Monday, September 16, 2013

Stars Quilt--Finished!

More than 20 amazing quilters contributed blocks to this quilt! I participated in two different quilt bees last year. Both groups sent blocks for this quilt. I requested they make a 12" paper-pieced star block using yellows and grays. One bee group used their own stash. I sent fabric out to the other group.


I admit when I received all the blocks back, I just wasn't feeling this quilt. I struggled with how I wanted to put it together and how all the blocks would work together. They went in a box for almost a year. I'd occasionally pull them out and give it a try, but nothing clicked for me until last month. I decided to make a few extra blocks so I could do a 5x5 layout rather than 4x5 that I originally planned. I posted a pic on Instagram requesting ideas. One person suggested making a few blocks with dark grey backgrounds to make them stand out. I'm so grateful for that comment because those few darker blocks really pop and make a huge difference in this design.

Final dimensions are 76" x 76". The blocks are 12" finished. Sashing is 2" finished, and the outer border is 4" finished.

I quilted an all-over swirl. I wanted the quilting to tie the blocks together rather than emphasize the differences. Originally, I was thinking of trying to do some type of custom quilting on each different star. I knew there were two problems with that. First, I didn't feel my quilting skills were up to the task. Second, I worried that it would divide the quilt and make it look disjointed.


Unlike my normal style, I chose a very simple back. I pieced just one block in with 4 yards of yarn-dyed essex in black.




I have no specific plans for this one as of yet, but it's nice to have another quilt off the WIP list. 

27 comments:

  1. Yes! I've been waiting to see this finished up after you Instagram peeks. It looks fantastic, and I'm proud to see my little compass block in there!

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  2. it's lovely! those colors are great.

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  3. You don't have a plan for this quilt?? I know, you can send it to me! ;^) It's really beautiful. Thanks for the tips you used on this quilt.

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  4. The finished quilt is beautiful. I love the understated colour scheme it works so well. I end up throwing all kinds of colours at mine, but this is refreshing alternative :)

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  5. It's beautiful! So, so beautiful! The combination of swirl quilting & those blocks with the darker back ground fabric = spot.on. :)

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  6. It really turned out beautiful Kati! I love the colors, and the blocks are all amazing.

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  7. This is a beautiful quilt and grey and yellow are not even my favorite colors, you made this one stand out!

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  8. It's fab, such a lovely, calming collection of colours

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  9. This is a really beautiful quilt. I think the overall quilting pattern was the right choice, and I bet the back is really lovely to run your hand over with the reasonably dense quilting and the linen.

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  10. Fabulous quilt - congrats on a beautiful finish! Love the blocks w/ added dark background and think the swirl quilting fits it nicely!

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  11. Each block is beautiful! Great job!

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  12. Beautiful. This is your best one yet I think. :) If I could afford it I would beg to buy it.

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  13. So beautiful!! Love the color way and the swirls.

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  14. It turned out really beautiful....I agree with you on those dark grey blocks, they really do it.

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  15. I love how it turned out, the different backgrounds really do mix things up just enough. Great job, Kati! (and other contributors. =)

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  16. Your fabric choice for the back is perfect. I have yet to love any of my bee quilts - but this one is fantastic. Good job on finishing a WIP too :)

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  17. This quilt turned out amazingly gorgeous! Those dark block add a really nice focal point without distracting from the other lovely stars.

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  18. It's gorgeous, Kati! I love all the different star blocks and the different shades of gray.

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  19. I spotted my block! :) It turned out beautifully, Kati! Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

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  20. It's beautiful Kati! You did such a great job putting them all together! Love the dark background blocks; great idea!

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  21. Totally glorious! All so even in quality, without it looking too planned. I bet everyone is loving spying their blocks!

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  22. It's beautiful!! I really love yellow and grey together and all those different starts are fab! A great quilt :)

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  23. This quilt is wonderful and the quilting was a perfect choice. You arei right - it really unifies the blocks.

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  24. That is spectacular. What a great quilt

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  25. Looks great! I like the colours and the stars. The quilting really fits.

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