Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Star Sampler Block #7

We're back with star block #7, created by Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts. She used solid white to create a narrow border around her star--such a cool look! And with her make-larger-and-trim-down approach,  this block is easier to make than you'd think! Just be aware that the outer edges of the star points may stretch slightly.

This sampler series of nine star blocks began last week and will run all of this week as well. The star blocks are made using Ro Gregg's Marblehead Venetian Glass fabrics. If you missed blocks #1-6, you'll find links for them at the bottom of this post. Plus, don't miss the chance to enter a giveaway to win a bundle of these gorgeous prints! 

Shanna: This whole quilting experience keeps changing my mind on what I like to make.  I’m on a flying goose kick lately and this block came easily to mind. Of course how to change things up is always fun!
As a warning these block pieces are made larger pieces and then trimmed down to size. I have been using this methodology as the blocks have turned out so much easier to piece.
Usually I leave just a 1/4" and that is my happy medium to be able to trim down and get the pieces just right.
As a note I’m a press to the side kinda gal.  Press as you desire.
Here’s a tutorial for A Blooming Marvelous Star:
Blooming Marvellous Star.jpg
For a 12” finished block (12.5” unfinished block)
Background Fabric
(blue in our example):

 Cut 2 – 5”  x  5”
Cut 4 – 3.25” x 3.25”
Outline fabric
(white in our example)

 Cut 2 - WOF  x 1.0”
Star fabric
(multi-tonal in our example)

 Cut 1 - 6.5” x 6.5”
Cut 4 -  5” x 5” (Cut these diagonally in half once)

Optional: Flying geese ‘Block Loc’ ruler

1/4" seams throughout
1.    Add 1.0” outline fabric (white) to all sides of the 5” x 5” background fabric pieces.
Add these first to 2 opposite sides
 Flying geese Center 1.jpg
Press, Trim
 Flying Geese Center 2.jpg
Add to the last two sides, Press,Trim

2.    Take the 5.0” x 5.0” pieces and cut them diagonally in half.

3.    Take and make a ‘square in square’ with the background with the outline fabric with the diagonal pieces made in step 2.  
I usually finger press a crease a line to match the point across from the longest diagonal.
Flying Geese Center 3.jpg
Repeat to finish with a block like this.
Flying Geese Center 4.jpg 
Make sure to repeat this for both 5.0” x 5.0” blue pieces

4.    Trim the created block in step 3 into 2 flying geese blocks.
These result in 4 ~ 3.5” x 6.5” flying geese blocks
This can be easily completed with a block loc ruler, but you are more than able to do this with a ruler.

Here’s the ease of a bloc loc ruler, make sure to match the point of the goose up with the outside point.
 Cutting Flying Geese 1.jpg
Or you can use a ruler by lining up a ruler on the point of the goose on the lines in the photo below.
Cutting Flying Geese 2.jpg 
Here is the photo of the ‘waste’ fabrics. Not too shabby for such a pretty star. And the precision is what I’m always happy with.
Cutting Flying Geese 3.jpg
5.    Take the 3.25” x 3.25” background (blue) squares and add 1.0” outline fabric (white) to two adjacent sides.  As shown below.
Corner Squares.jpg 
Repeat for all four corners.
This will make the ‘highlight’ of the of the geese.
Trim these down from the white pieces to 3.5” x 3.5”

6.    You’ll be assembling the star just like a 9-patch, as shown below.
 Arrange Star.jpg

And in the end you’ll have A Blooming Marvelous Star
Blooming Marvellous Star.jpg
If you have questions, please stop by my blog at Fiber of All Sorts.

Thanks Shanna!

      For a chance to win one of 3 fat quarter bundles of Marblehead Venetian Glass, sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric (using the "follow" button or the "follow by email" button in the right hand side bar) and leave an email letting us know you did, as well as telling us--what size quilt do you make most (lap, bed, wall hanging, table runners, etc.)? You can leave a comment to enter once for each post during the Star Sampler hop (9 entries total). The giveaway will be open through Monday, March 17th at 11:59 EST, and we'll randomly pick 3 winners on Wednesday of that week. 

     Make sure you catch the tutorials for all the blocks in the sampler!
     Star #1: Connie of Free Motion by the River
     Star #2: Joanne
     Star #3: Fabri-Quilt blog team
     Star #4: Dawn from Spring Water Designs
     Star #5: Heidi from The Whimsical Workshop 
     Star #6: Fabri-Quilt blog team
     Star #8: Tammy from Tamarinis
     Star #9: Monica from Diary of a Quilt Maven


  1. i make a lot of baby, lap and twin quilts because i donate all my quilts to charity and these are the sizes they ask for.i follow your blog via email. i love all the fabri-quilt fabric your designs and colors are very inspiring. if i had move income, [i receive less than four hundred dollars monthly for disability] i would be hoarding every fabric you make!!

  2. I follow Inspired by Fabric. I usually make throw size quilts, never quite the twin size. I'm fairly new to quilt making and not sure my little Janome would let me cram a twin or queen size quilt throughout it. I'm saving to get the new quilting Janome, though, so hopefully I'll graduate to the larger sizes :)

  3. Wow! This block is really awesome. I love how the white makes the block pop. I follow you via GFC. I usually make baby quilts, although lately, I have been making larger quilts for my family.

