Summer Stars - A New Quilt Pattern + Giveaway

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm so excited to finally announce this new pattern!


Summer Stars has been in the works for a little while now but I got a little held up on this new cover design because I have absolutely NO skills in the graphic design department (I know, I need to work on that).  So I finally decided to hire my friend, Chelsea Barney to put my ideas on paper (thanks Chelsea!) and I love how it turned out!  Do you like the digital quilt or do you prefer an actual photo (there's a real photo on the backside)?

So I knew I wanted to make a star quilt but I also really wanted to show that stars don't necessarily have to equate to a patriotic (red, white and blue) quilt.  I love trying to think outside of the box and I hope you do too!  I think this will be so cute in any color scheme and can't wait to see what you guys come up with!


I had been eyeing Tasha Noel's new fabric line with Riley Blake called Vintage Market and thought it would be the perfect happy, bright combination for these summer stars.


All the prints in Vintage Market are so, so cute but one of my favorites is the mint floral that I used for my back.  It's has a vintagy feel and great colors!


Summer Stars was such a fun pattern to make!  Piecing the star centers was my favorite part because I love how color placement makes each one look a little different.  It was fun to play around with that :)


Some of you may notice that I threw in a few other Riley Blake Basics too.  Just this gold gingham and a few polka dots so that I could add a few more brights to the mix. 


It was quilted by one of my favorite long-arm quilters, Kaylene Parry in Lehi, UT.  I use her a lot and she always does a fantastic job!  Do you like the straight-line quilting?  I'm kind of obsessed with it right now.  I like how it never distracts from the quilt pattern or the cute fabrics. 


Summer Stars comes with instructions for three different sizes (lap, twin and queen) and is now available in paper and PDF forms in my Etsy Shop (click HERE).  Let me know what you think in the comments below and I'll choose one of you to receive a free copy!

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

105 comments:

  1. This pattern is just 😍😍😍. I love that the smaller stars go all the way to the edges.

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  2. I love this pattern and can't wait to give it a try! Love how all of the Stars have different centers 😍

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  3. I love love this quilt!! It's adorable and love the fabric line you used too!! I had to get some soon as it was available! I did not realize the middle of the stars was the same pattern til you said so... Amazing what color can do! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. This pattern and quilt are so fun and refreshing! I too like how the centers of the stars look so different with the different color placement and values. For example, the one with the navy points and the little bit of blues, mint and pinks. So lovely and thanks for sharing your talents with us all.

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  5. Oh, I love anything stars and you are right--the vintage market fabric is just right! I think your pattern is darling--i have a big bundle of red white and blue that I've been collecting and this might be really cute for it!!

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  6. What a beautiful pattern. It's very striking and looks like a fun project to take on. Would love to sit and star gaze on this quilt xx

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  7. Love the pattern and the quilt. I would prefer a photo of the real quilt on the cover, since you asked. If I am not lucky enough to win this, I will be buying it!
    gigiv13@gmail.com

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  8. Love the pattern. Just can not have too many stars!

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  9. I always love a star quilt and this one is fantastic! The star centers are really pretty and make the quilt so interesting!

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  10. This is really cute. Iv love granny squares and having them as the star centres is genius.

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  11. It is fabulous!! I love star quilts and I love happy, fun colors. The mix of star sizes gives it more interest and movement. The pattern caught my eye immediately!

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  12. I absolutely LOVE this pattern! And I honestly just ordered some Vintage Market fabric yesterday.... so this would be perfect for me! ;)

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  13. I love it! Such a fun variation on a star quilt. I love the center designs. And your fabric choices are always so beautiful!

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  14. It is just beautiful Amber - I love how you give all the different dimensions/quantities for different sizes. This is really great so you can create exactly what you need without having to do all the maths. Love the design.

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  15. I think an actual picture would be my choice as well. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  16. I have just found your website through instagram and I am totally in love with this quilt! I am putting this on my to do list!

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  17. Such a cute pattern! I love all your colors and especially love the straight line quilting. It looks so pretty and clean against the white background! I personally prefer actual photos of quilts on patterns...particularly if I'm using similar fabrics or colors because you can see the fabric designs better.

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  18. Love the centers of stars! Thanks for the giveaway

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  19. I feel like a little kids jumping up and down saying, "pick me, pick me" I would be nice to win this. I love the colors, and whoever win, it well be great..

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  20. Love this pattern! I saw it on someone else's feed and had to get to the original to see what the name of this beauty is. The colors you picked really showcase the pattern and the quilting is magnificent! Congrats on a wonderful pattern!

