Thursday, March 23, 2017

Garden Stars

Another RSC 17 purple scrap finish, number 4 to be exact, and this one is a beauty!
Introducing Garden Stars.


Garden Stars quilt



I really love these blocks, which came about because of the shape of the scraps, creating a great secondary design. Wouldn't this look awesome as a larger quilt with more blocks? Too bad I ran out of the perfect yellow fabric, or I would have cut more triangles to keep going. But it is such a great feeling to go from scrap pieces,



to blocks,



to a stunning quilt!





Now, I'm not one to automatically put borders on my work. But the shortage of yellow background and the small size of the blocks made for a small quilt. Therefore, a hefty border was needed to make the quilt a decent size (37" x 37"). Fortunately, I had 6" strips of the same fabrics in the stash, making it a no-brainer on border width. The strip width within the border corresponds to the square size in the blocks, giving unity to all the elements. That's something that's really important to me when I'm designing a quilt, otherwise, it could end up being a jumbled mess.

Here's more eye candy, and yes, I was brave and used a med/dark purple thread throughout.



A perfect thread choice, as it gives the quilt a more purple feel, and really shows off the quilting (and any mistakes!).




The back, a green plaid flannel, 



shows off the quilting in a soft, lighter purple, almost a lilac color. You can just see the hint of purple below.





Ok, that's enough eye candy for today, and enough purple for awhile. I'm way behind on aqua, and haven't even started red. But the good news? I'm banishing the scraps!

Tomorrow I'll go over how I came up with the quilting design for this beauty. 
See you then!





24 comments:

  1. Using the purple thread was a bold move. It made a simple quilt a work of art. Well done!

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  2. Gorgeous! I love the yellow with the purple quilting makes this a stunning quilt.

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  3. It is beautiful. I like the purple thread, not sure I would be brave enough.

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  4. That is so pretty and the quilting is just gorgeous!

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  5. What a stunning quilt. You certainly made great use of the open area to showcase your quilting. Bravo!

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  6. Hi Susan, your quilting is stunning - so effective.

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  7. Gorgeous. It would look great as a bed quilt.

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  8. The quilting adds an amazing dimension and detail to the quilt! Lovely!

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  9. That dense stippling with purple thread really makes this a standout. I can't wait to hear how you made the decisions on your quilting. That is my most difficult hurdle. To see such a GORGEOUS little quilt out of old scraps is inspiring. It really encourages me that I don't have to have all the latest beautiful fabrics to make something wonderful. Thank you!

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    1. Any fabric can make a beautiful quilt Janice!

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  10. I wondered what it would look like from that little hint you gave us. It's wonderful. The back is a work of beauty. Great job on the quilting.

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  11. Beautiful! I love your colour combo, and your quilting is simply stunning!

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  12. What a beauty! Everything came together so well :)

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  13. how lovely and I rally like how you have quilted the yellow blocks giving a 3D effect with the flowers

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  14. Scrumptious! The thread and the quilting really added an extra punch to this quilt. Beautiful.

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  15. Your quilting is beautiful! I love what you did in the open yellow spaces with the flower. Can I ask what kind of long arm machine you use?

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    1. I have an Innova 22" with Lightning Stitch

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  16. Thanks for sharing and linking up with this week's TGIFF. I am always in awe of your fabulous quilting. The choice of purple thread really makes the dense quilting pop. You did a fabulous job using up what you had for scraps. Have a great weekend.

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  17. Wow - this sure is a beauty, Susan! Wonderful quilt for it. Those flowers are gorgeous.

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  18. Aah! I think I like the back more than the front, just because of all that gorgeous quilting texture! I like that you used a contrasting thread on the front, it was the perfect choice. Thanks for linking this fabulous finish to MCM!

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  19. Beautiful, Susan! I love the quilting. It is gorgeous!!

    -Soma

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