Introducing Starstruck

Today, I get to fully introduce the projects from my new booklet, Starstruck.  I did a preliminary introduction and talked a little about the technique in my last post (click here to view).


It’s a technique that I found a bit addicting.  I just couldn’t seem to stop making stars!  All of those stars turned into the many size options from the book.  There are a total of 9 size options using the large size block.  There are also 3 minis that are made using a smaller block and are perfect for using up your scraps.


This is the medallion style quilt that made the cover.



My neighbor just happens to have a beautiful zinnia field.  I couldn’t help but ask to borrow it for this photo!



If you are wondering how my quilt is levitating in this field- my husband is standing on a stool behind the quilt, on his tiptoes, holding his arms up as high as he could as he was literally eaten alive by mosquitos and I yelled “Don’t wrinkle the quilt!  Hold it straight!  A little higher!”  It was a crappy experience for him, but I couldn’t help but laugh with joy.  I had gotten the shot and the lighting was perfect after a week of rainy weather.




This is the quilt where I pretended to be a professional machine quilter and tried a few things that were a little out of my league – but the middle of this quilt was screaming for some beautiful quilting, so I just had to go for it.  I also quilted the stars with different motifs, which I will show in another blog post.


My back cover quilt is a simpler layout – at least looks wise, even though the cover quilt is just as easy to sew together as this one.  This is another beautiful setting – found by my husband Joel.






The next layout is the crib size quilt.  (It could also be used as a wall quilt).



I chose to include this option in the book because it only uses 7 chevron fabrics.  As you can tell from the cover quilt, I used a lot of chevron prints – I think around 25.  For this quilt, I wanted to show that using fewer fabrics can still make a beautiful quilt.  So for those that don’t feel up to the task of finding so many different prints, but like the technique, you can still do it.




This beautiful old truck was also found by my husband.  Can you tell he has a lot of connections?  He once again came through with this fun prop, and on top of that, he is laying in the truck bed holding the quilt in place so I could get my shot.  The other cute prop is our Max.




Lastly, I have a few of the smaller projects to share.



I wanted to include this large size runner because it shows what it looks like to use just one chevron print.  This print is from my Here Fishy, Fishy collection.  Again, it’s a great way to try the technique without having a collection of chevron fabrics.  It still amazes me that these detailed looking stars are only made with 6 triangles!  It’s that chevron fabric that does all the work for you!



This runner also shows using just one fabric, but it’s done with the Mini size block.  It’s had to believe it is made from just one fabric, as each block is unique.




If you like the mini size, you will have scraps leftover from the big quilts that you can use to make some mini blocks.  Here you see the runner using one chevron print and a runner made using just scraps.



This shot show the difference in size between the large blocks and the minis.



I just love how each block is unique!  As you can see, every fabric is not a traditional chevron.  They just need to zig zag a little to make a star. (I will talk more on fabric selection in a later post)



If you are interested in trying this technique, I will be giving away a copy to my blog readers.  Just leave a comment to be entered to win.  We are also taking preorders on the book here.

About Heather Peterson

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102 Responses to Introducing Starstruck

  1. Abby Arthur says:

    Those quilts are beautiful! I love them. So clever. Vintage look which I love.

  2. Chris says:

    Heather theses are just stunning!! I am always so inspired by you and your creative “juices”! 🙂 Your husband does a great job too I might add. 🙂 Every time you come out with a new technique or pattern I want to try it all! 🙂 Humm, when will you sell “extra time” LOL Loved the post and seeing Max!! Nice job!!!

  3. Jean says:

    Another winner. I love the quilting on the front cover one.

  4. Chris says:

    By the way, your quilting is gorgeous!!!

  5. Marsha Nelson says:

    The quilts are stunning and so is your quilting! Your husband is quite a guy.

  6. Jennifer W says:

    This is so exciting. I could make something really intricate looking with my skill level! Thanks for the patterns. They are always easy to read.

  7. Gloria says:

    More beautiful quilts. I would love to try this technique.

