Oh My Stars! (A Quilt-Along)


CREATE YOUR OWN VERSION OF THIS SPARKLING QUILT. THE PATTERN IS VERY ADAPTABLE! This stunning quilt is created from several star blocks, each in three different sizes. The variety produces a striking quilt you’ll be proud to call your own. Christmas colors are simply wonderful against a red background. Other colors are just as nice. Have fun combining your favorite colors for your own striking version. We’ve included some examples further down to get you started.

What makes this quilt so unique is that you can choose whichever blocks you prefer to make, and their sizes, along with the number of blocks you want to combine for your own composition. The finished quilt can be whatever size you want it to be. Some of the blocks are rather complex, so you may want to stay with the simpler versions. Or not. It’s totally up to you. Each block has instructions for 12″, 8″ and 4″ finished blocks.

The instructions for the red version, designed by Sheila from Thought & Found, are presented as a quilt-along. Her quilt is 68″ x 92″. However, it’s easy to make the quilt larger or smaller. You’ll find the instructions at the following link. We recommend clicking through all of the steps before you begin so you understand how the blocks and the quilt go together. You’ll also find ideas for adjusting the size. This page, which shows how the quilt is laid out, will be helpful in producing a smaller quilt of fewer sections. Click on a block photo on that page to go to instructions for the block. The cutting sizes are a bit confusing at first. If the block instructions say to cut 6 1/2″ | 4 1/2″ | 2 1/2″ squares, that means you’ll cut 6 1/2″ squares for 12″ blocks, 4 1/2″ squares for 8″ blocks and 2 1/2″ squares for 4″ blocks. A number of beautiful quilts have been created from Sheila’s design. we’ve sprinkled several throughout this post. You’ll find several more to enjoy here. As you can see, the quilt is wonderful in any color theme and for any season.

Oh My Stars! Quilt

Stars are large spheres of plasma, held together by their own gravity. Stars emit light, heat, and other types of radiation because of the nuclear fusion processes that take place inside them, releasing large amounts of energy. Have you ever stopped to think how stars are created? Stars are formed by the condensation of gases that are bound together by gravitational attraction. The large nebulae, for example, are “nurseries” for stars, as large molecular clouds inside them give rise to new stars. When the star-forming gases approach, their velocity increases, driven by local gravity, as well as their density and temperature.

Over a period, which can take up to 10 million years, these protostars (stars in the early stages of formation) are compressed by their own gravities until the pressure and temperature in their core are sufficient for the hydrogen atoms to fuse, producing helium nuclei. Stars that derive their energy from the fusion of hydrogen atoms are called main-sequence stars; this type of star accounts for about 90 percent of all stars in the universe. Once the stars become capable of performing thermonuclear fusion, their fuel is used up, until the star evolves to its final stage of life. The possibilities are many: according to the mass of the star and its radius, it is possible to estimate what its future will be like. These stellar quantities, such as the mass and radius of stars, are commonly measured as a function of solar mass (M☉) and solar radius (R☉).

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Oh My Stars! Quilt

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