100 Blocks: Santa Fe Star, Giveaway!

We’re tickled pink with Volume 7 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! Check out the complete list of fabulous designers in the issue here.

QMMS 130033 cover 500 237x300 100 Blocks: Santa Fe Star, Giveaway!Here’s a little background on the design process for my block. My preferred technique is foundation piecing. Unusual angles, straight lines and sharp points work well with foundations.  With that in mind, I looked for inspiration in nature, in museums, in books, on the internet–virtually everywhere.

Perhaps it would be in a carpet design or tile. Check out these floor tiles.

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The Victorian reproduction floor tiles in the Rochester cathedral.

Maybe I’d find something in a poster, an ad or another artist’s work? M.C. Escher’s art always intrigues me.

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Order and Chaos II (Compass Card) by M.C. Escher

I often start with geometric shapes–squares, triangles, diamonds or circles. Ice Crystal (block #122 from volume 2) and Whoopsy Daisy (block #417 from volume 5) started with circles that I dissected into sections.

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Ice Crystal (block #122) started in a circle

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Whoopsy Daisy (block #417) line drawing

The deadline for volume 7 was quickly closing in, and I still didn’t have a concrete idea for my design. Instead of “writer’s block,” I felt “quilter’s block.” (Or would that be “quilter’s block block?”)

As Carolyn mentioned in her blog post on Monday, inspiration can come when you least expect it. And that’s what happened for me. I was looking for an embroidery stitch on the internet when I spotted a feathered star design that looked a little something like this:feathered star 100 Blocks: Santa Fe Star, Giveaway!

What caught my eye was the area where the points of two stars met. Instead of seeing just the stars, I saw Sawtooth points surrounding a diamond. I made a quick sketch and then drew this out in Electric Quilt 7.santa fe star line drawing e1369243757715 100 Blocks: Santa Fe Star, Giveaway!

The design had a southwestern look that appealed to me, so I colored it with turquoise, orange and brown. I printed out the foundations and rummaged through my batik scraps to make this version.photo e1369243927668 100 Blocks: Santa Fe Star, Giveaway!

For block #615, I brightened it up using Timeless Treasure’s gorgeous Tonga Batiks. Aren’t they beautiful? That turquoise makes me drool!

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Santa Fe Star block #615 by Eileen Fowler

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If you don’t have your copy of 100 Blocks volume 7, here’s another chance to win it. Leave a comment below by midnight MST on Friday, May 24th telling me what colors you enjoy using the most in your quilts. (A quick look at your stash is a dead giveaway.)

 The winner is Bonnie (comment #58)! Congratulations. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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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80 Responses to 100 Blocks: Santa Fe Star, Giveaway!

  1. Carole Hamilton says:

    I love learning about the process of designing your block! I love to quilt with green fabric… mixed with purple, pink, and yellow! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Claudia says:

    My stash pretty well covers the color wheel, but when I go in a quilt shop and can’t find at least one fabric (snicker, snicker) to buy, there’s always a half yard of blue I don’t have. Just depends what pushes my button or I’m specifically looking for. I’ve been determined at times to fill in holes in my stash that are sadly lacking at 10P–my favorite hour for inspiration.

  3. Kd Brown says:

    Jewel-tones are my favorite colors. Purple, blue, green, teal, raspberry and everything in-between are the way to go!

  4. Patsy Pearl says:

    I love purple and gray. I also love black, white, and red

  5. Peg says:

    I’m a sucker for anything on a black background. It makes the colors pop.

  6. Peg says:

    I a sucker for anything on a black background. It makes the other colors pop.

  7. Margaret Harrington says:

    I’m a green and blue person and my stash really proves it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of 100 blocks volume 7. I also love the western sky colors of peach, turquoise and mauve. So soothing.

  8. Becky says:

    My favorite color is purple. But I also love civil war reproductions. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Brandi says:

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration! I love the sawtooth lately!

