Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Rose Star and Fabric Giveaway!

I am quite taken with a vintage block called Rose Star. And because that's what I've been thinking of lately, I decided to make it one more time using the Harvest Gold Collection by Benartex. I selected several fabrics and the gorgeous, large scale border print. The fabric we're giving away are 8-10 prints from this Harvest Gold collection. Just stay with me here!

Harvest Gold fabrics
I wasn't sure if I'd have enough contrast, so I also pulled four skus of Benartex's Fossil Fern. I put them together with my fabric kite shapes. (I didn't use them, but they were there just in case.)
Fabric kites along with some Fossil Ferns
My goal was to fussy cut that main print and feature it in the center of my Rose Star.
Medallion Gold
Rose Star is composed of dozens of kite shaped patches. And yes - there are several y-seams (24, to be exact.) No way to get around it! I used my own template from my pattern and began cutting patches from 4-1/4" strips. A real great use of fabric with minimal waste! Simply flip-flop the template as shown.

Cutting kites from fabric strips
I have small holes in the four corners so you can mark where the patches come together, but the way I stitch I only need one. That's how I teach my class and it works! This is where the 3 patches come together for that y-seam.

Marking the top hole to show me where to stop stitching
One mark does it all!
Small pencil dot at the 120 degree angle
Three patches stitched together. We don't go into that seam allowance, which allows us to "spin" the center.
Back of one 3-Patch unit
Let's see some of those 3-Patch units.

Sets of 3-Patch units
And more sets
A dozen of another set of 3-Patch units
And mixing them up some more. I had to make several 2-Patch units (the ones in green below) because I will be appliquéing a large hexagon over top.)

One of 6 pieced units for the center.
A traditional Rose Star has 72 kites. I removed 6 from the center which I will replace with a single fabric hexagon.

Sewing the units, allowing the center to remain open for the hexagon
I used a freezer paper hexagon cut to the size (plus seams) I need. I will cut out the center so I can center the part of the design I want to use.

Freezer paper template for fussy cutting the center
This is the center I ended up with, but that was not Plan A. I had to add a 1/4" black trim around the edge so that it wouldn't become all mushy in the center.

Black trimmed center hexagon
What? You don't believe me? Here is the first rendition. Pretty hard to see that center, right? I cut out the Harvest Medallion hexagon, interfaced and turned it. But when I placed it over the center it got all mushy. Mushy. That's a quilting word sometimes.

Rose Star, Plan A
And this is the Rose Star, Plan B. I captured 7-1/2" of that border print (4 repeats per width), but I didn't allow enough to miter the corners. What to do?!! I cut more of that main print and used them in the four corners. There is no inner border. What you see is the solid black in the border print.
Harvest Gold Rose Star quilt: 44" x 48"
Visit the Benartex blog to read more about these fabrics today. Then come back here and leave a comment AND your email address. You will be entered to win these gorgeous fabrics.

Contest is over at midnight Friday, May 10 (USA, EST). I will pick my winner over the weekend and announce my winner on Monday!

If you're interested in my 8 page Rose Star pattern with acrylic template, (as shown above), fabric planning page, PLUS 3 fabric kites to practice with I have it available for $13.00 plus $2 postage (USA only!) This is NOT a digital file, but a paper pattern with acrylic template.

You can now find my Rose Star pattern in my Etsy shop. I am checking on postage prices for those outside the USA. The directions are for the Rose Star topper that was featured last week.

90 comments:

  1. wow your quilt is gorgeous. Oh those autumn fabrics are sooo wonderful.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  2. Gorgeous! What an unique idea to use those luscious fabrics...amy8761@att.net

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  3. I love fall and these fabrics aree wonderful. barbshome151@aol.com

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  4. I love these fabrics! rstein8336@yahoo.com

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  5. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial showing your imaginative use of these beautiful fabrics. manninglm54 at gmail dot com

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  6. Love the fabrics, and love the pattern!

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  7. I love fabrics where the black background makes the other colors pop. These are gorgeous. sewnweave @yahoo .com

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  8. The fabrics are beautiful. bgk44@msn.com

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  9. Beautiful fabrics and pattern!

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  10. I love your ROSE star in these beautiful fabrics. Thank you for sharing your process.

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  11. Your Rose Star is fabulous!! I made a much smaller version of this several years back as a Hoffman Challenge entry - not a winner. That nice, large Kite template would certainly make it easier and sew a lot faster!!

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  12. Interesting and different fall collection. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  13. That's beautiful! You really have a talent for show off the fabric prints!

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  14. The black border around the center hexagon is perfect! Love seeing how you work through your design choices!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  15. Wow! That is an intricate block! Thanks for sharing your process. It turned out magnificent!

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  16. Love your quilt -- a great use of the fabric! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  17. Love how you solved your "mushy" center issue! :) And that border print is gorgeous!

    Sandy A

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  18. Wow Debby! That is one gorgeous top! I love the way you used these beautiful fabrics. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.
    jrcarter727@gmail.com

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  19. Beautiful wreath! Love the colors - thank you for sharing! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  20. A beautiful top. That little bit of black really sets of the center of the medallion. You make those "Y" seams seem like a breeze!! rmgsummers at yahoo dot com.

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  21. such beautiful fabric...........bewtjwatgmaildotcom

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  22. Great tutorial and beautiful fabrics!

