I offered to test a pattern for Sunshine in the Attic, she designed a Christmas Star Stained Glass block and I just loved how it looked. Since I had just received my reward from Connecting Threads' drawing on Facebook (THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!) I was inspired to use some of the sea-themed batiks. This is the fabric I received:
Isn't it gorgeous!? This is their new line called Batik Paradise and I'm impressed. The batik fabric is not as stiff as some others I've worked with from my local quilt shops, but I like the quality just as well. And love the designs! I feel very fortunate to have received this beautiful collection. The funny part was I had just ordered the following stash builder from them the day I found out I had won:
This is for my sister's quilt, I needed to boost my red, white, and blue stash and this was the perfect way to do it. I shall have to get started on the cutting so I can use it as a leader-ender project for now. The idea is to have it finished by next May & her 25th birthday.
Anyway! Here is the block and some pictures of playing with the layout of the center:
This was great fun to play with, and I look forward to seeing the color-ways the other pattern testers go with! I may need to try this with actual Christmas colors and see how I like it. And now seeing the red, white, and blue next to the pattern intrigues me as well, hmmmm...
Alright, let's get out there and play with color combinations!