Once Around the Block


“Starshine” by Anne Wiens – 2017

Welcome to my stop on the Road Rally celebrating the latest issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! My contribution to volume 16 is “Starshine”.

If you wander through some of my previous blog posts, you’ll see that I am a big fan of scrap quilts. One reason is that I have a very low tolerance for tedium, and I find making the same block in the same colors over and over very tedious. Even when it’s my block, and even when I know the quilt would be fabulous. Given my druthers, I’ll make it a scrap quilt almost every time.

I built the color scheme for “Starshine”on the colors in the center square. As much as I love the original block, I couldn’t resist moving the colors around. If my math serves, there should be 720 possible combinations of the six colors in this block. Here are six, starting with the color placement in the sample block and simply rotating them through the positions:

Color Rotation

The rotation is top row, left to right, then bottom row, right to left.

When I show someone a new block design, the inevitable question is, “Now, what are you going to do with it?” Well, to stay with the Road Rally theme, that puts me at a crossroad. I decided on making placemats, and came up with three designs:


If you see one (or more) you like, follow the instructions in the magazine to construct the block. The instructions below are for two 3″ wide borders to turn the 12″ (finished) block into a 12″ x 18″ placemat.


Pmat 1


Pmat 2


Pmat 3

Vol16-Cover-200pxNow, who wants a free copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 16? Leave a comment below, and you’ll be entered into a random drawing, which will take place Sunday evening, Nov. 19.

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Categories: 100 Blocks, Other Blocks & Patterns, Placemats, Quiltmaker Magazine, Uncategorized | 91 Comments

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  1. Barbara Kaup

    My favorites are scrap quilts too. Thanks for the place mat idea.


  2. Nancy C

    Beautiful block and love the variations !


  3. Annmarie

    I love scrap quilts too, sew I’m going to click on the Follow button!


  4. Lisa Marie

    What a great block! Love the idea of making placemats from it.


  5. Margaret Andrews

    What a fun block! I like scrappy quilts too. In our quilt guild each one is making a block that then gets passed on to others, for them to make a block. Now they all look at me when they put fabrics in their bag and just want me to use them, as I always want to add another fabric to make things pop. I always want to make it a bit differently…Thanks for sharing your block.


  6. Carrie P.

    scrap quilts can be so much fun to make.


  7. Wendy

    Great block! I really like option # 3.


  8. Diane Oakes

    Scrap quilts are my favorite too. Love your block and the options that you showed. Thanks.


  9. JoyceLM

    Lovely block – thanks for the instructions on making a place mat.


  10. Liz Engman

    Really love the colors of the “Fall” themed block–as well as the design. Thanks for the tutorial, too.


  11. Great block to use many different ways.


  12. Cecilia

    Great block! Thanks for the placemat pattern. Congratulations on having your block included in the magazine.


  13. Love the block and the placemats! Thanks for sharing both.


  14. I like scrappy quilt blocks too! Your block for placemats is good!


  15. Elaine M.

    Your block proves that moving colours around can totally change the look. So we need to play more with them.


  16. kathy pfaltzgraff

    A strong design allows so many ways to utilize a block, your’s is a winner. Kathy in colo


  17. Kay

    thank you for all the variations and setting possibilities. I see some real scrappy alternatives.


  18. I love ting with color combinations and color placements, and I love stars! Congrats on another block!


  19. Barb

    This is a wonderful block….one of my favorites!! I love all things scrappy!!


  20. MARY D

    Scrappy quilts are the best. I have two postage stamp quilts in the works.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com


  21. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Great block. Thanks for playing with the colors. I love how it changes.


  22. Rosalind Gutierrez

    Great quilt block & I am always looking for scrap quilt ideas.


  23. Lee

    Congratulations on a great block! Thank you!


  24. Brenda E.

    Scrappy! Thanks for the block and how to use to rotate to get different looks.


  25. I too, get a little bored with doing the same block over and over again. Love Scrappy. Thank you for the giveaway. jskbloomers@gmail.com


  26. Fun block–the scrappier the better as far as I’m concerned!


  27. Nicole Sender

    So love your block. My favorite quilt is filled with scraps!


  28. I have a bag of scraps.


  29. I truly love how a scrappy quilt draws my interest!


  30. love your block scrappy quilts are my favorites.. thanks for the chance to win.. drhodes9@cox.net


  31. Debbie P

    Great block! Thanks for showing the different options and the instructions! šŸ™‚


  32. Kathy Leake

    Nice block! I like seeing so many color options.


  33. Nancysue

    Congrats on a wonderful block. Thank you for taking the time to show us all the options for the block!


  34. Terri S

    Great block. Like the variety of options with the color placements. Thanks for the placemat options.


  35. Pamela R

    Well constructed block with a nice use in the placemats. I prefer controlled scrappiness.


  36. Karen Keeler

    I will make this as placemats. Great job


  37. Renata

    I have some fabric that would be perfect for this block. And this block is a skill builder for me.


  38. I enjoy making scrap quilts too. It’s taken me quite a while to build a scrappy stash to work with.


  39. bobbiesews

    Love your creatiity, wish mine was as active as yours.


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  41. Always looking for this kind of Scrappy Quilting Ideas.


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