Welcome to the Island Batik/Studio 180 Design Tool Talk Blog Hop! I am proud to present my Strike Through quilt that was constructed with the Tucker Trimmer tool from Studio 180 Design and the new Prairie Blue fabric collection from Island Batik.
Tucker Trimmer 1 tool
Part of the Tool Talk challenge is to use the featured tool from Studio 180 Design to make at least 30 components for a quilt. The Tucker Trimmer 1 is a wonderful aid in squaring up half-square triangles (HST), quarter-square triangles (QST) and combination units.
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I planned the Strike Through quilt with three different stars, each featuring a different component. The LeMoyne Star block is made from three colorways of HSTs.
Watch me make a LeMoyne Star in this video:
The Ohio Star brings in the QSTs to form star points, and the Combination Star creates smaller squares between larger triangles.
I have to admit, I did not see much of a benefit to using the Tucker Trimmer 1 versus a regular ruler when squaring up HSTs, but I squealed in delight when I used it for QSTs! The double markings on the Tucker Trimmer 1 make it so simple to line everything up and get a perfect block. Such a little thing that makes a huge difference.
Strike Through Quilt
Once I had the star quilt blocks ready, I needed a little something more to give this quilt a modern look rather than a traditional feel. At first, I thought of using smaller components to leave a trail, much like a shooting star streaking across the sky.
However, once the units were up on my design wall, I changed the placement and used the components on both sides of the star blocks. This gave me the idea of naming it the Strike Through quilt, since it reminds me of making edits on a manuscript
with a solid line.
Unfortunately, I got pulled in several different directions this month and did not get this sample quilted! But it is load on my longarm and I will share finished pictures as soon as I can!
Tool Talk Blog Hop
Be sure to visit the other 2022 Island Batik Ambassadors to learn about other fantastic tools from Studio 180 design!
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs
Megan Best, Bestquilter
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Fabric for YOU!
Island Batik is hosting a giveaway on their blog, so be sure to enter:
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And, I’d like to share some of the luscious fabrics from the Prairie Blue collection. To enter the True Blue Quilts giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite star block to make. I will pick a winner at the end of the month. **Due to high costs of shipping, international quilters will be given a choice of digital patterns from my shop.
GIVEAWAY UPDATE – Congratulations to Dawn F.!! Some beautiful blue fabrics from the Prairie Blue collection are heading your way.
I like the Mariners Compass for a star block. If I had to make a star, something a lot easier.
I have not tried a Mariners Compass! But I have dabbled with a few Judy Neimeyer patterns, which seem to be a similar level of difficulty.
I love this collection and I love your quilt. My favorite star block is Feather Star, but I’ve never made one. It looks too complicated. Of the star blocks I’ve made my favorite is the Friendship Star.
Thank you so much! I have done a few Feathered Stars with foundation paper piecing. They come together pretty easily.
I love the Friendship Star Block! Love the new batiks!
The Friendship star is one of my top 5 all time favorites 😉 Island Batik always gets me with their blue collections, LOL.
I like the Ohio Star
Classic beauty for sure!
So cool, modern minimalist quilts are growing on me.
I have quite a few minimalist designs in my inspiration folder. I think a fun alternative would be to use a bold print as the negative space and solids as the accent patchwork!
I like the friendship star, among others. My dream is to make a lonestar quilt someday, but I haven’t tried it yet.
A lonestar is on my to-do list this fall! Time to start researching patterns…
This is a gorgeous quilt, Andi! I love the modern feel and, as I told Emily, I’ve never made a blue quilt, but you guys are inspiring me!! I do have that Tucker Trimmer tool, actually I think I have two and have never used them. Great to know about using them for the QSTs!! As for favorite star blocks, WOW, I love most ALL star blocks! They are my very favorite blocks to make! Right now I’m working on the Tangled Star from AccuQuilt for my granddaughter’s WAY past due Christmas quilt!
The Ohio Star block is probably my favorite star. I like the way it can change with the color placement (like every block), and how much its personality changes with fabric choices, from quite old fashioned to strikingly modern. It is also a great scrap-buster.
Great design! I like the original design idea as well. Maybe you could make that one in the future. I look forward to seeing it quilted. Have a lovely day.
I love how you’ve used 3 great star patterns in this Strike Through quilt. They look so great together!
I admire the Lone Star block and the Woven Star block….can’t choose which I like more!
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Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt, and for offering this beautiful giveaway! My favorite star block is Mariners Compass.
So helpful to know about all these tools. Love blue batiks!
I like the Wisconsin star block as it is unique.