North Carolina Star (Variation) Table Runner

October is the month that Island Batik joined forces with AccuQuilt and challenged the ambassadors to create a project using the North Carolina Star BOB (Block on Board) die. We received this die set in one of our boxes of goodies earlier in the year. I must admit, I was nervous about this challenge.

We were free to create the traditional blocks or reimagine them... I decided on the latter.

Here's my table runner with my variation of the North Carolina Star block. I decided to remove the four point pieces that would normally go in the middle of that light coloured triangle. You can see what I mean a little better in the image of the die, below.

Many of my Island Batik ambassador friends used autumnal colours in their projects, which is perfect for the cooler seasons they're approaching. 

As it's spring here and I'm heading toward a very hot summer (as the weather presenters keep warning), I decided to use some cool colours in my project. The fabrics I used are all foundations and blenders and available all year round. Foundations in Periwinkle, Mint, Marine and Blender is Dandelion in bubblegum.

The batting was a piece of Hobbs Thermore, which was left over from a previous quilt project and Schmetz Microtex needles for the block piecing and quilting.

I used Aurifil 50wt in this project. I pieced the block pieces in a royal blue cotton thread (the light cream thread was too visible in the dark blue when I tried a sample). I was very undecided as to how I'd quilt this piece. Finally, I followed the *K.I.S.S principle and used the light cream thread to stitch in the ditch within the blocks and the royal blue to stitch in the ditch around the borders and for the binding. 

As always, thanks to Island Batik for setting a fun challenge for us. 
Accuquilt for supplying us with a fantastic die that is wonderful for creating a variety of different blocks/projects. 
Aurifil for a variety of beautiful thread to use in our projects.
Hobbs Batting for a huge supply of their beautiful batting.
Schmetz Needles for a variety of needles to use in our sewing machines.

Please visit my fellow Island Batik ambassadors to see the beautiful projects which they have created through October with their North Carolina Star BOB's.


  1. another winner anorina! easy to see why you are a true ambassador!

  2. The tablerunner is so pretty, the colors are awesome! You've done a great job with your version of the block. Happy stitching!

  3. Beautiful, Anorina! I love how you used the block "parts"!!


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