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.



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    Tanesha (CraftyGardenMom)

    August 17, 2012

    This turned out lovely!

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    Flo@butterfly Quilting

    August 17, 2012

    very cute. I am not usually a big fan of stars, but really like the way you used them here. Great job!

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    August 17, 2012

    Really love how this turned out. A single row of stars nestled in brickwork of mod fabs looks terrific!

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    August 17, 2012

    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!

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    August 17, 2012

    This is a great layout & I thoroughly enjoyed doing something similar – inspired by your setting post, of course! ( It’s really nice with the scrappy sides!

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      August 17, 2012

      I love yours Debbie – the colors are absolutely beautiful!

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    August 17, 2012

    Love your style. I’ve had my eye on those stars for a while now. Now I can’t wait to get started on them.

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    Courtney Elwell

    August 17, 2012

    LOVE it!!!

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    August 17, 2012

    Lovely! Really lovely!

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    August 17, 2012

    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!!!

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    August 17, 2012

    Love the big floral fabrics you used!

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    Marcia R.

    August 17, 2012

    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!

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    August 17, 2012

    Your quilt is lovely–the fabrics are perfect for it!

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    August 17, 2012

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

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    Lynn Douglass

    August 17, 2012

    It looks great! So glad you were able to scratch this one off the to-do list!

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    Cathy Tomm

    August 17, 2012

    Great idea for when you do not have many blocks and still want to make a quilt. Many of us have an odd number of blocks and can do this kind of layout.

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    diane stanley

    August 17, 2012

    I think this might be my next quilt. I have been admiring these stars for quite some time.

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    Rebecca Grace

    August 17, 2012

    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!

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      August 17, 2012

      I did quilt and bind it in a day Rebecca. 🙂 I can quilt pretty quickly, it’s just getting mentally prepared that takes me so long!

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    August 17, 2012

    It’s so pretty! I love the layout you chose and the double loop quilting is super-cute!

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    NJ Quilter

    August 17, 2012

    Looks great, very cheerful.

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    August 17, 2012

    so, so pretty. And your quilting looks fabulous!!!

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    Dianne Shepherd

    August 17, 2012

    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.

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    August 17, 2012

    this is a beautiful star quilt, love the way you finished it

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    August 17, 2012

    Awesome job, Faith. I continue to be amazed by you!

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    Becki Seay

    August 18, 2012

    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.

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    Sew Create It - Jane

    August 18, 2012

    What a stunning quilt and original layout. I like it very much it is quite modern.

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    Sue Chase

    August 18, 2012

    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!!

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      Becki Seay

      August 19, 2012


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    August 18, 2012

    LOVE this quilt! I think I’ll have to check out your Solstice Star Series now! Thank you for posting this 😀

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    August 20, 2012

    You have just solved the dilemma of what to do with three orphan blocks. Thanks!

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    August 22, 2012

    Faith, I just LOVE everything about this quilt. So beautiful.

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    August 22, 2012

    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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    August 22, 2012

    Love the new quilting that you tried! Must get that book!

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    Pam from CA

    June 11, 2013

    I love the design you put your star blocks in! On my to do list now!!