The Mama Star Quilt

This is the star quilt that started it all! A friend asked me to create a custom king size quilt for her bed and a coordinating twin for her daughter. My friend was open to nearly every design idea that I brought to her, but I kept coming back to an image of a lone star quilt that her husband's aunt made for them. The lone star quilt was used on their bed for years, and it remains a very special piece for them.

I contemplated creating a new lone star quilt, but I wanted to do something different. I searched quite a bit and came up with lots of modern star quilt ideas, but I couldn't get this quilt by Kati at From the Blue Chair out of my mind. I especially loved that she used paper piecing, which is a great method for ensuring that your piecing is accurate.

I pieced my quilt in much the same manner as Kati outlines on her blog, but I changed the design quite a bit by creating concentric stars that have quite different angles.

The Mama Star Quilt

The center star is about 64" from point to point, and the entire quilt is 120" square. The star looks a bit small here, but I designed it so that it would sit perfectly on their bed. The thin dark blue border is a great frame around the edge of the quilt as it drapes on the bed!

The Mama Star Quilt

Unfortunately my colors are way off in these photos. We were rushing to get the pics before the sun went down, and we didn't have anyone to help hold this huge quilt! I wish I had more time to take better pictures, but I flew out of town the very next morning and took the quilts with to hand deliver.

Here's a close up of the star, the colors are pretty close in this picture and it also shows some of the quilting that I did:

The Mama Star Quilt

I had so much fun quilting this! The light blue background is quilted with straight lines 3/4" apart and each ring of the star is quilted with a different design. Here's a shot of the back of the quilt, where the designs really show up well:

The Mama Star Quilt - quilting on back

This is only the 3rd quilt that I quilted on the long arm, so I'm pretty happy with the result! Here's one more picture of the quilting on the back, this shows how I quilted the dark blue stripe around the quilt:

The Mama Star Quilt - quilting on back

I brought the quilt inside and put it on my bed for this picture. Unfortunately I have a queen size bed, so this isn't the most accurate shot. I does show the colors really nicely, though, and the proportion of the star:

The Mama Star Quilt

I took both quilts with me when I traveled back to Illinois a few weeks ago, and I was able to hand deliver them to my friend. She really loves both of them, and I've seen several photos of them in use! This was biggest custom order that I've ever received, and I was a bit nervous to quilt this giant quilt. But I think they turned out quite well in the end!

Seeing Stars Quilt

I made this quilt for a friend's daughter. I actually designed a king size quilt for my friend first, and then created this one to coordinate with the king size. But I want to share this one first. :)

I wanted to make a star quilt, something fun and whimsical for a sweet 6-year old girl to enjoy now and as she grows. I certainly added touches that she will love now (such as the awesome Art Gallery Menagerie print from the Indian Summer line), but tried to stay away from anything too cutesy (which isn't her style, anyway!).

I used the Sparkle Punch quilt by Oh Fransson! as a jumping off point, but added in 3 large stars (centers are 9" square, stars about just until 27" from point to point!) and some itty bitty stars (centers are 1" square, and less than 3" from point to point!).

Warning: Picture colors are off a bit...I was short on time and my lighting options were either full sun or full shade!
Seeing Stars Quilt

I played around with arrangement a bit, but ultimately decided to not disrupt the flow of the majority of the stars. Because of that, I ended up with a decent amount of background around the larger stars. I filled it in a bit with the tiny stars, and I'm really happy with the layout! I like the extra background space, as I think it calms the design down a bit.

Seeing Stars Quilt

Here's that great Menagerie print! I initially bought this for my stash, but I had to use it for this quilt because it suits the recipient so well. (And now my LQS has the print in BOTH colorways, so I restocked my stash!)

Seeing Stars Quilt

If you follow me on instagram (I'm TheGirlWhoQuilts), you probably know that I've been keeping a quilty secret for a few weeks now...I took the plunge and bought a long arm! I'm now the proud owner for a Handi Quilter Avante 18, and I'm so happy with it! It was quite a whirlwind for a bit though, as we set up the machine and I practiced a bit before diving into these customer quilts. This was only my second official quilt on the long arm, and I'm pretty happy with it! I went with a simple swirl design to keep my stress level low. ;)

Seeing Stars Quilt

For the back of the quilt I used mostly the solid from the front, plus a strip of this fun peacock print:

Seeing Stars Quilt

Quilt stats:
Name: Seeing Stars
Size: 75" x 90"
Background: Kona peacock
Prints/fabric lines include: Dear Stella (peacock feathers), Constellations Lizzy House, Architextures, Cuzco by Kate Spain, Pearl Bracelets, Backyard Baby, Indian Summer, Children at Play, Bella by Lotta Jansdotter, Luxe in Bloom
Binding: Constellations by Lizzy House, Supernova pint in purple