  8. Sharon Ernst says:

    This is GORGEOUS!! And I LOVE your quilting! It looks like a very fun technique to learn!

  9. These are so pretty! Every pattern of yours that I’ve purchased in the past has been extremely well written, so I know this one will be too. I use Shams With Style every time I make a pillow – it’s the best quilting book I’ve ever purchased.

  10. Karen Neiman says:

    Beautiful quilts, quilting, and backdrops! A home run for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  11. marie says:

    WOW—-I’m really not into these brighter fabrics, my favs being Civil War, but this really got my attention. Great job on the quilting.

  12. Tac says:

    What a gorgeous quilt! Thank you for showing so many variations.

  13. Paula W. says:

    This is an awesome pattern. I love it. I’m going to start pulling out all of my chevron fabric…..and maybe buy some more! Wonderful post too. Your husband is a real team player!

  14. Jocelyn says:

    These are just stunning. I would love to learn how to achieve these beauties. Your props are awesome and likewise your husband.

  15. Jean says:

    Chevron fabric just got added to y list.

  16. Sue says:

    Love the pattern. So very cheerful and springish (is that a word)
    I would be thrilled to have a copy
    Thanks for the opportunity
    Sue arabski

  17. Cecilia says:

    These are gorgeous! The locations and props were perfect. Thank you for the great patterns and giveaway. Max seemed to be enjoy the fun. 😊

  18. Diane W says:

    I can see a 4th of July quilt!! Using tans, reds and blues. Some cream too. Oh my. Or even light blue and whites for a snowflake/christmas quilt. Youre very lucky your hubby helps you! Not sure mine would be so helpful!! Itd have to be in his fishing boat!!! Ha.

  19. Debbie says:

    Love this! 😍 I would love to give this a try, stunning quilts!

  20. Carol C says:

    Super quilts. I think I need a whole bunch!

  21. Jen B says:

    The quilts are gorgeous, I can hardly believe that that runner only uses one fabric!

  22. vivoaks says:

    It’s hard to believe you made ALL those stars!! You really MUST have enjoyed it, to make that many. Great job, and lots of quilts and other goodies from all of them! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. Carol Broughton says:

    How exciting!! All of the projects are so pretty and I would love to try this technique.

  24. Julie in WA says:

    So inspiring! I especially love the first quilt with its amazing quilting!

  25. Marilyn says:

    This looks really fun to try. I am going to start looking for the right fabrics now’!

  26. Sandra says:

    It is hard to believe what you did with the chevron fabrics! The pictures are absolutely beautiful! The one with your son, Max is my favorite. He has such a nice smile!

  27. Judy says:

    Love the look of these unusual stars.

  28. Dinah Snyder says:

    I love all of these blocks and quilts, etc.! Beautiful!

  29. Dawn Stephens says:

    You always amaze me with the different patterns you design. I love this pattern and am anxious to try this myself.

  30. Karen Wolter says:

    love all the quilts and runners, love how you have given us multiple sizes to chose from to make, stunning

  31. Kristi Castanette says:

    I loved this post so much! From the gorgeous quilts to the outdoor settings and the fact that your husband and sons help you with your “job,” this was a very fun post. I would love to try this technique! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Judy Farabee says:

    Your quilts are so beautiful. You are truly amazing. Love your site. On Oct 8, 2016 12:48 PM, “Trends and Traditions” wrote:

    > Heather Peterson posted: “Today, I get to fully introduce the projects > from my new booklet, Starstruck. I did a preliminary introduction and > talked a little about the technique in my last post (click here to view). > It’s a technique that I found a bit addicting. I just cou” >

  33. Nan says:

    So beautiful! And I surely was wondering how that quilt was hanging in the flower field! A devoted husband for sure!

  34. Colleen Coffman says:

    These quilts are beautiful Heather! Such an ingenious method to make spectacular results. The way your mind works to figure these out, wow!

  35. Linda Fleming says:

    Love all your hexagon quilts – they are so joyful! The mini with the white background is my favorite – makes me smile every time I scroll through your wonderful post.

