*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!

QMs CountdowntoXmas2 *Quiltmakers Countdown to Christmas Day 3* Giveaway!

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 Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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