  4. Fabulous - I love Shanna's star!
    I make mostly lap and baby quilts
    GFC and email follower!

  5. Lovely star and striking fabrics! I make mostly lap quilts. Also a lot of baby quilts and table runners. I will make bed quilts but only when there's a bed to put them on. I follow via GFC and email.

  6. Love those fabrics and I follow by e-mail.

    Imostly make lap or smaller quilts these days. Every bed in the house has at least two quilts and I've given quilts to all my friends who wanted one, so I now make smaller quilts which I can give away or keep.

  7. I love the way this star was made. The white really makes it pop! I follow email and I like to make all sizes of quilts. I really like the colors of this collection.

  8. Lovely block! I follow by email! I make queen size quilts most of the time, but I also do lap and wheelchair quilt for nursing home. I also make quilts for kids.

  9. Love the pattern, colors and especially the movement in this block...will be giving this a try for sure! I follow you via email and I enjoy small projects such as table runners, baby quilts and pillows.

  10. I follow on Bloglovin'. I make baby, crib, and bed-sized quilts (mostly twin and queen sized). I really like this block! I would LOVE to win one of these fabric bundles!

  11. I follow on Bloglovin'. Most of my quilts are bed sized. Lately I've been making smaller projects - coasters, bibs, table toppers, etc.

  12. I follow by email. I mostly make lap size or afghan size quilts. Thanks!

  13. I follow with bloglovin, GFC, and email. I make lap quilts.

  14. I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. I mostly make lap quilts, though a queen sized quilt is in my future. Thanks.

  15. I follow via email and enjoy making both lap quilts and table runners.

  16. I am a new follower via email at 2bquilting247 at hotmail dot ca. I like to make table runners and have made several for family and friends, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  17. I usually make lap sizes or larger but sometimes a small project to decorate my home.
    I follow via GFC.

  18. I follow via email. I generally make lap quilts, wall hangings, and table runners. Thanks for the chance to win.


  19. I am already a follower via email and also Bloglovin'.
    I have made many baby quilts, but am doing more lap quilts and table runners lately.

  20. I follow by email. I have been making a lot of lap sized quilts lately, but am still needing to make a number of bed sized (at least queen) for family members. I like patterns I can enlarge easily as needed.

  21. Currently I make lap to twin size quilts. In the past I have made 12-15 full or queen size. I follow with email and GFC.

  22. I follow your blog.
    I make all quilt sizes, the last one was queen. I have made everything from minis to king.

  23. Have only finished one baby quilt so far, amd working on 4 lap quilts for grandkids. I follow by e-mail. :)

  24. I follow via Bloglovin. Thanks for another great tutorial done in this beautiful fabric! I make all quilt sizes but primary baby quilts and lap quilts - great for gift-giving.

  25. I follow via GFC. I usually make bed or lap size quilts. Cherry

  26. I follow by GFC and email . I make mostly bed size quilts but also other sizes as well. Thanks for the chance ,

  27. I follow through bloglovin.

    I mostly make lap or baby size quilts, but have been venturing in to larger sizes lately. I have a couple of twin and full/queen tops ready for quilting, just not done yet.

    Sandy A

  28. I follow with RSS Feeds. I mostly make oversized couch quilts or wall hangings. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at your giveaway.

  29. I follow via bloglovin and email. I make large lap size or bed, but it depends on the quilt design, the amount of fabric I have, and why I'm making it. I've done all sizes, from mug rugs to king.

  30. I follow thru Email & Bloglovin too :)

    Love making Throws & baby quilts right now too

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  32. Oh my...I love this block. I make bed sized quilt the most. I follow by Bloglovin.

  33. I follow on bloglovin. I find myself making mostly baby quilts, and given the weather we have had this winter, will probably need many more this fall! I love this block. The "frame" really adds a nice punch to a simple block. Thanks for sharing it.

  34. I follow with GFC. Most of my quilts are baby or lap quilts.

  35. I follow Inspired by Fabric on Bloglovin. I make mostly lap size quilts, most of which I donate to various charities.

  36. I love this one with the white framing.

  37. I am a follow on GFC and am loving the fabrics and all the blocks!! thanks! I make mostly bed quilts and some lap quilts.

  38. I follow via email. I like to make wall hangings and lap quilts.

  39. I follow you and I generally like to make throw or baby quilts.

  40. I get the newsletter. I generally make twin or double. If I'm gifting, it's usually a queen. Love the double star! So pretty. Thanks.

  41. I'm a Bloglovin follower. I make mug rugs, table runners, lap, and throws. I have a twin I'm now working on.
    Rae (

  42. I am a fairly new quilter, about 1 year. I have made a baby doll quilt with my granddaughter, 2 wall hangings and I am presently sewing the binding on a crib size quilt for my grandson. I follow via bloglovin. Thanks

  43. Following on bloglovin'. Queen size!

  44. i am following on bloglovin and I usually make what Icall personal size
    somewhere around a generous twin

  45. I receive your newsletter. Mostly been making baby size and lap quilts. But at Christmas made several table runners/potholders for gifts.

  46. I make wall hangings and lap size the most. I follow with Bloglovin.

  47. I've joined the followers of this great blog. I usually make queen size quilts, sometimes a crib quilt for specific baby. Thanks

  48. I follow by email, bloglovin, and Google. I really seem to make lap quilts because they are easier to handle when your quilting. I'm new, so I'm not very good at it yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. I follow by email, and I tend to make lap to single bed sized quilts most.