Winter Star

>> Friday, January 4, 2013

Sometimes the background color is the easiest choice to make. When a friend asked me to make a quilt for her friend's new baby, she suggested something "green or maybe purple, nothing too boyish." I loved this set of color instructions. I toyed with purple and gray (a combination that often pops into my head and maybe one day will make it into a quilt), but I knew green was the way to go, and Moda Dill just felt right (and, um, I had a bunch of it. Practicality plays a role too). The question was what other fabrics to use.

My fabric stash is not wanting for greens, but a lot of them fall more on the blue-green side of the color wheel. Chartreuse, despite its current fashion popularity, rarely made me press click when I viewed it online. But lovely as my aqua-trending stash is, it just didn't feel right. Which surprised me, because I had already decided to use a purple binding, and I thought blue-greens would fit. But then it made sense: green/blue-green/purple completes the rainbow, but walks, rather than sashays, down the runway. Yellow-greens it would have to be. Loosely interpreted (that wood grain is really more yellow, than yellow-green), I settled upon 8 star-worthy choices. I'm not even sure which one is my favorite, and I thought picking a favorite would be easier with a color scheme that I buy less frequently. Except that I think less commonly acquired means more carefully selected. Fabric stashing can be tricky like that.

I shrunk Jeni's Vintage Star Quilt, making it baby, rather than giant, sized. By baby-sized, I mean about 40" square. The 10" piece of Seedpod, with its perfectly matching dark green and wonderfully coordinating yellows, oranges, and light greens, determined the size of the star. That is, I made big HST blocks with 10" squares (9.5" trimmed), which yielded a 36" star. I wanted it to float, so I added 2.5" green borders on all sides.

If there's one animal that predominates in my fabric collection, it's birds. Which is a little funny since I know very little about said creatures. I might be able to identify a robin and a raven, but there my ornithological knowledge ends. When rendered in two-dimensions, however, Joel Dewberry's birds stand apart from Paula Prass' and Laurie Wisbrun's separate from Valorie Wells. Thus the backing brought together a yard of nesting birds with a wide strip of flying ones. Free-motion stippling--with variegated green thread on the front and white thread on the back--holds it all together. Finally, purple edged its way into the binding -- a beautiful Marimekko purple print I picked up over the summer at the Crate & Barrel outlet.


What Comes Next? January 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM  

a perfect baby quilt - not too boyish - or girlish, either - great fabric selection!

Anna January 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM  

I love this quilt! Such great fabric. I especially like the birds on the back!

MellieWo January 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM  

I always love this simple star. Great choice in fabrics, what a pretty quilt!

CapitolaQuilter January 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM  

very pretty choice of fabrics and pattern. I really should think of the star for a future baby project and the larger chunks allow the print pattern to really be seen. Birds are loved by all, boys and girls.

Samantha January 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM  

Love this darling quilt! Great colors :)

felicity January 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM  

The yellow woodgrain adds zing. Thank you thank you thank you for *just* the inspiration I needed for an upcoming project.

p.s. did you know that word verification is enabled?

Beth January 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM  

Such a cute baby quilt and what a great way too use up some colors too. Looks great in baby size!

fenna January 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM  

I really like it! I just started quilting and now I'm intrigued with how some of these quilts come together!

Jessica January 10, 2013 at 6:04 PM  

First off, this quilt is beautiful and they loved it and you are awesome. Second off, you totally made that sound like a gender-reinforcing color request when in fact it was the opposite ;)

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