Starring Role: A Visit with Diane Harris

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Today we’re excited to welcome longtime QM editor Diane Harris back as a guest blogger on Quilty Pleasures! 

Diane is going to tell us about her lovely Starring Role quilt she designed for our March/April 2017 issue of Quiltmaker. Oversized stars shine on this cozy and easy-to-piece throw:

 

I’m pleased to chat with you today about Starring Role. When I need to jump-start my design process, sometimes I take a tried-and-true idea and attempt to change it up a little.

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In this case, I started with traditional stars. I realized that if the blocks were large, there would be room for interesting piecing in the center. On 18” blocks, the center would be 9” across—enough for all sorts of great options.

Sometimes just seeing that blank space can cause my mind to start whirring with ideas.

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 Nine inches is most easily divided into a three-patch.

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I started with something simple. What would happen if I made that into a Shoo Fly and added some color?

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What if I changed up the colors?

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What if I tried navy blue?

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How would that star look in a setting?

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Eventually I moved to something more complex in the center. I messed around with Christmas colors. When you submit a design, you never know what time of year it will be published, so the color choices are usually wide open.

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Starring Role was actually made in the universally appealing combination of blue and white, with accents of green and yellow.

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The yellow almost disappears against the white fabric! You could make this quilt very patriotic by changing up the colors and adding a second border like this:

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This version makes me think of yellow ribbons! There is so much a person can do with traditional quilt designs. My head spins just thinking about it.

I highly recommend the quilt design software from Electric Quilt Company. They have several versions at different price points, and you really can’t go wrong.

I am using EQ7 to design quilts for new programs I am building. I have three programs available now, and will add two more later this year. I’d love to chat with anyone who is planning programs for a quilt group. My new website will be up soon, but in the meantime, I can be reached using editor@quiltmaker.com.

If you make Starring Role, please send me a photo. I’ll be happy to post it on my social media channels. Happy Quilting!

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Thank you for joining us today, Diane!

If you’d like to make Starring Role and don’t have a copy of our March/April ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Starring Role.

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3 Responses to Starring Role: A Visit with Diane Harris

  1. New to your blog. Stumbled upon it browsing the web. Keep up the great work. I am hoping you update it regularly.

  2. I miss you around here Diane!

  3. Karlene says:

    I really love this quilt. It’s fun to read about your process. (Also nice to see you back on the blog!) Looking forward to seeing more of your quilts.

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