Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Stars at Sea

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 quilt ideas!

QM scrap squadB3 Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emilys Stars at SeaToday we’re sharing Emily Bailey’s version of Magic Stars from the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.

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Below is the original quilt, designed by Janice Averill and made in fabrics by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. If you don’t have this issue, you can get a digital pattern for Magic Stars instantly.

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

magicstarsblock Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emilys Stars at SeaThis is the block. When several are set side by side, you get stars, just like magic.

 

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Emily Bailey

Emily Bailey is from Centerville, Utah, and she blogs regularly at Em’s Scrapbag. You’ll hear from Emily in her own words below.

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Even though I have yet to purchase fabric for my Scrap Squad quilts, I have not made a dent in my scraps. How is that possible? As I grabbed my scrap bins for this new Magic Stars project, I started with a varied color palette. After making one block I bagged it.

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Instead I went for a combination of blues and greens with a splash of yellow.

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As I made this block I noticed another star pattern.

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I found that as I turned the blocks, the circles turned into cool waves.

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Because I didn’t want unfinished stars I added partial blocks to complete the maverick stars.

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I wanted to continue the wave past the maverick stars but I ran into the same problem of unfinished stars.

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So I traded one of the star points with the same fabric as the star center.

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I sandwiched up my quilt and began quilting by following the waves through the quilt.

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Then I echoed the effect as I went into the star.

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I bound it with the gray that I had used as the maverick star background.

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Emily’s completed Stars at Sea scrap quilt

I’m calling it Stars at Sea.

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Editor’s note:

This was a great job by Emily. I wanted you to see the two blocks side by side so you could fully appreciate the way that value played a role in this design. It’s amazing what a little playing around will do.

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I hope you’ll let the Scrap Squad quilts inspire you to make your own version of Magic Stars. Thanks for joining us today on Quilty Pleasures.

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7 Responses to Scrap Quilt Ideas: Emily’s Stars at Sea

  1. Becky says:

    Wow, what an amazing change in design just by switching up the colors a bit! I love the new pattern that emerges!

  2. Barb Johnson says:

    Thanks for showing the blocks side by side. I couldn’t picture where the maverick star was coming from until I saw the comparison.

  3. I’m stopping by from Emily’s and love seeing the two blocks side by side! So inspiring!!

  4. Anne Wiens says:

    Love it! Great job, Emily!

  5. Karlene says:

    Love the changes and new look. Great job!

  6. Aunt Marti says:

    Emily, that is so cool! I love the way your design “makes waves!”

  7. jean says:

    I love what she did by just changing the focus of the pattern! Great job!

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