Dreaming of Stars Blog Tour & Giveaway

Dreaming of Stars Blog Tour & Giveaway
January 15, 2014 nicole

Hi friends!

Today is finally my day for the Dreaming of Stars Blog Tour and I am so excited to share with you my star block – Star Crossed

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Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the tutorial for your chance to win a 1/2 yard of each fabric used today!

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The inspiration for this block came from two quilts I made last year: Starry Night – that was all wonky stars and my favorite – Japanese X and Plus.

This block measures 12″ and can be made using the same fabrics block after block creating a fun lattice effect or using all of the Dream Solids from Timeless Treasures creating a rainbow of colors! (Be sure to visit the Sew Timeless blog this Friday for a chance to win the entire 30 piece set!)

Materials needed:

  • Sewing Machine and notions (thread, rotary cutter, cutting mat, fabric marker/pencil, acrylic ruler, iron & pressing mat/board)

Fabric Prep per 12″ block: ( I am listing the colors used with the cutting instructions)

Step 1:

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  • Begin by taking 1 – 4.5″ Aqua square and laying it on your cutting mat facing up, place 2 – Black 3″ squares on two opposite corners right side facing down. Draw a line running from corner to corner like shown with your fabric pen – pin in place.

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  • Sew along the drawn line.

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  • Using your acrylic ruler and your rotary cutter cut off the ends outside the sewn line leaving about a 1/4″ seam allowance – do this to both sides.
  • Using your iron -iron your seam allowance down, turn over and press.

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  • Complete this step 3 more times – you will now have 4 complete blocks that look like this.

Step 2:

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  • Take 2 – Black 2″ x 4.5″ rectangles and 1 Citrus 2″ x 4.5″ rectangle to your machine. Start by laying a Black and a Citrus right sides together – sew along one one side of the 4.5″ length. Open your square now and place your other black rectangle down on the orange rectangle and sew along the other side – this will look like a Black square with a Citrus line running down the middle. Press open your seam allowances, turn over and press.

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  • Using your rotary cutter and mat, trim around your block to make a 4.5″ square
  • Complete this step 3 more times – you will now have 4 complete blocks.

Step 3:

  • Take 1 Black and Citrus square that you just completed and 2 – White 2.5″ squares to your machine.

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  • Place a White square at the bottom of your Citrus/Black square like shown. Using your acrylic ruler and your fabric pen, draw a line from one corner to the other – pin in place.
  • Sew along the drawn line (Note: Complete each step fully for the white square before starting a second one – do not sew both on at the same time, it will make the overlap of the star points difficult).

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  • At your cutting mat, trim away the end point on the outside of the sewn line. Iron open ( I like to iron towards the darker colors so that they will not show through the front, like shown)

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  • Now at your machine, place the second white square on the opposite bottom corner and repeat the steps to sew – cut – and iron.
  • Complete this step 3 more time – you will now have 4 complete blocks.

Step 4:

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  • Take your 8 sewn blocks and layout in this formation including the 4.5″ solid White block.

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  • Sewing row by row, be sure to iron open your seams as you finish.

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  • When lining up your complete rows use straight pins to line up your seams.

Step 5:

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  • Press open the final seams, turn over and press the front
  • You are finished! If you plan on making several of these for a pillow or for a full quilt many of these steps can be shortened by using an assembly line method.

I hope you will enjoy using these steps to create your own Star Crossed block and if you do please share your creations with me!

Just leave a comment for your chance to win 4 – 1/2 yard cuts of the fabrics I used today: Dream Basics in White, Black, Aqua & Citrus.  I will select a name via random number generator, please make sure that I have a way to contact you. This giveaway will close on Wednesday January 22nd at 6pm Central.  

Congrats to Kim M. our big fabric winner!!!  Thank you to everyone that commented and I would love to hear if you make the block! Please send me a picture of your own version and I will share it here in a later post. 

Be sure to check out the entire week’s lineup: (more chances to win!!)

