Tuesday, 10 September 2019

My Favourite Quilt Block Hop


Thanks to Carla from Creatin' in the Sticks for running this fun hop.


 It was an easy decision as to what block I would be showing you today, Star blocks hands down. I like all stars the LeMoyne Star or Eight Pointed Star, the  Ohio Star, Sawtooth Star, Friendship Star to name just a few.
Star blocks are one of the most common patterns used in quilts. They are by far my favourite block.

Shall we look at a few.


Ohio Star

The Ohio Star is a nine-patch block made of quarter-square triangles around a central square, the Ohio Star block is a lovely quilt block. 


North Star or Sawtooth Star block

North Star one of the oldest block patterns. It’s been published by many pattern companies under many names, including Aunt Eliza’s Star or Variable Star, over the past 120 years or so. Today’s quilters often call it Sawtooth Star.


LeMoyne or the Eight pointed Star
The LeMoyne Star or Eight Pointed Star dates back from 1834 - 1859. The block can be made a couple different ways the traditional pieced using diamonds and y-seams. Or using HST's a much simpler version.

Some quick instructions for an Eight Pointed Star.

Cutting Instructions for 12''  Eight Pointed Star.

Background Fabric
Cut 4 – 3 1/2'' squares for the corner pieces
Cut 4 – 4 3/8'' squares for the half square triangles

Star Fabric #1
Cut 4 – 4 3/8'' squares for the half square triangles

Star Fabric #2
Cut 4 – 4 3/8'' squares for the half square triangles

Make 4 HST's using two background squares and two of star fabric #1.


Draw a line diagonally on the back of a the background fabric. Place on top of star fabric #1 with right sides together. Sew a 1/4'' on both sides of the drawn line. Cut diagonally on the drawn line. Press. Trim to 3 1/2'' by 3 1/2''. Make 4. 

Repeat using two fabric #2's and the background fabric.

Repeat using one each of the star fabrics. Make 4.

Arrange as per the photo of the Eight Pointed Star above. 

I call this one Star Points I'm sure it probably has other names as well. I designed this for my guilds BOM this year.

Star Points

How about we take a look at some of my patterns with stars?

Hearted Beauties

A large double star with heart shaped New York beauty blocks. You can read more about it here, the pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Outside Stars
Stars Outside is a paper pieced pattern with stars. You can read about it here,  the pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Another type of star quilt I've made is a Mariners Compass Star, you can read about it here.



I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse of my favourite quilt block and you have found a new appreciation for stars in quilts or blocks.

My Favourite Quilt Block Blog Hop Schedule. 

Monday, September 9th


Tuesday, September 10th


Wednesday, September 11th


Thursday, September 12th



Friday, September 13th

42 comments :

Danice G said...

All beautiful blocks and quilts. Stars are so versatile and great for modern as well as traditional style quilts.

tink's mom said...

Your star quilts are stunning. Thanks for taking the time to share the cutting and construction info for one of your favorite stars and for joining us in this fun hop.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I love stars too. Your blocks and quilts are all amazing!

Carol S. said...

Your stars are all gorgeous! The Compass Star is amazing...love it! Thanks for sharing your favorite block.

Karrin Hurd said...

Love your star quilts and blocks. I love that compass star. Might need to do one of those myself. Thanks so much for sharing!

For the love of geese said...

I'm seeing stars. I love anything with fine points, your's are all gorgeous.

tubakk said...

Great star blocks you made. I love them all. Actually I love all kinds of quilt blocks, one at a time. Have a nice day!

Carla said...

Stars are so awesome. Thank you for including the tutorial - it's great. Thank you also for the terrific post with lots of star eye candy.

QuiltShopGal said...

I love all star blocks too! And you certainly shared some gorgeous ones, as well as your stunning quilts and designs. Total #CreativeGoodness

Calicojoan said...

Love those stars and especially how different they look with minor changes. Great inspiration!

Brandy said...

I too love stars! I suspect we will see lots of them this week. I really enjoy the Star Points block you shared too.

Brandy

ShirleyC said...

I love star quilt blocks too! You have shared some beautiful variations!

wendy said...

Beautiful stars! Any star block is a favorite of mine!

Unknown said...

Love stars too! Perfectly pieced as always!

Charlene McCain said...

All of your quilts are beautiful! I especially like the one you made for your guild's BOM. Unique! I love stars, too. I think my favorite is the Sawtooth because it blends so nicely with other block patterns.

Sewgirl said...

Your quilts are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Awesome projects. I love making Ohio Stars.

linda said...

THANKS AGAIN,FOR SHARING ON YOUR BLOG!

Susan said...

Yes, I love stars, too! I make a bazillion sawtooth stars every year, and I like the Ohio Star, too. Anything that looks like a star is okay by me! Thanks for sharing these great inspirational pieces.

Sandra Walker said...

Stars are my favourite blocks too. I love the one you designed for your guild! Also always lovely to see your patterns again :-)

Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com said...

I also like star designs.

Farm Quilter said...

Beautiful quilts!! I love how all the stars are so flexible to have a little change in the pattern creates such a difference. Fun to play with!

Nancy D said...

Great hop!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

There are just so many star variations, you could make a whole quilt with them without a repeat.

Kathy E. said...

Star blocks are always beautiful and they mingle so well with other blocks too. You have certainly perfected them...all are gorgeous!

Scrapatches said...

I love star blocks, too. Yours are all very lovely. I like the Star Points one you designed for your guild BOM. I will be adding that one to my star block patterns. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

Janice Holton said...

I am a fellow star lover as well. It's hard to choose between star blocks and house blocks as my favorite. I sure enjoyed seeing all the different stars you have made and designed!

teachpany said...

Great stars! Great variety in your designs. I'm trying to do more complicated blocks, as well.

Deonn said...

Love all these stars, they're my favorite too! That Outside Star is especially striking. I haven't done a Mariner's Compass yet, but it's on my bucket list.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Such beautiful blocks. Stars are such a wonderful addition to quilts!

Quilting Tangent said...

I like the outside stars, different stars.

The Joyful Quilter said...

You've made some stellar quilts using the ever-popular Star block!! Thanks for sharing with the Hop.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Love all your stars! And how fun to see one of them was the same as mine :) xx

Sharon said...

I love stars too! Thanks for sharing.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I am with you - I love your stars!! Beautiful quilts!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Beautiful star blocks and quilts. Thanks for sharing!

BarefootThunder said...

all of your stars are beautiful. those hearts are amazing. log cabin blocks are my favorite, stars second.
thank for sharing

Susan said...

Beautiful star quilts, especially Outside Stars!

Leah said...

Beautiful! All your stars are lovely!

Carol Andrews said...

Star blocks do make my eyes happy to see. Your examples are beautiful and your patterns are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing with us.

Lorna McMahon said...

These blocks are all so beautiful! Your piecing is perfect and I love your fabric choices. Thank you so much for sharing!

kupton52 said...

Your Star Points block is really beautiful on point. Stars are my favorite, as well.