Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bright Stars

I've been working on gift quilts for my youngest nephew and nieces. The quilts are now in their hands, so I can now share my work without spoiling the surprise.  


I didn't have a pattern for this one--I just made it up as I went along.








Her mom told me my niece likes bright, bold colors. I think the colors stand out well against the black and white background.





I created the stars based on 4.5" squares with an 8.5" square in the center. The background squares in black and white scrappy fabrics are also 4.5" squares. (These are all unfinished measurements--in the quilt they finish .5" smaller.)

I assembled this quilt in columns (vertical) rather than rows (horizontal). This way, I could work with complete star blocks; this made it easier for me to keep things in order.



Because I wanted to draw the colors of the stars out toward the edge, I made a border of four-patches with 2.5" squares.






I went with a simple black and white backing fabric and a black binding to tie the colors in the quilt together. The quilt finished at approximately 66" x 85".








I like the way this one turned out. Sometimes, you just have to experiment!

I'm linking to Busy Hands Quilts: Finished or Not Friday and Fiber Tuesday 80 at The Quilting Room with Mel.









22 comments:

  1. Such pretty bright colors bet they well be loved

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  2. Wow, were the first words your niece said when she opened the package with this quilt! Bold and beautiful were mine. After wearing it wrapped around her for the day, she placed it on her red rod-iron bed. Amazing, is how it looks! She is very thankful for all the work that went into this quilt.

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    1. Thank you, Ariane. You have a beautiful name.

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  4. I love the brightly colored stars against the black and white!
    Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie. I wasn't sure it would work, but I think it did. :) Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. A great finish! I love all the brights teamed up with your b&w fabrics, very effective!

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    1. Thank you, Linda, for the kind words and for visiting my blog.

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  6. Very pretty! I like those bright stars!

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  7. That was one successful experiment - perfect in every way! Love the brights mixed with black/white.

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  8. oh very nice and bright - my experiments don't work as well:)

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    1. Thanks, Maggie. Many of mine don't work either! :)

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  9. Bright & beautiful. Kudos on a successful experiment!
    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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    1. Thanks, Preeti! I enjoyed seeing your scrappy entry in the QBF. It was so bright and happy.

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  10. You quilt looks like a real treasure.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. My niece really likes it. :) Thanks, too, for visiting my blog.

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