|Anita Solomon's "Make It Simpler Star Variation/Square Star" block|
pieced and hand quilted by Linda Theil 2018-2019
I took Anita Grossman Solomon's class, "Make It Simpler Star Variation/Square Stars", on March 27, 2018, hosted by the Western Michigan Quilters Guild in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
|Anita Grossman Solomon, Wyoming MI March 27, 2018.|
Photo credit: Linda Theil
I posted an article, "Arrowhead quilt block from Solomon's Rotary Cutting Revolution" , about that class in August, 2011. I think she is a genius and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take her "Square Star" class last winter.
I don't think that her method of making a "Square Star" block appears in any of her books, but she has an online class titled "Quick Techniques for Classic Blocks: Wrenches, Stars & Twists" available on Bluprint (formerly Craftsy). There is a fee to take this class; I think the cost is $8 for a one-month Bluprint membership.
In the Grand Rapids class, Solomon insisted our fabrics be heavily starched. I had never done this before and was astonished by how much easier handling and sewing became with these stiff pieces. My fabrics were selections from the "Daily Zen" collection by Michele D'Amore for Benartex, and cuts from a fat quarter collection of cream and indigo batiks.
|Anita Solomon's "Square Star" block made by cutting a square-on-point block|
into nine pieces,and reassembling into star configuration
|More "Square Star" configurations including a single-color red star|
and white star in second row of samples
|Twelve stars on design board, ready for piecing|
|Pieced "Square Star" quilt with 2-inch sashing (blocks are 8-inch square, finished)|
|Pieced "Square Star" quilt with1/5-inch red border and 2-inch blue border|
I was going to do machine quilting, but changed my mind and quilted the piece using ivory #8 perle coton to match the backing.
|Hand quilting using #8 perle coton|
|Finished "Square Star" quilt, hand-quilted and bound with indigo batik.|
UPDATE: February 15, 2019
This post has been edited at Anita Grossman Solomon's request. She offers readers free patterns on her website at Make it Simpler; she offers this new free pattern at: