Up, Up and Away….

It’s a stream-of-consciousness thing… when I thought about something being dimensional… the Fifth Dimension popped into my head.

This is better.

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These are Radiant Stars – also known as Moravian Stars.  They’re made using a really cool dimensional form of English Paper Piecing.  Instead of being from a thick-ish paper, these pieces are cut from cardstock and they’re one of the Fabriflair kit-patterns from Amy Barickman and Indygo Junction.

I love them because they’re perfect for charm packs.  And they look even better in person – having hovered around the Indygo Junction booth in Salt Lake City this past May to get a better look, I know of what I speak.

I mention them today because the holidays are coming and I’ve gotten a couple of these kits to make gifts.  (Or to keep for myself…)  There are six different kits – essentially four different designs.

There is the Navette Needlecase – probably my favorite because I know I can get this one finished by December.

Each kit creates two 3″ x 5″ tri-fold needle cases.  If you want scrappy, a couple of Layer Cake squares will work perfectly for these.  Or fat eighths and fat quarters.

The Brio Spheres can be used as a faceted sphere or bowls.

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Each kit comes with enough mat board pieces to make a single complete sphere or two bowls.  The Small Brio Sphere uses 6 – 1/8th yard cuts, 1 charm pack of 5″ squares, Layer Cake Squares or assorted scraps or fat quarters.  It would also work with a pack of 3.5″ Moda Treats!The small sphere measures 3 3/4″ tall-across.

The Large Brio Sphere measures approx. 6″ tall and it’s made with 1/4 yard cuts or fat quarters, 5″ charm squares or Layer Cake squares.  .

The Radiant Star kits also come in two sizes.  The Large Radiant – or Moravian – Star kit creates one 10″ star per package.  While you could use bigger cuts of fabric, this kit is perfect – perfect! – for charm packs.  Like maybe something metallic or holiday-themed.

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The Radiant Star – Small kit makes one 5″ Moravian star and it can be made with a pack of 5″ charm squares or two Mini Charm Packs of 2.5″ squares.  Layer Cake squares, Jelly Roll strips and other cuts will also work… but more fabrics is better, right?

So what else do you need?

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Here’s the supply list:

  • Fabriflair Kit
  • Fabric.  Of course.  We like charm packs.
  • A fabric glue stick or pen – we love the Sewline Pens.
  • Sewing needles – use the one you like best – I like Straw-Milliner’s needles.
  • Thread

While you could theoretically use any thread, Amy suggests the Crossroads 12 wt. threads from Sulky.  The thicker thread gives a little more stability with the heavier matboard templates.  It also gives the finished pieces added dimension, a bit of embellishment.  The Crossroads threads come in more than a dozen thread set assortments.  The sets are either twelve 50-yard spools or six 330-yard spools.  Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Broadway and Grand… those are some of the names of the very yummy thread collections.

If you’re interested in seeing how to make one of these Fabriflair kits, there is a YouTube video – Fabriflair – Create a Radiant Star!

When they heard how much we loved these Fabriflair kits, Amy and her crew donated a set of kits for a giveaway.

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The Trilliant Ornament!  I knew I was missing one!

We’re going to include a few charm packs – one for each kit.

Just leave a comment by Midnight on Sunday – October 16th – and you’re entered to win.  It’s that simple!

Happy Friday!

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191 thoughts on “Up, Up and Away….

  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! I would love to try these babies out!!!! They look like so much fun!!! My fingers are crossed……

  2. The Moravian Star would make a very impressive gift for anyone! Who wouldn’t love to receive a completed star as a gift? Very sophisicated❣️ Can’t wait to make one of these babies up❣️

  3. Those look like an exciting new challenge and great use of charm Packs! Would love to give it a try

  4. I wasn’t aware of the needle cases. I think they will be perfect for a Christmas gift for a friend. So glad to find out about these fun projects.

  5. Trillient Ornament is my favorite, but I would love to win any of them. Thanks for offering them as a giveaway.

  6. These are so pretty. I love those bowls and the star and the—–well, I love them all. What a great idea.

  7. My quilt guild is doing an ornament exchange this year. The Trilliant would be perfect, and it looks doable for a newbie like myself. Now, time to shop for the perfect Moda fabric!

  8. I’ve always wanted to make a Moravian star with wool but this looks so much easier. The bowls are great too.

  9. What a surprise. I have two of the stars that my Grandma Dallmann made when I was a child and I am 72. She passed away in the early 60s. One is made of gold velvet fabric and the other is solid cotton fabrics. Each side of the star is a different fabric. I would love to have a kit to make these. The other shapes look fun too. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

  10. I’ve never heard about these before – sew cute! I wonder how easy they are to make? Thanks so much for the chance to win a nice little gift!

  11. My small quilt group and I have just started an English paper piecing challenge among ourselves. I have never tried EPP before and these kits would be a great way to get going! Thanks for the chance to win.

  12. I would love to make one (or more) of these kits – what a neat idea. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I love giving (and getting!) handmade gifts for the holidays. All of these kits look like great fun to make. The only problem will be parting with them!

  14. We made something similar to the radiating star when we hosted a Danish exchange student years ago. Our quilt guild is teaching different ways to add dimentional elements into our craft – these would be so fun to share.

  15. Great idea. Especially for fellow quilters! Made or in kit form. Look like they would be fun to make and fun to give away. If I can part with any.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win some.

  16. Oh, I love the Holiday theme idea! One of those large Radiant Stars in Juniper Berry would look great on my Christmas Table runner! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  17. What a great idea! It would be so much fun to get together with a group of friends and have a craft day with these 🙂

  18. Need to get started on these – what great gift for that special friend……like the building blocks of the future….

  19. I have see no ne Moravian Star before and have always wanted to make one! Plus all the other kits would be amazing!

  20. It amazes me how many new things the Moda designers come up with. What a great group of people they are!

  21. They do look fun….and addicting! Thanks to Amy and her team for coming up with them, and offering a set as a give away.

  22. These are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing such a fun project, for the opportunity to win a prize

  23. Wow, these 3-D projects are so unique. The Radient Star is absolutely phenomenal! Amy must be a Math wizard to have come up with that idea.

  24. Love these! My grandma had one of the hexagon balls that we played with as kids. I would love to
    learn how it was made!Thanks for the chance to win these goodies!

  25. Besides loving fabric, I am also a lover of paper of which this kit reminds me. How much are the kits?

  26. I’ll be hearing the 5th Dimension all day now…. Thanks for a chance to win. Looks like fun

  27. I’ve been doing English Paper Piecing for years, and would LOVE to try this 3-D version. SO beautiful and creative!

  28. Sweet Mercy! I have recently become addicted to EPP hexies. I carry my little case everywhere! These beautiful dimensional treasures are too awesome for words! I would LOVE to make them all. I might even be able to part with a few for gifts…nah!

  29. What a lovely project for travelling, or as a fill in between larger quilting projects. Would make great gifts and decorations in Christmas fabrics.

  30. It looks like a change of pace to try something different from “chain piecing” all the Holiday quilts:)!

  31. Thank you for showcasing these, Carrie. The Trilliant ornament is very appealing. I think I need to get moving on gifts!!

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