    My stash seems to vary between jewel tones and bright colors (teal, green, pink), with a lot of white in there.

  10. Denise S. says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this. I tend to use greens, pinks and a lot of white.

  11. sandie deahl says:

    So glad to see a fellow designer/quilter using the same inspirational techniques, I like a wide array of colors or patterns to go with every style of quilting. Loving the chance to work through old shop hop patterns and fabrics, getting ready for hops in iowa, wisconsin, and minnesota.love summer piecing time!

  12. Julie A. says:

    I love all colors but always seem to have some black in every quilt. Thanks

  13. Sandie R says:

    I tend to like the beige and rust colors as they compliment the dark green and black in my carpet. Thank you for this chance.

  14. Laura G. says:

    I’m a fan of (neon) lime green. I’ve forced myself to branch out lately. It’s so hard to do sometimes.

  15. Debbie M says:

    Thanks for sharing a bit about your design process, Eileen. I use a lot of orange and yellow in my work.

  16. Renee Freidin says:

    Red and turquoise, or anything in the blue/green range are my favorites. Very few neutrals and pastels.

  17. Roxanne Sedor says:

    I love blues and browns.

  18. Jackie Roisler says:

    Creams! And variations of…. :D

  19. Tami Chaulk says:

    Red seems to be my favorite. I’ve been sewing with red & white as well as red, white and green. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. michele says:

    I have lots of different colors in my stash, would have to say I use orange a lot, blue and green and frog prints

  21. Bunny says:

    On a purple and green binge

  22. Deanna says:

    I am a very scrappy quilter, but there always seems to be blue/yellow in every quilt.

  23. I love the turquoise block! One of my favorite colors!

  24. Cecilia says:

    It appears that I have a lot of greens and blues in my stash. So I guess that is what I use the most. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the magazine.

  25. Susan says:

    Greens and blues!

  26. Beth T. says:

    Right now I am loving plums, oranges, and grays together–just made a star quilt using those and it’s making me so happy. I think this is my third quilt in this color combo, and it won’t be my last. I need more oranges in my stash, though.

  27. Pat says:

    keeps saying i already said that.

  28. Terri Lynch says:

    I love purple and green together

  29. Karen says:

    Blues and yellows !!!!!!!

  30. E. Engman says:

    Blues and greens are my favorites, but all colors or just black and white, are favorites, too. Hmmmm, just say “fabric”, I guess.

  31. Ellen says:

    Judging by my stash I love gray! It just goes so nicely with all of the other really bright colors I love to use!

  32. Helen says:

    My current favourite colours are red, orange and yellow. Thanks for the great opportunity this looks like a very useful book.

  33. i love4 red and white the most and one day i will make me a red and white quilt

  34. Amanda Best says:

    I enjoy using purple, pink, and blue in my quilts, they are my favorites. I love all colors though.

  35. Greta says:

    I live the mountains so much we moved here. I love the mossy oaky glen colors, shades of green, brown, tan accents of black, yellow and anything that catches my fancy at the time. If I can’t think of anything I take the camera for a walk.

  36. Joycelyn Moody says:

    Right now I’m starting with multiple range of batik blues. Love all fabrics that show depth. Thanks for the opportunity.

  37. Janet Taylor says:

    I love all things Southwest. I would love to do a quilt for myself with this pattern.

  38. Barb in MI says:

    Somehow Lime green always seems to find its place in my quilts… Thanks!

  39. Barb Colvin says:

    I love earth tones, so browns tend to predominate my color palette. Just add some leafy greens and watery blues and/or a splash of any flower color and I am happy.

  40. Nancy McFall says:

    I’m definitely partial to Fall colors. Love browns, golds, oranges, greens and red.

  41. Linda says:

    I am so drawn to jewel tones and batiks but I am really trying to expand my palette especially with lighter, darker and muddier colors. Right now purple is catching my eye!

  42. Janet says:

    My favorites are brights, jewel tones and batiks. I love them all.

