Variable Star Block
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Variable Star Block {Old School BOM}

Today, Quilt Jane will be releasing the next block in the Old School Block of the Month series, so it’s only fitting that I share the block that I made based on Nancy Scott from Masterpiece Quilting‘s instructions LAST month for the Variable Star block.

February Fabric Pull

February Fabric Pull

As I mentioned in my post about the first block (Patched Friendship Star Block), I’ll be using my stash of Carolyn Friedlander prints for this BOM project. Because we are making another star block this month, I again went looking for a set of fabrics with value contrast and in colors to compliment the first month’s block. I really like the low volume leaf print (the bottom of the photo above).

Variable Star Block

Variable Star Block

Nancy offered a variation on the Variable Star Block to include a signature panel in the center of the star. I’ve seen many creative uses of that area in blocks made by those sewing along: from embroidery documenting the year to additional piecing detail, it’s been fun to see the creativity. I’m personally thinking I will quilt some details in that section when the time comes.

Variable Star Block Detail

Variable Star Block Detail

Like I said, I’m pretty smitten with that low volume print, so I couldn’t help myself with a sidelong view showing off the block detail a bit more.

January and February Blocks

January and February Blocks

Two blocks done, and I’m looking forward to getting the instructions for the next block today!

2021 Old School Block of the Month

January 12, 2021 – Kim Lapacek (Persimon Dreams)
February 12, 2021 – Nancy Scott (Masterpiece Quilting)
March 12, 2021 – Quilt Jane
April 12, 2021 – Missie Carpenter (Traditional Primitives)
May 12, 2021 – Natalie Santini (Sew Hungry Hippie)
June 12, 2021 – Kerry Goulder (Kid Giddy)
July 12, 2021 – GoGo Kim
August 12, 2021 – Lee Chappell Monroe (May Chappell)
September 12, 2021 – Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl)
October 12, 2021 – Pat Sloan
November 12, 2021 – Katy Cameron (The Littlest Thistle)
December 12, 2021 – Sherri Falls (This and That Patterns)

3 thoughts on “Variable Star Block {Old School BOM}

  1. patty says:

    Any block made with Carolyn’s fabric makes me happy!

  2. Joanne H says:

    While I enjoy working with solids, I too have recently found myself gravitating towards low contrast and low volume fabrics, especially for background fabrics. The fabrics for both months is wonderful and when I showed them to my husband he said, “Oh, I like those sketchy fabrics. I think you need some of that.” Smiling, I went to my stash and pulled the cuts of Archetextures Grid Plaid that I recently purchased. It’s good to be prepared. 🙂

  3. Great blocks and fun fabrics!

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