Marine Star // Block #6 // Summer Sampler 2017

Marine Star Swim Bike Quilt

Happy Monday! Today’s Summer Sampler 2017 block is called Marine Star.  I like this block so much, I made it in 2 sizes.  I have always loved Mariner’s Compass quilts–the intricacies and shapes can be stunning. I don’t see myself making an entire Mariner’s Compass quilt in the near future, so I wanted to include a simple “inspired by” compass-style block in the Summer Sampler. This block can look pretty different, based on your fabric choices and placement, and I have included a few photos and mockups here for inspiration.  [Purchase the Summer Sampler here]

Marine Star_samecolor
I love this block with a white center and blue star points–it looks completely different in two colors (or even 3), doesn’t it? MarineStar (1)
Marine Star_color

The original mockup is beautiful, and I really like the effect when you split the 4 “main” star points into 2 colors, each.  Or, you could split the “background” star prints, in coral below.MarineStarplum

I like the ninja star effect with the purple star block.
MarineStar (2)

A rainbow effect would also be fantastic–you have 16 individual half-star points to play with!


Marine Star Swim Bike QuiltIn my blocks, I switched the value around–instead of the darker color (cerise in the photo above), I chose to use yellow for the background star.  Because I was curious, I made this paper pieced version (6″) without the center white square. Instead, I just cut the two green pieces (3A and 3B) a little longer, and didn’t use a 4A or 4B white square.  As a reminder, hen you paper piece, it is always important to trim correctly, pin and line up seams accurately, and take your time. With this quilt block, it might even be more important (see that center square? It is a little bit tricky.)  If you are concerned about accuracy, or even like the look better, this block coloring might be for you!

Want to explore Mariner’s Compass blocks a little more? Check out this quilt and this quilt and this quilt (even if it isn’t strictly a Mariner’s Compass). Wow, right?

Want to make your own? All the information about the Summer Sampler 2017 is below!



Summer Sampler Information at a Glance

See this post for all of the details.

Purchase Info:

$24.99–this one time fee gets you access to each of the block instructions, which are delivered to your email inbox weekly, as well as finishing instructions and access to a subscriber only Facebook group.

Purchase the Summer Sampler here

Delivery Info:
Each Monday, subscribers will get an email with a link to that week’s block pattern. If they create an account with Lee’s pattern shop, the weekly pdfs will also be available there. Anyone who subscribes after the launch (May 15) will receive a link for past week’s blocks too.
 SSS2017 a few stars Summer Star Medallion copy
Quilt Along and Social Media:
Similar to last year, there is a subscribers-only Facebook group, which is a great place to share photos, ask questions, interact with quilters and designers, and celebrate progress! We are hosting a formal quilt along, and hope you join in. If you post photos on Instagram, please use the hashtag #summersampler2017.
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One Comment

  1. Quilting Tangent
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Love Mariner’s Compass blocks/quilts.

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