|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.
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!
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, TGIFF 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.