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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    January 12, 2012

    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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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    January 12, 2012

    Fun! You know I love me some paper-pieced stars. : ) These will make for a beautiful quilt!

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    January 12, 2012

    I’m excited at trying my first tutorial!

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    Lyanna L.

    January 12, 2012

    What a GREAT idea! So excited to get to make them =)

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    January 12, 2012

    Sounds fun! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us, Faith.

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    Pam Hunter

    January 12, 2012

    This is so exciting … I can’t wait!

    Thank you so much!


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    Billie Gunther

    January 12, 2012

    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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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quitls

    January 12, 2012

    Oh sounds great Faith. I think I will be trying some of these! Looking forward to it!

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    January 12, 2012

    What a great name! And you rock at designing badges yet again. I’m sure this will be another huge success!

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    Laura Jane

    January 12, 2012

    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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    January 12, 2012

    OH, I am super excited :)! Thank you!

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    charlotte @ twelfthzodiac

    January 12, 2012

    Oh…I would still like to add a few blocks to my unfinished Summer Sampler! These will be great! (uh-oh, it’s paying off to be a slacker, I will try to wipe that fact from my memory …)

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    diane stanley

    January 12, 2012

    I love stars and these look great. I’m going to give them a go too.

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    January 12, 2012

    oh yeah -this sounds fun!!

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    Marian Griffin

    January 12, 2012

    ooo Yay! Very excited to participate in this. Love it. Thanks!

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    January 12, 2012

    Looks like fun Faith. Looking forward to learning how to put these stars together. I added this to my massive list of quilting fun going on:


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    January 12, 2012

    Looking forward to a new challenge. I need to practice on sewing pointy things.

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    January 12, 2012

    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 !!!! 🙂 !!!!!

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    January 12, 2012

    Looks like loads of fun! Do I need another thing on my plate? No…. 🙂

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    January 12, 2012

    Oooh, so pretty! 🙂

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    January 12, 2012

    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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    January 12, 2012

    I love stars, I can’t wait to begin!

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    January 12, 2012

    Sweet! I’m totally addicted to stars these days!

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    January 12, 2012

    I’m excited!! Thanks for doing this.

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    January 12, 2012

    Count me in!, I can’t wait to star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    January 12, 2012

    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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    January 12, 2012

    Awesome, Faith! I have been all about stars lately so i’m excited for this series to get started!

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    January 12, 2012

    Great! I wanna try. And I’m scared.

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    January 12, 2012

    Lovely idea, Faith! I know stars are loved all over the quilty world, so bring on the stars!

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    January 12, 2012

    What a great idea, Faith. I’m looking forward to learning, I love stars and you give such clear, easy to follow instructions. Thanks

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    January 12, 2012

    These stars are gorgeous, cant wait to see them made up in fabric

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    January 12, 2012

    Stars are always a favorite of mine. I love the one you have in the center.

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    January 12, 2012

    excellent!, i look forward to your tutorials!. thank you very much. I love learning new things.

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    January 12, 2012

    I’m very excited! Love stars and it will be great to see different variations and how they’re made.

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    January 12, 2012

    How awesome! Thanks so much for setting this all up, it looks amazing and I’m definitely in!

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    January 13, 2012

    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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    January 13, 2012

    Oh my gosh, these are so incredibly gorgeous! I swore no more new projects, but I just have to get in on this! Can’t wait!

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    January 13, 2012

    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? 🙂

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    January 13, 2012

    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! 🙂

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    January 13, 2012

    Ooooh, i love stars! I’ll tag along if i can!

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    January 13, 2012

    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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    January 13, 2012

    I love star and those are fantastic.

    I love paper piecing too.

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    Habibti at Home

    January 13, 2012

    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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    Needle little Balance

    January 14, 2012

    This is awsome! Stars are my favourite blocks.I have some WIP blocks of different stars, mostly based on the saw tooth star so your stars could be a great addition! What size will they be?

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      January 14, 2012

      They will be 12.5″ unfinished blocks.

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        Needle little Balance

        January 15, 2012

        Oh, that´s perfect! They´ll fit my other stars. 🙂

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    January 14, 2012

    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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    January 14, 2012

    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 🙂

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    January 15, 2012

    Sounds awesome looking forward to it.

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    January 16, 2012

    Fun, fun see you on Wednesdays, love stars. Thank you

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    January 16, 2012

    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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    January 17, 2012

    Ooh, I’m excited! Your mockups are always so pretty! 🙂

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    January 18, 2012

    This is a great idea for the beginning of this year, I will follow you …
    Here in France we are already 18, -0)

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    February 8, 2012

    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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    Tracy aka 3LittleBrds

    February 21, 2012

    I missed the fun! Rats!

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    May 16, 2013

    Just love the ones I have found. Could you please give link to others?

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    September 8, 2013

    beautiful sight so colorful lots of great ideas

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    Terri Ann

    October 14, 2013

    I’m forever late on this sampler but I got started on mine this past weekend. Blogged here