Thanks for stopping by friends!

-Nicole

Comments (172)

  1. DeborahGun 5 years ago

    Gorgeous block – I love the colour choices 🙂

  2. Kim S 5 years ago

    Love your block and the tutorial.

  3. Chris 5 years ago

    I love your star. Everyone loves stars.

  4. CJ 5 years ago

    What a great looking block!

  5. Janet Parde 5 years ago

    I really like your block. The contrast is lovely!

  6. Joyce Mitchell 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great block tutorial – love the fabrics.

  7. Michele Timms 5 years ago

    You make it look so simple!! Thanks for the step-by-step tute… I can do this!! Love the colours your chose for your block too – stunning layout!

  8. rachael 5 years ago

    Great tutorial and loving the block!

  9. Debra Dunn 5 years ago

    This looks like it would be difficult, but after reading the steps to make it, I think even I could do this. Love it!

  10. Kim 5 years ago

    What a pretty block!

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thank you Kim! So nice to meet you on this blog tour 🙂

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thank you Debra! I do hope you give it a try, it’s a fun one to make.

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Rachael!

  14. carol 5 years ago

    beautiful, and thanks

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    nicole 5 years ago

    You are so nice Michele 🙂 You can do this! You will have fun too, I loved making this block.

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    nicole 5 years ago

    They are great aren’t they Joyce? Good luck to you for the drawing, maybe it will be your lucky day 🙂

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thank you Janet! I originally was going to use 6 fabrics but it just got too busy – sometimes less is more, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thanks CJ! I hope you give it a try, you will have fun making this one 🙂

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    nicole 5 years ago

    I agree Chris! Thank you for taking the time to enter, good luck my friend 🙂

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Kim – I hope you try the block, I had a lot of fun making this one 🙂

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thank you Deborah – maybe it will be your lucky day and they will come to live at your house 🙂 🙂

  22. Laurel 5 years ago

    That is spectacular. Seriously. I love it.

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    nicole 5 years ago

    You are so nice Laurel! Thank you so much 🙂

  24. Laura 5 years ago

    Star blocks are my weakness, I haven’t seen one yet that I don’t love and yours is no exception!

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Star blocks are the best! I hope you can make this one Laura 🙂 thanks for stopping by!

  26. Stephanie 5 years ago

    Great tutorial and I love that block! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  27. Dee Anderson 5 years ago

    I love the colors. The tutorial is very nice with clear instructions and photos that really impress me. Thank you for showing this block.
    Dee

  28. Mary Ann 5 years ago

    These colors really pop!

  29. Sandra Steele 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial. I love it! I would like to try it in red, white, blue and gold.

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Sandra – those colors would look so so great! I would love to try that out as a fun summer patriotic quilt. Thanks for stopping by today!

  31. Lisa Dempsey 5 years ago

    Such a neat block! Really easy to follow tutorial! I can’t wait to try it!

  32. Brandy Pettit 5 years ago

    You do great tutorials Nicole, I really appreciate the step by step explanations and photos. And thank you for the opportunity to work with your colors, I’m becoming more of a fan of dots as this hop goes on!
    ~Brandy

  33. Therese 5 years ago

    The star is a favorite. I like the way your blockwill connect to other blocks, and then the stars will really shine! Thanks for a great setting idea.

  34. Pauline Gudas 5 years ago

    I am loving this week of stars!! Love the color choices

  35. Donna 5 years ago

    Love your Block. I’m going to try one!

  36. Lou 5 years ago

    Love it! It looked So complicated and the tutorial took all the fear out:) Thanks!

  37. Jennifer 5 years ago

    I love your start block! The piecing was very clever and you explained the process very well!

  38. Kathy Stoessner 5 years ago

    I am always amazed at how the blocks “break apart”. As a new quilter, they all look so complicated. Thanks for making it easier.

  39. Beth 5 years ago

    Great colors – reminds me of some of the school colors around here!

