Starfall Quilt

Starfall Quilt

Get ready for a lot of pictures! I will apologize in advance, but I just had so much fun making this quilt and I couldn’t decide which photos to keep.

So, as I mentioned in my “quilt top” post for this one, I made this little quilt as a class example for next week’s Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. Kati and I are going to be teaching Shapes and Angles and will be going over partial seams, y-seams (via hexagons), equilateral triangles and diamonds.

Starfall Quilt

I designed this quilt using 3 types of star blocks that all incorporate partial seams, and then little wonky stars to fill in the spaces. The pieced blocks range in size from 6″ to 18″. The 12″ star is the Another Star block from my Solstice Stars Series. Except instead of making it the “cheating way” that I show in the tutorial (minus the partial seams), I do it the “correct way” (with the partial seams).

Starfall Quilt

I decided to use about 5 shades of tan, just from my stash, for the backgrounds. A few months ago I was itching to add some neutrals to my stash to have on hand for projects like this. I pulled out my solid color cards and just ordered 1/2 yard to 1 yard of a bunch of Free Spirit, Kona and Bella neutrals. I asked the shops to label them for me because I knew once they arrived it would be a bit tricky to figure out exactly what they were.

Starfall Quilt

The prints in this quilt are almost all by Denyse Schmidt – specifically her Chicopee line…I think I’ve mentioned how much I love it, yes? 🙂 I hope you aren’t sick of seeing me use it yet, I’m sure I’m not done!

I mixed in some of Denyse’s fabric that she sells at JoAnns and also a print from Anna Maria Horner’s old Good Folks line because I wanted some more greens in there. I’m officially out of the one print I used, kind of makes me sad but I’m happy I was able to use it in a project that I love.

Starfall Quilt

This quilt is 36″ x 48″. I didn’t want to make it huge because I really don’t want to check a bag going to SLC. I am thinking of making this into a pattern and if I do that, it will likely be larger.

I struggle with writing patterns with scrappy piecing because it gets confusing when figuring out fabric requirements. When you make a pattern, are you ok with seeing fabric requirements that say “xyz yards total in a mix of prints” rather than having each amount of scrap prints spelled out? I’m going to think on it for awhile.

Starfall Quilt

I quilted this with straight lines, about 1/2″ apart. The backing is another one of Denyse Schmidt’s prints from JoAnns.

Those going to the Sewing Summit, I can’t wait to see you all next week! I hope if you see me you will come up and introduce yourself. Trust me, I know how it can be scary to meet new people. Believe it or not I can be pretty shy (except for teaching for some reason). For those staying home this time, I will try to take a lot of photos to share when I get back. I still have one more quilt I’m hoping to finish for another class example – fingers crossed!


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    Emily says

    It’s so gorgeous Faith!
    I do hope you write up a pattern though! I love this quilt.
    In a scrappy patterns, I appreciate seeing yardage requirements specified by color, in FQ increments. For example if you used 4 different reds to specify, 4 reds/4 nearly FQs.

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    Lynnette says

    The quilt is lovely and I think there were just enough pictures. I’m perfectly fine with having a pattern say x many total yards of mixed print material – I think it makes it easier to use up scraps and work out your own color scheme.

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    I love it!! Please make a pattern – please!!

    If it’s for a scrappy quilt I see no problem with the pattern listing out xyz yards assorted. If you list it that way it would be helpful to add in the sizes you’ll have to cut/use – for example scraps ranging from 2″square to 10″square – so it makes it easier to sort out what to use.

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    Hallie says

    Oh, I really hope you do a pattern for this quilt! I’m fine with scrappy quilts just saying xyz amount of assorted scraps. It’s more the sizes of the pieces, arrangement of color and piecing instructions that I care about in the pattern. Good job, enjoy SLC 🙂

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    This is one of the prettiest quilts I’ve ever seen. And I’m not just saying that. It is exactly what I envision when I want to make a modern quilt. It’s like the epitome of what modern quilting means to me. I love the scrappiness, the colors, the mix of neutrals, the randomness, gosh, the fact that it would look great with any mix of fabrics. I could go on. Please make a pattern for this. I would be so grateful! As for your question, of course it’s easier when the fabric requirements are all spelled out, but I think saying “x amount of a range of x color fabrics” leads to a better quilt because it’s not so matchy matchy and perfect. That’s just my opinion though, I know some people like matchy matchy. But those people could definitely just get X amount in one fabric. Again, beautiful quilt! I wish I could take your class.

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    Krista says

    Hands down one of the prettiest quilts I’ve ever seen!!!! It’s perfect in every way! I just HAD to clic over from Google Reader to tell you 🙂 would love a pattern for this, and agree with Kelsey about scrap size range. Beautiful!!!!!

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    Lovely! Can’t wait to see it (or you again!) in person.

    As for fabric reqs in patterns. I completely understand. When I was writing the busy book pattern for FQ, I decided to just go with X number of scraps at least YxZ big. Or I suppose you could make the pattern less scrappy when you make the pattern, that would alleviate the yardage problems. Or maybe list the size scraps needed for each block individually? That would make it easier to label each piece (a, b, c, etc) in the instructions. It’s a tough call for sure!

