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!
Today we’re sharing Emily Bailey’s version of Magic Stars from the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.
We named it Magic Stars because the stars appear with a little hocus pocus—you don’t make stars at all.
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.
Instead I went for a combination of blues and greens with a splash of yellow.
As I made this block I noticed another star pattern.
I found that as I turned the blocks, the circles turned into cool waves.
Because I didn’t want unfinished stars I added partial blocks to complete the maverick stars.
I wanted to continue the wave past the maverick stars but I ran into the same problem of unfinished stars.
So I traded one of the star points with the same fabric as the star center.
I sandwiched up my quilt and began quilting by following the waves through the quilt.
Then I echoed the effect as I went into the star.
I bound it with the gray that I had used as the maverick star background.
I’m calling it Stars at Sea.
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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.
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.