So let's get started! How about some star quilts? I do love a good basic design and the more versions that can be created, the better! I have a love of stars (among oodles of other blocks) but here's a few I have made:
This one is from a tiny photo on a website because the pattern was either sold out or out of print. I never let a little thing like that stop me! So I just drafted it in the size that would fit nicely over my sofa and not give me too much of a math headache. It is originally a Minnick and Simpson design, but I may have completely screwed it up in my attempt to replicate it. It makes me happy, so that's really all that matters, right?
Then I made this one for my sister and her husband for Christmas 2009. I was trying to make a quilt that would work with the colors in their home (in the Arizona desert) but still be fun for the holidays. I am so glad to know that they really like it a lot. Whew. It was fun to make and I used the Nancy Halvorsen fabrics that I had been collecting over the years (plus a few from the stash!)
I made this quilt for my parents 50th wedding anniversary a few years ago. I must say this quilt was WAY out of my comfort zone. Three fabrics only was really hard for me. I'm scrappy at heart, but I really wanted my parents to like it, and they this is the style they like...so I'm glad I perservered and that it was loved! I designed it with 50 stars set on point, with a sashing from the background fabric. No pattern here, just an idea that I thought would be appropriate. They deserved it, and it makes me happy that they got to enjoy it together before my dad passed away.
This is a quilt that I thought might be an eternal ufo. I started this early in my quilting career when I knew nothing about y-seams and set in seams, etc. A couple of the stars got out of control and had to be remade (maybe more than once!) but I am so glad that I finally finished it years later. It makes me smile every time I look at it.
This one started in a Bonnie Hunter workshop called Cathedral Stars. I chose a bright color palatte knowing that it would be for my 11 year old niece. She is so sweet and fun and cheerful, that these colors seemed appropriate. I wanted to work with some fabrics that weren't my usual go-to fabrics. This quilt started me on a path of brights that I have really enjoyed!
I hope you enjoyed seeing a few stars!
PS: I wish some of these photos were better, but since I no longer have some of these quilts, there's not much I can do about it...sorry!