Star and Crown Quilt the Star Block

I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to make the Star Block in my Star and Crown quilt.

Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

Star Block

Starting with 5″ squares; one blue and one background and turning them into half-square-triangles.

five inch squares

HST

And then the magic begins!  Sub cutting the half-square-triangles into 2 1/4″ pieces to play and design with.  I refer to these pieces as “Small Wonders”.

Small Wonders

Arrange them into star points.

arrange units

And sew together to form 1/4 of the star block.

Star Points

Select four star points and sew together into the block.

units for block

Besides the one main fabric color version I used for my block, it’s also fun to make it scrappier!

Two Fabric version

Four Fabrics

I hope this has inspired some of you to dig into your stash, cut some 5″ squares, and make this Star and Crown quilt!

Please feel free to share the video link with any of your friends and quilting groups that you belong to.  https://youtu.be/048Woh_1rE0

Thank you,
Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

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Packing For Dallas

Today I’ve been packing my workshop suitcase for my upcoming trip.  I leave for Dallas, Texas on Thursday morning and will present a lecture that evening and workshops the next two days.  In each of my workshops I teach more than one quilt so there is a lot of prepping to be done. One of the workshops is, Small Wonders, in which eight different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing just two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Prairie Gems from my Amazing Nickel Quilt book.

Prairie Gems with copyright

 

This is Star and Crown, an individual pattern.

Star and Crown with copyright

The second workshop is, Picket Fence Units, in which five different quilts can be worked on in the same workshop!  I’m showing two of the quilts below, all of the quilts can be seen on my website.

This is Pinwheels on Parade from my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Pinwheels on Parade with copyright

 

This is Woodland Clover also in my More Nickel Quilt book or the Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

woodland clover with copyright

The quilts for the lecture were shipped last week and have already arrived safe and sound in Texas.  If it wasn’t the middle of winter I would have driven to Texas rather than fly, but there is too much distance between Saint Paul, MN and Dallas, TX where winter storms could strike.

In the Twin Cities we are having a great winter with few days of snow, but my son who lives in the Boston area is getting dumped on with snow.  Less snow for me means less time shoveling and more time inside and quilting!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

To schedule a Nickel Quilt lecture or workshop contact Pat at the email below.

Email: pat@patspeth.com
www.patspeth.com

Patch of the Lakeshore Quilters and the Small Wonders Workshop

The Patch of the Lakeshore Quilters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin have a great workshop location with lots of room to spread out!

Workshop picture

Small Wonders was the workshop of the day and they got a start on some great Nickel Quilts today.  This block is for the All That Glitters quilt which is found in my first Nickel Quilt book.

All That Glitters

These blocks are for the Star and Crown quilt and I think it’s great that this quilter chose to reverse the value on the star blocks from what I used.  In my block I had blue centers surrounded by cream background fabrics.

Star Block

These are Prairie Gems blocks and the quilt is found in my Amazing Nickel Quilts book.

Prairie Gems

This is the center portion of the block in the South Dakota Star quilt. In my quilt I used lots of plaids and earthy colored fabrics so it is fun to see this block made with batiks and a black background.

South Dakota Star

So many terrific scrappy quilts are being worked on and I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilts from this workshop!

Pat

Road Trip Kentucky Portion

I’m on an extended teaching road trip and my first stop was the Bluegrass Quilt Festival in Shepherdsville, KY.  One of the workshops I taught there was the “Small Wonders” workshop, in which seven different quilts can be made.  And guess what quilt (along with 30 others) is traveling with me on this trip?  Turnabout!  I’m having so much fun sharing it with other quilters before I send it off to a charity this winter.  The Turnabout quilt is also constructed with what I refer to as the “Small Wonders” technique so I offered it as an additional option for this workshop.

Turnabout

This is South Dakota Star, just one of the quilts being worked on in this workshop.

S D Star

Now I’m leaving Kentucky behind and heading to Pennsylvania, with an overnight stop in Maryland.  The leaves are starting to turn!  I was worried that it might be a little too early in the season to see the Fall foliage but Mother Nature is already putting on the show!

Turning Leaves MD

Fall, such a great time of year! Many quilt guilds schedule retreats at this time- If you’re not sure what to pack up and take to your retreat, work on a Nickel Quilt! Grab those stash fabrics, charm packs and fat quarters, and make a scrap quilt that will be loved for years to come!

Pat

Southwest Florida Quilters Guild and the Small Wonders Workshop

The next workshop for the Southwest Florida Quilters Guild was Small Wonders in which eight different quilts could be worked on.

These are blocks for the Prairie Gems quilt in the Amazing Nickel Quilts book, already being auditioned with the sashing and cornerstones. What a great way to use those christmas prints!

A block for the South Dakota Star quilt, which is an individual pattern.  Only three different fabrics are being used in this block but the variation of color within the fabric itself makes the block appear much scrappier than it really is.

Someone also brought to class a block constructed from the waste triangles made in the previous day’s workshop.

I think I will start referring to these triangles as Waste Not Triangles!

Pat