Red and green are often first colour choices for anything to do with the festive season and, earlier this month, we showed some of our 2022 Doodle blocks in red/green colourway. And one thing leads to another so easily in EQ8 – from random to almost-organised.
It’s nearly the end of the year (how did that happen?) and we’ve reached the last few of our stellar blocks. These are more eight-pointed stars, somewhat akin to the Blazing Star blocks from last month. You can download the 12 inch patterns and blocks to colour for all the blocks featured today here – it is free remember)
We start with Key West
If you divide that up a bit you get Morning Star (we have dubbed this Morning Star 2 in the download – you’ll see why in a moment)
Take the centre points of Key West and add pointed corners to make April Star
If you then take those points and divide them you get Shadow Star
Divide just the corner points of April Star to make Star and Cone
Or make the centre points shorter (and thus fatter at the end) to make Guiding Star
Then we come to our other Morning Star – a Blazing Star / April Star / Key West with added bits!
But we couldn’t leave our stellar year without reminding you of the Tangled Star block
We hope you have enjoyed our exploration of some of the multitude of star blocks – and please download the patterns (they are free) and play with the ‘block to colour’ pages – split up the various bits of the stars and design your own extra stellar blocks.
All this year our sister blog has been posting six-inch blocks each week as we work our way steadily through an alphabet soup of designs.
We started back in January with an applique letter A and an Apple Pie
By April we had reached F and Flower Petal
In July it was M and a Merry Kite
And now at the beginning of December we have reached W and a found a Wandering Lover.
There’s still three more letters to go before the end of the year! If you downloaded all the block patterns you would have a total of 97 blocks plus 26 applique letters by New Year – enough to make a sampler quilt to fit on top of a bed (approx 60 inches square if you made 100 blocks).
No featured block for our Doodles this month but a red/green re-colouring of some of the 2022 blocks to reflect a festive theme. In no particular order –
Browsing through the star blocks in BlockBase and Electric Quilt Chris came across a star called Star and Dot which looks a bit like a Blazing Star with bits missing. Further browsing produced a few more stars in the same family.
Let’s start with Star and Dot
Then add a few lines to make New Star
Or add spiked corners to make Blazing Star
Split those corners to make another version of Blazing Star
Change the corner and centre to make the Emerald block
Or add in lots of extras to make Optical Illusion
You can download the cutting instructions for all these blocks (12 inches) and blank blocks to colour here. You could also use the blank Star and Dot block to design a block of your own.
We’ve another family of blocks to explore this month – the Eight-Pointed Stars, based on the LeMoyne Star
You can download cutting instructions for 12 inch blocks and blank blocks to play with here.
Taking Lemoyne Star as a starting point you could add some extra little points – we called this one Double Star
But those corner squares looked a bit plain so we added four-patches and, with our usual panache, called it Double Star Variation
Or you could start dividing the star points – to give a block often called Blazing Star
Another division of the star points and turning the corner squares into half-square triangles gives us EQ Star
The blocks above are all included in the download but there are lots of other variations to the basic star – dividing the star points in half lengthwise and adding half-square triangles in the corners gives us a block often called Silver and Gold
Using stripes – or strips – to make the star points can make Spiderweb Star
or Wrapped Star
If you go searching you will find dozens of other variations like these, or you can draw your own using the blank blocks in the download – the templates included should be enough to make many of the variations.
Over on our sister blog our wander through the block alphabet has reached S. So far we have posted six-inch patterns for Schoolgirl’s Puzzle
Shoofly (and Snowball – just a different way to colour the same block)
and (as it’s October) two Spiderweb blocks.
There will be another two blocks next Saturday before we explore blocks beginning with T.
We slip into autumn with the spotlight on Pinwheel Square –
Scroll through the blocks and straight quilt settings below and enjoy the difference that simple changes of value or placement of value can make.
It’s always interesting to try out combinations of different versions of the same block –
And sometimes you just have to turn it all on point!
You’ll find a free pdf download with block to colour, rotary cutting directions and templates here.
This month we’ve been playing on EQ and exploring the family of star blocks that include 54-40 or Fight. The starting point is a block simply known as Eight-Pointed Star
but then various other units get added to the plain squares in the centre and/or the corners to make new blocks. Starting with just triangle corners and then adding something to the centre we end up with these four – The Eight-Pointed Star, Judy in Arabia, Doris’ Delight and an un-named block from the 1920s
Just adding a more complicated centre to the starting block gives us Dove at the Window
And then if we add four-patch units to the centre and corner squares, then change the lights and darks around you get 54-40 or Fight, Garden Patch and Bird of Paradise
The star point units (often called Peaky and Spike – and Chris can never remember which triangle is Peaky and which Spike) are probably most accurately made with foundation piecing so these are included in the download pack. Rotary cutting the equilateral (background) triangle is nigh on impossible so the other method is to use templates – also included in the pack. These plus rotary cutting instructions and a block to colour for each block mentioned in this post can be downloaded here.
As usual we then had a ‘what happens if . . ?’ moment and divided up the Peaky and Spike units too, adding a square on point to the centre.
If you print out a few plain Eight-Pointed Star blocks from your download you too can grab a pencil and play at designing a new-to-you block – you are not obliged to make it!
We are continuing our jaunt through the alphabet with patterns for 6 inch blocks. This week we have reached Q. But are there any blocks beginning with Q? There are a few, many of them more suited to hand stitching over papers (which is very much not Chris’s ‘thing’) so we went for the one that can be rotary cut and machine pieced – Queens Petticoat.
But, looking at it, all Chris can see is a hat – with a feather!
What do you think?! How could you colour it so it looked more like a petticoat and less like a hat? Instructions, a block to colour, and more colourings of the block can be found on the Meadowside website.