Friday, November 4, 2011

twinkle, twinkle Quilt

improvising

My affair with star-making was positively delicious.  Every few nights I'd make a pair, starting with my favorite wonky star and then venturing on to find my own way to make wonky-ish sawtooth stars.  The sawtooth star has a larger center, in proportion to its points, than a "regular" wonky star.  Mixing the two types allowed me to make good use of my Echo charm pack.

twinkle, twinkle wonky stars

All too soon I had quite enough for the front.  There are 5 different sizes and 2 different varieties of wonky stars on the front.  Prints are mostly Echo, with a few others mixed in.  And then Kona - lots of that.

twinkle, twinkle quilt basted

I was thinking as I basted this baby quilt that I am so thankful to have a stash of Kona solids.  Early on in my sewing adventures I once saw a popular quilt blogger's stash of neatly folded solids - a whole rainbow!  I remember thinking that seemed rather decadent.  Nice, but decadent.  Well, maybe I still think that, but now that I'm on the owning end I can also attest that it's quite helpful to have that rainbow to work with.

In this quilt I used three shades of teal: the dark Kona Everglade, the medium Kona Sage and the pale Kona Aqua that is also my solid background fabric.  The darker shades, Kona Marine (dark blue) and Kona Charcoal (dark gray), add contrast and the bright Kona Canary brings that yellow zing.  There's also lighter Kona Ash and Kona White of course.  By golly!

twinkle, twinkle quilt

I would never have thought in advance that I'd want eight solid colors to make a quilt like this, but as it turns out they were very much required to create the effect I had in mind.  The expecting mother has a sophisticated modern style.  She wears a lot of white and gray.  With this little quilt I was trying to keep things simple, but not boring.  Using a lot of solid shades strikes the right balance, I think.  Anyways, if you do not have any solids on hand, maybe think about adding a fat quarter bundle to your holiday wish list.  They always, always, always come in handy!

twinkle, twinkle quilt finished!
 
I thought it would be dandy to discover a new wonky star, so one night when I was feel particularly adventurous I made a rather strange creature that landed on the back of the quilt.  He was much to leggy to mix well with the chubby little beings twinkling on the front.  I'm not sure what to think of him.  Do you like him?

a leggy star of mine

I never plan the back of my quilts.  Just like all the others, I started somewhere (this time with leggy star) and let it all evolve.  Anna Maria Horner's Folksy Flannel in that sweet little deer print was precisely the right colors for this quilt.  With that lovely soft texture on the back, I wonder what side they'll really want to use!

soft Folksy Flannel

This quilt was just so fun to make. I love improvising and I love stars!  And, just wondering... do you have charm packs that you'd like to make up like this?  I've been asked to make a pattern, so I'm kind of wondering if there's a demand for it from those of you who don't like improvising.  In an ideal world I'd make up a twin size version too to make the pattern more worth your while.  So, please let me know if you'd be likely to buy something like that!

autumn in my yard

{Quilt stats}

**Finished size 35" x 42"
**Featuring Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, available now at Hawthorne Threads, Marmalade FabricsFat Quarter Shop, and Sew Modern.
**Front background mainly Kona Aqua.  Back background mainly Kona Charcoal.  Bound with zigzags in Kona Everglade.
**Find Kona cotton at Sew Modern, Canton Village, Contemporary Cloth, Fresh Modern Fabrics, Mad About Patchwork and Marmalade Fabrics.

42 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty effect with the colors you used!!

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  2. This is so yummy. (and no I can't think of a better word than yummy... that's what it is. :) ) I love all the wonky stars, especially the one on the back. I'm working on a tutorial for a wonky 5 pointed star as we speak!

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  3. Oh! That little four-patch! I love it!

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  4. Love this quilt Rachel! The colors are perfect and those stars are too cute.

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  5. Great quilt!

    PS. Did you use cotton batting? If yes, it will looks ok after washing? (I'm pretty new in quilting with cotton batting, so I've got lots of doubts)

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  6. That's so pretty! I particularly love the combination of the kona aqua with that wonderful, saturated yellow.

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  7. I never used to be very keen on stars but recently I came round to them and now I absolutely love them! Your quilt is quite beautiful and your skinny star is fabulous and twinkling all on his own. My 3 year old son loves singing `Twinkle twinkle` so perhaps I should make him his own star quilt. BTW, I am the queen of unplanned quilt making and kind of make it all up as I go along but it all seems to work out in the end!

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  8. This is super cute. I've been waiting to get my hands on Echo and Hawthorne Threads is selling out fast! I love your mixing of Konas in there!

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  9. Rachel, another fantastic project! So nice quilt! :-)

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  10. Oh, I love this quilt. Love how pretty, and modern, and sophisticated it is. And, the leggy guy is way too cute.

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  11. How adorable, Rachel! I'd love to see a pattern for this - and yes, I like your little leggy spider star on the back! He's cute!!

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  12. Actually, these pictures are after washing! I use Warm and Natural batting, which is a mostly cotton, with a touch of polyester. Love it!

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  13. I love the quilt you have made with all the wonderful stars.

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  14. Beautiful! Love all the different size stars.

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  15. Such a darling quilt! Echo is going to be one of those lines that I keep thinking about :)

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  16. I love it Rachel, especially the colors!!

    Is the Echo collection a standard quilting weight cotton, because I agree -- the prints look so home dec to me. I'd love to redo my dining room chairs...again!

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  17. Beautiful! I am in love with that last photo.

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  18. LOVE the chubby stars with charm square center! I would love to learn more about how you pulled it all together!!

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  19. gorgeous little quilt - love all the stars, including the leggy one - and that fabric range - groan - i just made a promise to myself not to buy anymore fabric - oooooh, the dilemma!!

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  20. I LOVE this! I love all the little details you added.

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  21. Oh that's lovely - I especially like the way you've used that lovely Folksy Flannel - it just works so well with those gorgeous stars.

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  22. Oooh, it's gorgeous! Love all those wonky stars

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  23. your quilt is elegant and sweet at once, which seems like an impossible combo, but you did it. so lovely.

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  24. I seriously heart the colors in this lovely quilt!! It's so sweet and pretty!!

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  25. very very pretty rachel! it is so simple and sweet and striking all at the same time. i love those stars!

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  26. Maureen - Nope, they are standard quilting cotton. That's a good point.

    Hm... so we have "chillaxed, elegant and sweet." I think I should keep all those descriptors in mind for when she opens the gift. Just so that she knows that the quilt is so well rounded ;)

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  27. Love the 4-patch inside that one wonky star! Very cute and clever!

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  28. Lucky Baby, Lucky Stars! Stunning Quilt!

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  29. Beautiful quilt, and I love your skinny Daddy Long Legs Star. He's adorable!

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  30. perfect colors perfect quilt! Great job!!!!

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  31. This quilt is so lovely it makes me want to try stars....I just love it

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  32. This really turned out wonderfully! I love the balance of playful and wonky with a sophisticated style. I am sure the momma will love it!

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  33. I just love this little quilt so much. You know about my weakness for stars, and I do love that "leggy guy" on the back as well. So neat! Sort of Atomic, I think. And your mix of solids is awesome. I agree. Having as solids stash is a great thing!

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  34. I love the little four patch inside the star! So cute!

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  35. oh, i love this quilt. i love improvising stars too! the yellow at the front is brilliant. And the leggy one in the back has been living in my head for awhile! great minds think alike. Now i have to try it!

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  36. Adorable star quilt! I'm sure your friend would be happy to have it!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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