This quilt was inspired by a block I saw as part of the "Long Time Gone" sew-along that Angie Wilson of Gnome Angel is leading, based on Jen Kingwell's book. The "Square in a square stars" block intrigued me, particularly the way the pattern plays with your eyes.
I decided to make a baby quilt using the block and a couple of my favorite Heather Ross prints (the kitties from her Tiger Lily collection) - from my stash! I pulled some pink and orange fabrics (also from my stash) to use for the front of the quilt, and used the kitty prints on the back. I cut all the fabric ahead of time, and assembled the entire quilt top at Sewtopia Denver. For the backing, I combined two larger fabric pieces, and bound it in green print I had on hand.
I fussy-cut a few of the kitties to use on the front of the quilt.
To emphasize the stars created by the block layout, I added a green "star" to the mix.
I quilted diagonal lines on the quilt using the seams and the edge of my walking foot as a guide.
This quilt finishes at 48" square, which makes for a nice sized large baby quilt.
I did have to order 1 1/2 yards of the kitties on white to make the backing big enough. But other than that, all the other fabrics came from my stash or my scrap bin. Win! Plus it felt great to use up a fabric that I loved and had been saving for something special (the Heather Ross kitty fabrics).