Recently I had a request from a family member to make a ‘lone star’ modern quilt. A request is always appreciated – as I tend to make quilts for me – usually because I like a pattern, or a fabric, or I have attended a workshop or because a friend is also making one. I think there are quite a few other reasons why I have made quilts over the years and quite a few reasons why I have never completed some quilts too!
This new quilt was to be more of a ‘decor’ quilt – to suit a room – and to be relatively modern in appearance. By that I mean with minimal quilting (YES!!) and with few colours. I suggested a visit to the local hardware shop to find some paper paint samples in the appropriate colours would be necessary. Using them I was able to purchase the fabrics and have a colour palette to work with. I choose a deep charcoal grey for the background, and this ‘set off’ the aquas, pink and yellow colours well.
I had never sewn a lone star quilt before, but luckily a friend had a Nancy Johnson-Srebro book called “big one-star quilts by magic” in her extensive collection of quilting and patchwork books. The pattern book cleverly uses squares and rectangles to make up the star, rather than cutting strips into diamonds and then sewing them together.
Using Nancy’s instructions I was able to easily follow what to do. Well – it was kind of easy – except I started sewing at a quilt retreat, and one does have to concentrate when putting colours together in the correct order!!
Once I had all the top pieced, I machine quilted it with Aurifil (of course) in Ne 40 and then hand quilted minimally with Ne 12.
I added a row of flying geese top and bottom to add length to the quilt as well as pick up the colours used in the main star.
I am hoping the recipients are pleased with the end result – if not, there is a home in my house for the quilt, as I have really come to love it!!