Scrap Quilt Ideas: Buff’s Magic Stars; Giveaway!

The Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is a select group of six QM readers who take one pattern from each issue and make scrappy versions of it to inspire others. You can see slideshows of past Scrap Squad projects—great scrap quilts all!

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Buffs Magic Stars; Giveaway!We just finished one series and we’re off on another scrappy adventure. Today we’re sharing Buff’s version of Magic Stars from the new Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.

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Magic Stars appears in QM’s Sept/Oct issue, or the pattern is available as a pdf.

We named it Magic Stars because the stars appear with a little hocus pocus—you don’t make stars at all.

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This is a single block. It truly is magical!

This is the block. When several are set side by side, you get stars, just like magic.

The Scrap Squad is having some serious fun with this design. Today’s featured quilt is by Buff Jones, who lives in Santa Clara, California. She tells her quilt story below.

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Buff Jones

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Magic Stars had me at Magic! I received a wonderful bundle of patriotic fabrics (even tied up with a red, white and blue bow!) at a quilt retreat, and have planned to make a Quilt of Valor for some time. One look at Magic Stars and “Grateful Stars” began to take shape.

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I followed my own advice (I sometimes do that) and made one block before I committed to the whole enchilada.

It was love at first sight. I only made one change, which was to substitute the gold fabric (note that it has bees and dandelions on it, go figure, and was gifted to me from my friend Laura’s stash!) that you can see on the inside half-rectangles. It made for a little more scrappy-ness and gave the block more dimension.

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Tips for the blocks? I have two. The first involves the “B” and “reverse B” pieces.  If you make a single template, or mark your Tri-Recs ruler like I did, one time and cut from a folded strip, you get a B and a reverse B the easy way.

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Cut patches from a strip folded in half to get a B and a reverse B all at once.

Second tip: The Pizza Box! (It’s worth it just to see the expression on the pizza shop owner’s face when you ask to purchase a clean, empty pizza box, trust me on this.) Whenever I have a pattern that calls for a bunch of the same block, I put my “make one first” block in the box and stack all the pieces on top of it in the correct order.

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The pizza box also allows you to get tricky directional pieces (like the navy stripe in the center, above) all going in the correct direction.

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But beware of what happens when you go to the iron to press that hour glass block…

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“Why are you looking at me like that, Mom? Geez…”

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Be careful with the four bias triangles when you sew the finished blocks together. I spray starched and pressed carefully to avoid stretching them to lumpiness.

My pictures don’t really do justice to the beauty of this pattern, but I LOVE the amazing secondary pattern that emerges from a single block. Making this as a Quilt of Valor was a labor of love in the truest sense.

Although I am a borders kind of gal, I just couldn’t bring myself to take away from all those beautiful stars, so a simple burgundy binding and a variegated thread with a subtle star and swirl pattern completed “Grateful Stars.”

I can hardly wait to send this off to a service person with my appreciation and love in every stitch. I hope it inspires you to do the same.

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Perfect opportunity for a giveaway! We’ll send a copy of Sept/Oct’s Quiltmaker and a pile of red/white/blue fabrics so you can start your own Quilt of Valor. Please leave a comment by midnight Monday, August 4 for your chance to win. We’ll announce the winner next week. The winner is Krista Y., #2.

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Love patriotic quilts? America the Beautiful is one of Quiltmaker’s most-loved patterns. Get it today in print or digital!

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87 Responses to Scrap Quilt Ideas: Buff’s Magic Stars; Giveaway!

  1. Nichola says:

    I love the houses.

  2. Janie says:

    I already get Quilt maker Magazine, I would pass the copy along to my niece… The fabric would be for me! Ha. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Lee says:

    Beautiful quilt!!

  4. Mary Twombly says:

    Magic Stars is sooooo – Magic! I love it in red, white, and blue. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Love this magazine!

  6. bobbie campbell says:

    I hope I’m commenting for the Buff give a way in the right place. Do love embroidery and would love to win this block,it’s lovely. If I’m commenting on the Magic Star I still love it!

  7. Deb says:

    Gorgeous! And I’m loving this Parade of Homes theme.

  8. apple blossom says:

    cool giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. Maureen says:

    Magic Stars is absolutely amazing. Looks like fun to put together. I like the sunset blocks in the other Quilt of Valor. Both are stunning quilts. Running out to get a copy of Quiltmaker today. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Karen says:

    What a stunning quilt. Love your fabric choices!

