April is here, and the Island Batik challenge for the month is: Looking back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations.
Star quilts have always been one of my biggest inspirations, here's a picture I found of a gorgeous antique one made sometime in the 1800's. Look at that amazing collection of scrappy fabrics!
The starting point for my quilt was in the more brighter color range, I used the stack of 10" precuts of Paisley Dot that was given to me by Island Batik, together with coordinating yardage in Blueberry color.
I went looking for a design that could be used for 10" squares. I found a design on Moda Bake Shop by SpazzyCat that is striking and economical, no waste here!
Four blocks cut in a jiffy, this is definitely made for chain piecing!
There are unlimited design possibilities with these blocks.
I laid out blocks on the floor as I made them, seeing if the very modern looked good with the amount of fabrics available to me.
In the end I decided on this layout, here is the completed quilt top. There are stars all over!
I decided to use a modern quilting design, I used the walking foot and quilted it in a spiral using Aurifil 50wt 1128 on top and 2024 in the bobbin. I used Hobbs Tuscany 100% Unbleached Cotton batting for the quilt.
I used a fun black and white print for the backing, and it looks like stained glass with the sun shining through.
A modern version of a classic quilt, spread over my vintage sofa. Could it be better?!
The quilt spread out on my sun deck to show off the colors in natural light.
Size: 48" square
Fabric: Island Batik Paisley Dot
Thread: Aurifil 50wt, 2024 for piecing, 1128 for quilting and 2024 in the bobbin
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Collection, 100% Unbleached Cotton
The spiral quilting shows off very well in the above picture.
The backing complements the dizzy feel from the spiral quilting. I used Paisley Dot Sky for the binding.
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