Thursday, December 6, 2012

Love in Fallen Stars

By the time I clipped the last threads on my zigzag binding, I was thinking happy thoughts about this quilt.  You know what?  It reminds me of a vintage quilt, in a good way!  The not-so-settled color scheme says "make do" and all those earthy, fall tones seem like something that's been around awhile, something comfortable and familiar.

Love in Fallen Stars

I think that for once the quilting itself made the difference for me.  I love the way the straight lines centered over each star diamond give the stars a faceted feel.  The hand-pieced seams of the stars themselves echo the quilting lines.  Good texture.  This Summerlove Naivety star is my very fave.

Sweet star

I also quilted along some diamond paths of the star surrounds to anchor the quilt with more quilting, but those are hard to see.  Oh, and I added a round of dark brown quilting over the Kona Espresso border too.  I could have done even more, but I'm a lazy quilter.  A lazy quilter who seems to be getting a wee bit better, though!

There were a few stars that I reserved for the back.  Combined with Kona Mushroom and a bit of Loulouthi Clippings, it has more a spring look.

Fallen Stars quilt back

Love in Fallen Stars is bound with Pearl Bracelet in light pink and another cream grid print, for which I don't recall the name.

Kona Espresso border

made with the Love circle of do. Good Stitches. Thank-you to all who contributed blocks:

Ara Jane of you know what i love
Natalie of Greenleaf Goods
Cat of Ups & Downs
Elizabeth of Blue.Crab
Deborah of Little Ms. Sew-Unsew
Kate of Needle & Spatula
Jacey of Jaceycraft
Alia of card table, inc.
Jenelle of Echinops & Aster
Jess of Stitched in Thyme

You are all generous and talented women. It is a pleasure to stitch with you!  Fallen Stars will be off to Wrap Them in Love next week. It's a great organization to which anyone can mail charity quilts. There are many others organizations also linked up beside each circle at do. Good Stitches on Flickr (scroll down to see)!

Love in Fallen Stars

Next week we'll be celebrating a year's worth of charity quilting with do. Good Stitches. The circles have been voting on which quilt to submit as their best of 2012.  I was pleased to see Love circle choose Ara Jane's quilt, if only because Ara Jane has been with Love circle from the very beginning, and so holds a special place in my heart.  Here's to many more years of stitching for love!

Though, just to be clear, one thing I think is cool about do. Good Stitches is that it's ok for members to come and go.  Some of us have the time and opportunity to keep quilting for charity ongoing and for some of us it'll just be part of a year.  Of course it's fun when members stick around and we all get to know each other more and more.  But, it's also great for people to lend their talents for a time.  Three cheers for all those who have been part of do. Good Stitches past and present!

xo, Rachel


  1. How beautiful Rachel !
    I know you or the bees will make someone very happy and comfy over Xmas and thereafter !

  2. This this is fantastic! Love it!

  3. I like how quilters now make the back as attractive as the front.

  4. yay, you made it work and it does look wonderful, and vintage, just like you said.

  5. oh rachel, you are so sweet! being part of the love circle has been such a great gift to me. i don't have tons of time to sew these days, but i'm always happy to make time to work on our quilts. and i adore the quilt and now seeing it completed, with that amazing espresso background, the colors are really speaking to me. beautiful job!

  6. This turned out so nicely! I'm so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of do. Good Stitches and the Love Circle. <3

  7. The front looks great, but there is something about the back that I love! I think its the 4 stars on the gray and the way they really stand out. I'm such a big fan of your work and your blog. For the most part I usually just scroll through my reader, but I always take time to read your posts because I always enjoy what you have to say.

  8. What a gorgeous finish! I think it does echo that sense of vintage charm beautifully. Imagine after a few more washings how instantly "at home" this will feel. :) I'm so happy I was able to join in with this project!

  9. You all do such wonderful work - and create such fabulous quilts! I particularly love this one. Nice work!!!

  10. it's so beautiful - I am sure it will bring a lot of comfort

  11. It's so beautiful, I make this dream.
    Lenusik ♥ ♥ ♥ With love ♥ ♥ ♥

  12. It's such a lovely quilt. I'm sure whoever receives it will really cherish it.

  13. This quilt is absolutely stunning. I love the way the black background makes the colour just pop out. So nice.

  14. Oh its like my summer of love with a stitched in color twist.
    Hope you love it as much as I do xx

  15. I love the collaboration to a lovely finish.

  16. oh, it turned out beautiful and how lovely that you're giving it away.

  17. Hi there, some links don't work do you know where one could get the pattern for this? Just found your blog and I love love love it!

    1. See the bottom of this post for how to's:


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