  36. Kris P says:

    Heather, I love it when you play with fabric. The results are Stunning! I love them all. Oh, and the quilting on the front cover… remarkable. You are entirely too modest. Congratulations on another great set of patterns.

  37. Janet says:

    All the quilts are so interesting. Love how each has it’s own distinct personality.

  38. martha mumaw says:

    Beautiful quilts and settings! So nice that your hubby is a helping hand.

  39. Pat says:

    Being from Minnesota myself, I understand “being eaten alive by mosquitos” only too well! What a guy! Just got your new table runner book and can’t believe you’ve already made these quilts for another book! You must make the most of each minute! Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. Susan K says:

    I love these! What a fun way to play with chevron fabrics. Kudos to the husband for helping with the photo shoots.

  41. Susan says:

    Beautiful and fun quilt. I am amazed with all of your work and that cute little prop in the truck.

  42. Judi D says:

    Lovely, nice job.

  43. Joy P says:

    Wow! Amazing quilts. And your quilting is beautiful.

  44. Lori in NC says:

    I love these, especially the mini table runners. Does the booklet include tips on how to make your piecing accurate enough so they all line up?

  45. Shaun says:

    Beautiful quilts and projects, beautiful quilting and beautiful settings for your photography!

  46. Wow! Your quilts are gorgeous! And your quilting looks wonderful!! I would love to play with this technique~ thanks for the chance!

  47. Jo Anne Hawks says:

    Very interesting to see the variety achieved from one simple technique.

  48. noelayoung says:

    This technique looks very interesting and I will look forward to seeing the fabrics you have used in the blocks.

  49. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Gorgeous! I can’t decide which one I like the best….

  50. Lee Ann Kittleson says:

    The stars made with this technique remind me of looking through a kaleidoscope. Each one so unique and beautiful!

  51. Darlene B says:

    Beautiful quilts and beautiful quilting as well!

  52. Mary D says:

    It looks like it would create endless combinations of unique stars, snowflakes or fireworks.

  53. Kim D. says:

    Really beautiful in all sizes. I particularly like the tabletop sizes. Looking forward to making many.

  54. susan margeson says:

    I love it. So creatives. The designs appear endless with different combinations.

  55. Chookyblue says:

    More amazing designs.. Will done…..

  56. Kori Ireland says:

    I love this! They are all so beautiful. I can’t wait to hear more about fabric selection.

  57. Sheri says:

    Absolutely stunning!!!! I can understand how they can become addicting.

  58. Connie Gratias says:

    Loving these designs! Looking forward to the booklet.

  59. Sara says:

    These are amazing. Love them all.

  60. Marie P. says:

    These are really fun, Heather. My favorite is the orange one and I love your photo settings – Great job! I’d love to make one of these beauties. – Your quilting looks great!

  61. Carolyn Sands says:

    Wonderful – What a great way to use chevron fabric!!

  62. Frankie says:

    This is the best use of chevron fabric! I love every single project you’ve shared and really look forward to the book.

  63. Helen says:

    Loves these quilts, great that you have a tall husband I have two 6 foot 3 sons that hold quilts, change light globes, reach top shelves etc.

  64. Susie says:

    This might be your best one yet – love it!

  65. Jane Eilderts says:

    Beautiful, beautiful! Now I would love to know what you used for the background on the cover quilt! Guess I better start collecting chevron prints!

  66. Ronda says:

    You are a very clever person ~ and I must add, you certainly were not “pretending” to be a professional quilter, I think your quilting always looks professional! I would love to win your book and start playing with the chevron fabrics. Thanks for the chance!

  67. DiAnn Schaefer says:

    The quilts are amazing! I have never used any chevron fabric or patterns and these patterns are
    sure an inspiration. Colors are so “happy”, I’m Starstruck!! Love to win the booklet!

  68. Megan says:

    I never buy chevron (or stripes for that matter) fabric because I never know how to use it. But this is a great idea!

  69. Deb G. in VA says:

    What a great idea! I would never have thought about using chevrons to make stars! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your latest book!

