Thursday, March 21, 2013

Starburst Quilt Finish

Starburst Quilt | 76"x76" | Fabrics Listed Below

I am very happy to have completed the Starburst quilt, my first finish of 2013! I made this quilt during the Starburst QAL, hosted by Melissa at Happy Quilting. At 76"x76", it is the perfect size for snuggling. It is very cuddly! Since the background is so dark, my coffee probably won't be attracted to it either. Win! I love this quilt and I am a selfish quilt hoarder, so this quilt will remain in my house. :)

This quilt was all about playing with color! The only given on this quilt was that I was going to use the 4.5 yards of Robert Kaufman's Quilter's Linen in Midnight that I already had on my shelf. I bought it for another project, but it was a little brighter than anticipated.

The inspiration for the colors I used in the stars was actually from Pink Castle Fabrics Stash Club. I loved how the first three months (pink, aqua/turquoise and navy) looked together on my shelf. When I started pulling fabrics and noticed how beautiful the green looked against the navy in Andalucia (by Patty Young), I decided to use lime green as well. 

Other colors schemes I considered: For inspiration, I looked at several fabric lines with a navy base. I also considered Red/White/Aqua or Pink/Aqua.

Quilt Top Fabric:
Background: Quilter's Linen Midnight (Robert Kaufman)
Pinks: Metro Living Circles Fuchsia (Robert Kaufman) • Heath in Light Pink (Alexander Henry) • Squiggle in Pink (Benartex) • Mystery Pink (Lost the selvedge!)
Blues: Jester in Aqua (Michel Miller) • Sketch in Aqua (Timeless Treasures) • C5005 Blue (Riley Blake Designs) • Mezzanine in Teal (Free Spirit Fabrics)
Greens: Tiny Flower in Citron (Michel Miller) • Dotted Argyle in Green (Simon + Kabuki)  • Dot n' Square in Citron (Michael Miller) • Sari in Lime (Dear Stella)
(7 of the 12 fabrics for the star are from Stash Club)

This picture is zoomable. It is really fun print!

Backing: Irving Street Flannel by Erin McMorris.
I found the backing fabric at QuiltHome, after receiving a "20% Off Flannel" coupon from their email newsletter. I liked how the bright pink was so different than the midnight blue I chose for the quilt background. The windows in the little town have little spots of green and aqua, just like the stars. I also like the story it creates. It makes me smile to think of the quilt top as the night sky over a sleeping city.

Other backings I considered:  Out to Sea by Sarah Jane (Nautical/Star connection, but nothing felt right... even though the mermaids were tempting!), Moon Phase Polkadot in Light Blue or Star Charts in Light Blue from Lizzy House's Constellation (Star connection, but too much blue)

Quilting: I used Pellon Nature's Touch 100% Cotton Batting.

I did a basic 4-inch grid in the background. A 4-inch grid allowed me to quilt straight(ish) lines without any markings. For the most part, I used the seams and star points as my guides. I echo quilted the stars and the shapes within the stars.

This is the first quilt I have completed with my new machine, the Janome HD-1000.  It is missing some features that I learned to rely on (e.g. the "Needle Down" function), but the better stitch quality of the Janome makes up for it! I had a much less frustrating quilting experience. One of the big problems with my Simplicity was that the thread would constantly jump out of the last thread guide. The last thread guide on the Janome is constructed differently, so that wasn't an issue at all.

Binding: Running Stitch in Lime
I asked for all of your help on this one and the result was overwhelmingly in favor of Running Stitch in Lime. It was my husband's binding of choice as well! It really works well as a binding! The lines on the fabric are 1/4" apart and I was able to keep my ladder stitches a lot more even than usual.

Conclusion: I love this quilt pattern! There are cutting instructions for three different quilt sizes at Happy Quilting. I think it might also be fun to make a baby quilt out of just one block. You can see all the gorgeous versions of this quilt pattern at the Starburst Parade and the Happy Quilting QAL Flickr group! Everyone did such a great job!

