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I drew this star quilt pattern some time last year. I remember making this block shortly after designing it, but then it got lost among the ever-growing list of projects. Last weekend, it resurfaced and moved up to the top of the list of quilts I want to make this year.
The idea for this star pattern came to me shortly after our Norway vacation. One of my long-time dreams was to go to Svalbard, Norway, and that happened in 2012.
Esmark Glacier, Svalbard, Norway
We went to see the the Esmark glacier from there. The sharp edges of the ice formation and the colours of the glacier were the inspiration for this star. I imagine the aqua pieces in the block are breaking off and moving away from the middle. I made this one after I made the much simpler Morning Star. This star is a little more complicated, a little more adventurous, so I called it The Twilight Star.
Purchase Twilight Star Pattern
After I made that one block, I started thinking about making a quilt. I wanted to make a Nordic-style quilt, keeping the cool ice-colour palette from my original block. I used part of the original design from the star quilt block and drew a smaller border design. I also started varying the colours a little and this was the resulting layout:
I then expanded the quilt layout to make a larger quilt. I think I was having too much fun with the colours to stop at the small layout and was looking for an excuse to keep playing.
The Nordic Star quilt pattern is now in my shop and includes the star and the border patterns along with colouring sheets for both patterns. The star quilt block is 10 inch x 10 inch and the border block is 10 inch x 4 inch.
Although I will be making mine by directly sewing on the paper, freezer paper piecing would work really well with one as well. It’s quite easy to sew triangles and rectangular pieces. I have almost all of the fabric I need to get started with this one.
Lynette March 9, 2015 at 06:41
Very cool – both the block and the quilt layout! :D
Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation March 8, 2015 at 08:46
that block is awesome! I love blocks that have that sort of cross shape. I have noticed that lots of the patterns that I design have that shape in there. so beautiful!
:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Afton March 6, 2015 at 12:11
That’s a beautiful block, so I’m glad it came out of hiding and moved on up your list.
Jayne March 5, 2015 at 09:08
Gorgeous block! I love the inspiration you found with the glacier! Its amazing where we get our inspirations and I love hearing how others come about their ideas! Beautiful!
hydeeann March 4, 2015 at 11:45
what a beautiful pattern! i really like the first colorway with the orchid boarder. i can definitely see the inspiration colors and forms shining through in your quilt design. nice work.
Ruth March 4, 2015 at 10:23
that’s a gorgeous block and I love your quilt design. The colours are so soft and the two options are so different in feeling, one more warm than the other – can’t quite pick between them!
Amanda March 3, 2015 at 19:27
SO pretty! It almost has a braided effect. Very Nordic for sure, and such a great design.
Wendy March 3, 2015 at 18:28
What a beautiful quilt pattern! It does remind me of a Nordic sweater and the colours are very wintry. Gorgeous shot of the glacier.
Megan @ QUILTArtbyMegan March 3, 2015 at 01:18
What a great design! I might need to purchase this pattern. I think the blocks would make a lovely secondary pattern without the sashing.
Cheryl March 2, 2015 at 05:56
I love this design and the soft colors you rendered it in!
Lorna McMahon February 28, 2015 at 05:52
What a wonderful source of inspiration for this fantastic new design! I especially love the second layout with the additional blocks. And the colours you chose are perfect. Can’t wait to see this come to life!
Dixie February 27, 2015 at 05:35
The colours fit so well together. Gorgeous designs!
Mary February 26, 2015 at 21:05
That block is beautiful and I love the layout you have chosen for it.
Carla February 26, 2015 at 19:10
It’s a beautiful block, and the icebergs are amazing!
JulesMcTool February 26, 2015 at 17:45
Your design is lovely! I really like the greys and blues you nailed the iceberg feelings. I have watched you through your blog and so enjoy your creativity and inspiration. This quilt will be spectacular (as all your other creations are) Enjoy sewing!
Janine February 26, 2015 at 15:17
This is a beautiful design :)
krislovesfabric February 26, 2015 at 14:27
Are these fairy frost fabrics? They look to have a sheen or sparkle to them…good choice to represent a glacier. Makes me cold just looking at it :) I love your choice of dark background fabric.
Susan February 26, 2015 at 14:05
I love the colors in your sample block at the top. The gray almost looks silver. Although I like both layouts of the quilt, I like the second one better because I like the grayish border better than the pink. I also like the larger size because of the repeats in the overall design.
Can’t wait to see you finished quilt.