Good Morning, Quilters and Star Gazers!
Did you know there are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy?!
Or that most stars are between 1-10 billion years old!?
How many constellations can YOU identify? (I remain at the first grade level–six constellations.)
Stars look great on any quilt and are always “on trend” in decorative arts.
THE SHINING STAR MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL
Doodling will make this motif much easier. Start by doodling in a square. See Star Doodling tutorial HERE
To stitch the stars, begin by drawing parallel lines. This motif can be stitched very large or very small. In the tutorial below, the lines are 1-1/2 inches apart. The lines help to keep the stars relatively parallel.
Begin stitching below the top line. Stitch a straight line, a triangle and a straight line.Angle in toward the center.Add a triangle to the lower right.Add a triangle to the lower left.Stitch past the beginning line and begin to echo stitch the star.Echo stitch the top of the star–extend past the right “arm” of the star to begin the next star.Continue to add stars in the same way…At the end of the row, echo stitch the bottom of the stars.At the left edge, add a spiral and travel down to the next row to begin another row of stars.
Extend the top most triangle into the open spaces of the previous row of stars.
Add spirals to fill in open spaces if you like.The stars do not have to be perfect or aligned perfectly. The hand drawn look is perfect for the Shining Stars motif.
Stitch a single row to create a border, multiple rows to fill a background or…
Create YOUR own constellation!
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