Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Wish Upon a Star Block Mania Post

We're back with another new block for the Block Mania Blog Hop! 

If you're new to the Blog Hop, each month a group of top designers in the quilting industry create a free 12" block. Everyone uses the same theme and color palette, then posts their patterns on the first Tuesday of the month. You then get to hop from blog to blog, learning more about each designer and collecting an assortment of free block patterns. 

This month’s theme is “Star”, which inspired me to create Wish Upon A Star. The pattern is available for download on our website

Our October and November blocks, "We Are Family" and "A Present from Penny", are still available as free downloads for the entire month of December 2020. Our Block Mania Blog Hop blocks are available as free downloads for their debut month, as well as the following two months. Afterwards, they're listed for sale at $5.00 each for a digital download. If you like this block, be sure to download it today!

This month I've made two videos to accompany our Wish Upon a Star block. The first is a behind the scenes look the first step of how I create each month's block. I hope you enjoy watching the creative process as much as I enjoy creating these blocks for you!

This month’s color theme for the block was pink and blue. Feel free to use similar colors to what I used, or just pick colors that make you happy! If you end up making this block, please share a photo with us below; I would love to see it! So let’s get started by gathering our supplies.

Once we all of our pieces are cut, it's time to start assembling. I like to cut my pieces using a specially made SVG file for the Cricut Maker. This file is available for purchase here, if you also have a Cricut and want a slightly less time intensive way to cut out your pieces. Here is our sweet bear under construction.

These guys are a snap to build using an Appli-Fuse Mat. We have them available for you on our website.

Once we have these two built, it's time to add the finishing touches. First, draw the details using a wash out pen. Then embroider along the drawn lines to add the smiles. 

Now that we have our block assembled, pick out your favorite Aurifil threads for the finishing stitch and move to the sewing machine.

We've covered how to finish the edges in a past video so if you need a reminder of those great tips and tricks, be  sure to refer to the video below, We are Family. It also covers machine embroidering the smiles! 

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s free block. Make sure to visit all the other designers on the Blog hop to collect your free Star blocks!

Stargazing Sue

Starburst at Slice of Pi Quilts

Massachusetts Star with blockofthmo.com
Nova Star at Always Expect Moore
Nativity Star
Star Bright - Cotton Street Commons
Five Pointed Star at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
New Year Star at Stash Bandit
Poinsettia Star
Wish Upon a Star by Heidi Pridemore
Falling Star at Pretty Piney Quilts
Star Splash at QuiltFabrication
Seward Star at Blue Bear Quilts
Moon Star at Perkins Dry Goods
Starburst at Patti's Patchwork
Cherokee Star
Christmas Tree Star
Christmas Star by Oh Kaye Quilting
Starfish by Appliques Quilts and More
Snowy Star by Seams To Be Sew
Combination Star by Devoted Quilter
 Ablaze by True Blue Quilts