Anita Eaton's Entwined Star quilt is a favorite for sure. The blocks are fun to make and look wonderful if you want to make them all scrappy. A great way to use up leftover scraps from other quilts.
The fun thing about this pattern, we now have an indepth option for you - Entwined Star Ebook. Let's take a look at what that is all about.
Anita has taken her pattern and added to it giving you much broader details so you can successfully make your quilt one of the best you have ever made. She has divided the design into four different stages, each stage separated into its own set of instructions which she refers to as lessons. Each lesson follows on from the next and takes the average quilter a week to complete - or faster for those of you who have extra time to spend on it.
In the first set of instructions, Anita talks about fabrics. She shows you combinations of fabrics that work well together, then also other combinations that do not work so well together with solutions to improve those combinations by changing out one fabric for a more favorable color. You can use your favorite fabrics whether it be 30's prints, batiks, small prints or solids. They all look great in my opinion.
Although I am not a fan of green, one of my favorite blocks that she made is this green and orange one. Look how well the colors and fabrics look together and how each complements the other.
Also in this first stage, Anita covers all the equipment and materials you will need to make your quilt and even supplies a template that makes strip-piece cutting real easy. She demonstrates how it is used. Or if you prefer, you can purchase a ruler to do the same.
By the end of this first stage, you will have decided on a quilt size (there are several options), cut out all your fabric and made the first triangle units. You'll be anxious to move on to her next set of instructions!
For me, the second set of instructions (lesson two) is the fun part because you get to sew all the pieces together to form the unique entwined star block and see just how they look. If you don't like one, you can always make another to replace it. Your spare can be used for the label on the back if you chose or your next quilt.
Anita takes you step by step through the process and gives you tips to make it all come together neatly. Here's one tip that she shares: "Sewing with center unit on top will allow you to stitch through seam point accurately."
In this set of instructions, you will also make the sashing. Again there is a choice, either corner stones or star sashing. Both look great. I'd say the hardest part of this is deciding which one you will use.
Anita's fourth set of instructions is all about borders. Choose plain or piano key. The piano key really looks great with the scrappy star blocks. Here is one Anita made using 30's print with the piano key border.
Lastly we get to the quilting stage. Anita provides a really cool feather design that you can use. Or if you feel that is a little too advanced, she also offers alternative options for quilting.
And to top it off, she gives details of her favorite method of binding and creative labels to add too.
I made a couple of these blocks at a demonstration and they were so much fun that I just want to make the whole quilt.
Will you join me in making this wonderful quilt? Join now, download the instructions and let's get started. Entwined Star Ebook
Of course, if you want just the pattern, there is available too: Entwined Star Pattern
About Anita: Anita has been doing various forms of needlework since she was a child, but her greatest interest has always been quilting. She learned from her grandmothers, and from studying many books about quilting history, design, and techniques. With a BFA from the University of Minnesota, she uses her background of color, design, and art to make unique and beautiful quilts. Her strong knowledge in color and design helps her readers and students choose the right fabrics for their quilts. More about Anita >>