Hmm, I have a quilt named Starlight, what a coincidence. The Island Batik August Challenge is to make a lap size or larger quilt using any star block pattern. The fabric I chose are from the IB Crystal Ball line and IB gray solid for my background. Such a gorgeous spray of greens, purples and blues don’t you think? The strips sets include 40pc 2.5″ x wof strips, 20 prints. see disclosure
Starlight is a paper pieced pattern with 16 blocks and border finishing at 52″ x 52″ . My quilt for this challenge will only include 9 blocks though.
After sorting the strips into light, medium and dark fabrics I paired them for placement. Every time I reach the sub section point in my piecing I begin to second guess myself. Such as, maybe I should have used a different background, I should have paired this strip with that strip…
After joining the blocks I’m much happier. The original quilt was pieced with a regular cotton and there wasn’t much contrast in the fabrics. So having 20 different fabrics from the strip set to play with I was able to choose the look I wanted.
80 hst cut and stitched in an hour and 15 minutes
AccuQuilt is an industry partner of Island Batik and generously gifted all IBA’s with their own GO! Qube bundle. Given my newly discovered love for hst’s (thanks to the GO!) I decided to duplicate the sawtooth border from Nostalgia Twist. The dies accurately cut fabric the first time saving me time and waste. Best of all, no squaring up the blocks after they were pieced or dog ear trimming.
The thing I like the most about the cutter ? In Nov 2017 I insulted an old hip injury so standing in place for an extended amount of time is still painful, the cutter solves that problem. Then there’s the neck pain (same injury) from looking down over a cutting mat even though the height of my cutting station is ergonomical. It really takes very little time to cut an entire quilt using the AccuQuilt.
The fabrics I chose for the hst were Swirl French Blue Crystal and the same gray solid I used as the background fabric.
Once the hst were in strips I laid them around the top and decided a solid border then the hst would look better. So I added a 2.5″ border between the stars and hst strips and was much happier with the appearance.
My Crystal Ball tells me it’s seeing a lot more hst’s in my future. It also says they will be right up there with flying geese as a favorite. Now if it would only tell me I will be retiring by age 50.
Although the star below was not part of this quilt, there was enough of the same batting shown to quilt this top. It’s the Hobbs Heirloom 80/20
which is a low loft batting.
Hot off the machine with large floppy feathers.
Island Batik Crystal Ball strips and yardage.
40wt Aurifil for piecing
AccuQuilt 2″ hst die from the 8″ GO! Qube
My own design, Starlight. The pattern does not include the hst blocks that I have added to today’s finish.
What I learned making this quilt.
Always make sure you have removed dissolvable thread from your bobbin. Yes I really did that. In the middle of piecing the center block I stopped and switched to dissolvable thread to sew backing onto leaders. Later I picked up where I left off. OOOPS.
I really loved the variety of colors and prints in the Crystal Ball collection. Yay me, I still have enough remaining to make another quilt.
Would you like to win a pdf pattern of Starlight?
Starlight pattern giveaway has ended. Winners drawn, Patricia from NY, USA, Joann from Cape Cod, USA and Raewny from NZ.
For your name to be entered, leave a comment stating what country you are from. Drawing will be old school, names placed into a bowl and 1 drawn. The winner will be announced by email and in Put your foot down on August 15th. Entries will be accepted until Wednesday August 14 at noon central standard time. Good luck!
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