I’ve been asked by a special family member to make a quilt as a gift for another special family member. I’m not sure any of them read this blog but I’m going to keep the recipient details vague just in case. I spent a bit of time this morning pulling fabrics. I’m pretty excited about the stack that came together. I was inspired by a little fat quarter set I had of Maasai Mara by Dear Stella. I can’t wait to show you the blocks as they come together!
When I decided to make *just* five stars for the Solstice Stars Series, I know a lot of people were thinking “what the heck am I going to do with five blocks?”. Some of you used this as a skill builder, some made pillows, those are both great options! But I had a quilt in mind.
I think that it is easy to fall into the mindset that you have to have 12 blocks, or 20 blocks, or some bigger number, to make a quilt. I wanted to challenge myself, and you, to think about your quilt layout in a nontraditional way.
A lot of times, I hear people say they really love the minimalistic piecing of quilt backs that you see on blogs and Flickr. Why not take that sort of design and make it the quilt front?
If you do want your entire quilt to be stars however, you can always repeat the blocks in an interesting fashion, or combine with other stars and make a star sampler. These additional stars happen to have tutorials available as part of the Summer Sampler Series.
You can even take just one block and repeat it for an entire top. And by changing the shade of the fabrics, create a very interesting effect.
I hope this helps get those creative juices flowing! I can’t wait to see what everyone makes.
Well, the cat is out of the bag! I will be a guest on Pat Sloan’s American and Patchwork Quilting Radio this Monday, February 13th. The show starts at 4pm Eastern Time and you can listen live online on your computer (or later if you happen to miss the show). There are directions on their website for getting all set up. I hope you all will tune in as we talk about the wonderful online quilting community!
This year, I decided I need to make more of an effort to step outside the use of complete fabric collections in my projects. It’s so easy for me to just make something with a set of fabric from a certain designer’s line. The fabrics generally look so great together, it’s easy to envision the finished product and fall in love.
But when I see a quilt on Flickr or someone’s blog that I love, nine times out of ten, it is something made from fabric they hand selected from their stash. So, over the last couple weeks, I’ve been creating fabric piles.
Some of these might become quilts, some might not become anything. If only I had 48 hours in a day. But I had a lot of fun pulling fabrics…weighing options…and getting creative.
I hope to post more stacks as the year goes on, to inspire not only myself but hopefully you as well.