  43. Lorilynn King says:

    This is awesome, love the batiks, yes, especially that turquoise! (Eileen! We missed you at retreat this year!!!)

  44. jeanne says:

    I love that block & I love the batiks too!

  45. Rhonda Best says:

    The colors I enjoy using the most in my quilts, are dark blue, light blue, medium blue…almost any blue!

  46. Pat says:

    i love fall colors. can’t just pick one.

  47. Cynthia Carlson says:

    I would have to say my favorite colors are red, pink, and blue.

  48. Frances says:

    Green shows up in most quilts.

  49. Nancy says:

    Any kind of batiks, but especially browns, plums and deep blues. Your block is beautiful!

  50. I love using southwest colors in the batiks

  51. Jan cater says:

    Nice block. I hope to design a southwest quilt soon. Spent a week in Santa Fe recently & it reminds me of Navajo blanket designs

  52. I have lots of black and white in my stash, but I love using blues and purples in my quilts. Thanks for another opportunity to win!

  53. Rose W says:

    Your blocks are beautiful!!! Seems like I use a lot of blue in my quilts, and red is a close second.

  54. Jennifer says:

    I seem to use a lot of pink and green, in all shades.

  55. Julie A.B. says:

    jewel tones~

  56. Gill says:

    Well I have a lot of green in my stash!

  57. cynthia says:

    That’s a gorgeous block and the fabrics are perfect. Blue is my most-used color.n

  58. janita says:

    I like using pinks and reds. Thanks for sharing your design process. I would love to win. Thank you . Janita

  59. Carmen says:

    I love using dark greens, burgundy and light browns

  60. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love using blue in my quilts. It can be so calming!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. MargaretQuilts says:

    My favorite colors that find their way into my quilts are aqua and green. I think green is a neutral. Thanks for the chance to win my very own copy of 100 blocks vol7. I enjoyed your description of how you developed your design for santa fe star block .

  62. gab says:

    I have lots of red along with other bright colors. Love the block featured today!

  63. Cathy Robillard says:

    Love those blocks. I have always love the triangles. thanks for the opportunity to win.

  64. Amy says:

    I like to use brights, blues and purples.

  65. Auntie Clark says:

    I’m kind of into the muted colors of the civil war reproduction fabrics lately.

  66. Diana M says:

    My go-to colors right now seem to be green and cream.

  67. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    My favorite is either purples and greens, or browns and creams

  68. Sharon Judkins says:

    I would have to say red. I love red (and pink) and I love using them in quilts. I want to someday make a red and white quilt.

  69. Debbie Rhodes says:

    That is easy red…. I try so hard to not buy more red but always do.. looking right now for a good white with red for background…

  70. Tamsyn says:

    My favs are purple and lime green. The block patterns are beautiful. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  71. Mary Kastner says:

    I like blues and browns. Your blocks are really beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. DebrafromMD says:

    I see lots of reds and blues in my stash. Love those colors.

  73. Jocelyn says:

    I have a lot of blues and pinks in my stash :-) But I like many combinations. Thanks!

  74. Sandra Hubley says:

    My favourites seem to be jewel tones, especially blues and greens. I am particularly drawn to batiks. Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. Anita says:

    Blue and brown is the color combination i like to use.

  76. Dana says:

    I use a lot of blue in every shade and mix it with brights according to what the quilt is for. I make a lot of baby quilts so there is usually tons of color.

  77. kaholly says:

    I’m currently working through my scrap basket, so not focusing on any one combination of colors, but just enjoyed a project using black, gray, and red.

  78. KT says:

    Love hearing and seeing how you came up with your design! I love blue and green together. Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Thanks for sharing the inspiration for your block. Green is my favorite color to use in quilts – it goes with everything. I recently finished a green, blue & purple donation quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

  80. Cindy K says:

    These are very pretty blocks. It’s hard to pick just one color that is my favorite….there are so many…but I guess I would have to say I do have a lot of purple in my stash.

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