Thursday, January 17, 2019

Splendid Sampler - Star Plus

Hi and welcome to my day in the Splendid Sampler 2 quilt along! I was so excited to be asked to be part of the Splendid Sampler 2 book by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

STAR PLUS BLOCK

My block, on page 117 of the Splendid Sampler 2, is called Star Plus which combines one of my favorite quilting designs, the plus sign, within a star.


Star Plus, like all of the blocks in the sampler, measures 6 ½" x 6 ½" (6" x 6" in the quilt). It is fun to make such cute and little blocks. My block incorporates both traditional and paper pieced techniques and I used EQ8 to design the block.

I had fun remaking the block in some of my new Maureen Cracknell fabrics to make a mini quilt, a perfect mug rug size :)



ADDITIONAL COLORWAYS

One of my favorite things to do with a quilt block is to play with it to create different quilt top layouts and colorways.  Here are a few of my favorite layouts:




ABOUT ME

For those that are visiting my blog for the first time, a little about me: I am a chemical engineer who now writes technical textile patents by day and quilts by night after the kids are in bed. 

If you have a minute, you can use the tabs above to visit some popular features of my blog including my yearly mystery quilts (the next on starts in July), my first book Modern Plus Sign Quilts, my patterns, and my series on Pattern Writing 101.  

In addition to the blog, you can find me on Instagram @MeadowMistDesigns and on Facebook.


GIVEAWAY
Update: Giveaway now closed, congrats Rhonda!

How about a GIVEAWAY to celebrate the Splendid Sampler?


I am giving away an 8-piece fat quarter bundle of some of my favorite FreeSpirit solids to one winner :)

To Enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post, any comment. If you would like a topic/question to answer, I would love to know what inspires you to quilt.

2. My blog followers (old and new) get a bonus entry. Leave a second comment with how you follow the blog. (Here are some links for following... Bloglovin, Email)

The giveaway will run for 4 days, until 8 pm EST on Sunday, January 20th and the giveaway is open to everyone around the world.

I try to respond to each and every comment I get on my blog, but with giveaway posts the numbers are usually too great to do this. PS - If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you win.

Remember, you can pick up a copy of Splendid Sampler 2 (affiliate link) and visit www.thesplendidsampler.com to join in on the fun! 


Don't forget to check out the other 3 blocks from the Splendid Sampler 2 posting today:





137 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for being part of our project!! i love your block!

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  2. I love that you share the extra colorways for us. This is a great block!

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  3. Cheryl, as soon as I saw the star block in red white and blue, I knew I wanted to make it. Thank you for the inspiration

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  4. Can’t wait to see what Alice does with this block. Stargal714@yahoo.com

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  5. I love your block! And honestly, right now instagram inspires me to quilt! Lol!

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  6. I follow on feedly. Thanks for the chance!

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  7. Cheryl, as soon as I saw the red white and blue block, I knew I wanted to make it. Thanks for the inspiration

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  8. I’m already a follower on bloglovin

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  9. I follow via email. Thank you for the fun giveaway. laura84watt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. How cute is your little "mug rug"! Thank you, Susan

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  11. I follow you by email newsletter! Thank you, Susan

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  12. Wonderful block. There is so much going on and perfect even for a mini quilt.

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  13. I began quilting in 1997 and fell in love with it! A quilt is something you can enjoy for years and years and pass down, unlike baking or housework!

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  14. Love that you showed different exciting colorways.
    I follow you from email.

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  15. I also follow you on bloglovin as well as email. (That way I don't miss) Thank you.

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  16. Mine will look different in Kansas Troubles colors, but look forward to making it. I love to paper piece. Thanks for sharing your design.

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  17. I follow you by email.

    I am inspired to quilt because I love to play with fabric and colour yet value productivity.

    Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  18. Fabric, color, and seeing others' quilty creations inspire me to quilt!

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  19. I follow you via email. And I love this plus block!!

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  20. I follow you by email and I love the block. Not doing the blocks as I trying to finish up a bunch of UFO projects. And, I'm making progress! meladycat2000@yahoo.com

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  21. I have a million pattern so those ideas must be my inspiration. Love the Star Plus block. rozz01atcoxdotnet

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  22. I follow you via newsletter. rozz01atcoxdotnet

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  23. I follow you on bloglovin', FB and Instagram.

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  24. Quilting helps me de-stress and just makes me happy.

