Reach for the Stars: Blocks 10 and 11

Eleven blocks down, three to go. I’m heading into the home stretch on my Reach for the Stars sampler quilt! Before I reveal my new blocks, let me refresh your memory with a photo of the original Reach for the Stars quilt designed by Terri Krysan of Lakeville, Minnesota:

RFTS by Terri Krysan
Reach for the Stars by Terri Krysan

Copyright Quilter’s Newsletter. Used with permission. Photo by Melissa Karlin Mahoney.

So striking! Quilter’s Newsletter magazine is presenting instructions for this quilt in seven consecutive issues. The current issue is the fifth, with directions for Blocks 10-12.

Here is my Block 10:

RFTS Block 10
14″ Square with Sashing

My Block 10 bears no resemblance whatsoever to Block 10 in Terri Krysan’s quilt. I departed from her design because I found a block I liked better on — of all places — a coffee cup I’ve had for over 20 years:

2014-5 Nebraska coffee cup
Inspiration on a Coffee Cup

See the block just above the capital N of Nebraska? That’s my Block 10!

Here’s that block on point, as it will be in my finished quilt:

Block 10 on point
Block 10 on Point


It’s neighbor, Block 11, is also a renegade:

RFTS Block 11
Block 11, Straight

I dreamed this one up myself, though it’s probably been done before. The black squares in the corner blocks were an afterthought. I think the block is much more interesting with the addition of those 1″ squares, don’t you?

Here’s the block on point:

Block 11 on point
Block 11 on Point


Here are the blocks together. Did you notice that they both have fussy-cut centers?

RFTS Blocks 10 and 11 collage
Side by Side

I challenged myself to incorporate a fussy-cut element into each of my blocks without repeating any of the images.  It’s a good thing I have only three blocks left!




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5 Responses to Reach for the Stars: Blocks 10 and 11

  1. I dare say- I like your colors much better than the inspiration quilt. Can’t wait to see it all done!

  2. Sherri says:

    They are gorgeous Dawn! I love the black squares that you added.
    Both squares are beautiful additions and complement the rest of the blocks!

  3. Vickie says:

    Ah the renegade! Go for it. Everything looks great and your work is well executed!

  4. Jeanne Ann says:

    I like the background behind the mug! *wink*
    Lovely quilt squares too! Nice departures.

  5. Diane says:

    Absolutely terrific!

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