I'll be using a bright print later this week to demonstrate a small project using my Chained Star block, but I want to mention that applique and embroidered blocks also work well as centers for this block.
I've been working on a set of stamped Sunbonnet Sue embroidery blocks for several summers now (I like to work on these while sitting in the sun so I'm making slow progress). I'm nearly finished with the fourth block and thought about using them with the Chained Star block, but they're 8" squares and I refuse to trim them down to 6" squares! They'll just have to wait for another block design, but here's what a redwork Chained Star might look like:
And here's what a small redwork quilt might look like, with and without sashing:
Do you see how the stars are "chained" together in this quilt?
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