Sunday, October 1, 2023


Meet Radiance. She is my response to the October challenge.


Let's start from the beginning.

October's Challenge is sponsored by Accuquilt. In our Island Batik Ambassador Box, we received the Accuquilt Block on Board Die - North Carolina Star.

Accuquilt Die for North Carolina Star

Star of North Carolina is a traditional block made with paper-piecing AND partial seams - two of my absolute nemeses ganged up against me!!!

Star of North Carolina in EQ8 Block Library

Fortunately, Accuquilt has simplified the block such that there are no partial seams. However, in doing so the number of fabric pieces per block increased from 28 (in the original) to 56, resulting in 55 seams per block. Read Rebecca's blogpost, for a detailed analysis. 

Here is the "challenge" - there are 55 ways to mess up this block. 55 pitfalls. How many could I avoid?

I was supremely apprehensive about this challenge. When in doubt, go back and read the instructions.

"Get ready for an exciting quilting challenge that will leave you feeling inspired and creative! AccuQuilt is thrilled to present the GO! North Carolina Star as the die for the October challenge, a fantastic opportunity to showcase your quilting skills and creativity.

Throughout the month of October, we invite you to create a stunning quilt using the GO! North Carolina Star Die from AccuQuilt. This quilt block is complex when paper piecing, but with their die, it’s never been easier to make!

This die features precise cuts and effortless fabric alignment, plus it’s fat quarter friendly.

You don’t have to make a North Carolina Star block, feel free to come up with a new block design using the pieces of this die! There is no requirement to what kind of project you make: table runner, wall hanging, throw quilt, sleeping bag, tote bag - let your imagination run wild!"

Wild? This was wild enough.

I needed to tame this beast. 

This sentence jumped out - You don’t have to make a North Carolina Star block, feel free to come up with a new block design using the pieces of this die!

I had  to simplify this complicated block, while maintaining the spirit of the challenge. See my audition block below.

Audition Block

Each of the aqua squares was a quarter square triangle in the original/traditional block. Changing the QST into a simple square definitely simplified the block, reduced the number of seams (fewer mistakes/mismatched seams), while still keeping the overall look of the block.

Time to design. I turned to EQ8.

I chose the fabric line - Modern Opulence, Original Collection by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs.  I absolutely love this collection. It is warm and beautiful with all the values from the lightest yellow (almost white) to the darkest brown.

Here are some of the initial EQ8 designs that were discarded.

Four Blocks = Runner = Blah!

Four Blocks on Point - Its alright :-(

Five Blocks + Four Alternate/Filler Blocks - Kinda Busy

This didn't work as well as I had expected

Five + Four (Changed Alternate Block) - NAH!

Five + Four - On the right path...

Four + Four + One - Keep going...

I think we are there!

This was my final design. WAS. I loved the illusion of intersecting circles. 

Illusion! Of Circle!!! 

Oh yes, I knew what to do. 

Oh yes! This is it!!!

Removing the four corners reinforced the illusion of circle. I had found the holy grail following the trail of the Star of North Carolina.

Full steam ahead!

Block on Board - All pieces cut at once

First Block

I am a little fuzzy about what happened next. I was in a dazed frenzy. 

Woman on a mission... but it ended here.

All blocks done! 

Finished Flimsy!!!

Although I could die and go to heaven at this point, it still needed quilting and binding and photoshoot and this blogpost.  

I used 50 wt Aurifil Thread for piecing and 40 wt Aurifil Thread for quilting.

Aurifil Thread and Quilting Detail

Radiance finished at 40" square. The blocks are 12" and the borders are 2". I used Schmetz Needle for piecing (80/12) and quilting (90/14). I used Hobbs 80/20 Batting. The border and binding are Island Batik Solid Black. I used my walking foot to quilt wavy lines. 

Here are pictures from the photoshoot.

Inner Glow

Warm and Inviting

Rough Backdrop, Smooth Finish

Gold Bloom?

Cloudy Skies and Sunny Quilt

Hanging Out at a Winery!

I LOVE these colors!!!

Here are some close-up shots.

Cream, Caramel, Orange, Honey, Cinnamon and Cocoa - I could eat you up!!!

Shimmering against the Black Background

Grid Quilting


I could apologize for the very long, process-heavy, picture-laden post, but I am not sorry :-)

I would have NEVER attempted this block, if it was not for the Island Batik challenge.  I was flung into the rough seas so far out that my comfort zone was not even visible on the horizon. But I am thrilled at the outcome and humbled by the experience

I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties, see full list on the sidebar. Your glowing comments  make me glow too. And if you have any words of wisdom or criticisms, I welcome them, for they keep me grounded!

