This is block 7 in Susan’s stars and pinwheels quilt-along, called Expanding Star.
I’m using these blocks-of-the-month to make a different project each month rather than saving them for a quilt. This month, I reduced the block size to 8 inches (unfinished) and made three of them to incorporate in a table mat for a special table in my living room. I fussy-cut three designs from a Christmas panel and added some festive fabric to make the red diamonds.
I bought the vintage sewing table in an antique store several years ago and it gets constant use as a table for sewing, eating, watching TV, working with photographs, writing notes and cards, and is the regular Sunday dinner table for my reclusive 16-year-old grandson. I keep a mat on it at all times
This is an easy block which has a good secondary design.
This is block 4 in Susan’s quilt-along featuring stars and pinwheels, called Paper Pinwheel.
I am participating in the quilt-along by making small projects with the monthly blocks. This is an easy block and I made two 12-inch versions which I used to make a favorite hanger cover. I tape together three wire hangers, make a tube to cover the loop portion and a cover. I’ve been making these covers for over 7 years (tutorial here) and find it’s a good way to recycle wire hangers while providing a nice soft surface for clothes. I don’t usually make the cover this long but wanted to take advantage of the pretty blocks.
The second post was using the same block in multiples, creating a secondary pinwheel.
I made the blocks in a 4-inch size and combined them with an embroidered panel I had adapted from a favorite Helan Barrick decorative art pattern.
This made a very nice wall hanging.
The third post was a bonus block …
It was perfect for adding a couple of panels and a backing to create a comfortable cushion for my sewing chair.
I’m enjoying making the blocks and then finding ways to use them.