About a year ago Leanne from Devoted Quilter and I started discussing swapping mini quilts with each other. I'm not sure why it took a year for us to actually do it, but she has finally received hers this week and now I get to share it with everyone else!
|Leanne's Star mini quilt, measures about 18x18"--I am terrible at keeping a record of swap quilts once they are mailed out!|
We didn't create much criteria for the swap, so I did some digging through Leanne's pinterest for inspiration. First I chose a color palette from her color inspiration board (I tried to pick something out of my normal range):
|"Petalled Palette", picture credit: design-seeds.com|
These colors are so far off my radar I had to go through my stash three times to find something suitable:
|My fabric pull inspired by the "Petalled palette" above.|
Then I saw she has a whole board dedicated to star blocks, and even though that doesn't necessarily mean she loves stars (she could be collecting them for other people's interests, etc), I decided to go with it. Rarely do people dislike a star quilt, right?? I used this star block tutorial (which I've used before but have no record of, ha).
I love this star block because the piecing is simple, yet the effect is unique. But I wanted something fancier than just a 9 patch in the center, so I scoured the internet for a 6" star block that would work well. I finally chose this Sea Crest star for the many points and negative space that would work nicely with the outer star points:
|Center star layout.|
Okay, but the Sea Crest star template and instructions had a bunch of silly (read: not necessary) Y-seams and I guess it is supposed to be EPPed. Ain't nobody got time for that (I say that half jokingly because the quilt Leanne made for me is all EPP!! And I have a slow EPP hexie project that requires like 2000 1" hexies. I digress). So I drafted up a paper pieced block (see above)! Next time I do this I want to add a couple of little half square triangles to the larger corner squares to create a octagon shape in the white:
|I wish I had thought of adding the white where that line is before piecing it all together! I did leave it unquilted, for maybe an illusion of an octagon...maybe?|
I used two layers of batting--one of Quilter's Dream wool and one of Warm and Natural. I left the star unquilted so it would stay puffy.
I quilted the grey (Kona Coal) using Aurifil #4241 (very dark grey) for the feathers and #5004 (grey smoke) for the crosshatching and orange peels. I used #2024 (white) in the ditch around the star and white fabric.
|Quilting detail. Aurifil #5004 is a near match to Kona Coal.|
The binding is Kona Charcoal, and the backing is something from my stash of mysterious origin. But it's blue, and I read somewhere that Leanne liked blue. Plus, those dragonflies are super cute.
|Quilt back, quilting detail.|
|Leanne's Star quilt back.|
This swap was really enjoyable, and the quilt Leanne made for me is gorgeous--go see her blog post for all the details! Private one-on-one swaps are the best!
|Leanne's Star quilt top.|
Quilting is where the magic happens--I love it!
|Leanne's Star, I quilted the life into it ;-)|