Postage stamp quilts are always a visual feast – and this Postage Stamp Star quilt block is no different.
The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a round-up on this block and asked me to join in. Of course, I said yes.
You can find out how to download the free PDF pattern for this block over at the Fat Quarter Shop.
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And if you’re a fan of quilt kits, this pattern has also been kitted out by the Fat Quarter Shop. You can find it here.
My Postage Stamp Star Quilt Block.
Here’s the low-down on my block.
I was keen to add an additional colour to my Postage Stamp Star block, so I swapped out the “G” rectangles in the pattern for a different fabric (this AGF squared elements).
I chose another AGF fabric as my light solid – a low volume grid pattern. This exact print is a little old, but there is a very similar one by AGF here. In fact, it would be even more clever at disguising mistakes than the one I used.
Yes, there are always mistakes! My seams wouldn’t match up here without a tuck. But because of the fine pattern on the fabric, the tuck looks a lot smaller than it is.
Here’s a mock-up of the block in a small quilt. I think the additional colour fabric is a bit of fun, creating a slight plus sign in the centre of the block.
Alternate Postage Stamp Quilt Options
The original version of this Postage Stamp Star block is made in just 2 colours. I was keen to see what it might look like inverted, or with 3 or even 4 fabrics.
The original layout has the light colour as the dominant fabric. This could easily be inverted to have the dark fabric as dominant to give a striking quilt:
Here it is with the extra colour in the “G” rectangles. Quite a different look!
Choosing fabric colours wasn’t hard, except for the fact that there are so many fantastic options.
You could go as bright or as monotone as you like. Here’s a bright, happy option:
Rainbow Postage Stamp Quilt Ideas
I couldn’t help myself. I had to mock-up some rainbow Postage Stamp Star block options. They are so much fun and really pack a punch.
First up, let’s keep it very buttoned down with charcoal and white checkerboards and just a hint of rainbow:
Not bad, right? Just one extra colour per block.
So if that’s one colour per block, how about we use 2 instead?
Wahoo, now we’re talking! We’ve invited all the colours over and we’re having a good time.
And just for fun, let’s take it up another notch and get rid of that quiet, unassuming light fabric altogether:
Woah, party time! All the colours! This version comes with a cigarette and some aspirin for the next morning.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my interpretation of the classic Postage Stamp Star block, I certainly had fun exploring options.
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