Shining Stars from Stellar Fabrics

I love working with the beautiful kaleidoscope fabrics by Paula Nadelstern for Benartex. Fabricadabra was the first collection that challenged me to play. Yes, they debuted in 2015! Paula still designs fabrics with motifs like this.

Single panel of Fabricadabra - large and small motifs

I fussy cut the small motifs and placed them in the centers of my 6-pointed stars. They will finish to 7" high.

Six pointed stars with fussy cut motifs of Fabricadabra in the centers
Here's one block up close. Notice that there are no y-seams!

Single Star with no y-seams

Then I put the stars together into a ring. The center hexagon was interfaced and stitched over the hole the ring of stars created.

Ring of 6 stars around a large kaleidoscope

Here's that center hexagon interfaced, turned and ready to be placed over the center hole.

Interfaced hexagon to turn the edges

I also used the small motifs as the centers of a LOT of Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks (English Paper Pieced).
Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks with fussy cut centers from Fabricadabra

I pulled out that ring of stars above and decided to square it up with 30 degree triangles. It's hard to see those side triangles, but the piece now is a rectangle and I am thinking about what to add to this center.
I'll keep you posted!

Ring of six shining stars, waiting for border inspiration!


  1. These are so pretty, thanks for showing us the single block and how you put it together. I'm a visual learner and that photo really helped. Your quilt is going to be amazing.

    1. Thanks, Connie! That's the fun part of my teaching - to show students how to make something otherwise difficult (ie, y-seam) and make it doable.

  2. Wow! That is so stunning! Those blocks will make a gorgeous quilt. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, you're right. Beautiful fabrics make for a beautiful quilt!

  3. Oh, I love these but have not been brave enough to work with them. Thanks for showing me how to put them together.

  4. I love what you have done with Paula's fabric. I have several of her earlier lines but so far I have only enjoyed looking at them. I am grateful for your design with hexagons. Thank you so much.


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