them someday!

  56. LinH says:

    I think it would be very spectacular done in blacks, whites and bright prints.
    What a show stopper!

  57. Jeanann M. says:

    I’d use various blues for the background with white as the “asterisk” to make a stylized snowflake design.

  58. Jocelyn says:

    i think it would look great in rainbow colors

  59. Donna Chambers says:

    Black, white and red. :-)

  60. Sandi says:

    Christmas colors: red, green, and gold. Cute pattern!

  61. Rayne Garnsey says:

    I would do it in green, purple, turquoise, grey & black on white.

  62. lindawwww says:

    Since I have Christmas on my mind, I’d love to use Christmas reds, greens, and whites to make the Asterisk quilt. I love this pattern!

  63. Regina says:

    asterisks make me think of typing – which makes me think of newspapers – so I think black and white and red all over – with some grey – would be a fun way to go with these.

  64. Laura says:

    It took me almost 20 years, but I have happily discovered brights! I would use shades of purple with lime green, yellow, and orange.

  65. Karen says:

    It’s like looking at many twinkling stars. Whites, blues, grays, and some silver thrown in for the twinkle sounds like winter skys to me. Can’t wait to try it.

  66. tanya says:

    i would use purple tan and green, they go lovely together. thank you for the chance to win something!

  67. JanetB says:

    I just love the asterisk quilt. I think it would look great in UGA’s colors of red, black, white and grey.

  68. Nancy says:

    I like the Christmas fabric idea, as they look like little gifts with bow that way, and I have such a stash of Christmas fabrics that I am trying to use up…somehow that doesn’t seem to happen though!

  69. Lis Martion says:

    I would use bright colors.
    Orange, Yellow, bright green, Lime, a bit of white thrown in there too. Maybe some bright blues, hot pinks and purples.
    Awesome give away too.

  70. Gail olney says:

    Black, chartreuse and teal

  71. hueisei says:

    I will choose bright and fun solids

  72. Ellen Kuber says:

    I’d make it from blue and brown batiks

  73. Loretta O' says:

    Wow! I really like it the way you show it in a scrappy look! Thanks!!

  74. Sadie Long says:

    I would use an assortment of dark and light batiks. I think that would look amazing in this pattern.

  75. Colette says:

    Decisions, decisions. Hmmm…I think the first one would have to be a scrappy one taking from my current stash. However, I think a very bright and colorful pink, green, purple, yellow, red, and orange might be fun with the backgrounds in muted blacks. Oh…the possibilities!

  76. Florence Kerr says:

    Wow ! what nice colors.. I would like it in different shades of blue and strips in different shades and tones of white and would like some with a bit of glitter to represent snowflakes. For a boy I would do the strips in denims on plaids.
    I would love to win the new book, thank you for a chance to enter

  77. Penny R says:

    I would make the quilt in black/white/greys with turquoise asterick lines.

  78. Lisa Marie says:

    I think I would like black and white backgrounds with bright lime green, aqua and yellow asterisks. This is a great pattern because it could work in so many different color combinations.

  79. Sharon Judkins says:

    I think this would look great in Pink/Lime green combo. but since I am a scrappy girl, I would probably do it scrappy.

  80. rosa says:

    I love green,purple and white

  81. Kathy Hassig says:

    Orange, blue and white

  82. Vic in NH says:

    I just ordered some of Jo Morton’s newest “Toasted” line of historical neutrals so I would want to use those with some indigos and cheddars, maybe some reds too. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book!

  83. Wanda Heath says:

    I would use blues and browns, and maybe some white.

  84. Debbie H says:

    I would use lots of bright colors. thanks!

  85. Faye Jenkins-Edwards says:

    So many beautiful quilts!

  86. Bonnie Meadows says:

    I have to choose shades of purples and pinks.

  87. Wilma says:

    I would use burgundy and forest green with ivory background fabrics for
    my Astericks quilt. It would be great for Christmas, but not only then, as it could be used all year.

  88. As a West Virginian, I would make this quilt with scrappy blues and golds. Debbie in WV

  89. i have every loud color in my scraps and they would make this great

  90. Carol Sandberg says:

    I’d make it in shades of rose, teal and tans to go in my living room, or blues for my bedroom.

  91. Nila says:

    I have made this block before. It is easy and fun, looks much harder than it is.

  92. Helen Smith says:

    I would love to make this out of all the Christmas prints that I have bought on sale after Christmas.

  93. Joanne Bur says:

    I am totally in love with batiks—so I would make it scrappy using batiks!

  94. Laurie says:

    Oh my so many chocies! If its as easy as you say – it could easily be made in seasonal colors so I could have a different one for Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter!

  95. Linda Benoit says:

    Green, yellow, and orange with brown astericks

  96. Lorna says:

    I love Quiltmaker quilts and have made several. Your quilting ideas are also very easy to follow. I would love to have this book!


  97. Allison42 says:

    Would love to make some of those quilts in orange and blue!!!

  98. Julie Crooks says:

    I would use all cool colors – purples, greens, blues, possibly with batiks.

  99. Linda says:

    I would use different blues and white. I think that would be so beautiful. Thanks!

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