To say I’m beyond excited about the fact that I designed a block that made it into a magazine would be an understatement. I designed a block and the folks at Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine liked it so much, they put it in Volume 16! It’s hitting newsstands today and that is pretty dang exciting. I had the pleasure of testing blocks for Volume 7 a few years ago, as well as making a quilt to be photographed and published in it. Fast forward to today and other people tested my block! You can find it on page 49 of Volume 16. It’s called “Star Garden”. I love a classic Churn Dash block and the idea of placing another design within the Churn Dash was a cool concept to me . I played around with my EQ7 software drawing tool and placed a traditional Sawtooth Star design in the center. I wanted to fussy cut a favorite fabric, so the center square easily allows for that. *There is one typo; you only need to cut (4) Blue Solid rectangles.
I hope you’ll go pick up your own copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine and make your own version of my block. If you do and you post it on social media, I hope you’ll tag me @ladykquilts on Instagram and use the #stargardenblock so I can see it too. Here are some pics of what I’ve made with my block, as well as the original block you’ll see in the magazine. In the original block I used fabrics from both Kim Kight of Cotton + Steel, Anna Maria Horner of Free Spirit Fabrics, and a Kona Astral.
This second version is a mini quilt (measuring 24″ square) that I made using Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cottons Gotham Grey & Salmon & Aqua, and another Anna Maria Horner fabric. It’s such a different look with the striking contrasts. I love it!
The following versions of Star Garden are mock-ups I designed in Electric Quilts’ EQ7. I wanted to show the versatility of it using solids as well as all prints. The prints are from my friend Maureen Cracknell’s newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, “Love Story“.