Thanksgiving Star is a unique variation on the classic Maltese cross design. For this simple 12-inch finished size block, paper piece four of the 6-inch sections and assemble them as shown. Take care in choosing your colors to enhance the folded star effect — two shades of gold and two shades of red have been used here.
Download the PDF ThanksgivingStar quilt block pattern.
Some possible variations: Continue reading
The dictionary defines arabesque as “a complex and ornate design of intertwined floral, foliate, and geometrical figures.” It’s a fitting name for this paper piecing pattern. Continue reading
The paper pieced quilt block Star of the East is ideally suited for holiday projects, but with different color choices, the design can be used in a variety of ways. The asymmetric star block is sewn in 4 sections. Choose two shades of golden yellow for the star, and two of blue for the background.
Shown here are two variations for the background. In the first, the dark and medium shades of blue are alternated around the star. The second variation gives the illusion of a cross behind the star by placing the lighter shade of blue around the vertical and horizontal rays. It’s all in the fabric placement!
Download the 8×12 inch finished size PDF Star Of The East quilt block pattern
Design-wise, Poinsettia Star is very similar to my Circle of Geese block — the different effect results essentially from how the colors are placed. And despite the name, this block is not limited to winter holiday projects, as shown in the variations shown below:
A lap quilt, using Flying Geese sashing blocks and muted, but traditional holiday colors:
Download the free PDF PoinsettiaStar quilt block pattern.
Double Dutch Rose – blues and golds
Many quilters will recognize the inspiration for this design as the traditional Dutch Rose block, also called Carpenter’s Wheel or Broken Star. Here, the design has been transformed to use simple blocks based on half-square triangles, rather than the usual 45 degree diamonds. A second round of “petals” completes the design, hence its name: Double Dutch Rose.
Double Dutch Rose quilt – pastels
Two color scheme options are offered for this design. The first color scheme (above) uses four shades each of two contrasting colors, plus a strong background color. If you’ve ever taken a fabric dyeing workshop in gradated colors, this is the perfect project for those fabrics. The second variation (at right) uses only three different fabrics. Finished size is approximately 53″ x 53″ (135cm x 135cm), perfect for a lap quilt, wall hanging, or a small child’s bed.
Download the PDF Double Dutch Rose quilt pattern