This month I'm participating in A to Z Challenge, where 100's of bloggers around the world challenge themselves to write every day for the month of April, working their way through the alphabet. I'm sewing a patchwork block for each letter of the alphabet. Each day I will share that block and a little about the block and direct you to where you can find a tutorial for that block on the Web.
E is for Eight Pointed Star Variation
Stars are a very popular motif in quilting circles and there are numerous blocks with Star in the title. I am going to feature another one when we come to O. Ohio Star is perhaps the most well known of all the star blocks. Stars are fun and dramatic. They are usually easily made from a combination of simple units - half square triangle, flying geese, squares and rectangles. - the basics of patchwork. There are also some quite complex A google search came up with heaps of star quilt blocks and these are just a few of them
I also found a page on a website that had 35 Star block patterns. You can look at it here on Favequilts.com
So the block I chose for E, Eight Pointed Star Variation is pretty self explanatory. Its one of many variations of an star... with 8 points.
The pattern for this block can be found here on Quilter's Cache. It is made entirely from flying geese units and squares. A quilt made entirely from this block would look something like this
Although as Marcia Hohn points out, the choice of colours can really change the look of the quilt
I made mine slightly different to the one in the pattern I was supposedly following, in that I used another fabric for the centre of the block. To be honest this design choice was based on not having a large enough piece of the green spotted fabric (it had to be 4.5" square) to make it so I chose as close a co-ordinating fabric as I could. I really liked how this block turned out
And for those who have been following my challenge from the beginning (well all of you reading this blog but especially for them) this is what the quilt top looks like at this point.