Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Designs – More Strip Quilts

Hot Air Balloons In A Night Sky – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis – focus block designed by Jinny Beyer

I continued to play with Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks blocks in a vertical strip setting. These are more symmetrical than yesterday’s designs, also because I used just one size of block in some designs.

Depending on the size quilt you want, you could take your pick of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks (12 inch [30,5 cm.]; 16 inch [40,6 cm.] and 20 inch [50,8 cm.]).

Strip Quilt using one size of Inklingo Mariners Whirl blocks (with a strip added around the block in the color of the background) – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

These Mariner’s Whirl Blocks have a strip set around the block to enlarge the background – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

I now realize something went wrong along the way :-( I fully intended to make some vibrant Mariner’s Whirl quilts in rainbow colors to celebrate Pride Week! Aargh. I got carried away with yesterday’s colors when I opened my EQ8 sketchbook and started with the last design.

Well, I did make something a little brighter.

Strip Quilt with Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks in one size, no added background strips around the blocks. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

If you remove the center strip of diamonds, you end up with a quilt design in an on point setting. So, we are back where we started! These blocks have kept me inspired for almost 2 months!  :-)

original quilt design by Annika Kornelis – focus block designed by JInny Beyer

I take a deep bow, and thank you so much, Linda Franz (for making the Inklingo shapes) and Jinny Beyer (for designing this block)!

XXX Annika



Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Designs Combining Three Block Sizes – Strip Quilt

Asymmetrical vertical strip quilt with 3 sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks – original design by Annika Kornelis

And…. I played some more with the three available sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks (12 inch [30,5 cm.]; 16 inch [40,6 cm.] and 20 inch [50,8 cm.]) this time strip quilts.

Asymmetrical vertical strip quilt with 3 sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks – original design by Annika Kornelis. This time a dark colored variation with more symmetrical borders.

XXX Annika


What To Do With Melted Chocolate?

Another chocolaty post!

You can keep chocolate for years, provided it is stored in a dark and cool place. But we are having hot, hot weather over here. Yesterday was the hottest day ever recorded in the history of my country. So these are sad days for chocophiles. They keep an anxious eye on their delicate stash.

For me, an accidentally melted chocolate bar is ruined for consumption as is. The snap and the delicate flavor components are gone. So I have tried several ways to use it up in some other way.

Making truffles is one of them.

Others are making chocolate mousse or drinking chocolate. Basically, if you just add more liquid to the chocolate in the way you make water ganache like I showed in my previous post, you can make delicious chocolate mousse or drinking chocolate with an intense chocolate taste.

Cold drinking chocolate without milk can actually be very nice on a hot day. I use chocolate (from bars) with relatively little sugar, and that way, drinking chocolate is surprisingly less heavy and filling than a sweet dairy based version.

Many more ideas are in a (Dutch language) book I recently purchased, Kees Raat’s Chocoladebijbel.  It has a broad range of chocolate recipes, including sauces, cocktails, savory dishes and sandwich spreads like homemade Nutella. Now, of course the book does not specify fine flavor chocolate, just good quality. I am sure artisan chocolate with heat damage is still superior for these recipes, and will make the results extra special.

The first recipe I wanted to try was the orange chocolate jam. But, I did not want to go through the trouble of boiling oranges etc. and end up with three pots of something we will rarely eat. (Being more of cheese people, sandwich wise). So, I took a shortcut with store bought jam. And for this first experiment I used a ‘garden variety’ of organic chocolate. Good quality, but no exclusive artisan chocolate.

How to
  • I put 100 grams of jam in a small bowl and heated it in the microwave, until it had thinned enough to be able to mix without getting lumps of jam.
  • I gathered 100 grams of chocolate leftovers in a second bowl and heated that in the microwave too. Small bursts of energy, stirring in between until it was melted.
  • I mixed the jam and the liquid chocolate with a silicone spatula in one of the bowls.
  • I just let it cool in the bowl, covered it, and…

I was done!

