Exploding Stars

Well, it was that time again—time to design a new block for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks,
vol. 9. I was thinking about what might make a fun block, and then all of a sudden it hit me. Exploding Stars is my new block. I used batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics.

QMMS 140044 BEAM Exploding Stars

Exploding Stars, block #829

This time the inspiration for a new design was easy. Star Glow, the block I designed for 100 Blocks, vol. 5 got a lot of positive feedback, so I thought I would try something similar.

QMMS 120022 BEAM Exploding Stars

Star Glow, block #446

I love star blocks and playing around with star variations. I like the idea of different sized stars within the block. I had already played with the Evening Star so for my new block, I used the Friendship Star. I started with one large star in the top corner and realized I could tuck another large star in the bottom corner. That still left two corners so I put smaller stars there. Only one large star is a complete star—the rest are tucked behind so only part of them shows.

Here are a couple layouts showing 16 blocks.

carolynquilt1 Exploding Stars

Layout #1

This layout has the blocks rotated so the small red stars meet where 4 blocks intersect and 4 small green stars meet in the center.

carolynquilt2 Exploding Stars

Layout #2

This layout has the large blue stars meeting where 4 blocks intersect and large orange stars meeting in the center. Which one do you like best?

Next time maybe I’ll try combining different types of stars to see what happens. I think the possibilities are endless.  What’s your favorite type of quilt block to play with?

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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10 Responses to Exploding Stars

  1. Sandra L. Lewis says:

    I have so many scraps they seem to be overtaking my sewing room. I love the star blocks shown above, especially “Star Glow”. Beautiful block!

  2. Dale Wallace says:

    Love all of the exploding stars!

  3. Lovie Ball says:

    I picture your wonderful block done in scraps, every star one fabric. But, use different fabric in each block. Sashing and cornerstones. Could even do another smaller Friendship star at each cornerstone. Great use of scraps.

  4. Pat V. says:

    Love this block. Layout #1 is my choice.

  5. Karlene says:

    I love layout #2. This is a great block.

  6. Margaret Andrews says:

    Loved your last block as well as the new block. What fun it is to open 100 Blocks magazine. Good work.

  7. Barb Johnson says:

    I like the setting where the small stars meet. I think it creates more of a sense of movement with the larger stars.

  8. Deanna says:

    I LOVE this block. A 3 x 4 layout would make a great baby quilt! Good job.

  9. Karen says:

    star glow #446 is my favorite!

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