If you follow along, you know my first entry into this fall's Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side was my first modern quilt. For my second entry, I had to share (again because I love it so much) the most recent modern quilt I finished. I think entering both kind of shows my evolution.
I really wasn't sure I wanted to commit to a Quilt A-Long but Melissa over at Happy Quilting did such a fabulous job at designing this Star Surround pattern, I knew it could be made to fit my style perfectly.
I rarely find time anymore to make quilts for myself so it was great fun to pull out some fabrics I have been collecting for quite some time.
With a small goal being due every week, I was able to keep focussed. I confess I loved having the blocks for this quilt around to look at as it was coming together.
I veered slightly from the pattern and used more prints to get a scrappier look. I had so many georgeous fabrics I wanted to get into this top I just couldn't pare them down to just a few.
There are rich wovens and shot cottons, lots of geometric prints and even some text fabrics.
I still prefer not to use white as my backgrounds so I went with an ash gray.
I really think it set the blocks off beautifully!
I did quilt this one myself on my longarm so I am entering it in the professionally quilted category. Not having a whole lot of time to get it done, I knew I needed to quilt for texture and keep the patterns simple. I went with tight curls in all the gray backgrounds. In the cornerstones, I did some simple echo stitching to add some geometry to that center square.
The center star was quilted with some simple straight lines. I also quilted the outer surround star in a random line quilting to compliment the center.
It was hard to capture in a photo but I quilted some organic meandering in the space between the line work. Visually, the different shapes and textures really look great! I wish you could all see this quilt in person.
When it was finished, I was so glad I decided to join in on the fun. I think this quilt really helped me to zero in on my own modern style and feel proud of the results.
For so many reasons, I think this quilt is my absolute favorite to date. I hope you don't mind if you have had to see it again!
I really hope you are able to find time to take a peak at all the great quilts being linked to this season's festival. There are so many gorgeous quilts out there, it is pretty hard to choose some favorites. I do know I have seen some pretty inspiring quilts and I am sure there will be many more added before the festival is finished!
Thanks for stopping by! If you are new to my blog, I hope you enjoyed your visit. If you have been following along, I hope to have my Double Crossed quilt top done which uses some of the same fabrics as this quilt. It's looking great and I hope to share more pictures soon!!