Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter Stars

It's Day 2 of our snow, ice and winter stars series!  We're sew excited to share this Sew Hooked design, which was created by paper-piecing wizard Jennifer Ofenstein of Sew Hooked fame.  "Floating Mariner" is Jennifer's stunning version of a traditional Mariner’s Compass Star. This quilt reminds us of twinkling stars reflecting off a blanket of snow.

Floating Mariner, approx 62 x 62",  by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked

We love the way in which the smaller stars in the corners of the blocks come together to echo the center motif.  The photo above shows a 4x4 block arrangement; a single block makes a stunning 15.5″ wall-hanging (below).  The detail photo below also shows Jennifer's lovely echo quilting. 

You can read about the Floating Mariner at this post and obtain the pattern for only $6 at the Sew Hooked Shop. Jennifer says:  "The block is simple enough for an advanced beginner to tackle, but rewarding for quilters of all skill levels."  Want to learn to paper piece? It's easier than you might think! Check out Jennifer's free paper piecing resources and text tutorial.

Image credits: Images are shown with the generous permission of Jennifer Ofenstein.


  1. What a beautiful quilt! It's almost enough to get me to paper piece - almost :)

  2. This is stunning. So glad you share so much inspiration.


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