Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisa’s Batik Spinning Stars

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Louisa Robertson is from Merritt, British Columbia in Canada.

By Louisa Robertson

My final quilt for Scrap Squad is based on Spinning Stars by Kate Colleran, the cover quilt of Quiltmaker’s Jan/Feb issue.

This looks like my kind of quilt—the block has interesting piecing and a strong diagonal line to create secondary designs.

The small star in the corner of each block is a vital part of this pattern. However, after the quilts I’ve done in the last year I could not summon up any enthusiasm for more triangle corners or Flying Geese, so  I turned to Electric Quilt design software, looking for an alternative.

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Quiltmaker Jan/Feb ’15 is on newsstands now or at quiltandsewshop.com.

There I found another block, the Lemoyne Star, that could be made the same size and would cut easily from strips, using diamonds instead of triangles for the star points.

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Lemoyne Star block made of diamonds and triangle

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Pinwheel Star — made of triangles and flying geese units

 

 

 

 

 

A selection of plaid fabrics was near at hand. I cut pieces and made a sample star.

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Assorted plaids

Diamonds and the smaller triangles are cut from 1.75″ strips. The larger triangles are cut from 2.25″ strips.

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Here are the pieces for one block, stacked and ready for sewing.

As I stitched, I finger-pressed all seams clockwise from the centre.  (I have found that small blocks are more accurate if I can resist the urge to reach for the iron until after the block is completely assembled.)

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The back of the completed block shows that the seams interlock nicely and the joining seams between the segments of the block are pressed open.

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The completed block looks much better after a good pressing. And the points ALMOST meet perfectly at the centre. Not bad.

 

I liked the block, but the plaids did not inspire me. Digging deeper into stash I found some beautiful batiks, including a set of pieces in several shades of blue that would be great for this project.

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Fabrics under consideration

I paired warm colours – golds, yellows, oranges – with the blues to make the stars, adding assorted lights for backgrounds (most, but not all of them, batiks). Dark blues and greens would be used for the triangles on the sides of the diagonal band sections.

I decided to make a small quilt using only twelve blocks.  The stars were made quickly and I turned to the diagonal sections.

I was working with scraps which is always less efficient than starting with yardage, but I was still able to use some of the strip-piecing methods described in the instructions. I made short strip sets using 2.5″ strips and cut segments from these.

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Short strip sets using 2 1/2″ strips.

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Assorted 2-square and 3-square units cut from strip sets. Aren’t they pretty lined up on the wall?

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Sections of the diagonal band ready to be joined together

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Block sections are made. Triangles will be added to finish the block.

Once the twelve blocks were made it was time to play with them on the wall.  I soon discovered that there are many ways of putting these together.  Here are a couple of the layouts that I considered.

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This layout was one of my favourites.

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I liked this zigzag setting, too.

I showed my blocks to friends at a sewing day. We tried several versions, and then someone turned two corner blocks by 90 degrees and agreed that we had found the winning combination.

The border was a good place to use my favourite “dancing triangles.”  This pattern repeats the triangles and fabrics from the blocks. I had set aside enough of one of the blue batiks to make the final border.

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I quilted with a swirly bubble edge-to-edge pattern using a variegated thread that repeated the blues and golds from the fabrics.

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Batik Spinning Stars is 48″ x 60″

The Batik Spinning Stars quilt and my year as a member of Scrap Squad are both complete. I have half a dozen lovely quilts and innumerable wonderful memories of my time as part of this team.

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8 Responses to Scrap Quilt Ideas: Louisa’s Batik Spinning Stars

  1. Val says:

    I was looking for border ideas on the web and I liked this one. I was so delighted that the link went to your blog

  2. rusty says:

    (((Louisa))) Happy Dominion Day!

  3. Jane says:

    Beautiful, love the color choices! You have inspired me.

  4. Becky Ball says:

    Excellent quilt! Wow – I may have to play with that one. I love your colors and glad you changed from plaids. I hope you have had fun on Scrap Squad – it is an experience!

  5. Jennifer says:

    That’s fabulous! When do we get a patter, or at least a layout of this one?!

  6. I love your creative variation!

  7. Em says:

    It looks fabulous! Good job!

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