Solstice Stars ~ A Series of Quilt Block Tutorials

Solstice Stars Series

Last week I asked for suggestions as to what you would like to see more of on my blog this year. There were lots of great suggestions: quilting basics, color/fabric selection process, smaller projects, sewing with kids. But I think the most requested idea was more quilt-alongs and tutorials.

I have had it in my head for quite some time to make a quilt out of various stars. I decided to incorporate this idea into a series of tutorials so we can all learn together! Over the next five weeks, I will be posting five star quilt block tutorials. Maybe you want to just use this as a skill builder? (There will be paper piecing and probably even some y-seams…both of which are not as scary as they sound and you can find tutorials for them here.) Maybe you want to make a quilt out of one of the stars, repeating? Maybe you want to use all five in a quilt? Maybe you want to add these to other star blocks tutorials online and create a star sampler quilt?

Lots of options! I hope you will join me and we can all learn something new. The “Solstice Stars Series” tab at the top of the blog will contain links to all the tutorials as well as buttons for you to grab for your blogs.

Tutorials will be posted everyday Wednesday, beginning January 18th and ending on February 15th. Finished blocks can be added to the Fresh Lemons Quilts Flickr Group. I will also use the discussion in the Flickr group for any questions. I hope you are as excited as I am!


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    Suzanne says

    I’m excited to try out your stars…Have you seen “Oh Franson” stars….bet these could also be worked in…

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    Billie Gunther says

    I did the summer sampler series when it was 110 outside! Now, it is cold and windy. Good time to begin your star series. Must finish the binding on the summer sampler and the backing on another quilt and I’ll be ready to start next week.
    Thanks for all your tips! You explain things very well.

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    Love this idea Faith. I recently ordered my Brit Bee girls to make Stars for me! They’ve finished, I have 22 beautiful star blocks, and theres only my 3 left to be made. I’m thinking 2, 3, and 4 from the picture above? Love them!

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    Perfect!!! I have a Stars and Pinwheels quilt that I am in the middle of making and I need 6 more star or pinwheel blocks to finish it! Those stars look Amazing!!! I can’t wait till we start! !!!! a few more for good measure !!!! πŸ™‚ !!!!!

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    Alison says

    Can’t wait for these blocks.
    I made your sampler quilt and really enjoyed that, so am certain this will be the same.
    Love your site and all it contains.

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    Hi Faith! This sounds exiting! I have admired all those different amazing stars around the blogs but I have made only few very simple stars! I love to join you! I’m just thinking if I have any proper fabrics … but I shall make the stars with you even with some booring fabrics for exercise to learn.
    See you soon! x Teje

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    Nichole says

    Oh fun! If I wasn’t trying to catch up on sleep in my spare time due to having a 4 week old, I’d definitely be in for this!

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    Oh my word. This is not making it easy to stick to my “scaling back” plan for spring semester. These are gorgeous! Maybe I can work these in…who needs sleep, right? πŸ™‚

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    I’m super excited!! Thanks! I think it’s important to keep challenge myself to try new things…. paper piecing=scary!! I love that you’ll be “holding our hands” through it all-Ha! πŸ™‚

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    I’m not a quilt blogger (ex-book blogger turned life-blogger), so I hope you don’t mind a sort of lurker joining in on the fun. I saw a star sampler quilt at the Dallas quilt show last year and fell in love. I was just looking at the picture (which I keep on my computer desktop) the other day and wishing longingly. So, this is JUST what I’ve been looking for.

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    How tempting! I’m trying to make some quilting goals for 2012 and considering joining a few quilt alongs and your stars look really beautiful (especially the middle one)… I am going to take the weekend to motivate myself to finish some other projects and see where I end up by next week. They all look so beautiful! Thanks Faith.

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    This looks fun! I recently discovered your blog while looking for an ipad case tutorial and it is now one of my favorites. This morning I emailed you a question regarding your ipad case tutorial. I know you are super busy but if you have time to answer, great. If not, understandable! I’ll figure it out. Can’t wait to see some stars!

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    I can’t wait! I’m going to try and make 9 stars using just solids. I’m so glad you’re doing another tutorial and quilt along! I just need to pick a background color πŸ™‚

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    Alison says

    Hi Faith, Can’t wait for this to start as over the weekend I was thinking I would love to do a star quilt top of different star blocks.
    Now I just need to look for the perfect fabric.


    PS I’ve done your sampler quilt and enjoyed the process of learning paper piecing.

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    Just found this on Monday. Today (wednesday) I’ve finished all four blocks! So very inspiring. Thanks sooo much for the great blocks and beautiful tutorials. Can’t wait till next week.

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