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    Starfall turned out so beautifully! I adore simple quilting (maybe this has something to do with my complete inability to machine quilt but I still love it). I think xyz yardage would work fine in a pattern for a scrap quilt and I agree with the above comment by Kelsey on scrap sizes.

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    Elizabeth says

    This is such a beautiful quilt! I absolutely love it!
    As for the pattern instructions (which I would LOVE), I think it is helpful to know how many pieces we’ll use in each size & then the user can decide how to mix their fabrics.

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    This turned out beautiful, Faith! I hope you do make a pattern. And, as far as scrappy yardage, why not just list how much fabric is needed by weight instead of yards, to REALLY mess with people? You know, “8 oz. combined scrappy prints.” 😉 Seriously, I don’t really worrry about the yardage requirements if I’m being scrappy — I just drag a bunch of fabrics out from my stash, pile things up on the floor until I like the mix, and start cutting. I don’t think they should bother listing scrappy yardage for these kinds of quilts; just tell me how much of the background solids I need because I always have to buy those for each project. I still have no solids in my stash!

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    Christina says

    Please make this into a pattern! I’ll buy it! And no, I don’t think you need to say how much yardage of each print… that’s the joy of scrappiness! I do think mentioning what is “background” versus “star” or “filler block” yardage might be helpful, though.

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    Reena says

    Love love love the quilt- so fresh and sparkling colors. I am ok with just specifying x number of yards or inches of fabrics in a pattern- reading the directions I can figure out how much of each to use. Thanks for sharing!

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    Erin Marie says

    I love the quilt. It looks amazing.

    As I don’t make scrappy quilts (not enough scraps yet; I need to get sewing!), I haven’t seen how other patterns are written. But if it were specifically a scrappy pattern, I’d like a list of how many pieces of each shape (kinda like the cutting requirements for the SS class). 16 4″x4″ squares, 24 2″x4″ rectangles, etc. Especially since scraps are all sorts of sizes, it’d be more helpful. Definitely with the amount of background yardage needed, too.

    Or make it a non-scrappy pattern, include the yardage for non-scrappy fabric, and anyone who wants to make it scrappy can look at the cutting list to know how many of each sized scraps they need.

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    Melanie C says

    I LOVE this quilt!!! I would definitely buy the pattern if you create one (espcially for a lap size or larger)

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    Tamie says

    I love this quilt. As far as scrappy patterns, I’m fine with a total yardage. Be sure to share plenty about Sewing Summit. This go round, I’ll be at Quilt Con.

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    this might be one of my most favorite quilts ever! ANd if you make a pattern I will for sure buy it! See you next week. And seriously, you are only bringing a carry on bag? How can you do that.

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    Jen says

    With scrappy quilts I really appreciate it when the patterns says something like “You will need x yardage of (a single) background fabric or y fat quarters for a scrappy background.” I know that I could figure out the fat quarters on my own, but it’s a nice touch. For the stars, a total yardage with something like “Use x-y (e.g., 3-6) fabrics in each of z colors” makes it so that I know there’s a total of z colors being used and I can pick a range of shades, values, patterns within each of those colors to create the total yardage. I appreciate you being so thoughtful about this!!

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    CeCeC says

    Love it! Just beautiful!! I especially like the simplicity of the straight line quilting – the way the light hits it in one of the photos was just amazing. I’ve been struggling with how to quilt a top that I’ve just finished, and you’ve inspired me to try this. Sometimes, simplest is best!!

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    When I saw the first picture I said to myself “if she will make a pattern for those who don’t go to SLC I would like to try it out”. So maybe I will be lucky. I like the layout of this quilt a lot.

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    Love your fab star quilt… as to the pattern, xyz sounds good to me for the Prints. However, the solids I would need the names/brands as the nuances are impt!

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    Rachel Washburn says

    This is my favorite quilt by far! You have made some really gorgeous quilts but this one is so me. I hope you do put out a pattern for it because I would for sure buy it, but I really want this exact quilt! I don’t think mine would come out as good as yours. You have such an amazing talent!

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    Sharon says

    I really love that quilt and would anxiously await a pattern for it. I need all the help I can get when it comes to putting scrappy together so it looks good. You are amazing.

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    Bonnie says

    Faith, this quilt is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could be at your sewing summit and take your class. If you are ever doing a similiar class in the Cincinnati area please post about it. And about fabric requirements, writing x amount of fabric in various patterns/colors is a good way to go. It lets me know I can use odd bits in my stash and from my scrap collection.

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    kathy says

    Don’t think on it too long! PLEASE make a pattern soon. And I don’t care how you write it-I want to make this quilt now!!

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    Carol Dresser says

    I love the star series but I hope you publish this version of the quilt, love it is a understatement. Chicopee is perfect. I would love to put this in my to do pile

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    Danielle Monique says

    This is amazing. Please do make it into a pattern and I would even love the bundle of fabric to buy as a kit. It’s so fun!!!

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    It’s so nice! I 23rd the motion about basic yardage instructions and perhaps smallest/largest scrap info. I like all the different neutrals in the background. What do you do with the neutral fabric once you have it home? Keep it all seperated with its little labels so you don’t get them mixed up?

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      That is what I’m planning for the pattern. I’m working on it now and it will be available in the Spring.

      For the neutrals, I do label them down the selvedge so I always know what they are. When I order the fabrics, I ask them shops to label them with tape before they send them out.

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