Mardi Gras, Staggered Stars Quilt and Free Pattern
|Staggered Stars Quilt - 64" x 64"|
I made this quilt over 10 years ago and it appeared in Quilt Magazine while I was an editor. It was simple to make - yes - even that center star. It's just an illusion of weaving, all done with color placement. Simple squares and triangles easily rotary cut - and very large patches - make for a fun block to sew.
And who says that rows of stars have to line up like cookie cutter shapes? Stagger your blocks for visual interest. There are 3 sizes of blocks: 24" center star (wow!), 12" stars surrounding the center, and 6" stars for the four corner sashes.
Do you remember our Hurricane Katrina back in the early 2000's? I was living in Atlanta then and heard about a family of four who were staying temporarily with a neighbor because their home was literally underwater outside of New Orleans. They had escaped to Atlanta to find shelter and my neighbor took them in for a few weeks. A little voice in my head (I like to think it was God) said that I should gather up a quilt for each one and this one was included. Why? It was for the dad because gold and purple are popular colors down in that part of Louisiana. I gave the mom a quilt of houses - with the promise that she will have a home again soon, I believed. The two girls got girlie quilts (I can't even remember which ones).
You can have the free pattern for this Staggered Stars Quilt just by clicking the link. I hope you enjoy it and whoever you gift it to (even yourself), smiles are the result.