Saturday, December 3, 2022

Dorothy's Christmas Star Block

Several years ago, Frances @offkilterquilt released an novel in the form of a serial podcast called Friendship Album 1933.  

We were introduced to 5 woman - Eula, Bess, Dorothy, Florence, and Emmaline - who gathered together each week to work on their entry to the quilt contest for the 1933 World Fair. 

Since then, Frances has shared a new short story about one of the women set during the Christmas season.  First Emmaline and then Bess.

Guess what?

She is doing it again - this time the story is set in 1918 and is all about Dorothy.  In the story, Dorothy is working on a quilt for her daughter using the Christmas Star block. 

You can find the story and the block pattern for this block - written by me! - at QuiltFiction.  Make sure you check out Story Guild for access to more quilting fiction.  

My mini finishes at 12" x 12''.  I kept the quilting simple - outlining each of the piecing elements and then doing some big stitch quilting to highlight the star.

I played around with the block in some quilt setting in 2 different colorways, with and without sashing and one version on point.  Which do you like best?

Find the short story and pattern for Dorothy's Christmas Star at QuiltFiction!

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. How cool that you wrote the pattern instructions for this block! Sounds like a fun project... reading the story and making the block. I hadn't heard of it before. I'm an on-point sort of person, finding that orientation a little bit unexpected, and that such a layout makes a quilt larger. (Bigger is better, in my opinion.)

  2. How fun! I love the blue version without sashing as I really like the light blue stars that are created as a secondary design! :)

  3. Very cool! My favorite version is the light and dark blue without sashing! :)

  4. My favorite is the classical red and green one on point. xo


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