  • Straight out of the fridge, my spread is a bit hard to get a spoon or knife in, and I would not have minded the taste a bit sweeter. So next time I would use a little less (dark) chocolate. I think using (more) white chocolate could be nice, too! The actual amounts I used are:
    • 32 grams of milk chocolate couverture;
    • 21 grams of white chocolate (with yoghurt and pieces of freeze dried strawberry);
    • 47 grams of a 70% dark chocolate with a bit of orange oil.
  • The only brand of jam we buy is Fior di Frutta by Rigoni di Asiago. It is an organic, low sugar brand, which is nice. But we love it because it tastes like real fruit. The jams typically contain around 60-65% of fruit, and are sweetened with natural fruit sugars only (like additional apple juice).
  • This orange chocolate spread is delicious on crepes, (banana) pancakes or french toast too, or as a layer in a cake.

I can’t wait to try the jam varieties with pear, raspberry, and cherry in a spread with chocolate, for weekend breakfasts (before doing a bit of quilting). Yum!!

XXX Annika

Making Chocolate Truffles!

Handmade water based truffles! Delicious!

Happy, chocolaty weekend everyone!!

Something totally unrelated to quilts, EQ, or Inklingo today! I am going to show you how to make a small batch of ‘water based’ ganache for truffles. Don’t worry, the main ingredient is not water, but delicious chocolate :-). When you make only 6 to 8 truffles, you can make them exactly to your own taste, and experiment freely.

And you don’t need any special skills or equipment, it is super quick and easy. Just reading this blog post will take you longer than making the truffles ;-)!
Including preparations and cleanup, it takes me no more than 15 minutes to make the ganache, often less!

With no cream, butter, or vegan dairy substitutes to dilute the chocolate flavor, you will be amazed by the intense flavor. Somehow the water magnifies and ‘stretches’ several aspects of the chocolate flavor.

Don’t worry that you may be ruining perfectly good chocolate on your first try. You can always re-melt, and add some more ingredients to improve the flavor and consistency. If you’ve accidentally added too much liquid and ran out of chocolate to add, you will have a delicious chocolate pudding or chocolate drink!

If you use vegan chocolate (most dark chocolate is!) your truffles will be vegan too, and a lot healthier and ‘lighter’ than cream or butter based truffles. They contain less sugar, too! But all of that is not why I love these truffles. It is because they are delicious!!

So, let’s get started!

Ingredients for 8 small or 6 medium sized truffles:
  • Half bar of dark chocolate, in small pieces. Use the best quality that’s available to you. (Although, do not melt a SOMA bar. That would be sacrilege.);
  • Cocoa powder or grated chocolate for coating the truffles;
  • Hot, boiled water.
  • Optional ingredients:
    • Pinch of salt (it can really bring out the sweetness of chocolate and deepen the flavor.)
    • Sweetener (preferably unrefined, like organic raw honey, coconut sugar etc. Keep in mind what it tastes like in combination with your chocolate. Even if your chocolate is sweet enough as a bar, it will taste less sweet as a firmed up ganache. When the chocolate is still warm and melted, you can’t really tell).
    • Spices, like cinnamon, chili pepper, etc.;
    • Flavored liquids (like fruit juice) to replace part of the water. Total amount of liquid is about half the weight of the chocolate used. (I can’t be more exact, since not all chocolates have the same percentage of fat).
Kitchen utensils
  • Kitchen scales;
  • Small cup or bowl (heat resistant);
  • Small fork or whisk (forks are easier to (lick) clean :-));
  • Silicone scraper or something similar to get the liquid chocolate out of the bowl;
  • Small container to use as a mold for the liquid ganache. Exact size is not very important, just use a liner of cling film to shape your ganache;
  • Piece of cling film, large enough to amply cover the insides of the mold and fold closed over the liquid ganache;
  • Knife, to cut the ganache with;
  • Cutting board;
  • Small ziplock bag.
How to

I used 34 grams of 70% dark chocolate, broken in small pieces

The pieces need to be small enough to melt quickly. Remember the weight of the chocolate you use. You need to add about half the weight in liquid.

Prepare your mold beforehand, rectangular is easy. I used a tiny baking pan (from Dille & Kamille).