  11. Krista Y. says:

    Absolutely beautiful quilt! Thank you for the chance to win!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous QOV quilt. I love the pattern and the fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Nella Mauldin says:

    thanks, Janice for all you are doing for the vets. I made a quilt for my Grandson when he returned from his second tour of Afghanistan. It was fabrics of his choice, hunting , fishing and other outdoor activities. He was so proud of that quilt, he called when he got back stateside, and wanted it sent to him, then. He told me the “Quilts of Valor” Org. did a lot of good for the troops. So, for him, I thank you again. I have a supply of patriotic fabric and I rec. my copy of the magazine today. I am planning to make a quilt for a vet returning home. I would dearly love to win your package. It would be another quilt to make. Since I am past 80, I don’t have too much else to do. Thank you, and may God bless all these efforts being made for our service men and women.

  14. I’m glad you all enjoyed the block I designed. It truly is magical. You can see the design in other collections at my web site,

  15. I’m glad you all enjoye the block I designed. It truly is magical. You can see the design in other collections at my web site,

  16. Arianna M. says:

    This is such a gorgeous quilt pattern! And I love the idea of making it in red, white, and blue.

  17. Vicki H says:

    I like the block and would make a great quilt. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Sandy K says:

    I have used pizza boxes in the past. They work terrific. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Eugenia Read says:

    So inspirational! I do have someone that I would love to send a quilt of valor to. I love the pattern and the magic in the beauty of the stars. I, too, hope that the kitty fabric weight is part of the package. lol!

  20. Nancy Lynn Hilderbrand says:

    hope I still have a chance to win

  21. Anne Wiens says:

    Cats and boxes. It’s like quilters and fabric, methinks. If you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand.

  22. Kathy Davis says:

    Love the patriotic fabric. Thanks for the opportunity, Kathy from the MO Ozarks

  23. Donna Amos says:

    Red, white & blue is always a favorite of mine. A really great quilt….like how the stars just happen!!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Andee in AZ says:

    It is beautiful, thanks for the chance!

  25. Melody Lutz says:

    I see you have a certified quilt approval manager as well!

  26. Ruth Rocker says:

    What a beautiful quilt and such an appropriate name. Your block is wonderful!! I wonder what it would look like in a more scrappy version? If I win, I think I’ll find out :D

    Thanks for the giveaway

  27. Nancy C says:

    Magic Stars is really magic!! I would love to make it with the red, white and blue fabric!
    QOV is such a good cause!!

  28. Sandy says:

    Red white and blue fabrics are always welcome! Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Carol J says:

    Would love to win some Red White and Blue to make another QOV!

  30. donna says:

    Always have fun with reds , WHITES AND BLUES.

  31. maria says:

    I would really love to get this magazine – see the quilts & ideas!

  32. Carmen N says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway

  33. Susan says:

    Very clever way to make stars!

  34. Julia says:

    Wow, absolutely beautiful!

  35. Kathy Luehrs says:

    i love red white and blue – my favorite colors

  36. Jennifer says:

    Wow, that turned out great! A wonderful quilt!

  37. Jane B says:

    I just finished my second Quilt of Valor so some patriotic scraps will come in handy if I win.

  38. Linda Erickson says:

    I’m in the midst of making 2 quilts for Quilts of Valor and sure could use more patriotic fabric since I don’t have much of any of it. Very nice quilt, and I especially like the feline ornamentation….

  39. Julie says:

    Love your quilts!!! Thanks for the chance to win a great prize:)

  40. Quilting Tangent says:

    Would be nice to check out a new magazine, fabric is always welcome. Pretty quilts.

  41. allison pogany says:

    This would be perfect timing! I’m working on a red, white and blue quilt right now. Not sure if I’m good enough to donate through quilt of valor (I know they require some skill), but I definitely plan on gifting this one to a vet!

  42. Deb G. in VA says:

    Great pattern and beautiful quilts! I love how changing the colors for a pattern can change the look of the quilt.

  43. LOVE the Magic in the Magic Stars!

  44. KT says:

    Love what she did with this quilt–beautiful pattern, beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Joann says:

    I love the pattern and color combinations. Great job!

  46. Renee G says:

    The magic stars pattern looks wonderful. I love the original colors that appeared in the magazine.

