Hobbs Batting, and I will most happily be using their black batting to quilt this! Once again, I cannot say enough about the quality of Island Batik fabrics, who provided these beauties. This quilt goes from huge, 16" star points down to 1" so there was a fair amount of handling.
And pretty much zero fraying.
You may recall that it started with this design, #17/30 in the 30 Quilt Designs Challenge that just ended May 25. Three of us completed 30 quilt designs within the 70 days, but all of us have had such fun, and furthered our creative spirits, and most of us have made at least one of our 30 designs already!
Choosing the golds for the various stars:
|The colour is a bit off here; the golds are more yellow but the purple-turquoise is pretty much dead on.|
|Choosing the purples to go against the black. Quite the variety right?|
I started designing the quilt from the outside in. Wait, what? Yeah, I know. I've never done that before, but it was the way my brain tackled the quilt, and if my memory serves me right, I did it the same way in EQ.
|Both of these are basics: black, and the gold is 'Mustard'. Their solids are fantastic.|
So that was the outside two sides; now to create the four interior sections.
I was also auditioning fabrics for the purple stars as you can see. I knew the one purple-turquoise was pretty close in value to the blue-green, but I actually quite liked the way it sort of blended, then you saw it, then it blended again.
As well as auditioning those colours, I changed my mind about the very centre gold star from this:
I felt that gold was more intense, more saturated, much as I wanted that final tiny star to be made of the same gold fabric as the massive one. Don't worry though; that original little star will become the label on the back!
You can see the motif, or chop, as they call it, of that gold fabric in the photo below. Lots of luminosity, no?
I was further in to the off-centre (ha) of the design here, and wow, I was in love even more with this line, and I was pretty in love with my crisp points. And then I was pretty pleased that my quilt math served me well, and all was right! And I do so love those tiny stars! Adorable.
Those of you doing my Beothuk Star QAL may well remember (with fondness, I'm sure) the 96 HSTs we had to make. Well, this quilt only has 88!😂
I was so ecstatic to hit all the points in the very centre (well off-centre) of the quilt!!
|The crispness and tight weave of these batiks helps nail them IMHO.|
I also love the twinkle effect, or the fade in/fade out of the stars effect. I seem to do that in a lot of my designs, don't I?! I love making one's eye rove over a quilt and spot different things when one looks at it again and again.
Here is the final flimsy, all pressed, pegged to the fantastic-for-quilt-shots deck rails, (no Rufus; he was trying to chill his belly on this hot day on the kitchen floor with minimal success). Just a light breeze was blowing when I took these.
It was barely laid flat on our bed to keep it smooth, hoping to layer and quilt it this evening, when....
I'm hosting TGIFF this Friday, so hope you'll pop back then to see the finish, and maybe link up a finish of your own!
Real Life Drama and Happenings
Here's what it looks like from inside:
That will be in the following post. Two posts in one day, sheesh!