Boil the water while you break your chocolate. If you can chop chocolate without making a big mess of your kitchen, go ahead!

Pour very hot water over your chocolate.

It is easier to weigh the hot water than to use a measuring cup. So I leave my bowl of chocolate on my scales, and put the number back to zero.

I carefully pour the hot water over the pieces of chocolate, while keeping an eye on the weight. I added 16 grams of water to my 34 grams of chocolate (chocolate to water is about 2:1).

Make you sure you cover all of your chocolate in hot water.

Stir to mix the melting chocolate with the hot water.

There is no need to whisk the chocolate, but you do need to mix well and quickly. The small amount of water will cool off very quick.

Using a small fork allows you to press the lumps out of the melting mix.

You should end up with a smooth, glossy mix, about as thick as yoghurt.

I taste the chocolate, especially for bitterness/sweetness and added spices, before I pour it into the mold. It does not tell me everything, though. Warm melted chocolate will taste very different than set ganache, sweeter and creamier. The melted cocoa butter leaves a smoothing film on your tongue, which makes it hard to detect flavors and alcohol, for example. So be careful with additional flavors.

Ready for pouring into the mold.

The cling film allows you to shape your ganache (at a later stage) without getting your hands dirty, and allows you to lift the ganache out of the mold easily.

If your mold is a bit too large, just fold in the cling film for a shorter size, so your ganache will not be spread out too thinly to cut 6 or 8 cubes.

Fold and close the cling film.

While your ‘ganache’ is still liquid, it is impossible to make a rectangular shape if your mold is too large, so don’t fuss. Just fold over and close the cling film into a haphazard sausage shape, and put your ganache in the fridge to set for a while. If you’re in a hurry you can place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. (Set a timer! You can really lose track of time once you start licking everything clean ;-)).

Make sure your setting ganache is covered well, so it won’t pick up any smells from the fridge.

If you need to shape your ganache into a rectangle:

Check the firmness of the setting ganache after 10 – 15 minutes. When it has a claylike consistency, take it out of the fridge for shaping.

First, I pull the cling film open and lift the ganache, to get rid of the creases. Next, I fold the film around the ‘clay’ neatly, and press the covered ganache on all sides with a flat surface, to shape a neat rectangle. I use a pancake knife, but you can use a ruler, a cutting board or whatever you have at hand.

Then I put it back in the fridge to set further. If your mold fits perfectly, you can skip the shaping step, and just let your ganache set for at least 90 minutes.

Depending on the chocolate you used and the amount of water, your ganache can be a bit crumbly, or a bit soft and sticky once it is completely set.

If you are happy with the taste and the consistency of your ganache, cut the rectangle into 6 or 8 cubes.

Start smallish, because these provide a lot of intense chocolate flavor, and a larger one may be too much if you are used to sweet and creamy chocolates.

If you are not happy with the consistency or the taste, you can re-melt and add hot water or chocolate (or both, and sugar etc.) to improve.

Remelting can be done in the microwave or au bain marie.

The microwave is easier for small amounts like these. Be careful not to burn your chocolate, because you can’t remedy that. Just use small bursts in the microwave and stir in between.

Once melted, add whatever you need, and repeat the steps above for making a nice glossy ganache base, mold and set.

Finishing with grated chocolate

Now it is time to finish your truffles.

Traditionally, you shape pieces of ganache into balls, and roll them through a plate filled with cocoa powder or something. I leave my truffles rectangular, because it is quicker, less messy and more hygienic.

So far, I have finished with cocoa powder and with grated chocolate. They each have their own pros and cons:

Grated chocolate:

  • I have used Vivani Hot Chocolate 62%, so I don’t have to grate my own chocolate. (I am thinking about doing that in larger quantities and storing it, since this 62% is fairly sweet. If you can find this delicious 72% Dick Taylor drinking chocolate, give that a try!)
  • It can add a different (sweeter) chocolate flavor, and melts in your mouth.
  • It does not absorb the water from the ganache as quickly as cocoa powder, so you can keep finished truffles longer.
  • Flakes may fall off. It can quickly melt on your fingers or clothes, which can get messy.

Cocoa powder:

  • The quickest, cleanest way to finish truffles for me.
  • Can give a dusty, bitter flavor. Use good quality cocoa powder! I prefer Dutch processed cocoa powder, with the highest fat percentage I can find.
  • Is absorbed fairly quickly by the ganache, depending on water content, so you can’t finish very long before serving.
  • Gives a rustic, non-candy look, which may suit the intense chocolate flavor of the ganache better!
  • Does not stain as easily as grated chocolate.

So, when I choose to finish my truffles with cocoa powder, I take a small ziplock baggie with one bottom corner filled with cocoa powder. I just drop the pieces of ganache in through a small opening, only the number I am ready to eat or serve.

Shake the closed bag a bit if necessary, and take your finished truffles out! A small kitchen tong or pair of chopsticks may be helpful, especially if your bag is deeper.

I keep this bag with cocoa powder in the freezer, just so the powder does not get mould or something from small crumbles or smears of water ganache.

When I finish with grated chocolate, I just put a bit in an espresso cup, and put one piece of ganache at a time in it. I move it around with a small fork until it is completely covered.

Of course you can also finish with grated coconut, cereal or whatever. Just remember there is water inside the ganache, and your coating may absorb this quickly and get limp, unlike with cream or butter based truffles!

Your truffles will keep at least a week in the fridge, but because there is water in the mix, and not very much sugar (or alcohol) you have to keep them cool and hygienic.

If you found your perfect recipe (take notes!), you can make a much larger batch of truffles in about the same time.

About the chocolate to use

Dark chocolate is easiest to work with for this. The ratio of liquid in this tutorial is based on the cocoa butter percentage of chocolate of around 70% cacao content. Milk chocolate is a little more difficult (start with less liquid), and white chocolate is hard to get right with water.

Use really good quality chocolate, which has an interesting flavor development. Read the label for ingredients. Quality chocolate has few ingredients! Ideally just cocoa solids, sugar and cocoa butter. Sometimes vanilla or lecithin, which are okay.

Signs of poor quality: palm fat or other fats other than cocoa butter; synthetic aromas like vanillin etc. (which are not real vanilla); preservatives.

Flat flavored chocolate for water based ganache will really need some added flavors (booze, spices) to make an interesting or even just edible truffle.

I used 36 grams of The chocolate Tree 70% Chililique. It is the sweetest 70% dark chocolate I know, and will render nice water ganache all by itself. With other dark chocolates I usually add a little honey or something for truffles.

I start with a half bar, so I can always add more chocolate if I need, and compare flavors between the original bar and the truffles.

If I am experimenting with added flavors, I will use Original Beans, Valrhona, Vivani bars, or even a mixture of different chocolate bars (say an 85% percent and a 60% chocolate if I happen to have some ‘leftovers’). Depending on where you are, different brands may be available, and there are some great online sources for quality chocolate bars, too. My online enabler is

About the liquid to use

Instead of plain water, you can also use fruit juice, fruit puree, coffee, tea or other infusions, liqueur, beer, champagne, rum etc. and even aromatic oils. Experiment!

However, do not replace all of the water with a strong tasting (alcoholic) liquid. The taste and/or the alcohol will have a strong presence in the ganache! Think teaspoons, or get rid of some of the alcohol by warming and stirring your booze. Keep in mind though, boiling delicate wines, whiskies etc. is probably not a good idea.

And, again, in a water based ganache, there is no cream or butter to smooth out bitterness, acidity etc. Do not ‘use up’ stale wine, old coffee, or other drinks you do not like, because you won’t like your truffles either.

Enjoy, and make sure not to stain your quilts!

XXX Annika

Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Designs Combining Three Block Sizes – Continued

I continued exploring in EQ, different ways to combine the three available sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks (12 inch [30,5 cm.]; 16 inch [40,6 cm.] and 20 inch [50,8 cm.]) in one quilt design.

This time in ‘plain old’ horizontal sets based on 20 inch block size. By adding fabric frames around the smaller blocks, and by coloring the blocks non-traditional, you can create more unusual quilts.

