It’s part 2 of our Star quilt extravaganza! In BLOCK Friday: Star Quilt Block, Pt. 1, we discussed a variety of projects featuring an array of colors, designs and variations on Star quilts and Star quilt patterns. There is so much to discuss, another Star quilts BLOCK Friday installment was in order!
Star patterns and Star quilt blocks can be simple, but they can also be challenging, like Liz Porter’s Broken Spoke quilt. Since Star quilts are so popular, there is an abundance of arrangements and Star quilt blocks available to quilt. “There are hundreds of star patterns. Some quilts have just one large radiating star, often called the Star of Bethlehem or Blazing Star, while in other quilts, dozens of smaller stars are used. The simplest and most popular star pattern is an eight-pointed star,” (National Park Service).
Eight-pointed stars can be seen in quilts all over the world. You’ll find that patriotic quilt patterns are a favorite of North Americans. Patriotic quilts often build on Ohio Star quilt patterns, like the Shining Stars quilt you see below. Using Ohio Stars repeatedly in a quilt can produce lovely geometric quilts that are fun to make and pleasing to the eye.
Another popular eight-pointed star quilt is the LeMoyne Star quilt, like Fairfield Blue. In addition to the large LeMoyne Star in the middle of this quilt, it features a unique arrangement of Flying Geese units, all framed in by multiple borders. Not unlike the Feathered Star quilt, which we’ll look at in a moment, the LeMoyne Star is a bit more challenging than other star quilts, such as the Ohio Star quilt. It’s a gorgeous design and has a special history. The LeMoyne Star quilt block is named after brothers, Jean Baptiste and Pierre LeMoyne, who founded the city of New Orleans in 1718. It’s been called by various names and is a popular design for many reasons. To learn more about this quilt block, take a look at the BLOCK Friday: LeMoyne Star Quilt Block Fons & Porter blog.
The Feathered Star quilt, as we discussed in part 1 of this series, is a project that many quilters hope to complete at some point in their quilting career. The Blooming Feathered Star quilt kit might just be the way to do that.It gets you closer to the finish line by providing the fabric for the quilt top and binding and complete quilt instructions. This project’s great for quilters who are looking to complete a Feathered Star quilt without having to do all the prep work.
If you’re thinking you might like a little help along the way, while making these Star quilts, quilting notions are a great resource for increasing accuracy and efficiency. The Fons & Porter 60° Diamond template is great for cutting mirror images and would work well for Star quilts. The free quilting video tutorial, Sew Easy: Cutting 60-degree Diamonds, will show you how to use it and what it can do for your quilts.
If you haven’t made a Star quilt yet, give it a try! They’re fun, visually appealing and open the door to many other quiltmaking experiences.
What’s your favorite Star quilt? Tell me about it in the comments!