Monday, September 17, 2012

Taryn's Giant Star Quilt


I started this quilt way back in April, I think. I had been wanting to try this pattern since I first saw Jeni's version of it and subsequent tutorial. It would be a great one to make when you need a gift in a hurry, or just need to satisfy your creative urge with a quick finish. Obviously that wasn't the case here, but for anyone else it's totally possible. 

I have always been a fan of Natalie from Greenleaf Goods' talent for choosing interesting color palettes. When I saw one of her blogger bundles for Pink Castle Fabrics I knew that would be what I used. I think this bundle was called "Summer Salad", but I'm not really sure because it is sold out now. 
Since the pattern calls for several FQs, it was the perfect reason to buy it. I did have to add a few of my own fabrics in since I chose to make every section with a different print. 

This quilt started as a wedding gift for a couple that I went to college with, but then for some reason I decided that it really wasn't "them" so I set it aside once I got the top made. In fact, I used the scraps from this quilt to make Elizabeth's quilt for my friend's daughter. 
A couple of months later I decided that it would be a great gift for my cousin who was married in July, so I got busy making the back from this ubiquitous Ikea print. Then, I realized I was really pregnant and did not want to get on the floor basting this thing, so it sat for another month until my saintly mother basted it for me while I was in the hospital with Jill. 
Finally, in little bits here and there while Jill was content in her carrier, I got the quilting finished. Nothing spectacular, just randomly spaced lines mimicking the chevron/arrow shapes of the four star sections and then filling in the background. I used grey thread in the star and a dark plum in the Kona Berry that I used for the background and binding.  

Now it is all ready to ship to Iowa as a late wedding/punctual birthday gift for my beautiful cousin Taryn who married a farmer of her own this summer.

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23 comments:

  1. Oh it's very nice - what Kelly said, "striking!" Good for you on the finish and accolades to mom!

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  2. This is really gorgeous! I love the way you let the fabric shine by using this pattern, and the kona berry looks awesome with the other fabrics. It's also so fun to see one of the bundles I put together in use! I'm still hoarding mine, but this makes me want to use it!!

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  3. Looks great Toni! I love the dark background for the star. And that text print is so fun!

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  4. I like the berry background! I was thinking of you today as I cruised the sale racks at Target and bought a few tanks and cardigans on clearance.

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  5. It's really fantastic! I need to make a quilt like this. And I need some of that Ikea fabric!!

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  6. So beautiful Toni - love the colours you have used and the quilting looks wonderful!

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  7. This is very pretty! I like how the dark plum background worked out. It really highlights the range of colors beautifully!

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  8. It looks great, glad you finally got to finish it :o)

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  9. It looks just great! I love it!

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  10. Its beautiful, I just love that Kona Berry...very nice!

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  11. Gorgeous Toni, that fabrics are great and that Berry colour is just lovely!

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  12. Oh my! I love it! And it's given me an idea to use up some scraps!

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  13. I LOVE it! Absolutely great color palette. Perfect for fall! I guess you could call it fall harvest instead of summer salad. ;)

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  14. I really like this version of the pattern, what nice color choices!

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  15. This is a beautiful quilt and the quilting really finishes it nicely. I really enjoyed the story too, thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Love this! The quilting is great as well!

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