Inkllingo Mariners Whirl blocks, 3 sizes combined in one quilt, horizontal set – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

If you prefer a more regular look, here is a variation with only 16 inch blocks, and symmetrical borders.

Symmetrical version of quilt above, 16 inch Mariner’s Whirl blocks inside 20 inch block horizontal set – Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

This idea led to some more quilts, using only 16 inch blocks in a 20 inch block straight setting.

16 inch Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks in 20 inch block setting. Corner blocks placed outside the grid – Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

In the quilt above, the corner blocks are set on layer 2, to break the grid.

16 inch Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks in a 20 inch block grid, with colored fabric frames – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

The design above reminds me of a totem! You could easily turn this design into a cross. Or add a bit, and make a cactus in bloom! Or a patchwork robot…!

This design actually evolved from several previous ideas, including the following quilt design. That’s another traditional quilt combining three sizes of blocks in one quilt, in a horizontal set.

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks, 3 sizes in horizontal 20 inch block set – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

So, we are back where we started at the top of this blog :-), and I hope you experienced a little joy along the way, seeing the colorful pictures of hopefully unexpected ideas for a more or less traditional Mariner’s Compass block.

I am still inspired to play some more with Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks. Who knows what we can do with strip quilts, perhaps even a medallion quilt combining 3 sizes of Mariner’s Whirl blocks? Or perhaps just 1 or 2…

XXX Annika


Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Designs Combining Three Block Sizes

On Point Quilt design combining 3 sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

I explored different ways to combine the three available sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks (12 inch [30,5 cm.]; 16 inch [40,6 cm.] and 20 inch [50,8 cm.]) in one quilt design.

The quilt above measures about 102 inches square! [2,59 metre], but you can combine these three sizes in smaller quilts.

I used several ‘EQ tricks’ to be able to combine different sizes of blocks, but I have not nearly exhausted the box of tricks! I only used three ways to put several sizes of blocks in one quilt design:

  • Using blocks and sashings with corner stone, creating space for 2 different block sizes;
  • Enlarging smaller blocks with a frame, to create the desired size to fit them in a grid for a larger block size;
  • Put different sized blocks on different layers of the quilt worktable.

Options I did not even use are:

  • The ‘create quilt from block’ feature. You can use a block from the library or draft your own desired quilt layout as a block. This only works with blocks consisting of squares and rectangles.
  • Placing the blocks in a custom quilt layout. A custom quilt layout allows you to place random size blocks anywhere you like, collage style, even stretched and angled, and jumbled on top of each other.

In the quilt above I set the block size at 20, and a sashing size of 16 inches, creating space for 16 inch corner stones to put Mariner’s Whirl blocks in.

Screen capture of EQ8, showing the settings to create the quilt layout used above.

Using a sashing to put blocks in the corner stones is probably the easiest and most common way to combine different sized blocks. And of course you can also make your sashing wider than your blocks.

In some of the designs in this post I enlarged 12 or 16 inch Mariner’s Whirl blocks in EQ, by putting a frame around them, so I can still use the fixed size Inklingo shapes to piece blocks with a larger finished size.

EQ makes enlarging blocks this way super easy. No need to redraft the base block! Under ‘New block’, you will find the ‘create serendipity’ tab. You can either choose ‘frame block’ or ‘merge blocks’. I chose the latter, to be sure I have the right sized frame. I draft that myself, instead of using the standard frames on offer. All you have to do is draft a block with the desired frame, just four straight lines.

In this example I drafted a 20 inch block with only a 2 inch frame around an empty center square. The square offers room to place a 16 inch Mariner’s Whirl block inside. You can do this by using the ‘Merge blocks’ feature, under the ‘Create serendipity tab’, under Block Tools.

Same quilt as above, showing lines of the sashings and fabric frames around enlarged blocks.

Of course the 16 inch sashing makes this quilt very large. So I also combined different sizes of blocks right next to each other.

