Solstice Stars Series ~ A Finished Quilt

Solstice Stars Series

This post feels so good to write! Last winter I hosted a quilt along on my blog called the Solstice Stars Series (see tab at the top of my blog). I wanted to make a quilt that focused on traditional stars, but arrange them in a non-traditional way. I purposely only made 5 stars so we would all be a bit forced to think outside of the box regarding the quilt layout.

Solstice Stars Series Steps

My quilt top has been sitting finished for months. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to quilt it…I had some dreams of hand quilting. But last week I decided to face reality, it was not going to happen. I feel like every second of my day is filled up and I really wanted to finish this quilt. So I decided to try one of the free motion quilting techniques in Angela’s new book, a double loop.

Solstice Stars Series Quilting

I’m really pleased with how the quilt turned out. I love the colors (the fabric is Secret Garden by Sandi Henderson). The scrappy part of the quilt is similar to my Good Folks Scrappy quilt. You basically just cut strips of varying widths and sew them in columns. Then you sew the columns together until you have your desired width of quilt top.

Solstice Stars Series Detail

The back is a mixture of a solid I had around the house and left over fat quarters from the Secret Garden line. The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solid Flamingo.

Solstice Stars Series Back

The final quilt measures 54″ x 60″. You can find links to all the star tutorials as well as more layout ideas on the Solstice Stars Series tab at the top of my blog.

Comments

  1. 4

    says

    Oh, I really like this ~ I’ve got the solstice stars done and was wondering what to do with them. Think I’ll do a version of this ~ thanks so much for the inspiration!

  2. 10

    Hallie says

    I had forgotten how much I liked this pattern. Seeing it again has sparked a whole new urgency to find the right fabrics! Thanks so much for all the inspiration you give to us readers. Congrats on another beautiful finish!!!

  3. 12

    Marcia R. says

    It’s beautiful, Faith! I loved following your series, and my quilt top was just quilted (I made it too big to do on my machine so I had my favorite long-arm quilter do it). Anyway, a couple evenings of sitting with the binding and I’m done!

  4. 14

    Terry says

    How nice the quilt looks — like the unusual design and the back as well —
    another inspiration from you, Faith – keep on keeping on – !-}

  5. 18

    says

    Faith, I’m speechless. Did you not just post YESTERDAY that you hadn’t started quilting this one, and now it’s done? Maybe it was an older post that I just finally got around to reading yesterday… Please tell me you didn’t quilt the whole thing in a single day, because green is NOT my color. ;-) I think the double loops quilting is perfect for this one, and the machine FMQ seems like a better fit with the contemporary spirit of this quitl anyway. Bravo!

  6. 23

    Dianne Shepherd says

    I love the way you have used your stars in the final quilt! It is always such a delight to see how you use colour and fabrics.

  7. 26

    Becki Seay says

    The quilt is lovely. I really like the free motion quilting. Did you just pin your quilt sandwich and do the free motion quilting? Did you do stabilizing rows of quilting? I have trouble working around all the pins.

  8. 28

    Sue Chase says

    Beautiful! Love the design—it is a great way to show off beautiful fabrics. To Becki, I have started to use spray adhesive, that way no pins! I am lucky enough to have 2 design walls, one in the basement were my sewing area used to be, and one in an upstairs bedroom, now my permanent studio. There are other methods as well, using a table. The spray adhesives work great and wash out when the quilt is done. It makes a HUGE difference machine quilting with no pins to worry about!!

  9. 33

    Lynnette says

    Awesome quilt! The colors are beautiful and I love that you made a quilt with just 5 blocks. Thanks for sharing.

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