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  21. This is BEAUTIFUL! The different fabrics in the middle of the stars is a genius way to make it look like thee are all different blocks. :-) I'm with you in the talent for graphic design and really do need to get better. I think I may need a class instead of just messing around like I've been doing. I don't mind digital pictures, but I do like to see a quilt in its entirety, rather than just a portion of it hung over a chair or something. Digital pictures make that easier, but it does not allow for a good visual of the quilting, which I really enjoy. Speaking of quilting, I LOVE straight line quilting and find myself wanting to do that on just about every quilt I make lately. I will be making this quilt soon. Thanks! :-)

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  22. I LOVE the "Summer Stars"....I had bought a fat quarter bundle of 1930's to make one of my "Vintage Vibes" Dresden Plates so even after that I have lots of fabric left - what better use for it than your "Summer Stars" pattern..Anna.

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  23. WOW! I love this quilt. So cute!

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  24. Absolutely love it! you did an awesome job! and the quilting is amazing too!

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  25. I love your quilt. It really says summery fresh. The straight line quilting is wonderful!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your pattern.

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  26. I love this pattern and your quilt! I think it will be such fun to play with fabrics with this design. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  27. I love the new pattern!!!! I think it would be perfect for my bundle of Happy Home!

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  28. Love it and can't wait to try it in some christmas golds reds greens !!

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  29. Looks like a great pattern! I "hired" my 16 year old graphic design expert to help me with my blog--I could not believe how quickly and easily she was able to make my vision come true.

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  30. I'd love to make one of these over the fall/winter so its all ready to use next summer. I love it!

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  31. Gorgeous stars; love the different centers in each of them! I think this would look great using Ambleside by Brenda Riddle, can't wait to try!

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  32. Love this pattern! The centres of the stars really pop. I have to make it. ...and quilt it just the same

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  33. I love the large and small size stars bouncing around. Really like the center of the stars as well as the colors used. Love the quilt.

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  34. I really love this one! You can really make it very unique but I love your fabric choices! It is beautiful! Looks like it could be a good one for scraps too! Love the different sizes of stars too!

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  35. I love everything about this quilt!! The colors, the pattern of course, and the straight line quilting make this one fabulous quilt!! Great job!!

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  36. I LOVE your Summer Stars quilt--great pattern and fabric! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  37. I love star quilts and this is quilt is gorgeous! I would love to win this pattern; thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I love your new pattern and it's adorable done in vintage market!

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  39. I absolutely LOVE this quilt pattern! I love the stars in all the bright colors. Thanks for giving us a chance to win the pattern. dahlgren0609 at gmail dot com

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  40. When I first looked at your quilt, I thought you used a different center for every star. Then after reading your write up, I went back and looked at the quilt. Clever fabric placement. And a really cute quilt!

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  41. So pretty! Well done. I love it!

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  42. It's a gorgeous quilt, and my favorite part is the straight line quilting! Thank you!

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  43. Such a beautiful quilt Amber. Congratulations on designing such a beautiful and pretty quilt. X

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  44. Love your star quilt! The big and the small the 'inside' of the big stars and of course the fabrics are gorgous:-)

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  45. Love your new pattern and how the fabric choices change up the look of the stars. Thanks for giving one away :)

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  46. Great quilt, love the centers, thanks for the give away.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  47. You have a stunning quilt there!! I love the straight line quilting on it too.

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  48. Great fabric placement and great pattern!

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  49. I think it is absolutely beautiful and I'm with you...perfect with Tasha Noel's new line...a personal favorite of mine. My dad has been jonesing for a quilt...this looks like the perfect one for his bed so I'll be making two...Vintage Market for me and something else for him! Thanks for the chance to win a pattern...and if not, adding it to my full Etsy cart! jwhit218 at aol dot com

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  50. I love your star quilt and all the little 'X's' inside of them. Tasha Noel's Vintage Market Fabric looks wonderful in this quilt. Congrats on your new lovely pattern!

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  51. Your quilt is beautiful!!!
    I prefer the real picture for the cover. I also really like the straight line quilting! You're right that it doesn't take away from the star design. It's so cool how the stars are different sizes and so colorful.
    Thanks for sharing and the giveaway

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  52. I really like the different sizes of stars you used and I am a sucker for vintage fabric looks. I think you could make this very scrappy looking too! Thanks for all your work.

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  53. Your pattern is fantastic, makes me want to make one right now! The granny squares in the center are darling with all the different color combinations! What a fun line of fabric you used! I think it would look good all in scraps, too. Oh, my mind is already in gear, going through (mentally) my piles of goodness,
    Thanks for the chance to win, I would love to!

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  54. Star quilts also give me a lovely nostalgic feeling and this one is no exception. I'm sure it will look wonderful in many fabric choices but the ones you chose are so fresh and inviting. Great pattern!

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  55. What a beautiful quilt & pattern! Your fabric choices were perfect & the straight line quilting was just the right touch! I've been looking at lots of star quilts, trying to decide on one to make & I think I've found it!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  56. Beautiful quilt! I really like this pattern. I also thought all the centers were different until I read your post. Great job on fabric placement and pattern design.

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  57. I love star patterns! So does my husband and he really likes this pattern too. Love the vintage look, it's beautiful.

