Here Comes the Sun

I pay attention to the amount of sunlight we get each day. Or the lack thereof. Yes, I don't live in Alaska or Scandinavia. Still, November and December are too dark for me. I look forward to the shortest day of the year because that means that the days will be getting longer after that!

How better to celebrate the Winter Solstice than to make a quilt block. Forget the pagan stuff swirling around this - I like the sun for the sunshine!

I began with one idea and it morphed into another, mainly because of my available fabrics. I was looking for a bright orange and found it in the Benartex Fabricadabra Collection by Paula Nadelstern. And then I saw that I had the companion panels and my creative juices began to flow.

Fabracadabra panel, one motif of three in a 42" cut
I wanted a hexagon shaped sun (what's new about that, huh?) So, in order to capture the entire motif and not ruin the one next to it, I had to cut my freezer paper hexagon at 11" for a finished height of 10-1/2". Why freezer paper? So I could center and cut the panel.

Freezer paper template - centering the design

Cut out the motif . . .
Motif cut for center of my Winter Solstice Sun. Motif will finish to 10-1/2" height

Now for the sun's rays. I wanted orange, ok? Who says they have to be yellow (fire is really orange anyway). I strip pieced two strips along both lengths and then cut them using my Creative Grids 60 degree ruler.
Cutting my strip-pieced units. Triangles will finish to 2-5/8". Strips cut to 3-1/8"
This is not a pattern because the numbers are really whacky. Just sit back and enjoy the colors!
Adding an extra orange triangle to the 2-triangle unit
Now cut the needed 60 degree diamonds . . .
Diamonds cut from 3-1/8" strips using the 60 degree lines on my 6 x 12 ruler
Notice that there is only straight seam sewing; no y-seams
Last 3 sides added
Now for my sun!

Here Comes My Sun
I added larger 30 degree side triangles to "square" it up and then some borders. Will quilt it in January, I hope.
Welcome, Sun! I'll take an extra minute of sunshine every day from you!
And let me show you one more block I made using these fabulous motifs cut into a hexagon. I brought in the radiant blue from the Fabracadabra Collection. What do you think? I may take those final borders off. I don't like how they look and that's all the fabric I had.

This is my new block that I call Double Star. Very easy to make and I have two quilts to share in the New Year I made using this pattern. All straight seam sewing. Absolutely NO Y-SEAMS!
Double Star using Fabricadabra
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I will be sharing some details on my two 2016 BOM projects after Christmas. Stay tuned!


  1. I LOVE this!!! It looks so very complicated, but it looked liked a straightforward construction process. Thanks for sharing, Debbie!! :)

  2. Love it!! Thanks for using my fabrics. It gives me great joy when quilters use complex fabric in simple ways.

  3. Nice, nice, nice. You have great ideas.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Very Cool! Brilliant way to put a "round" element to use.

  5. This is so gorgeous. After today days start getting longer again.

  6. I buy fabric I see because I can see possibilities in my head. My problem is how to get them to fruition. I admire how you seem to do this so easily. Your little suns are cool (or should I say hot?). I think I agree with taking the current borders off the last one. I think it would look stunning with black borders.

  7. have yourself a very Merry Christmas Debbie!

  8. Very pretty!
    I re-read 2005 forum recently and this reminds me of your purple/green/gold quilt that you donated to Katrina victims (lol, I'm not sure why this reminds me--maybe because it's so colorful!). Did you take a picture of Mardi gras quilt before you gave it away?? I'd love to see it!

    Merry Christmas

  9. Both are beautiful suns. I look forward to seeing how you do the second one. Love the colors and those are great fussy-cut centers! Have a wonderful family Christmas with lots of love and laughter!

  10. THis is absolutely stunning; thank you for sharing it.

  11. inspirational Debby, thanks. Merry Christmas to you and yours !


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