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Block of the Day: Air Castles in Raspberry and Cream

Today’s Block of the Day is called Air Castles.  I’ve had this block bookmarked at the Fort Worth Fabrics blog for months because I love the colors they used.  The first time I saw it I thought, “Someday I’ll be able to make that.”  Well, ‘Some Day’ has finally arrived.  And I did it without the pattern!

I like this block because, as you might remember, I love star blocks.  But I also like how the lighter color star legs are overlapped by the darker legs, the downward points don’t just meet in the middle like the legs on this 4-Patch Star.  It gives the star a bit more dimension.  Plus, it just looked like it would be fun to make 🙂

This block was designed by Marsha McCloskey of Clothworks for a block-along Fort Worth Fabrics was hosting and you had to purchase the pattern.  I would have happily done just that but I couldn’t find the link for it anywhere so I just put the ol’ noodle to it and made my own pattern.

Air Castles Star Quilt Block

Raspberry and Cream Quilt Block
It seems like anybody can call any block anything they want so I’m going to call my block, “Cherry Pie Star” just cuz I can!  I used some leftover squares from a Mackinac Island Charm Pack.

How To Make This Air Castles Star Quilt Block

If you compare this Air Castles Star with the Patriotic Double Friendship Star that I posted yesterday you’ll see they’re almost the same block.  Almost.  (See the tutorial here)

The only difference is you only need to make one set of half square triangles from your secondary leg color, because you can use all 4 triangles in this block.

Here’s the difference between the 2 blocks.  It’s subtle, but it does change the look of the block.

Do you see it?  In the Double Friendship Star the top and bottom legs are reversed when compared to the Air Castles Star.  I think I like the Double Friendship Star better because it looks more like a star.  But it might also be the fabric choices.  In the Air Castles block the use of 2 different colors for the legs gives it a bar affect.  In the Friendship Star the use of 2 very different colors for the star legs makes it look more like a star.  Maybe if I’d used 2 different blues in the Air Castles star I might like it better.

What do you think?  They’re basically the same, but which do you like better?

Donna Anderson

I loved my time working behind the cutting counter at Joann Fabrics but I love shopping at Joann Fabrics even more! What are you making today?

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