3 sizes of Inklingo Mariners Whirl blocks in an on point set without sashings – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

The quilt above, without sashings, measures 57 inches square [145 cm.]. You can see I set block size to 20 inches, and enlarged the 16 and 12 inch blocks with frames, to fit in this layout.

You can save space if you don’t use all of the fabric frames, and put different sized blocks right next to each other. Of course it is easy to do that in actual piecing, but you need to know how to do that in EQ.

3 Sizes of Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Blocks in an on point setting, closer together – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

This quilt ends up 51 inches square [130 cm.]. I set block size to 16 inches, and added 2 inch sashings. I put the (partial) 20 inch blocks in the center and the corners on layer 2 of the quilt, so they cover the sashings of layer 1.

So, that is another trick to combine different sized blocks in one design in EQ. Just take one or more blocks out of the fixed grid that is in layer 1, and put them in any size and any place you like on layer 2.

If parts of your blocks stick outside the edge of the quilt, you can clip them to the edge of your quilt center or to the outside edge of your border. I did that with the four corner blocks on layer 2.

Variation of the quilt design above, using a 12 inch block in the center instead of a 20 inch block – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

While designing, I ran into several minor EQ8 issues! The wonderful people from Electric Quilt are working on it. Just so you know, if you try to recreate some of the ideas in this post, and run into trouble, rest assured, it is not you.

My advice, skip the playing in EQ8 for now, and just start playing with Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl blocks in fabric! :-)

XXX Annika

Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design – Rotations

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design. Original block designs by Jinny Beyer and Judy Martin. Quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I was in a bit of a hurry yesterday, and only noticed some imperfections in yesterday’s design after I hit ‘Publish’.

I should have used EQ’s ‘Fussy cut’ tool to align the stripes of the border fabrics. (Check).

I could have mirrored the Mariner’s Whirl blocks to align the direction of the overlapping patches with the Waltzing Matilda blocks (Something went wrong, and only the top left block is mirrored :-(. (But hey, this looks cool already, and I really don’t want to click several dozens of times to rotate all these striped fabric patches AGAIN)

Inklingo provides the necessary mirror image shapes for Mariner’s Whirl so you can combine these blocks in the most harmonious way.

And, just for fun, I rotated the striped fabrics some more. The Mariner’s Whirl blocks now each show different rotations of the focus fabric. I also rotated the stripes in the Waltzing Matilda blocks. I like this version better than yesterday’s.

Now the really cool thing is that EQ scales the fabrics to the size of the block. So, (if you don’t mind a bit of bias edges on your patches), you can make your blocks look exactly the same in fabric.

The wider red and white stripe is a quarter inch [0,6 cm.] stripe, and here it is set in the 12″ Mariner’s Whirl block. This particular fabric is by Riley Blake Designs, C-555 RED. And, when I just checked, I found it available online!

And of course, using a diagonally printed stripe would yield very similar results, and easier printing and piecing for some of these options.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go get some striped fabrics and download Inklingo’s Mariner’s Whirl shapes!!

XXX Annika



Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design. Original block designs by Jinny Beyer and Judy Martin. Quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Linda Franz has issued Inklingo shapes for three sizes of the Mariner’s Whirl block, designed by Jinny Beyer. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to play with it in EQ! But before I got around to that, Linda was already offering a free EQ project on her blog. So I downloaded and started playing right away!

I agree with Linda that striped fabrics are perfect for this block. On screen the stripes create an interesting glowing effect in the valleys between the compass points. I wonder if this would also happen in actual fabric, if the stripes are narrow enough.

I found the improved ‘Rotate Fabric’ options in EQ8. Wow, it is great to align a striped fabric so easily and perfectly in each point! I did this by using the Advanced option, and opting for 16 rotations.

16 rotations is the maximum number, so we have to thank Jinny Beyer for limiting the Mariner’s Whirl to 16 points :-)!

Next, you just click each patch the number of times you want your striped fabric rotated. No calculating degrees for each rotation! Perfect. Thank you Electric Quilt company!

I put four 12 inch [30,48 cm.] Mariner’s Whirl blocks in an on point setting. I submitted a 6 inch (inklingo size) Waltzing Matilda block to the ‘serendipity’ block tool ‘shrink and flip’, creating 12″ blocks with 4 Waltzing Matildas each, to put in the alternating 12″ block spaces.