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  58. I love how you used the colors to get such a beautiful effect. I love PDF patterns because I like to have them right away. I love the paper patterns for storage. I love them either way!!!

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  59. So pretty! And a great way to use up some of the stash. :) Thanks for sharing! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  60. LOVE LOVE LOVE this... what a fresh and fun look in the realm of stars. :)

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  61. I SOOOO Love your new pattern. I am kinda obsessed with star quilt patterns. I also love the look of the straight line quilting...going to have to try that. Thank you for sharing and giving us a chance to win your pattern...very generous of you. Hope you have a fantastic day. slwicker5 at gmail dot com

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  62. So beautiful! Lovely colors and design, congrats!

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  63. I love those stars - especially the centers. The quilting is incredible too.

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  64. Not sure my comment posted. I love this!

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  65. Fabulous - I love star quilts!!

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  66. Love everything about this quilt and am dying to get my hands on the pattern!
    satterfieldfamily at sbcglobal dot net

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  67. Love LOVE this quilt! And I also like the straight-line quilting. What thread was used for the quilting? Is it invisible thread by chance? Great choice of fabrics. Thanks very much for the giveaway.

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  68. Love this pattern! I'd prefer to have a photograph of the quilt rather than a digital drawing.

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  69. To answer your question: I like to see an actual picture of the quilt on the front and the digital picture on the back.

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  70. Very pretty and wonderful colors!

    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  71. Stars are my favorite, no matter what color. Love your new pattern.

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  72. Yikes, I love this happy pattern.
    I would LOVE to win this. Good luck to all though.

    congratulations to you.
    I love pdf patterns.

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  73. Stars are my favorite! Love your new pattern and the fabrics you chose.

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  74. I love star quilts! This quilt is fun with the stars on the edge, something I'd like to play with.

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  75. I absolutely LOVE the pattern! I think your fabric choices are great as well. I think homespun and earthy, rustic reds, creams, and blues would also make a beautiful quilt....

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  76. Such a wonderful pattern! I love to piece patchwork and stars and this is a perfect combination. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  77. Beautiful quilt & I really like your choice of fabrics. This is definitely one I want to make.

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  78. Hi there Amber,
    WOW…another great pattern from the mind behind the Scrap Jar Stars phenomenon!!!
    Thanks!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline
    snausages22 at yahoo dot CA

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  79. Wow! What a different star pattern -I really like it. The stars all blend really nicely together - good job!

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  80. I love this! So fresh and crisp! I like how the larger stars are a showcase for another fun block. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  81. oh I absolutely adore your pattern, win or lose I will be getting that pattern for sure

    erin2470@hotmail.com

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  82. Summer Stars is certainly spectacular! I like the centers the best too...they seem to shimmer. This would make a great summer quilt. Love the name too!

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  83. I may have posted this already but your stars are wonderful. A nice twist to a familiar pattern. I like it.

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  84. I do so love this pattern! Sincerely, Paula K.

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  85. Love this pattern!

    hl3smith@yahoo.com

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  86. I love Summer stars! I admit that I have a weakness for stars to begin with, but the beautiful soft pastels, brights mixed in are spectacular. The straight line quilting adds to the whole look. I would love to win! Thanks for the chance ��

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  87. I love summer stars! The pastels and brights make the whole quilt pop. The straight line quilting really adds to the whole look! Thanks for the chance to win😊

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  88. Oh wow - I need me some Summer Stars!! The fabrics you used are perfect for it too!!!

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  89. I love it all! The pattern cover, the stars, the quilt and the fabric you chose.

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  90. I love it all! The cover, the quilt, the stars and the fabric you chose!

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  91. Great quilt! I think I prefer the actual photo. Although a few drawings using different fabric options is also a good addition to every pattern.

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  92. Lovely pattern! The way the stars float on the background, the small stars that mimic the large ones, fabulous! I also love your attention to detail in making it -- specifically the stars with directional prints in the points and you've kept them all going the same direction. It shows the great care you've put into making this.

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  93. I love that the blocks look like each one is different, but all you had to was change the colour placement, very clever.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  94. Love the pattern and I am all about star quilts! Thanks for the chance.

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  95. This pattern is gorgeous and I love the fabric colors you chose for this quilt! Amazing work!!

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  96. Your quilt pattern is darling! I especially love the center of the stars! Your choice of fabric could not have been better! Keep doing what you do best...love your designs...you have talent!!πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•,

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  97. What a cute quilt pattern--so fresh and new! Love your fabric choices, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  98. You have such a great aesthetic, I always love your design, fabric and quilting choices. Congrats on another beautiful quilt completion.

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  99. Great pattern, hope I win!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  100. Love this pattern and yes, I do love the straight line quilting. I have a quilt top that needs to be quilted and I am going to try my hand at straight line quilting. Thanks for the inspiration and for the giveaway.

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  101. So, how do I access the actual update or correction? Love your patterns but want to print off the corrections and tape it to the pattern.

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