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Let’s Bee Social #111

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon

Welcome to the Let’s Bee Social!

First off….. I would like to THANK YOU for all the words of kindness shared in the comments from my post yesterday. It is quite clear to me that I have some pretty amazing friends out there – in this great big global world of the online quilting community – of which I am so proud to be a part of. Thank you!

And this happened yesterday…..

Organic Wavy Line Quilting…..

This past week I started on a new long term project. And am planning on sharing it as a free tutorial here on the blog. I cut into my fat quarter bundle of For You for these blocks. Here is my first Star Flower 12″ quilt block.

The reason I am calling it my new long term project is because I am not really feeling it. I love the prints and they all look great together. I like the block. It’s a fun one to make and comes together easily. But ….

Can you help me out?
I am looking for your help!

1. What do you think of this block? Do you like it?

2. Have you seen this block before? Is it original?

3. Would you make a quilt using this block?

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32 Responses

  1. I do like this block! I'm partial to stars, and I really like that this star has a little extra zing with that \”border\” around it. I don't think I've ever seen this block before. I think a whole quilt would be lovely ! Would it make a secondary lattice like pattern?

  2. Nancy J says:

    A star within a block, I haven't seen it before, and super fabrics together. Have you tried to take several photos, and play with them in different ways together?

  3. Karin says:

    Hmm…i feel a bit like you Lorna. While the block is nice, it does not grab me. Maybe a different star in the middle where the star points extend more into the corners?

  4. Jen Barnard says:

    I do really like the block and would make it myself. Maybe more contrast between the two print fabrics might help you like it a little more, also you could try adding a corner triangle to the outer most corners of the inner print, to echo the outside shape of the block.

  5. Unknown says:

    I really like the block, and haven't seen it anywhere else. I do think that it would be more eye pleasing if there was a contrast to the 2 prints. If you had that beautiful white star in the center with a green print and that pretty pink floral would maybe accomplish what you're looking for.

  6. Unknown says:

    I see it used as flowers in high contrast colorways with long wavy stems and beautiful leaves

  7. Hi Lorna! I think your star block is beautiful! Perhaps because you use mostly solids in bright colours you may feel this too soft. I love these fabrics but if you try more contrast it could be more 'you'. Some of the blocks can be sweet like this and some more 'strong'. As others said, would be nice to see how this block looks repeated. Hugs! x Teje

  8. …hmm still thinking: the center fabric around the star is like thin border. If you make the corner squares hst they would continue more the 'thin border' look. I would love to make this block! x Teje

  9. Dorothy says:

    I'm with Jen Barnard, you need more contrast. If I saw that block in a quilt with those colors, I would pass it by because of the \”blendiness of the 2 colored prints. They mash together. I also like the HST on the outer corners–would create a 2nd pattern? Have you tried laying this block out in multiples on your computer to see what it would look like? What is that program called–EQuilt ????? 🙂 🙂

  10. Unknown says:

    My first reaction was that there was not enough contrast, but it is difficult to tell by just one block and hard to imagine the secondary design. So, I minimized the block and stood back and like it much better. The stark star in the middle that emanates from a delicate pink/yellow design to a much bolder pink/yellow design looks interesting and the subtle change works. I do think you may need to make a few more blocks and try them out on your design wall. I really like the block, but so hard to tell about the quilt until it is tried out. It is going to be gorgeous!

  11. I love the centre star and the fabric adjoining it. I think I'd tend to swap the outer white fabric for something else, but with my limited quilting, I wouldn't know what that something was till I saw it.

  12. Allison says:

    Wow, are you really making all FOUR of these like you showed on IG?!? Impressive! I'm sure you'll have a great time at Quiltcon… you are going, right?Oh, I really like ZC fabrics… and these are just the right colors for me! Thumbs up!

