The Color Purple

My friend, Sarah Goer, is hosting a new monthly linky party called Show Me Something, and this month’s theme is Purple. I just so happen to have a purple project to share, but first a little back story is in order.

I joined Rebecca Bryan’s Stargazer BOM last year, and originally was going to use the main colorway in blue, green, and turquoise fabrics (after all, anyone who knows me is aware those are some of my very favorite colors). Take a peek at Rebecca’s finished Stargazer quilt. Isn’t it awesome!?! I decided to switch out the green solids for purple solids because my best friend (also named Mary) who will be the recipient of this quilt, is a total purple aficionado.

I had all the units completed and the base triangles cut by the end of the year, and on 1/1/2020 I started to sew the chevron arms of the quilt top together but had a heck of a time getting the seams to line up, and I wasn’t having fun (I realized after the fact that if I had nested my seams rather than pressing them open, I would’ve had an easier time).

I spent a little time looking at Modern Triangle Quilts (also by Rebecca Bryan), and that night, when I couldn’t sleep well at all, I started redesigning in my head the chevron sections of my soon-to-be-modified Stargazer quilt, using some quarter base triangle units from Rebecca’s book, which would also eliminate the matching of many other seams of the blocks that surround the chevron units. I eventually decided to modify the Stargazer quilt highlighting the block I like best (Rebecca calls it the Starbucks block) using purple and blue solids.

Today (on an unexpected snow day) I finished my modified 60” x 60” Stargazer quilt top, and I am so pleased with how it turned out. I will be sending it out for quilting Tuesday to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting.

Completing this quilt top is my January 2020 One Monthly Goal. Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: Jan 2020 OMG Finishes.

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8 Responses to The Color Purple

  1. rl2b2017 says:

    Yowza, Mary! You just happen to have the perfect project to share on that linky party. Wow, it really turned out glorious. I can just picture Mary beaming at it, walking away and then running back to give it another look. Really, really nice job. I can’t wait to see what pattern you two decide on for quilting. ~smile~ Roseanne


  2. The purples are gorgeous and I look forward to seeing what you choose for Melissa to quilt for you!


  3. Sarah Goer says:

    I love love love it! What a lucky friend who will be the recipient. I hope you’ve enjoyed working with this palette. The teals and light blues are such a great contrast to the purples.


  4. Wow, wow, wow! I love your palette and the way the lighter colors move my eyes around the quilt. Well done!


  5. Love, love love these colours you have used. There really isn’t enough purple used in quilting.


  6. Gorgeous quilt! Thanks for sharing.


  7. patty says:

    Awesome! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!


  8. Danette says:

    Love your purple Stargazer! I have not completed mine yet. Hopefully, soon.


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