Recently I was commissioned to make baby quilts for boy-girl twins! The twins' dads live in CA and have pretty modern taste. My first thought was to go minimalist, abstract, improv modern with my quilt design. I worked, with my quilty friends' feedback, to pull together a palette from my stash and then I started working. My design evolved and I simplified & tweaked. I stared at it on the design wall....and I didn't like it. Yuck. The problem with doing commissions, and working closely with your buyer during the process, is that you can sometimes find yourself creating things that you don't like. Conversely, sometimes working for a client with taste that is different from yours can push you out of your comfort zone to try new designs or palettes - and it's a good thing. In this case it was the former. I didn't like the quilt that was looking at me from my design wall, and I couldn't keep working on it.
Once I made the decision not to move forward with those first attempts, I quickly settled on a simple single large-scale star-in-a-star block in two different, but similar, color-ways. I have been wanting to make a quilt using this block ever since I made these three blocks for a traveling quilt project. At the end of this post I will include a link to a tutorial for this quilt.
I quilted straight lines on my Juki with a 1" separation. You can see more on how I sew my straight lines by visiting my Instagram page (HandmadeMyrth) and watching my "sewing tools" highlights.
I love the texture that straight-line quilting adds to a quilt.
I had a mini gray and white stripe fabric on hand (Figo fabrics by Ghazal Razavi) that I used to bind both of these quilts. I backed them in two different gray prints. The moon phases print is another one from Figo, while the other is from Cotton + Steel (or maybe it was when they were Ruby Star - same designer, different company).
Solid fabrics used in these quilts:
Kona Silver for the background of both quilts (lt gray)
Kona Slate for the dk gray star in the teal quilt
Kona Glacier for the teal star
Michael Miller Jewel for the magenta star
Michael Miller Clay for the dk gray in the magenta quilt
Thanks for stopping by. Click here to be directed to the tutorial for this quilt.