  40. LynnEl 5 years ago

    I love these fabrics and this little Dreaming of the Stars! The fabrics are beautiful and besides that Timeless Treasures is one of my favorite fabric lines! Love to quilt! YES! Beautiful block too!

  41. Mary 5 years ago

    Love the Star & simple tutorial. The more ways I learn to cut corners (LOL), the better. Will you be at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago in June?

  42. Karen 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors! The block looks very complicated but your tutorial is well done and shows how easy it actually is.

  43. Linda S 5 years ago

    I love the block…I can picture it in so many other colorways…the colors you used are some of my daughter’s favorites, so it’s good to see how nicely they “play” together!! 🙂 thanks so much for the giveaway!!

  44. Maire 5 years ago

    Oh, I love how easy you make the block!

  45. Karen 5 years ago

    I am so loving this Dreaming of the Stars blog tour. This is a beautiful block! I am vey impressed with your color choices-I’d LOVE to copy it.

  46. Barb Johnson 5 years ago

    I like the way that the star points are slightly offset from the black. It makes the star look like it is on top of the rest of the block!

  47. Gill 5 years ago

    What a great block! and a fabulous fabric line!!

  48. Brenda Hulsey 5 years ago

    I love these fabrics! What a pretty block you made!

  49. Karen Ann 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial….you make it seem manageable!!

  50. mary powell 5 years ago

    You make this look so easy. I’m really inspired to try this block.

  51. Laurel C 5 years ago

    I have just started to teach myself quilting. Your tutorial is very helpful and cant wait to try making this block!

  52. Debby 5 years ago

    I love your block & can’t wait to try it – I need a few more to finish my BOM quilt & this should fit in just fine! Thanks so much for the turorial & the chance to win. 🙂
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

  53. Susan Lee 5 years ago

    I just love that these fabrics come in black and white! I love your star block. Thanks for the tutorial too!

  54. Kellye A 5 years ago

    Love the colors! This would be a lot of fun to play with!

  55. Susan the farm quilter 5 years ago

    Thank you for the great tutorial for your beautiful block!!!

  56. Judy in Michigan 5 years ago

    I love your block! Very clever way to make the cross pieces (middle of top row, etc.)!! Thanks and I hope I win.

  57. The Mrs. 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great tutorial. Any suggestions on what you can do with the scraps (little triangle pieces)? I hate throwing those away.

  58. Rina 5 years ago

    I saw this block posted on Instagram and had to track you down because I am in love with it. Thanks so much for the tutorial. It’s now on my to do list.

  59. Carol a.k.a. Beulah 5 years ago

    Nicole, I thought I was going to be able to wait until the weekend to get started….
    Once I moved this to the TOP of my to do list….well lets just say, the fabrics are pulled from my stash and I am now about to start! Laundry can wait!!!! 🙂 Dinner is in the Crock Pot…which leaves the afternoon for sewing this fantastic block! 🙂

  60. Maryellen 5 years ago

    Great block and I really love these fabrics. Great colors!

  61. Allison D 5 years ago

    Gorgeous block – great job!

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Yes! Sew them together and make some tiny half square triangles – I used some with some English paper piecing hexies and created some fun pillows. These are scraps from my Japanese X and + quilt http://modernhandcraft.com/2013/12/sew-mama-sew-giveaway-day-winner/

  63. Jennifer Padden 5 years ago

    Your block reminds me of an arrowhead block. It’s just beautiful as a star crossed block too! Thanks of the chance to win.

  64. Rhonda 5 years ago

    Beautiful block. I especially like the way the black makes the citrus really pop! Thanks for the chance to win.

  65. Kat Scott 5 years ago

    Really unique star! Great use of black to really pop the design as well!
    ksb dot scott @ gmail dot com

  66. Christine 5 years ago

    Super nice star block! Thank you for the chance to win the fabrics.

  67. Debbie 5 years ago

    Awesome block. Love it.

