Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Windham Wednesdays with Cottage Joy

I like to revisit some of my blocks from the past. This one, Big Block Stars, dates back to 2006 when I designed it for a workshop and then it found its way into my second book, Supersize 'Em Quilts (Martingale, 2009). (You can see that quilt here: Big Block Stars.)

That first quilt is a whopping 30" block and I made four of them for a VERY large (80" x 80") quilt that has since been gifted to someone. But since I was only sent fat quarters of the new Cottage Joy collection I knew I could at least get a single block out of these.

Cottage Joy using my Big Block Stars pattern
Let's see the fabrics from the Cottage Joy Collection by Windham Fabrics. I absolutely love this main print. Maybe that's because I love pink and am partial to bees (if they keep to themselves, of course.)

Main Print in the Cottage Joy Collection
Here are two shots of the set of fat quarters Windham sent:

Yes, there are this many different prints in this collection!
 Then I fanned them out:

Cottage Joy fat quarters
This is the quilt I made and with those borders (all from fat quarters) it measures about 38" x 38". It's the perfect size for a little toddler, don't you think? Or a girl baby?

I made this pattern last year from a Windham holiday collection: Oh, Christmas Tree. It needs borders and I'll get it done in the next month or so in order for my grandkids to enjoy playing with it when they visit for the holidays.

Big Block Star using Christmas fabrics
One more shot of my Cottage Joy block/quilt. Just a note on those borders: I cut those also from fat quarters and had to get creative. Using 4-1/2" strips worked the best.

Creative borders cut from some extra fat quarters in the Cottage Joy Collection

You can see the several quilts I've made using this BIG block pattern here: Big Block Stars. You have to know that I like this pattern (and have for over 12 years) if I remake it again and again!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the Cottage Joy Collection.


  1. So beautiful fabrics and nlocls!!

  2. Those greens in that line are calling my name! I do like your baby quilt, very precious for that special little someone!


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