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  23. Your rose star is beautiful. Is it just a block or is it large pieces for an entire quilt? I think it is a block. What size is the block? ljbisme at msn dot com

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  24. Beautiful collection of fabrics! Love the center fabric best. ndfromsd(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Great tutorial and a fabulous block, especially with those striking fabrics. Amityquilter2008 at gmail dot com

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  26. This is really a fantastic quilt. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  27. Very nice, I love all the Autumn colors! Thank you, Susan

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  28. thanks for the fun, I really like your project. jenellejb at aol dot com

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  29. Lovely rich fabrics and great pattern.

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  30. The fabrics are very elegant and look dressy. Perfect for an autumn holiday.

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  31. I would have never imagined that star created with kites. Stunning quilt from beautiful fabrics.

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  32. Absolutely love this Harvest Gold collection, especially the 2 all over prints at the top of the blog post. Your pattern & the 2 different projects are so pretty & so different.

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  33. Thanks for a great tutorial. I love the design of your Rose Star quilt. The fabrics are beautiful.

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  34. It's just fascinating how you put this design together. I think I need that template. Thanks for the chance to win some fabric! marilynrobin@gmail.com

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  35. Such an intricate pattern-wow! I really love the large florals in this collection.

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  36. I so love autumn prints. And your pattern really shows them off! aevrard at rcn dot com

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  37. The colors and prints in this collection are beautiful. You have really made them into a spectacular quilt!

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  38. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

    dawnpsmith@yahoo.com

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  39. I love all those beautiful colors. What a wonderful quilt.

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  40. I love the color choices. Very nice. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!!! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  42. Lovely block. Big fan of Benartex.
    ebbtide 45 at yahoo dot com

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  43. Those fabrics are gorgeous. I especially like the pumpkins. Wouldn't this group make an awesome Fall table runner and placemats?

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  44. Beautiful fabrics, and you've really brought out the best with the medallion quilt!
    basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  45. I love that you were able to make that center pop. Sometimes it takes a little imagination to make something good into something great.

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  46. Rose stars are beautiful, I kinda like plan A. I don't think I'd call it mushy. It doesn't pop like the other, but I still like it.

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  47. Lots of work here.
    The center is looking
    lovely.
    Carla from Utah

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  48. Wow love the fabric you used great job ty for sharing with us.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  49. What a beautiful quilt! I think the black in the center was a good choice. Awesome job!

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  50. Beautiful fabrics, love your rose star.

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  51. stunning fabrics and your fussy cutting star it wonderful
    s5821140@gmail.com

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  52. Oh ,wow what stunning fabric .Your quilt is beautiful.chevaliermaryellen@yahoo.ca

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  53. WOW. Love the fall colors but this would look beautiful for any season. susiejandray@gmail.com

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  54. This is beautiful and the fabrics are gorgeous!

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  55. The fabrics along with your design are both gorgeous-love the addition of the black border!

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  56. This is an awesome collection! Love your quilt! I hope to win this. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  57. Such a complicated looking design, yet your tutorial makes it seem very doable. The fabrics are gorgeous and I would love the opportunity to make something beautiful with them!

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  58. Your design is fabulous and the fabrics you used for it are beautiful. I love the fall colors in this line.

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  59. Love your quilt design! Love the colors of autumn

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  60. Love your design and the fabric.

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  61. OMG on your star pattern and it features perfectly with the awesome fabrics.

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  62. Loved that pattern when you taught it at Quilt Odyssey and still love it. It is amazing how the fabric can change a design.

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  63. I really like it when you show us how you encountered a problem (such as the mushy center) and then worked around it. Each of us comes up against unexpected dilemmas. You show us by example how we can find clever and practical ways to deal with them that result in striking quilts--better than before, I'd posit.

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  64. Beautiful! You got the contrast just right.

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  66. Those fabrics are so pretty! I would really like to learn how to make that star. I deleted my first comment because I forgot to add my email: peanut13@bellsouth.net.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  67. Oh.... beautiful fabrics....love this...

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  68. WOW!!! This is beautiful. Your fabric choices and placement add such elegance.

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  69. Hi Debby! You haven't quite sold me on y-seams but these fabrics. WOWEE. Really nice. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  70. Love the medallion gold, the rest are beautiful also but that is the one that really calls to me. DJL3339@yahoo.com

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  71. I really like the Harvest Gold fabrics. They have such a rich, lustrous color.

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  72. Beautiful!!! I haven't done y-seams before..scary

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  73. The Rose Star is a beautiful pattern!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  74. You did a fabulous job designing a pattern that really shows off these lovely fabrics.

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  75. Wow - amazing pattern! Thank you for sharing!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  76. Beautiful project with beautiful fabric.

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  77. love the fabric and the pattern

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  78. Those colors are so rich. Love them. mblittle5atverizondotnet

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  79. Lucky you for being able to play with such gorgeous fabrics! These are among my favorite colors to sew with. duchick at gmail dot com

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  80. This is amazing, such beautiful work, just love fall colors! fajsw0159@gmail.com

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  81. The fabrics are gorgeous and your pattern is great.

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  82. Your quilt is stunning and I love the fabrics.

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  83. Love your Harvest Gold Rose Star quilt! It's just gorgeous!

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  84. The fabrics work so well with this pattern

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