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  25. A new pattern - I cannot tell you how many I have in my dream drawer.

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  26. Email - I follow your blog by email

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  27. Great block and I like that you shared alternate colorways for it. I follow by Bloglovin'.

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  28. I quilt because it's an excuse to play with fabric! Many of my recent quilts are for donation since we have all we need.

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  29. What a lovely giveaway, Cheryl! Thank you! I'm inspired by the quilts I see on Instagram. If the person making them has a blog, I find that too. I appreciate that you're an inspiration.

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  30. I follow you through your blog (via email), and on Instagram.

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  31. Love the fact that you are a chem engineer by day and a quilter by night!

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  32. How awesome, Cheryl! I loved making your block. :)

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  33. I quilt to give to others--grands and charity.

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  34. I am inspired by colors. Quilting gives me a creative outlet

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  35. I love seeing how you showed designs of the same quilt in different color schemes. I love to quilt because it is a way to make something beautiful but also useful.

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  36. I follow your blog thro your emails.

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  37. Very lovely block. Don't know how you do it all! Stephloupee@comcast.net

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  38. Follow your blog via email. Stephloupee@comcast.net

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  39. I am inspired to quilt by the fabrics and all the wonderful patterns available. I especially like sampler quilts, where each block is different. elish47@ aol.com.

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  40. I am inspired to quilt because of the personal satisfaction I get when I do it. I see patterns in the world around me that need to be quilts all the time!

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  41. I follow by email. meganchristine@ .....

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  42. My stash inspires me to quilt - ha ha! Seriously I like to look back at the end of the day and see something tangible that I've done. Love your block! basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  43. I follow by email. basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  44. I love how you added the different colorways very nice block.

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  45. I like the uniqueness of your block. The various settings are nice visuals, too.

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  46. I just found your blog through the Splendid sampler blog. I did the first splendid sampler, but haven't started on the 2nd one yet.

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  47. Fabrics and Mother Nature inspires me to make quilts. I'll see a fabric and think it is perfect for a specific block, or maybe it could be the focus fabric and I could add X,Y,& Z fabrics to it.
    Nature and all the colors & print designs inspire my quilts too. Today, the weather is rainy, and grey. It would be perfect for a multiple grays modern style quilt. One of the fabrics could be a lighter grey background ( sky)with darker grey spots(rain).

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  48. I am new to your blog, and I follow by e mail. (skmgardens@gmail.com)

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  49. I love your unique design. It's amazing how changes in colors and position can create entirely different looks from the same pattern.

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  50. Your Star Plus block in the red and blue is stunning. I sometimes am inspired by quilt magazines and books. I do purchase quite a few of them. Thank you! peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  51. I have been following by bloglovin. Thank you.

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  52. Thanks for the extra color ways and layouts. I always like to see what a block would look like as a whole quilt.

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  53. I love the block you designed. I also love thr colors in your fabric give- away. They would go great in my SS2 quilt.

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  54. I follow through email, bloglovin, facebook, and instagram.

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  55. So lovely to find you and your lovely patterns. I am now signed up to follow you through email. A great idea to turn this beautiful block into a mug rug. I must do this too!

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  56. I love all you past mystery quilts, and can't wait for the new one! Thank you for sharing your work with us.

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  57. Thank you for sharing. I love to look how others put colors together.

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  58. Relatively new to paper piecing (as of SS2), but I love the precise points and corners attained! Your block is beautiful!

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  59. Love your block.you always come up with the great designs. Love all the bom qal. Thank you Have a great day!

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  60. I really like being able to see your block in so many ways. Thank you.

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  61. I follow your blog happily by email.

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  62. I like the tiny plus sign in the center of the star, both motifs I love.

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  63. I follow you by email. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  64. love your block -- I guess seeing things on different blogs inspire me. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  65. I follow via email and bloglovin

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  66. I am a retired math teacher and just love the math involved in quilting. I am inspired by so many things in nature!

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  67. I made a few blocks from the first 'Splendid' but was not too impressed. But I got the 2nd book and am really enjoying making these blocks.

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  68. I like that block and the colors you used. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  69. I really like your Hexie Snowflake quilt.

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  70. I love that star block and how different each of the colorways displayed look. I do think the first block is my favorite colorway though.

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  71. I follow you through email. Working on my plus sampler quilt now.

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  72. I'm inspired to quilt by the opportunity it gives me to be creative in the middle of my very prosaic days.