I chose Waltzing Matilda, because the overlapping star points visually echo the overlapping patches at the base of each compass point in the Mariner’s Whirl.

Including three 2″ borders, this quilt finishes 46 inches square.

Starry Path Quilt Designs

Starry Path Quilt – blocks On Point – Inklingo block sizes 6, 8 and 9 inch available

Linda Franz keeps releasing new Inklingo shapes! I just can’t keep up. Not all of them are easy to draft and play with in EQ, so I am not showing designs with shapes from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori books.

I have been playing with the recently released Starry Path blocks. Inklingo shapes are currently available for 6, 8 and 9 inch blocks. They are very nice just by themselves, in an on point setting.

If you add plain sashings in the background color, the stars have a little more space.

Starry Path Blocks on point. Same as above, but with plain sashings – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

And of course, then you can add a small block in the cornerstones.

Starry Path Blocks On Point, with plain sashings and nine patch blocks in cornerstones. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I combined the Starry Path blocks with nine patch blocks, double nine patch blocks and the ‘bordered nine patch’ block. All these blocks are in EQ, so I did not have to draft anything. The Starry Path block is under the name of Interwoven Star.

Below are some more examples of the blocks in a straight set. Check the Inklingo Index of Shapes for the available squares, depending on the block size of your choice.

Starry Path Blocks in horizontal set, alternated with ‘bordered nine patch’ blocks. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Starry Path blocks in horizontal set, alternated with double nine patch blocks. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Well, I hope you are inspired to make an Inklingo Starry Path quilt!

XXX Annika

Merry Christmas!

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt based on the Inklingo 3 inch LeMoyne Star shape collection – original design by Annika Kornelis


I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, or other Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2019!
I have not done much blogging, EQ-ing or quilting in 2018, but I felt I had to at least put up a Christmas quilt design. And if you have followed me for a couple of years, you know my Christmas quilts usually have stars. And, I have a problem with the traditional Christmas red and green! It has to have at least a third color, or be a very soft green or something.

This design is inspired by a spectacular, scrappy antique quilt from the collection of the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, USA. I think I first saw it in a blog post by Barbara Brackman, and I saved a picture of it.

Edyta Sitar’s Stars Upon Stars Quilt

Edyta Sitar did a reproduction pattern, which recently also was in Quiltmania issue 128.

While I love this quilt, I would not make an exact reproduction.

  • First, I prefer symmetrical quilts.
  • Second, the relative proportions of the differently sized star points (diamonds) did not look harmonious to me.
  • Third, and perhaps, most important, not all sizes of diamonds are available as Inklingo shapes.

So, I tried to remedy all of that in EQ8. I came up with a design that is based on one size diamond only, using the 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Star shape collection as my starting point.
The original star block is 12 inch [30,48 cm.] with 5 rows of diamonds, and 3.5 inch [8,89 cm.] stars in the corners.

My design (center measuring about 64 x 64 inches [163 x 163 cm.]) has four rows of the 0.88 inch [ca. 2,2 cm.] diamonds, which also makes the large star 12 inch. By adding 0.5 inch [ca. 1,3 cm.] strips to the outsides of the smaller stars in the corners, I could use the 3 inch [ca. 7,6 cm.] star there, too. The stars in the corner stones are also 3 inches.

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt Peach, with sashings like the original antique quilt – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

I drafted both the original sashings, and a sashing block of my own design, using the 0.88 inch diamonds there, too. You would have to make it so that you add about 1/8 of an inch [2 millimeters] somewhere along the length of the 12 inch sashings. I think that’s doable by piecing slightly scant seams.

The original sashing can also be made with Inklingo shapes, if my mushy brain is correct. It uses 1.5 inch QST’s and 1.06 inch squares. Check the Index of Inklingo Shapes for availability.

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt based on the Inklingo 3 inch LeMoyne Star shape collection, color variation of the picture above – original design by Annika Kornelis

Merry Christmas! XXX Annika