Friday, September 29, 2023

Starshine Gift-Away!

It's a Starshine kind of Friday!

And it feels like the last few days of September are yelling "Hurry up and get this out there, before everything turns Orange with October!"

I know my trip to Poland and Italy delayed our usual mid-month PDF release by a couple of weeks, but we are here!  

And I can't wait to see what you do with your own version of Starshine as I know we all have more scraps than we know what to do with, and this is such a fun way to put them to good use.

My inspiration quilt.

A simple 1930's era 6-pointed star baby quilt I fell in love with while teaching in Michigan. It came home with me - I just loved the solid blue equilateral triangle star points and the pops of color here and there as star centers.

Of course, depending on where you place your focus, there are neutral areas as star centers too. 

It's wonky, it's uneven, and it is precious beyond words.  And I knew I had to use it as my jumping off spot in some way.

This journey all started with strings of course!

The pieces in the child's quilt are TINY.  And the quilt includes hexagon shapes and diamonds as well as equilateral triangles.

My thought was to break it all down and work with only one simple shape - equilateral triangles in a larger size where I could use my strings.

Sewing strips to the foundation paper - and loving my Sew Q Laser for straight seams, especially when sewing strips and squares on the diagonal!  Find out more on my post HERE. (Also linked under the Tips & Techniques tab above for easy reference. Scroll do to S for SEW as everything there is alphabetical.)

If you want to see it in action for yourself, visit the Sew Q Laser booth at these upcoming events:

Original Sew & Quilt Expo
Sept 28-30
Fredericksburg VA Convention & Expo Center

Houston International Festival
November 2nd - 5th
George R Brown Convention Center

Phone book page (any paper will do or no paper at all if you wish) foundations were covered with strings.

I love the pops of color in my wild and crazy neutral-ish background, but if you want yours to be a bit more subtle, turn some of the fabrics over so the backside is now the front.

All those fun neutrals!

Oranges, blues, purples, greens, yellows, pinks and reds as well!

Supervisor on Duty.  LOL!

Must haves:  Any 60 degree equilateral triangle ruler.  There are many out there.  You may already have one at home.  *NOTE*  This is NOT Tri-Recs. Tri Recs is a different angle and will not work for this pattern.

Optional but helpful:

GEasy Point Trimmers for trimming the corners of the triangles for easy alignment and greater accuracy when sewing.

I have the Creative Grids 60 degree triangleClearview Super 60 triangle. and GEasy Point Trimmers available in the Quiltville Store.  Use coupon code NOTIONS at checkout and save 15%.  Must use code for discount to apply. No international shipping.

Starshine is quilted in sand colored thread in an edge-to-edge design called Simple Burst by Crystal Smythe of intelligentquilting.com.

It shows up better against my scrappy blue backing!

And of course I bound it in scrappy blue!  2'' cut strips joined on the diagonal and added to the quilt with 1/4'' seam so as not to chop off the star points at the edge of the quilt.

I love a narrow binding when the piecing goes all the way to the edge!

Like a late summer garden!

Quilt Details:

Let Your Strings Shine! String Piecing by machine made easy – and a great way to use up an armful of favorite scraps in a rainbow of blossom colors! Full color photos, step-by-step instructions and many helpful hints included.

Quilt Size: 83’’ X 92’’

Introductory special:  I've placed the PDF pattern for Starshine at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed.  

Pricing good through 10/15/23. Hurry now and save!

Even more:

I'll be drawing for 2 winners who will each receive a Starshine PDF pattern from me and a Star Bright Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts.  The fabric rolls are a great way to add sparkle to your own scraps.

And yes, they have neutral rolls and blue rolls too.  Check them out!

Ready to enter?

We will draw for our winners on Saturday, 10/14/23.  Good luck, everyone!

Other goodies going on (If you've made it this far)

Did you see we have a gift-away for Bruce Leonard's 3'd book in his Quilt City Murders series?  Find all the details and enter to win ON THAT POST.

We will be drawing for our winners this coming  Monday, 10/2/23.

For fun, I've placed the PDF pattern for the Punkin Patch Runner at $5.00.

Let's celebrate the changing of the seasons with some fun string-pieced pumpkins!

And if you've got this one as a UFO - it's time to pull it out and finish it up.

You'll also find Appalachian Autumn at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop. No coupon needed.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Strength isn't always loud and intimidating. Strength can speak softly, with calmness and consideration for others.
And together we are stronger than we ever are alone.
Spiderweb String Quilt tutorial from the Free Patterns tab.

Have a wonderful Friday, folks!



  1. Wow.... such a beautiful and happy quilt! I love it though when you show how you do the backs as well. Happy Friday!!

  2. This is one impressive pattern and knowing you and your patterns that is saying something. Starshine is beautiful!

  3. Woohoo! I recognize that spiderweb quilt - it was so much fun to make that I made a second one, maybe time for another but Starshine looks pretty fun too!

  4. I just love how you can look at a vintage quilt and make it your own! This one is lovely!

  5. Anonymous11:28 AM EDT

    what a pretty pattern! I'm working myself up to actually following a pattern!


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