  13. I love the white star in the center. It looks like a star in a flower block and love the little diagonal sections that lead up to the points of the star. Very different than anything else I have seen. For myself – I would maybe use a different print for the outside fabric – for more contrast in this beautiful block. Love what you have designed, Lorna!

  14. I also like this block, Lorna, and I've never seen a similar one. I agree with the ladies that recommend contrast. The star pop up well, but the petals tend to blend, in my humble opinion. In any case, as I said, I like it. I wish you a great day!

  15. Kate says:

    Lorna, it doesn't make me want to make one. I like the star and the small print border but the rest of it I don't care for – regrets. But then I'm a bit of a traditionalist. lol

  16. I agree with the above comments, go with more contrast between the two prints and you may have a winner 🙂

  17. Grandma says:

    I like the block and would use it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I like the block! It has enough \”going on\” that anyone can make it their own. You can even have a colored star with the middle layer white. It's certainly something to keep playing with!

  19. Anita says:

    Hi Lorna. I do like the block. I don't think I have seen it before. I would use it in a sampler quilt as a single block or have a bee help me make them for a whole quilt.

  20. Mari says:

    I like the block, even if the prints aren't my style. I really go more for \”marbles\” or filler prints rather than the big ones. They just make me feel better. A bunch of these blocks all together would make a great quilt!

  21. Jayne says:

    I do like the block. Because you are mostly (not all) solid girl, it's hard to see it's beauty! I've seen similar blocks like this, maybe not exactly the same, but it doesn't matter. I say keep going with it and I'll bet it will grow on you!!

  22. Cathy says:

    I like the block a lot. I think that the reason you may not be loving it is it doesn't have that \”pop\” that most of your quilts do. I was wondering if mixing a solid with the prints wouldn't give it that. Maybe the inner part, around the star, as a solid, like the center of a flower, and the outer part, the flower itself, as the prints? Just my take on it. I would love to make the block and play with it a bit.

  23. I like the block, but it doesn't grab my interest the way I would like it to. I agree with the suggestions for higher contrast, but that says nothing about how cute the design is! That's just fabric choices. Congrats on QuiltCon by the way! Awesome quilt.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I like the fabrics, and like them together. I don't think I've seen this block before. I'm not a fan of stars, or any traditional blocks really, I'm modern girl. A wonky star in the middle would be more interesting to me.

  25. Joolz says:

    I love the block! I definitely would make something with it. I've not seen anything like it before.

  26. tubakk says:

    Pretty block, Lorna. I don't know if I've seen it before. I love stars, and would like to play using different colours. Solid in the inner border will probably work. And I would not have chosen a white star.

  27. Paige says:

    Lorna, your block is great and looks original. I was wondering what it would look like if the star was made from a darker solid like a medium or dark pink. That way it would not compete with the white background. I really like it! Thank you for hosting Let's Bee Social!

  28. Nancy says:

    I like your block but I might alter it a little if I were to make it. I would made the corner squares between the stars and the outer blocks echo the outer corner blocks by using half-square triangles. I think. I would have to play. Thanks for hosting Let's Bee Social!Nancy. (ndmessier @,

  29. I like the block and do not remember seeing it before. I like the two print fabrics together, but one thing I do not like is the star. I am not a big fan of stars anyway. Maybe it is the white, it makes it jump out at you and I think detract from the outer design which I like. I might make this with a different fabric in the center?

  30. JanineMarie says:

    I do like this block with the contrast between the star and the petals. I think it has the potential to appeal to a lot of different styles. For example, I can see you really liking it with the petals in bright solids. But I can also see it in a variety of patterns and colors similar to those you made it with. But it might be best for you to see it in multiples and in different settings (sashing, no sashing, spread out with negative space around the blocks) so you can explore more about how it speaks to you.

  31. It's a great block, but I think it needs a bit more contrast between the two prints. What size is the block?

  32. K.T. says:

    I love this block. I think quilts that are somewhat monochromatic – especially with lots of white – are elegant, modern and classy.