I am quite excited that it is my turn to quilt again for the love circle of do. Good Stitches! Since my month is February, I decided to pull no punches and surrender completely to the allure of red, pink and white. And, not just demure shades - no, full on punchy tulip red, bubblegum pink, bright pink and stark white in Wonky Stars.
These were my first Wonky Stars, so I followed The Silly BooDilly's tutorial for starters. I was happy to discover that this is a fairly straightforward block. If you make one, you'll not need a tutorial again - maybe just some notes on cutting measurements.
Basically, this block is made up of 9 squares. Of the nine squares, 4 are solid background squares that go at the 4 corners, one is the center square and the other 4 are the star points. You piece the star point squares and then simply piece all 9 squares together working in rows. It's really easy to make different sized stars. The Silly BooDilly's tutorial makes a standard 12.5" block by starting with 4.5" squares. I also made a 6.5" block by starting with 2.5" squares and a 3.5" block by starting with 1.5" squares, which I worked into the white block.
I love how Wonky Stars allow you to feature a favorite print in the center block! I enjoyed working with fabrics I had in this love-ly color scheme.
Color notes? Glad you asked! I'm asking members of the love circle to make two 12.5" blocks entirely in red, pink and white. Here's a full range of fabrics from my stash that fit the bill. As you can see, neutrals like black and brown are ok in moderation. I hope you have something at hand that works well - if not, Valentine's Day fabrics will be going on sale real soon! For the solid backgrounds, please use Kona white, tomato, coral, red, peony, baby pink or medium pink. I'm all for a variety of background colors on the quilt, but these are all the Kona colors that feel like a good fit. You could make both of your blocks in the same background color or mix it up like I did.
And with the stars - please feel free to play! Any number, size or composition of Wonky Stars is welcome! Simple, one-star blocks are just as wanted as other sizes, so do what sounds fun.
If you're not in the love circle and you find yourself craving some red, pink and white Wonky Star action, by all means go at it! You know it would make a lovely pillow... Or maybe a small version mounted on a card for your special friends on Valentine's? That sounds rather nice, if I do say so myself! You can share your creations at the Stitched in Color Flickr pool.