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Block of the Month
2014 - 2015


Those Variable, "Variable Stars"

Welcome to the 2014-15 Block of the Month Journey! This year, we will be looking at several variations of the "Variabble Star" Block. Many of you may also know this as the "Sawtooth Star", or the "Evening Star". I'm sure there are more names as well, but since there are so many possible variations, I'msticking with the name "Variable Star".

We will play with several different color ways and fabric genres throughout the year for the block draw each month, but if you follow alsong at home with a color scheme of your own, you will have a beautiful star quilt at the end of the year.

We are going to be making 12" blocks when finished, so blocks should measure 12 1/2" unfinished. Please, measure your blocks for the vlock draw, and discard any tht don't come within a 16th of an inch of that measurement. It's no fun to have blocks that are either too large or too small to play nicely with the others that are won.

Click here to print/download the complete Schedule and Tutorial.
The unfinished block will be 12 1/2" square. The finished block will be 12".
You will need the free program Acrobat Reader.

If you have questions, please contact Denise Gies by email at blockofmonth@northwestquilters.org.

August, 2014:
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Pink
Center is a "nine patch". Greens should go in the corners and center of the 9 patch, with four side pink patches. Let's keep the star points consistent, but the little nine patch can be totally scrappy.


September, 2014:
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Orange
Center is an "economy patch" with orange center and pale yellow corners


October, 2014:
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Any bright color that coordinates with the center
Center is a single novelty children's print. Think bugs, pirates, princess, cowboys, animals, robots, etc...


November, 2014: Also known as 'Martha Washington's Star'
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Use a creamy, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Brown
Center is a "Turnstile" block using a different shade of brown


December, 2014: Also known as "Rising Star"
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Purple or Violet
Center is a "Variable star" of a different shade of purple or violet. Background of this little star should be the same as your star points.


January, 2015:
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Blue
Center is a "Four-patch pinwheel" made of blue and yellow


February, 2015:
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Use a pale pink tonal for the background
Star points = Burgundy or Deep Rose
Center is a "Log Cabin" block with deep rose or burgundy center and pink logs


March, 2015:
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Green
Center is a "Churn Dash" block made with a different shade of green


April, 2015: Also known as a "Rising Star"
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Red
Center is a "Variable star" with black background, gray points and a red center


May, 2015: Also known as "Star and Pinwheels"
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Turquoise
Center is a "Turnstile" block using turquoise, pink and white


June, 2015: Also known as "16-patch Sawtooth Star"
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Red or Blue
Center is a "Sixteen patch". Red and White or Blue and White opposite of your points.


July, 2015: Also known as Sarah's Choice
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Use a white, tone-on-tone for the background
Star points = Alternating Orange and Blue
Center is a 'Four-patch pinwheel" using blue and orange


If you have questions, please contact Denise Gies by email at blockofmonth@northwestquilters.org.





Revised 16 August 2014