I have a favorite finish to share on Meadow Mist Designs: Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup – February 2020.
It is my modified Stargazer quilt which I started last year through participation in Rebecca Bryan’s Block of the Month program. I 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 look at Rebecca’s finished Stargazer quilt. Isn’t it awesome!?! I decided to switch out the green solids for purple solids because purple is the favorite color of my best friend (also named Mary) who is the recipient of this quilt.
I completed all the units and cut the base triangles cut by the end of December, and on first day of 2020, I started to sew the chevron arms of the quilt top together but struggled 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.
I had the quilt top done by mid-January and sent it out for quilting to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting, choosing the Pick-Up Sticks quilting pattern to accentuate the variety of angles in my modified Stargazer quilt, and using a pretty wide-back batik fabric for both the backing and binding. Below are several pics I took this morning at our local plaza park. The third photo which shows the full quilt hanging straight really is too dark, but I like how it highlights the center of the quilt.
And here’s a pic of the back of the quilt on the dry winter grass.
My friend, Mary, is on a trip and will return on Monday. I can’t wait to give this finished quilt to her!