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Winter Star Pot Holder & Quilt Square Design Board

Winter Star Quilt Block | Farm Girl Vintage | CreativeCainCabin.comI finished my first quilt square using patterns from the Farm Girl Vintage book I recently purchased. I’ve been quilting for over 20 years, it’s a craft that I put down for years and then return to it again at different points. I decided to turn this block into a pot holder.

Winter Star Quilt Block | Farm Girl Vintage | CreativeCainCabin.comIt’s called “Winter Star” and it’s the first one I chose to sew from the book. Sometimes I pick a block to do based on the fabric I have on hand. Quilting is not just sewing, it’s also getting the fabric colors, the size of the pattern on the fabric, and the white space right. Sometimes it’s a hit and sometimes it’s a miss, but I like how this one is coming along. 

Quilt Square Design Board | CreativeCainCabin.comWhile I was in the process of laying out the squares I decided I needed a design board, a place to put each piece and have it stay in place. Our house is like a wind tunnel when all the doors and windows are open. I had my pieces laid out on the counter and the wind kept taking them away. So I stopped what I was doing and made a fast and inexpensive design board. I used a 12X12 Cork Board and hot glued Warm and Natural batting to it’s frame.  

Winter Star Quilt Pieces | CreativeCainCabin.comIt took longer for the glue gun to heat up, than it did to make the design board. Now I could get back to my square. The batting keeps each piece in place and I was no longer chasing them across the room. 

Winter Star Quilt Block | Farm Girl Vintage | CreativeCainCabin.comI think the red trim really sets off the square. I did notice, I didn’t add any borders before adding the trim which should have been done, so instead of using it for a pot holder I am using it as a coaster in my office to catch all the condensation from my mason jar drinking glass. It feels good to be quilting again, and I can’t wait to make more squares from the book


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  1. Very cute, Dawn. I knew I was going to like those fabrics put together!
    It good to revisit a craft that bring you pleasure.
    I like your new header also-very colourful.

    1. Kim, you are the first to notice the new header, Thanks!! I need to do more crafts I enjoy and let the work be set aside sometimes.

    1. Linda thank you I sure enjoyed doing it again, it took me a minute to get my machine set up with the right seam allowance (few mistakes before that happened) but once I got that figured out it was easy sewing from there 🙂

  2. I noticed your new header right away…very fun! So is your quilt square. It’s therapeutic to do something with your hands that’s rewarding. Have fun!

    1. Ann, I was needing something new and bold so why not….I will change it again anyway, LOL.

  3. Looks lovely, Dawn. I used to have a design wall upstairs in the studio – I used foam insulation boards covered in batting. Eventually, I took it down because I wasn’t using it enough. Having a mini board is a good idea!


    1. Claudia I like I can fit the mini board on my lap and play with the layout. I considered making a big one and changed my mind.

    1. Thank you Kris, Im happy to be quilting again, I need to make time to do it more often.

    1. Shirley thank you for dropping in. I’m happy to be quilting again.

  4. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Love the feather Dawn…Such cute things you made from that great fabric!..

    1. Thank you Nancy I’m enjoying quilting again

  5. Cheryl Major says:

    Dawn, your quilt square is so cute…and I love the fabric that you chose. I too enjoy quilting and I find that I go in sperts. The part I like the best is I start with a pile of fabric and end up with something that I created .

    1. Cheryl thank you so much, I do the same I’m very sporadic with quilting. I can only make so many and have no where to use them.

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