|Fractal Friendship Star, measures 18" x 18"|
Back in January I came across this photo on Instagram and immediately wanted to make a quilt out of it:
|Photo by ParisianFloors on IG|
A month or two later Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl and I decided to swap mini quilts again and I knew that photo would inspire the quilt for her. Our guidelines for the swap were to push ourselves out of our comfort zones--for me that meant doing a quilt with straight line quilting (instead of my usual detailed and dense free motion quilting) and for her that meant doing detailed free motion quilting (definitely go check out the gorgeous quilt she made! She killed it!). I drew out a quilt idea and figured out fabric requirements:
|Fractal Friendship Star: quilt designing, size of blocks and fabric requirements.|
Next I had to pick fabrics, which I really struggled with. Finally I decided to use some Artisan Cottons by Windham Fabrics that I won through Hawthorne Threads earlier this year. The fabrics are a shot cotton--meaning the warp and the weft fibers are different colors that create a really lovely shimmer.
|Fractal Friendship Star: checking that the layout works! The smallest squares are 1", and finish at 1/2.|
It was pretty simple to piece, though lots of little squares! There are 96 of the smallest square, but they came together into 4-patches quickly.
|Fractal Friendship Star: Keeping my squares organized. Yes, I pinned EVERY seam intersection.|
Actually piecing the whole thing was all 4 and 9 patches!
|Fractal Friendship Star: Piecing together the quilt top.|
I like how this photo shows how the fabrics change depending on the direction of the dominate fiber color:
|Fractal Friendship Star: basting.|
I did try dense straight line quilting, but ripped it out because I really didn't like how it camouflaged all my careful piecing! In the end I went with just stitch-in-the ditch! I used Quilter's Dream wool batting for the light weight loft, which works well with the sparse quilting:
|Fractal Friendship Star: finished quilt|
It was a little strange only doing straight line quilting, but this was a definitely a case of Less Is More! I'm much happier with each of those squares standing out.
|Fractal Friendship Star: detail shot of the 1/2" and 1" squares.|
Here's the back, I like how it turned out too!
|Fractal Friendship Star: backing.|
I was lucky enough to be able to gift it to Yvonne in person during our Oregon beach vacation (you can see pictures of our sewing vacation on Instagram: #YandROregonBeachRetreat)!