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  73. I follow you via email: wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  74. Hello Cheryl from Vancouver Canada. Quilting gives me a good feeling inside & a joy to give to someone. Also a pride every day when you keep it!

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  75. I really like your block and the colorway used. If enlarged would make a wonderful QOV quilt!

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  76. I quilt to decompress and de-stress!

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  77. beautiful fabrics to touch, cut up and remake beautiful again are my inspiration!!!

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  78. Lovely block. It always amazes me how one block can make so many different quilts. Thank you for the giveaway. I never have enough different coloured solids, have plenty of cream and white, but not much in other colours.

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  79. i follow yhou by email and bloglovin

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  80. I have been following your blog for a few years now. I love that it goes right to my email!

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  81. I was first inspired to quilt many years ago when my family got together (organized by my mom) to make a wall hanging for my grandparents' anniversary. My part was duplicating a barn from their prior house. Then when a friend was having a baby, Mom taught me how to do a quilt all by myself. That baby is in his 30s now.

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  82. I follow you via email. Thanks for the chance to win. I've mostly used prints in the past but am now getting into solids. :)

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  83. I follow on Bloglovin
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  84. I love your block, thanks for the giveaway
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  85. Nice to see in different colors and fabrics! Thanks for the chance.

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  86. I follow you by e-mail. I am inspired to quilt by all the beautiful quilts I see.

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  87. Star Plus is certainly an eye-catcher. Lovely!

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  88. I think this may be my favorite block yet! Love your fabric choices for both of the blocks you made...seems like color comes easily for you! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. your block is very dramatic, for me a challenge..so thanks for my chance to win! seasoned5 at yahho dot com

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  90. Such a fun plus block, Cheryl!

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  91. I'm inspired to quilt by the challenge to learn new things.

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  92. That's a great block. I need to figure out how to use my EQ8. I've had it since July.

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  93. I follow on Bloglovin, Facebook, and Instagram.

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  94. I love what you have done with the star. Your fun fabrics choices are great.

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  95. What a beautiful quilt! I especially like the purple on grey combination. I get inspired by seeing quilts such as this one on blogs that I follow. Thanks!

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  96. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

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  97. I'm am constantly inspired by other quilters discussing their hurdles, experiences and growth.

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  98. I follow via email. I smile when I'm notified of incoming happy mail :)

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  99. What a beautiful block! It's one thing to see just the block, but showing the possibilities in designs is amazing to me!

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  100. I'm a big follower...IG, Bloglovin, FB...You just inspire!!

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  101. I love this block. Plus I like Plus signs also.

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  102. I follow you by email, bloglovin and instagram.

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  103. I follow you by email and sometime bloglovin. I would love to win as I think they could be made into Quilts of Valor.

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  104. I follow you on Bloglovin'. Enjoy your creative designs.

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  105. I quilt because I love seeing the look on people's faces when I give them a finished quilt. I also love cuddling under the ones I have made for myself.

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  106. I do love this block too and love seeing it in quilts. I am inspired by fabric - always - for my quilts. It is my usual starting point, although I am now shifting a bit toward a design I've created in EQ and then finding fabric. Fun to see the shift.

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  107. Inspiration comes from so many directions, I love finding beautiful blocks on the internet and having a book to show me how to make them is even better. Then there are amazing fabrics so many designs so many colours, but: friends and sewing buddies are my biggest inspiration nothing like sharing with a friend.

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  108. Your block is wonderful! I am inspired by many things I see; nature, fabric, geometric shapes, hotel carpet, etc. etc. With quilting the possibilities are just about endless!

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  109. I follow your blog by email. jklmengland at windstream dot net

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  110. How the look alters as you play with the blocks. My pick is the middle one, purple and blues.

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  111. I follow on Facebook and Instagram

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  112. It's fun block and both your versions look so crisp and precise.

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  113. What a great way to use a lone block. It’s great to see the different colour schemes for a quilt, helps to see how you could use fabrics you have rather than think I’d better buy more!

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  114. Your block is beautiful. Love the mini. This would make a great quilt

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  115. Very original star design! It looks great set in repeats. Very nice!
    My email is bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  116. I follow your blog by email.
    My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  117. I am inspired to quilt by my daughter. She and I quilt together and I enjoy the time well spent. mtmom57@gmail.com

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  118. I follow you by email, on Instagram, and Facebook. mtmom57@gmail.com

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