Galaxy Star Quilt

6 inch blocks set 6 X 6 with a 2 inch border =
40" X 40" quilt

The dictionary says a galaxy is: a) Any of numerous large-scale aggregates of stars, gas, and dust that constitute the universe, containing an average of 100 billion (1011) solar masses and ranging in diameter from 1,500 to 300,000 light-years. Also called nebula. b) The Milky Way; that long luminous track in the heavens, formed by a multitude of stars.... my quilt is b.


Okay, now that you have read all of the info on all of the pages (you did read it all didn't you?) here are the patterns in two sizes.
Three inch "Galaxy Star" block Six inch "Galaxy Star" block
Here is a sample of taking one "block" and putting two colorways in it, one "point" blue and one "point" yellow,  for example.  When you put them together, you get the  block to the right and multiple blocks make the quilt above.

This is the most requested pattern I have for permission to use it in quilt shows and quilt guild newsletters!

The main block is a very simple block.  You say it looks too simple to make such a wonderful quilt? I agree, but it is true. When you put four of these star blocks together and rotate each one, the pattern starts to come to life. Yes, I know! 
This pattern is a combination of two patterns. First is the "Woven Ribbon" pattern that I was familiar with. It is a traditional woven ribbon looking star pattern but the stars are set "in-line". The second idea was a desire to make the "Ribbon Stars" intertwine like I once saw them do on a quilt "somewhere". You travel to quilt shows and gaze upon the most wonderful quilts you can imagine, you look in numerous magazines at quilters efforts from around the world and the information stays idle in the recesses of you mind until one day you dig into those resources to design a quilt block or a quilt. 

I fussed in Electric Quilt Software until I came up with the design I needed. I would love to share it with you.

I once saw a quilt that was similar to this one but in the "peaky and spike" flavor of Doreen Speckman. It was on a black background and all the stars where different color hand dyed fabric. It was breathtaking. 

I have many  versions here of my star,  two color quilts and  multi-colored quilts. The two color quilt will be easy. You need to follow the diagram and place the same fabrics in the same place each time. The multicolor quilt however will require a design wall and some careful planning. 

Do you see it? Can you do it? Go for it!

 See the link below to get an idea of how I came up with this design...

How I re-designed a quilt block to design the Galaxy Star

A lesson in quilt block drafting... more or less.


Here is a version with two yellows making the "points" of the star in the block.  Some of the blocks have all different shades of yellow for each "section" of the star. The colors range from palest yellow to deep orange yellow.

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When you put the blocks together, you get this wonderful multicolor galaxy burst of explosive stars! Shades of blues make up the background.

This is a real version, blocks donated by quilters around the world for a charity quilt.  It is just stunning.  There are as many shades of yellow and blue as there are quilt blocks. 

The quilt is titled:
"Universal Friends, Stars Of My Heart" (copyright 1997)

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