Diamond Star Quilts + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Welcome to my stop on the Diamond Star Quilts blog tour! This week, seven bloggers along with C&T Publishing and author Barbara Cline have teamed up to give you a sneak peek into the new Diamond Star Quilts book! There are giveaways at every stop too, so be sure to enter to win on each post!

The Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara Cline

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Diamond Star Quilts is the newest book by Barbara Cline. (Available on Amazon and at C&T Publishing.) If you don't know Barbara, she has authored SIX quilt books and is an a.m.a.z.i.n.g. quilter! She has a thing for star quilts, so this book is a great addition to her resume. It is such an honor to be included in this blog hop! 

All 12 quilt patterns from the Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara Cline

I have made a few lone star quilts before (here, here, here, and here), but I was blown away by the creativity and stunning designs when I got the book! 

The book includes patterns for eleven lone star style quilts, AND has a bonus pattern for a quilt to make with kids! As a mom of three and the local 4-H quilting leader, I LOVE that Barbara included a pattern for kids in the book!

My favorite star in the book is the Echo Star with Pinwheel (the green one pictured in the top right of the photo above), but I also had my eye on the Sampler Quilt. I decided to start small and test the waters with one 18" block from the Sampler Quilt.

Sampler quilt from the Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara Cline

The block uses three colors plus a background color. I immediately grabbed my Neon Neppy chambray fabric scraps to see if I had enough - and I did! (I used the fabrics for this quilt.)

Chambray fabrics for a star quilt

I tested a few different solids to use as the background. I really liked pastel pink and even navy blue, but decided to use the more bold Kona Cerise.

Pieces of a lone star style quilt

The instructions in the book are easy to follow and have well-illustrated diagrams too.

Star quilt in progress

The block came together quickly and easily! (I didn't even have to use Jack the ripper!)

Making a star quilt

After sewing the last seam, I couldn't help but smile! I LOVED it!

Star quilt from the Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara Cline

The chambray adds such a cool texture and look!

Chambray fabric adds texture and interest to this star quilt

Awhile back, a friend gave me a box of fabrics she no longer wanted. Included was a piece of blue chambray that was exactly the right size for the back of this mini quilt!

Pin basting a star quilt

I pin basted the top and backing with Hobbs cotton batting and switched my machine to the walking foot.

Cross-hatch quilting with a walking foot

Using my walking foot guide on it's smallest width, I quilted straight lines in a diagonal cross-hatch design using 50wt Aurifil #2605 Grey. The lines are 3/4" apart.

Cross-hatch quilting on star quilt

A quick victory lap to sew the binding on, and it was done! (Tutorial here.)

Back of star quilt from the Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara Cline

I even remembered to sew one of my new labels from EverEmblem into the binding! (Use the code SLICEOFPI at checkout on their website to save 10% on your total purchase this month! I really love how my satin ones turned out!)

Satin quilt labels from EverEmblem

I made the entire mini quilt start to finish in one evening, and now I'm itching to try another one from the book!

You can get the Diamond Star Quilts book on Amazon and at C&T Publishing.

Star mini quilt from the Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara Cline

Be sure to check out all the stops on the blog hop! (And enter to win the book at each stop!)

September 28 - C&T Publishing
October 3 - Laura Piland at Slice of Pi Quilts <--- That's me!
October 6 - Barbara Cline


Would you like to win your own copy of the Diamond Star Quilts book? Enter the giveaway!


Thank you for stopping by on the blog hop!

Diamond Star Quilts by Barbara Cline

Happy quilting!


Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are eligible to win. No purchase necessary to win. Open to US residents age 18+. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CST October 3, 2020 and ends at 12:00am CST on October 7, 2020. One winner will receive the Diamond Star Quilts book (value of approximately $28). Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: complete a task on the Rafflecopter widget. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter on October 7, 2020 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If winner can not be reached via email or prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Slice of Pi Quilts from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

59 comments:

  1. I love your star! I've been checking out the stars on the other blogs but I love the simplicity of your little quilt. I don't know if this was the right place to leave a comment for the drawing but the box wouldn't let me comment. Happy stitching!

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  2. Kathy R. The star is great! Using the different shades of grey make it shine! I have not made a star quilt, but after seeing the ones made so far I would give it a try. petuniakr@aol.com

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  3. Your star is striking. The star fabrics are a wonderful choice.

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  4. Great quilt. Love that gray is still being used by so many!

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  5. Wonderful quilt. I love the variety of grays you choose -- it makes the star pop!

