In general, I do not make the same quilt pattern repeatedly. However, this is my fourth Friendship Star Quilt.
The only other time that I have made multiple quilts from the same pattern was when I was teaching Beginning Level Quilting Classes.
The pattern I chose to use was the Log Cabin and I ended up with several of these. Each time I would teach the class I would think of another set of fabrics that I thought would look wonderful in that pattern. Of course, the Log Cabin is another example of a value study quilt. Each block is composed of a light side and a dark side.
The first Friendship Star Quilt I made was for a Value Play Workshop Retreat that I taught a few years ago.
This quilt was scrappy and I added a rather traditional border to it to give it a finished look.
I loved this pattern and decided I wanted to make another one someday.
Recently my sister asked me to make a quilt for her to use as a gift for her son for Christmas. This was the perfect opportunity to make a Friendship Star Quilt where I could use lots of scraps. I wanted it to have a modern look so I omitted the borders.
Then I wanted to make a quilt as a thank you for a friend of ours who has been so helpful during my husband's hip replacement surgeries. In this one I chose mostly browns and blues.
Friendship Star seemed like the obvious pattern.
I laid out the blocks and carefully labeled them so that they would all go together in the proper arrangement. Look closely and you will see that I turned one of the blocks the wrong way.
I could tell you that that is a "design alternative" or that it is a "humility block". But the truth is I made a mistake and I am not going to re-do this quilt. I did not see this until after the quilt was quilted and bound and posted to Facebook.
Oh, well, I know that our friend will enjoy this quilt and it will keep him warm even with one block that is turned wrong. A life lesson I have learned is that perfection is not my goal. Enjoying the journey and sharing my passion is.
This quilt made me smile and I think that it will make others happy.
I have made enough quilts using this pattern now. My next quilts will use some other pattern. Stop back by to see some of my other ideas.