Inner Star Quilt #2!
This was actually the first Inner Star Quilt that I pieced, but I decided to have it quilted by a local long-arm quilter, and while it was being quilted, I pieced and finished the green version. The palette for my blue quilt was inspired by this picture that I saw on Instagram, though I used Windham Fabrics Artisan Cotton fabric in Denim and I believe that the fabric in the inspiration photo was a linen. I went with the Artisan Cotton fabric because I liked how it had more texture and dimension than a traditional dyed quilting cotton. The Artisan Cottons are woven fabrics and actually look different colors depending on the directions of the warp and weft of the fabric. Can you see it in the picture below?
As you can see in the photo above, I went with a figure-eight quilting pattern. There are many versions of this pattern available, but I believe that this one is called "Modern Twist" and is from Urban Elementz. I had the quilter quilt the "twists" at 6".
I backed the quilt in a fabric from Ikea that has been sitting in my stash for 10 years. 10 years! It felt good to finally use it.
I bound the quilt in a red and white print from Art Gallery. I was going for a very subtle patriotic summery vibe for this quilt and this print is just what I was looking for.
This quilt is a free pattern that went out to my newsletter subscribers, and which I plan to share with my readers at the end of this blog post. So read on!
For 2020, I decided to make only my own original patterns for a change - no patterns by anyone else (with 1 exception for a WIP...stay tuned). I paged through my sketch book, found a block that looked intriguing and then moved to EQ8 where the block evolved a bit in to what you see above. I do love floating-sawtooth star blocks! Encouragement from a friend gave me the push I needed to actually make the quilt.
This is actually the second Inner Star Quilt that I've made (I'm waiting for the first one to get back from the quilter), and it was made to double-check the pattern's cutting instructions. Since I hadn't originally planned to make this quilt, I didn't want to order more fabric (or wait for new fabric to arrive). I dug through my stash, and this Kona Cotton Forest green fabric was all I had that was big enough. It's not my favorite color, but it's what I had on hand, so I went with it. Note on forest green: I live in the mountain of CO where there are way too many homes from the 90's and early 00's that still have predominant color schemes of forest green, brown, and red. Too many moose and bear images on light switches and throw pillows, and too many chandeliers made from deer antlers for my taste. I know that lots of people love that stuff - and that's great for them - I just don't personally care for it. So that style has ruined forest green for me...but maybe this quilt will help fix that.
For the star and half-square-triangle blocks in this quilt, I used off-white and black low-volume prints that I had in my stash. I used similar prints (maybe more medium-volume) and pieced a backing for the quilt - again trying to use what I had on hand rather than buying new fabric.
I quilted straight lines using my walking foot and bound the quilt with more Kona Cotton in Eggplant that I also had in my stash.
This quilt finishes at 64" square and the pattern can be found here. For lots more pictures of my Inner Star quilts and more, check out #innerstarquilt.
Thanks for reading along and please tag me if you make an Inner Star quilt!
PS - if you need Kona Cottons, Stash Fabrics carries every color!