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  6. Love your colors! Very pretty star

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  7. I've made a star quilt before, but not one like these!

    Sandy A

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  8. I love star quilts too (and Barbara Cline!)!! I’ve made several star quilts so far and have many more I’d like try.

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  9. A star quilt is always beautiful and yes, I have made several...love them all!
    duchick at gmail dot com

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  10. What a great quick project. I too dig the stars!!!

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  11. I haven't made a big star quilt yet so this is a motivation.

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  12. I haven't made a star quilt. I love Barbara's work.

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  13. I have it on my bucket list. Barbara's quilts are awesome.

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  14. I have a star quilt in progress--need to get it out and finish it!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  15. Love Star Blocks. My first quilt was stars and log cabin squares.

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  16. Love the Star Quilt! Beautiful!!!

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  17. Love seeing how just changing the color gives the pattern a different look. Love the shades of gray

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  18. I have not made a star quilt like that... I have done Ohio Star blocks.

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  19. I've never made a star quilt before, but yours is beautiful.

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  20. I have made star quilts before, even large ones, but always using HSTs, never on an angle. I'm ready to step up my game, given the impressive results. This looks like a great book to guide the way.

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  21. I own a couple of her books, i'll have to check out this new one or maybe i'll win a free copy

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  22. Ooh I love your star! Really want to try it!

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  23. I have made a star quilt using a jelly roll. Am looking forward to seeing the book.

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  24. I have made several star quilts. My first was a feathered star. I love your quilted star! So simple, so gorgeous!! There are some really great stars in the book. Must have book!!!!!

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  25. Love the simplicity of this star, Laura! I'm definitely going to take a look at the book!

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  26. Great colors, I love star quilts. I want to make Sue Garman's star quilt. Just need the time. This book will be a must have for next year.

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  27. What a great star quilt, love the colors!! I made one lone star quilt, and still haven't quilted it!! Another fun!!

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  28. I made the Moda Love Star because i had a partial charm pack, and the pattern seemed easy (i'm a beginner). I really like how it turned out!

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  29. Star blocks are my favourite block to make. I love your mini star quilt!

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  30. I’ve made star quilts before, including at least one from Barbara’s other books. She really does make it easy! I love her designs, and I love the colors you chose to make yours, and that chambray is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your quilt!

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  31. I have made star quilts and table runners. Your mini is adorable!

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  32. I love your star! So many possibilities with it. I have made a Hunter's Star quilt that I use as a table cloth, and matching curtains. Thanks!

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  33. What an inspiration! The star pattern is beautiful!

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  34. Love this star! It's great that she included a child-friendly project, I'll check that out! I made a lone star years ago, using QuiltSmart fusible interfacing. I've been wanting to make another.

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  35. I've never made a star quilt, but have made many star blocks!
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail cot com

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  36. Beautiful! I love, love lone stars! I think this book is one to add to the quilt book inspiration!

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  37. I have done paper pieced star blocks in the past.

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  38. I have not make a "star" quilt, but have made lots of quilts with stars in it .

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  39. I’ve made a lone star block for a sampler quilt

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  40. I made a mini star quilt once, but I've been wanting to make a larger quilt someday.

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  41. Yes I have, carpenter star is one I made. Love this one....lots of fun quilting space.

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  42. Many stars. This one looks fun.

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  43. I love those chambray fabrics and the star is very striking with that bright background. Like others have said, I've made star blocks but not a star quilt.

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  44. I have not...yet! Your star is striking!!!

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  45. I love your mini! Especially the colors! Yes, I have made a star quilt before. They are my favorite.

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  46. Yes, I have made a star quilt before. I am using it now. Thank you.

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  47. I really love the colors and fabrics you chose. Your quilt is beautiful! This is definitely on my bucket list and I would love to win this book.

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  48. Such a beautiful quilt and the cerise makes the star really pop. I've made star quilts but not the Lone Star. Why you ask. The intimidation factor. Now I'll have to really think this through again.

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  49. This looks like an awesome book. Love your star. I love making stars.

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  50. Your star quilt is lovely. I’ve made lots of star blocks but never one as big or with as many pieces as yours.

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  51. Wonderful mini star quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Clever to include your take on her quilts in your post! I've always thought these blocks/quilts were too complicated, but you made it look—well, not easy, but at least do-able! And thank you for showing interior pages of the book! Great review! :)

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  53. I have made star blocks but not a star quilt.

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  54. I have made two star quilts. Going to join your Facebook group if I can remember my login!

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  55. Beautiful star! I've made a few star quilts but I'm getting this book to make a table mat.

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