  68. LisaT 5 years ago

    Interesting block layout, cant say that I’ve seen it before. I’m trying to visual it in a larger quilt. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric!

  69. CarolAnn H 5 years ago

    Very nice tutorial. I think I will try it in a quilt of black, orange, teal, and periwinkle. Thanks for the giveaway.

  70. Terri 5 years ago

    Fabulous tutorial and block!! Icansee making this over and over again!! Thanks

  71. Allison Evrard 5 years ago

    I love the block and the colors you chose! Beautiful!

  72. Darlene B 5 years ago

    I love these fabrics! They would make beautiful, fun baby quilts!

  73. Anita 5 years ago

    Beautiful fabric, and a great design of the star block!

  74. Love this block! The colors you used are fantastic as well!

  75. Nancy D. 5 years ago

    This is a fun block, and I would love to win some of those fabrics…they are so bright and fun!

  76. Bethany 5 years ago

    I love these colors, what a great block!

  77. Pam 5 years ago

    What a beautiful, striking block! And the name is perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  78. Pam C 5 years ago

    Great color choices for this pretty star block.

  79. VickiT 5 years ago

    What a beautiful block. The colors blend well together and I really love seeing bright colors on a black background so this block is very striking to me. I really love this one. Thank you.

  80. Sharon Decker 5 years ago

    A wonderful block. Fabrics are great.

  81. Linda Christianson 5 years ago

    Love how this star came together. Hope I can make one soon. Love it.

  82. I just love this block! It looks like a pretty package all tied up. Thanks for the tutorial & the giveaway!

  83. What a great block. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  84. kathy pfaltzgraff 5 years ago

    Great way to put the block together, it’s very showy and looks easy to assemble. Of course, those great colors really help also. Keep up the good work, K

  85. Vicki Sprain 5 years ago

    Very cool block design! Love it!

  86. Anne Cowan 5 years ago

    THe block is awesome. I could not figure it out just by looking. I was amazed how easy a quick it works up. Thank you for sharing!

  87. Sharon F 5 years ago

    Looks like a complicated block but your instructions make it not-too-complicated! I like your colors and also wondered what to do with the little cut off pieces. Thanks for the suggestions.

  88. Diantha Howard 5 years ago

    Nice looking block – Thanks for the detailed instructions!

  89. jmniffer 5 years ago

    Your star is wonderful, it looks like a starburst to me. Thanks the for tutorial, I love the close up pictures. Even learned a little pinning how to.

  90. M Irish 5 years ago

    Great tutorial! Love the block! I like that it’s a star but more modern.

  91. Mary 5 years ago

    Star Crossed is an awesome block. Great color combination!

  92. Allison C 5 years ago

    Love this color combo!

  93. Susan Canon 5 years ago

    What a great block! The tutorial is great! Thanks fore sharing.

  94. Christine Sherman 5 years ago

    What a great block, thanks for sharing!

  95. Hayley 5 years ago

    I love your block!! It looks especially great in your colour choices. I can see a while rainbow quilt of these

  96. Cecilia 5 years ago

    I love your block! Thank you for the great tutorial.

  97. Lori S 5 years ago

    Really nice block!

  98. Polly Blank 5 years ago

    I really like this new fabric line. I never have been a solid color fan but this is close to using a solid but with more movement.

  99. Marilyn 5 years ago

    Stars are my favorite blocks. Thank you for a great one to add to my collection!

  100. Susan 5 years ago

    Thank you for a great tutorial. The block looks difficult until you so nicely broken it down into easily completed steps. I adore the color choices. They make the block pop, pop, pop! Thanks for participating and the great giveaway.

  101. Dawn 5 years ago

    Thank you for a great tutorial. I want to try this!

  102. Niinu 5 years ago

    I’m in!Lovely star and so sweet colors!
    I will try to do my own version in a few days…

  103. Lou Brewer 5 years ago

    I love your block and your instructions and pics are so clear. Thanks for sharing.

