Bee Block – Stars

November TATB Bee Block for Sarah

We are in the second to last month of the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee, and this month Sarah asked us to make star blocks. She sent fabric from an out of print Anna Maria Horner collection called Bohemian. I decided to use the same layout I used this summer in my Wonky Little Star Quilt, only this time I made Friendship Stars. I’ve heard this layout now referred to as “interlocking stars” and I think that’s a great description. I’ve really enjoyed seeing them pop up all over.

I had a lot of questions after that quilt regarding how to layout the fabric squares to achieve the look. I created a little diagram…

Star Layout

It’s the same layout as a Plus Quilt, where you start with the blocks in the middle and work your way out to the edges.

Next month is my turn to send out fabrics for the bee, so I am hoping to come up with a final plan over the next two days. If only there were more hours in the day!



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    December 22, 2011

    love those stars! I need to try them!!

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    December 22, 2011

    Is that Kona color called “coal”? I started a quilt using that for my background and ran out – now I’m flustered and uncertain when I got to my LQS to buy it!

    Your stars are gorgeous, that gray really sets them off beautifully!!!

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      December 22, 2011

      Chris – it may be coal but I’m not 100% sure as it was sent with the fabric from my partner.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    December 22, 2011

    Beautiful! Wow, that’s a lot of little pieces.

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    December 22, 2011

    Hi Faith! I love your stars! Thank you for inspiration – I want to make those, too! It’s funny that there are also pin wheeles!
    Merry Christmas! x Teje

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    Lyanna L.

    December 22, 2011

    That’s a fun quilt block, I need to try one of those someday soon! =)

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    December 22, 2011

    Its really cool how the friendship star can achieve such a really cool pinwheel effect at the same time…I didn’t know that could be achieved with that block!

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    December 22, 2011

    Love the interlocking stars idea, it looks fab

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    December 24, 2011

    Yay! I just made a quilt with DS picnics and fairgrounds using that pattern! I found if you make a square 5 blocks by 5 blocks (with a star in the center), it makes a block that you can flip any direction and still repeat the pattern.

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    December 24, 2011

    Yay! I made a quilt with those friendship stars with DS picnics and fairgrounds. I also have seen fun star quilts like yours come up lately. I love them 🙂

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    December 26, 2011

    another reason why i need a design wall…i love your fabric choices…i like white instead of the dark slate….are your experimenting?

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    February 5, 2012

    i love this block. i am glad you put it up so i could figure it out. thanks!