  70. Linda says:

    The projects are wonderful, Heather….I would love to piece some star blocks…thanks for the chance to win……

  71. Judy J says:

    I’m “starstruck” by these patterns. Love all your patterns. I think I’m addicted!

  72. Ann in NC says:

    WOW! I can see how the blocks would be addictive!!! Looks like another great book! Glad you had to act on you idea!!! Your photos (and help from your guys) are delightful! Great job with your intricate quilting!

  73. Gloria Cotten says:

    What gorgeous blocks and quilts! Thanks for the chance to win your book.

  74. Joan M says:

    Beautiful quilts! Thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway.

  75. Annie says:

    All of you quilts are so pretty. This looks like a cool technique!

  76. Patty Bretheim says:

    Love the idea using chevron fabrics, you are so clever. Thanks again for new quilt ideas. Patty B.

  77. Jane Campbell says:

    This looks like so much fun!!! And kudos to your location manager/prop man!

  78. TJ Sikkink says:

    I just love when a fabric does all the work and makes you look like you a super star! I’ll have to start my chevron collection. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  79. Carrie S says:

    I don’t have an chevron in my stash…yet! I will be looking for some soon to try out these fabulous patterns!

  80. Kathy S. says:

    Fantastic quilts and fantastic idea! Love the background scenery too. Thanks for the give-away.

  81. SHAUNA SCHOLES says:

    amazing you are so talented. LOVE THE STARS

  82. Gloria says:

    I think I need to begin purchasing chevron prints! Wow, these look great. Thanks for your husband holding the quilt while been bitten!! He sounds like a great guy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  83. Margie F. says:

    Love this! I would never have thought of this! I guess that’s why you’re the designer ☺️

  84. Janice King says:

    These designs are wonderfully creative. I have a fat quarter bundle of chevron fabrics that I didn’t know how I was going to use them. These medallion designs are ideal. Love your hubby’s creative side too!!!

  85. Gale says:

    What a great idea!!! Love how they look so complicated, but you make them easy. Just bought 4 copies of your latest runner book to give my sewing friends for Christmas. This one may have to be on the list for their birthdays!!!

  86. Your photos for this book are amazing Heather!

  87. Sharon Peterson says:

    I love the fabrics and how all the colors work so well together. Also love the locations of the photo shots. You truly are one blessed and talented lady!

  88. PamO says:

    How fun and creative. I need to check my stash. I know I have at least two.
    Thank you.

  89. GrannyC says:

    This is the most interesting thing I have seen in quite a while. Hats off to you for developing this fabulous technique!!

  90. Shirley J B says:

    Love it!

  91. Susan Belyea says:

    What beautiful quilts! I love them! Can’t wait to try this. Thank you!

  92. Julie T. says:

    All your quilts are beautiful! It sounds like an interesting technique I would like to try!

  93. BFromM says:

    Oh, my gosh! Those quilts are so beautiful. I love the technique, because I see how you get a big visual impact without a lot of work! And I love the floating quilt!

  94. Sue Dee says:

    Ohhhhh. Myyyyyy, Goooodness. Stunning! Looks complex and difficult, but isn’t. Looks time-consuming, but isn’t. Ordering one now. But if I win, this would make the perfect gift for my mentor and best friend!

  95. Sue Dee says:

    Your quilts are always so beautiful but, as we say in the South, you have outdone yourself, girl! The pictures alone would be worth the price of the book, much less the opportunity to make my own work of art. You truly are a gifted photographer. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

  96. Loriann Fish says:

    This sounds so much easier than it looks! I love that kind of project. Thanks for the chance to win.

  97. Tina McNamara says:

    WOW! This is amazing! I love how you can use one fabric and get so many looks. Also using the scraps of the larger blocks to make smaller ones. You are very gifted. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the give-a-way!!!

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  99. Heather H. says:

    Soooo pretty! Would love a book!

  100. Heather H. says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  101. Wendy T. says:

    I really like your idea and technique. Very clever how they all turn out so differently. Any pattern that looks complicated but in fact is not – that is a winner in my book!

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