  104. Tracy 5 years ago

    This block is perfect for a project I need done..yesterday!! Love the fabrics. .Dots are always a favorite in my studio….

  105. Michelle Harrison 5 years ago

    I think your tutorial is great–just the thing to review when I go back to foundation piecing. Cute block, too.

  106. Joanna 5 years ago

    Nice block. Your star points look perfect, something I envy you on. Star blocks are one of my favorite blocks. Thanks.

  107. Ailbhe 5 years ago

    clever star, lovely colours, thanks for the tutorial

  108. Kim M 5 years ago

    Great tutorial and a lovely block! Keeping my fingers crossed that some of that fun fabric comes my way!

  109. Rebecca Schmitt 5 years ago

    this block is lovely. I can just imagine the beautiful latticework a whole quilt of them would make!

  110. Quilting Tangent 5 years ago

    Pretty star block.

  111. Anita 5 years ago

    Beautiful pattern & great use of the fabrics.

  112. SueAnn Wirick 5 years ago

    Oh I just realized I forgot to leave you a comment. This star is beautiful. I love sewing star blocks……maybe because I have stars in my eyes?????

    You are very talented.

  113. Nancy Schwall 5 years ago

    Love your tutorial and choice of fabrics!

  114. Lisa McGriff 5 years ago

    Great block! Great fabrics! Love the colors!

  115. Mandy Wain 5 years ago

    Love your block!

  116. Marilyn Rose 5 years ago

    Nice block, you make it look simple!

  117. Elizabeth Monahan 5 years ago

    I love the block and the tutorial is great.

  118. Lisa E 5 years ago

    I am really enjoying the blog tour. Thank you so much for the lovely tutorial.

  119. Michelle Losch 5 years ago

    I just love how the center white pops!

  120. Judy Gratrix 5 years ago

    That black just makes it jump out at you. Love the dots, batiks would look great too. Nice tutorial, can’t go wrong

  121. Carol 5 years ago

    Most interesting! Great tutorial!

  122. Debra Kay Neiman 5 years ago

    I really love this block. The black contrasts the other colors so nicely. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  123. Ruth Rocker 5 years ago

    This is such a pretty star. Your instructions make it simple to piece while looking very intricate – my favorite thing 😀

  124. melissa 5 years ago

    Nicely done! Those colors look great together.

  125. Linda Erickson 5 years ago

    Striking block and a nice tutorial!
    thanks!

  126. Bethanie 5 years ago

    Love the tutorial and thanks for the giveaway!

  127. kbo 5 years ago

    I can see this becoming a lovely signature block within a quilt, great tutorial and pics. Thanks.

  128. Wendy 5 years ago

    Great block and tutorial! Thanks for a chance!

  129. Kathy Buff 5 years ago

    Love the block and the colors! Do you use EQ7 to design your blocks?

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    nicole 5 years ago

    No, but I would love to get my hands on that software! I usually just draw out ideas on graph paper and twiddle around a bit with sizes when I sew it together…. I have had quite a few awful mistakes along the way 😉

  131. Janie 5 years ago

    Very creative! What an interesting quilt with stars popping everywhere!

  132. Vicki in MN 5 years ago

    Love the aqua in your neat block! I bought EQ7 last summer on the Quilt in a day site for a good price-just in case you want to check it out!

  133. Shirlee 5 years ago

    Love your simple tutorial and pics. I’ll definitely try this, hopefully with those new fabrics!

  134. Cathy Remus 5 years ago

    Love your block! Thank you!

  135. Pat V. 5 years ago

    Beautiful block — can’t wait to give it a try!

  136. Kathe 5 years ago

    WOW! Great work! Thanks for sharing.

  137. Jo 5 years ago

    Thanks after reading your post this does not seem as daunting as I thought it would be

  138. LeAnne L 5 years ago

    Love this block and I can visualize it in a lot of different colors. Couldn’t figure out how you put it together. Thanks for the tutorial on it.