One last look!


  1. Well done. I really love these colours and design. Appropriate for Halloween

  2. This wall quilt is awesome, the color glow! I love the illusion of the circle, you hit a home run with this quilt! Happy stitching!

  3. Stunning, Preeti! Thank you for sharing.

  4. That is absolutely gorgeous!! Radiance is the perfect name because it absolutely glows! I loved reading about your process and seeing all the photos as your design came together. You nailed it on emphasizing the circular illusion. Congratulations on conquering this challenge!

  5. It is so interesting to have you step us through your thought process in creating this quilt! And I love the color scheme you chose. If only I didn't have 8,000 other quilts in my Wish List, I'd add this one, too!

  6. Wow, what a beautiful quilt! Even the simplified design looks complicated to sew. Thanks for showing us your process, it's fascinating to see how you met this challenge in a way that works for you.

  7. Wowza! Loved hearing about your process.

  8. That is a lovely quilt! It looks like a full Harvest Moon!

  9. It's beautiful, Preeti. I know you wouldn't have made the block or quilt without the challenge; how do you feel about it now? I especially loved getting to see your design evolution!

  10. It is beautiful. I love the fabrics, and the design is fantastic.

  11. Gorgeous finish! This design has so much movement and the colour choices are perfection!

  12. That's a beautiful line of fabric and with your great design, the quilt just glows! I enjoyed reading about your design process and seeing how it all turned out. Wonderful finish!

  13. Kristin Sykes-DavidOctober 1, 2023 at 4:56 PM

    This turned out so beautiful! It was fun to see the different iterations and your thought process.

  14. I love it! The curves are fabulous and much better edited with the corners gone. Hooray for a job well done on a very complicated block!

  15. Fabulous! I would have gone nuts and hid under the table when faced with this challenge-you looked it in the eye and made it yours.

  16. That is gorgeous, I love it. But I also love all of your other possibilities, especially the runner!

  17. Wow! This is a stunning quilt! I love what you came up with.

  18. WOW WOW WOW. Thanks for sharing the design evolution. You are a brave woman!

  19. Hi Preeti! Oh yes, this is definitely Radiance. It is truly stunning, and I love going through your EQ8 journey with you. I might have given up sooner than you but your perseverance paid off. I am especially thrilled with your choice to keep the corners in the background fabric. I really amped up the curvature aspect. I also think the simple wavy gridded quilting is inspired. I love every.single.thing about this quilt. Great job! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  20. Echoing every previous comment! Fabulous post!

  21. Truly impressive. Your quilts have been my favorites in all the recent challenges.

  22. Obviously, this challenge didn't just get your motor running, but shifted directly into hypersonic overdrive!!!! "We have liftoff!!!"
    Love the last picture on the chimney.

  23. I think your addition of the color on the 4 patches really makes it stand out. You do such amazing work. And I love this block and how you finished it. Perfect fall colors!

  24. You met the challenge with gusto, Preeti!! I love how all the different layouts make fun secondary designs! Love the way the quilting really pops on the black background to make it look like a beautiful grid! Your quilting is much straighter than mine would be! LOL Thanks for sharing with us on Monday Musings!

  25. Stunning! I totally love the finished quilt, and really appreciate the process photos and your thoughts along the way! Those fabrics are to die for, aren’t they?

  26. Stunning. I'm with you on partial seams and paper piecing not my cup of tea. The photo shoot looked like fun too and some stunning photos of a truly stunning quilt. MichelleinScotland.

  27. Beautiful design and quilt. Congratulations.

  28. Fantastic idea to remove some of the block elements in the corners. Really makes this pop!

  29. This quilt is absolutely stunning!

  30. Awesome design and fabulous fall quilt.

  31. Great Fall quilt. Lovely design and colours! Gail at the cozy quilter.

  32. Wow! What a complicated block - 56 pieces. Glad you found a fun way to reduce the complexity without losing the vibe. Your designs is really cool! BIG congrats on this finish! xo

  33. Wow, wow, wow!! I love this quilt, the colors, the so complicated main block, and the corners! So clever to take off the half part to make the illusion of circle. Another yummy quilt ;)
    Thank you so much for sharing your creative process, and linking up.

  34. I agree with all the other accolades. This is stunning and inspired and the title says it all.

  35. Radiance is beautiful, Pretti, it really does glow in those fabrics. I appreciate it even more after being walked through your design process.

  36. Stunning! I just love this quilt. Very clever how you changed the block. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  37. What a beautiful quilt! Loved seeing all of the different quilts you designed in EQ8 before coming up with the perfect design.

  38. Just simply AWESOME!