I’m a sucker for a good star quilt. I’ve even collected a bunch of my favourites in a Pinterest board.
So I made my own star-in-a-star design. Twice the twinkle! 😉
I separated the centre 4 half-square triangles and the triangle-in-a-square blocks to create a kind of halo in the middle of the block. The half-square triangles in the corners end up framing the halo nicely. I couldn’t decide if I liked the more saturated colours in the middle or on the outside, so I just alternated them instead.
The design can look just as cute in two colours…
This design is so simple that I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other similar ones out there. To make this design into a quilt, you’d just need just some half-square triangles, squares, rectangles, and triangle-in-a-square blocks. Super simple!
I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to quilts with stars. Simple or complicated, solid or scrappy… there are so many ways to make stars (and to make them look good!).
This week’s Sunday sketch is yet another iteration of the past few weeks’ designs, with yet more tweaks. In this case, the link between the previous designs is starting to get a little tenuous… I retained one of the original blocks, but changed the other one to a star. Because who doesn’t love a good star?!
I also went back to the colours of #133: teals (or are they sea blues?) and that warm yellow. With a bit of transparency thrown in for good measure.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using flying geese, rectangles, squares, triangle in a square blocks, and a modified kite block. The star blocks could probably be paper-pieced although I haven’t actually thought how, exactly. They are like slightly wonky sawtooth stars, so maybe that would be a way to approach them.
I’m always on the lookout for interesting secondary shapes – those shapes that unexpectedly emerge from the whitespace or background of a design. In one of my recent EQ8 sessions (which are becoming longer and more frequent, but unfortunately no less frustrating!), I played around with some lolly/bowtie shapes, and discovered some crosses in the background. With a bit of ingenious spacing and a handy border, I created even more crosses.
Those red and white crosses are all the same size, but the colouring gives them different emphasis. They’re both brought to the foreground though, with the original lolly/bowties disappearing into the background (for me, at least).
Did you notice that I didn’t include the thin black lines in this design? They’re included by default in the blocks, but you can remove them in EQ8 before exporting the design as a PDF. Sometimes I like to keep them, but this time I thought the design looked just as good without them.