This is my second post about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side. Check out all the wonderful quilts that are showing up on her blog!
My second quilt is called Bright Sky. This quilt was started in 2013 as the Lucky Stars Block of the Month hosted by Elizabeth Dackson at Don’t Call Me Betsy. I’m going to take you through my process. These are the first 6 blocks. I used a fat quarter bundle of Rashida Coleman Hale’s
I thought the blocks got harder as the months went on. As I moved forward, I had to add a few additional prints to make the blocks as paper piecing takes quite a bit of fabric. Here are more of the blocks.
Once the blocks were complete, I started thinking about a non-traditional layout. I thought about using one of the layouts Elizabeth had suggested but I really wanted something different. I started playing with diagonal lines on my design wall and came up with a sideways V shape that I liked.
My original thought was to scatter the remaining blocks in the negative space but instead I chose to echo the large “V” with a second one. I know there would have been a better way to get the white lines in place – my method was tedious and not always accurate which was extremely frustrating.
Once the top was done, I pin basted it and began the task of quilting. I started with the blocks and did some echoing and filling in the shapes in the individual blocks.
I did organic straight line quilting with a few bubbles in the larges areas of negative space. I also quilted miniature shadow blocks in the a row in the negative space. Some loops filled in the setting triangles.
The quilting was very challenging but the overall effect was exactly what I was going for. My final creative touch was allowing the top and bottom stars to extend beyond the quilt edges. I hope you enjoy my modern take on the Lucky Stars.
Thanks again to Amy for hosting the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I am entering this quilt in the Modern Category.