My latest block design was inspired by Moroccan tiles, and will be featured in a full quilt pattern called Star Gazing very soon -
when I've managed to fit in quilting it! I decided that it might be fun to release the block pattern for free first of all, for a limited time,
and have made it in two different sizes, 5" and 10" finished.
Both blocks need very little fabric, and can easily be made from scraps, which we all seem to have plenty of.
This simple, yet effective block is made up of simple squares, rectangles and small flying geese units, and then are assembled similar to a 9 patch block.
The flying geese units are made using the '4 at a time' method, and so have not waste.
I had great fun making all of these 5" stars from different Moda Grunge fabrics, chosen because they make a great tile surface effect.
Once you get going you can chain piece the flying geese blocks. I don't know what it is but
they remind me of turkeys when they're in a row going through the sewing machine!
I've also created a cushion using the 5" block, showcasing the stars in white (grunge, of course - my favourite).
You could use a Jelly Roll to make each background different, or charm pack squares for the central square.
Quilting just around the stars makes them 'pop out', and gave me the chance to practice my free motion quilting in small areas -
a technique which I have recently had the pleasure of learning from Laurel Byrne of Treasure Quilts.
Just as I was calculating the measurements for the 10" block this beautiful new fabric range called
'Aviary' by Dashwood Studios dropped into my basket. It shows how the block can be used for feature fabrics or a story quilt.