  139. Charlene McCullough 5 years ago

    I love your block and all star quilts. I thinks stars are my favorite to make. I also love your choice of colors. Thanks for sharing the block and tutorial. Also thanks for the giveaway.

  140. Debbie 5 years ago

    I like the color choices, whick makes the star pops off the block.

  141. Sandy K 5 years ago

    I love your color choices. Thanks for the tutorial.

  142. Vicki H 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tutorial for your block. I love the citrus color.

  143. Barbara Dannenfelser 5 years ago

    Great block – can’t wait to get started!

  144. Jen B 5 years ago

    I love your block, I don’t think I’ve seen one like it before. You didn’t say if the giveaway is open internationallly or not – I’m in the UK.

  145. Barbara Y 5 years ago

    This is a really striking block. The fabrics you chose for it really do the block justice. I will be marking this block as one to make in the future. Thanks for the opportunity to win these great fabrics.

  146. Emily C 5 years ago

    Great block. I love how it resembles a wrapped gift.

  147. Alexis 5 years ago

    Thank you for such clear instructions!

  148. Lesley Moore 5 years ago

    Great tutorial and I love the block, beautiful contrasting colours. Thanks for the giveaway.

  149. Janne Ellingsen 5 years ago

    Great tutorial!

    Love your stars.

    jachelno(at)gmail(dot)com

  150. Tiffany 5 years ago

    I love love love this block. Very striking! 😀

  151. Shauna T 5 years ago

    awesome block, love the colors!!!!

  152. Lynne Tilley 5 years ago

    I have copied this tutorial and will be attempting this block!

  153. Linda 5 years ago

    HI, THANKS FOR YOUR BLOG,THIS TUTORIAL+SHARING!
    THANKS TOO, FOR A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

  154. Lori Morton 5 years ago

    Loooove your star block & the colors you used!!! Thank you for sharing the Tutorial….am pretty new to quilty things, so you have made me feel like not so hard to do this block! Made it easy to understand…

    Ohio Hugs!!! 🙂

  155. Jillian Grant 5 years ago

    Clever little block. Love the fabric too.

  156. Terry 5 years ago

    Love this block and your choice of colors!!! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

  157. Deb 5 years ago

    I’ve really enjoyed the blog hop!! Love all the star blocks and especially your colors.

  158. Cheryl 5 years ago

    I love the aqua and citrus! They just pop so beautifully against that black and white!

  159. Dawn Jones 5 years ago

    I am new to sewing, but I would like to give this block a try.
    It is so pretty.

  160. Margaret Schindler 5 years ago

    I love the colors you chose for this star. Love the star too. Thanks for sharing

  161. wendy 5 years ago

    great block, it’s so original!

  162. Pramudita 5 years ago

    What a great tutorial! Thank you for the giveaway

  163. Piroska 5 years ago

    I love your block. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look so easy!

  164. Rebecca T 5 years ago

    What a lovely block. I’d love to see it in a full size quilt… Dang, another item for my list. 🙂

  165. Susan 5 years ago

    Beautiful block. The more I look at ti, the more the colors grow on me. Would love to see what secondary patterns might appear with more blocks added.

  166. Jocelyn 5 years ago

    Your star block is fabulous!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  167. Lisa Marie 5 years ago

    Love your block — so original! And dotty fabric is wonderful.

  168. Kathryn M 5 years ago

    Love the block very inspiring

  169. I love these colors together! The orange and aqua really pop. I haven’t made any quilts or blocks using a lot piecing yet. I just can’t bring myself to trim off all those gorgeous corners! Do you save them to use in scrappy pieces, or are they usually too small?

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Thank you for entering everyone! I will post a winner this evening after my son goes to bed 😉

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    nicole 5 years ago

    Congrats Kim! You are our fabric winner! I will be sending you an email to get your mailing address 🙂

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