Tuesday, October 31, 2023

October Challenge - Falling for AccuQuilt: North Carolina Star - Island Batik Ambassadors

 Since it is Fall -this month's challenge is "Falling For AccuQuilt". A partnership with Island Batik and AccuQuilt. As Island Batik Ambassadors, we received the AccuQuilt North Carolina Star Die for cutting with our AccuQuilt Machine. The die is for a 12" finished block and is a BOB die meaning all the pieces for making a block are together and can be cut in one pass through your cutter.

Here's our brief:  "You don’t have to make a North Carolina Star block, feel free to come up with a new block design using the pieces of this die! There is no requirement to what kind of project you make: table runner, wall hanging, throw quilt, sleeping bag, tote bag - let your imagination run wild!"

To start, I cut out the pattern/die pieces from paper so I could really see them and play with them. I also printed out their on-line pattern guide and the block coloring sheet. I got out my coloring pencils and got to work! Sometimes, old-school methods are just right. 

I decided to eliminate quite a few pieces by making those quarter-square triangles into squares. I then watched the AccuQuilt Video for the NC Star die and saw a new arrangement that I liked.

Luckily, I found a few pieces of Fall Fabric :)

You can find Celtic Fields at the following stores:

Creekside Quilts

Bird in Hand Fabric

Cary Quilting Company

                                                                Here's my photo shoot

Falling For North Carolina Stars
28" x 28"
October 2023
Sandra Starley
Machine piecing -AccuQuilt Cutting
Machine Quilting
Original Design - Adaptation of NC Star

Here's what I used to create my wall quilt.

Assorted other Island Batik fabrics
Border - Dot Multi Green - Maple Island
Backing - Porcelain - Naturaly Neutrals

Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread Aurifil #50 Golden Shrimp Plant
Schmetz Needles

Who says you have to paint a barn quilt - I sewed this one!

Stop by all the other Island Batik Ambassadors' blogs to see their amazing North Carolina Star projects. Everyone pieced and colored the stars in very different ways and made unique items. They range from full size quilts, to wall quilts, table runners, place mats, pillows, project bags, and boxes.

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Anorina Morris ~ sameliasmum.com
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


  1. Lovely quilt, Sandra. It's perfect for Fall. Nice photo shoot, too. Have a great day!

  2. Stunning, Sandra! I love these fall colors and that little owl is adorable too!


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