  47. Ann Rudd says:

    I love when you put the blocks together they make a star. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Claudia says:

    I’m seeing “Kisses and Cookies”, but then that’s my eyes. And, at this house, it isn’t a quilt until it has a little cat hair on it.

  49. JoAnn says:

    Love the pattern! Great giveaway.

  50. Emily C says:

    Beautiful pattern. I wonder what it looks like in other colors.

  51. Trudy Keller says:

    Love the pattern and your quilt!!

  52. Barbara Thompson says:

    What a beautiful quilt. I ‘m sure the person of Valor who receives will absolutely love it.

  53. Linda Webster says:

    I love the idea of using a clean pizza box to keep the pieces in order. Thanks for the idea!

  54. Lisa Marie says:

    Lovely! It’s always so interesting to me how different fabrics really change the look of a quilt.

  55. Dortha says:

    What a beautiful quilt of valor. I would love to win the fabric and pattern.

  56. Sunnybec says:

    I love the way this makes such a pretty pattern! Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. Brenda J. says:

    Thank you for your post that illustrates things so well. Otherwise the “block” is tricky to identify. What a wonderful secondary pattern that emerges when they are all put together. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  58. Christine M says:

    That is such a lovely pattern.

  59. Karlene says:

    Great job on the quilt and thank you for making a Quilt of Valor. I know the troops appreciate getting them.

  60. Janet T says:

    Love the way the block turns into something totally different that just the block shows!! Will have to put that on the list.

  61. Jenna O says:

    I would really love to win!:)

  62. Love the pattern design and the reason for making it.

  63. Judy says:

    Really great pattern! It makes a beautiful Quilt of Valor.

  64. barbara woods says:

    would love to win, scrap quilts are my first love

  65. Diane Oakes says:

    Great quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  66. Nancy A says:

    Love that block in red, white and blue. Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Diane H says:

    Fabulous quilt, Buff. That block really creates interest in a quilt. Thanks for a chance.

  68. Wonderful pattern and I loved the red white and blue version. Thanks for the chance on your giveaway!

  69. Jean says:

    I like that block in red, white and blue, and chance to win rwb fabric.

  70. Linda Fleming says:

    A great pattern from Janice and a wonderful quilt from Buff!

  71. Linda S. says:

    Great block and great quilt!! Thanks for chance to win the magazine.

    Linda S.

  72. Linda Zumwalt says:

    I love the Magic Stars block! The quilt is beautiful, especially in scrappy patriotic fabrics. Also like the pizza box tip. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  73. Cindy K. says:

    I love this block and the way it makes the stars when put together. The red, white and blue fabric are very pretty with this pattern. Thank you for having this giveaway.

  74. Regina says:

    Lovely – and the pizza box idea is awesome! I use an art bin in a similar way – but for some blocks I need something just a LITTLE bit bigger.

  75. Barb in MI says:

    I love Buff’s Magic Patriotic Stars! Amazing secondary pattern. Thank you!

  76. Dianne says:

    What a gorgeous block! I love the quilt, and her instructions are excellent. Thanks for a chance at a giveaway!

  77. G Anderson says:

    I am so happy to see more patriotic inspired quilts. We need those more than ever now. Thankyou for the opportunity to participate. Wish me luck lol!!

  78. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Cute pic – love the quilt too. Thanks.

  79. Jittina says:

    Love the Magic Stars pattern. Would love to win a copy, thanks for the chance.

  80. Louise says:

    I’d love the red, white, and blue fabrics. I’m about to start a new project to be given to a local veteran next year. Our first giveaway was this summer, and we donated 61 quilts. Next year, I’d like to donate two quilts, so I’m always on the lookout for RW&B fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity.

  81. Lisa says:

    Thanks for a chance to win all the needed supplies to make a quilt of valor. In January I had the honor of presenting a QOV and it was an experience I will remember and treasure all of my life. I think making one to donate, allowing another to present it, would bring it full circle.

  82. Dotti says:

    It is so nice to have Janice’s talent recognized . Would love patriotic fabric, would love any fabric.

  83. Anita says:

    Wonderful pattern, and it looks great in red, white and blue!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  84. Donna says:

    Magic Stars is a beautiful quilt. I love done up in red/white/blue. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. One question -does the paperweight kitty come with the loot? lol Pretty, pretty kitty.

  85. Tabitha Keener says:

    I love this quilt and the pattern! Simply gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

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