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I will be linking up with: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt StoryTGIFF Friday hosted by Marit @ Sew, Love, Live and Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts. I can't wait to see everyone's finishes for this week!

This quilt is also part of my 2013 Finish-A-Long Q1 list. 1/5 projects complete.

38 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Chrissy said... #

It looks amazing. Really great.

Izzy said... #

It looks beautiful. I also decided to keep my Starburst! :-)

Sew Hungryhippie said... #

Stunning! I am pinning it now to my quilt board. Awesome job. :D

Megan said... #

I love the colours you have chosen. The finished quilt looks stunning! The back is really cute, and like you I love that it creates a little story.

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said... #

This looks fantastic! I love the background blue - the other colours really pop against it. Beautiful job!

Pamela said... #

That deep blue is an amazing color! The quilt is absolutely beautiful.

Seraphym said... #

Love your colour choices! a gorgeous quilt

Heather D. said... #

Seriously awesome. I'm going to pin this to remind to use a COLOUR for a background someday!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said... #

It's beautiful! So rich and happy-looking :) Enjoy snuggling!

Helen L said... #

I love your quilt, especially with the blue background!! It's one of my favorite "neutrals" and is used so seldom. It sure makes a great backdrop for your stars! :-)

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said... #

Beautiful - your colours are wonderful!!

Marit said... #

Wow! I love how this turned out. The colors pop so great against the blue background. And flannel backing - sounds cozy and like something I could use here in the snowy north! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

MsMidge said... #

What a beautiful beautiful quilt! I love all of the fabric choices, especially the backing!

Kelly said... #

It is gorgeous Taryn,I am not suprised you want to keep it.

Annabella said... #

Ooooh, it's lovely!! I love the midnight blue and the zesty binding. Just gorgeous.

Michele said... #


Celtic Thistle said... #

Congrats on your finish Taryn, it is lovely. I liked reading about all the options you considered for this quilt, I am sure all the other options would have been lovely too, but from here it looks like you made all the right decisions :)

marcella said... #

Congratulations on finishing such a lovely quilt. It looks so beautiful! Love the lime binding.

Freddie said... #

Love the dark blue background colour.

Books_Bound said... #

Love it! Congrats on the finish!

I also love wherever it is you're taking these pictures. As we face down another round of snow, I am very jealous!

Sylvia said... #

Nice quilt! The lime green was the perfect finish!

Anonymous said... #

Great finish -the backing fabric and green binding finish it off nicely

Britt G. said... #

Wow - I love when people move outside of the white background box! I am going to go check out the QAL pics to see all the variations. Very inspiring! Great Finish!

Kirsten said... #

Stunning quilt - the fabrics look amazing with the darker blue background!

Katy Cameron said... #

Yay for a finish, love the pops of colour against the dark background :o)

Anonymous said... #

I love the colors. It looks so great! I love quilts using other background colors.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said... #

I just adore this quilt! It is so beautiful!!

Snowcatcher said... #

I wouldn't have thought of pairing that pink village with the dark blue, but it came out great, and I love the idea of a night sky over the village.

Heidi Staples said... #

Taryn, this is absolutely beautiful. What a lovely mix of colors and fabrics!

Sarah said... #

I love this! And as I've said before, wow with the blue background! It works so well. I'm a bit of a quilt hoarder too. I love all the quilts I make, but some are just too gorgeous to give away.

quilthexle said... #

Lovely quilt - fantastic use of colour. The background is just perfect !

Erin said... #

I love the blue background with the green binding. Fantastic choices!

Renee said... #

The colors are and stars together are stunning. I love the simplistic quilting.

Margaret said... #

I love those big bold starburst patterns--they light up a room! Super job!

MaterialGirlQuilts said... #

Gorgeous quilt! I love that bright blue.

Leanne said... #

Your Swoon is beautiful, I just love the colours and the quilting. A wonderful finish.

Kacey said... #

I'm just now working on this quilt and your link-up photo caught my eye - I love the blue background! I'd already decided to play more with non-white backgrounds, and seeing your quilt has sealed the deal for me! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kelly said... #

So super fantastic! I love this quilt and I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

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