Star Crossed is featured in McCalls Quilting the July/August issue. It is the perfect big bed size quilt finishing at 96" x 96". And the wonderful folks at McCall's even included a free web bonus where you can download the alternate size chart with all the fabric requirements for making this quilt in crib size, throw size, or twin size ;) How fun is that!!!
And I just love seeing the stylized shots taken of my quilts. Doesn't this just make this quilt shine!!! So pretty ;) This makes me want to take a few photography classes, all I need is a few more hours in each day :)
As I said earlier, Star Crossed is a combination of my love for all things Irish Chain Quilts and Stars. When I started designing it I really wanted to give it a "floating" feeling. I love how the chain isn't quite connected, which really let's those stars shine ;) And the additional of single patch and four patch stars just adds a fun bit of pop!!
I used Lella Botique's Sugar Pie fabric line for this quilt. I just love the soft colors and the beautiful prints. They were just perfect to make those stars shine. The quilt is Layer Cake friendly so all you need to add is some background fabric and you are good to go!!! The hardest part is just choosing which Layer Cake to use . . . so many beautiful fabrics, so little time :)
And when it came time to quilt I had a lot of fun!!! For the Stars and the Chain I used lots of echoed arches. I just love the way it makes the star points just pop and how in the center of the block it creates the fun cathedral window or orange peel pattern. I could quilt those arches for days!!!
And there is a whole lot of white space to fill in this quilt!!! The possibilities are endless ;) So I did a combination of a lot of favorites including, swirls, paisleys, pebbles, and curls. I just love using this for a background because all of the beautiful curves in the quilting really softens all of the pretty points in the patchwork. They are a great compliment to each other ;)
I did all of that quilting on a small to medium-ish scale, so there is a whole lot of texture going on in that background. I might have ran my hand over the quilt top several times before I finally managed to put it in the box to ship to McCalls ;)
And lastly, one of my favorite things about this quilt is that it is fun and fast to piece!!! What of the things I always find myself saying when I am teaching is Fun and Fast. I just love it!!! And with these super large blocks made up of pretty basic piecing, you can put this bed size stunner together in no time. I totally want to make it again but in a nighttime version with a dark background. (Well, I also want to make a a two color version, so maybe I'll be making it three times ;)
And that is my Star Crossed Quilt!!!! And if you want to see a little more of my Star Crossed Quilt, you an pop on over to McCalls's Quilting blog to read a special guest blog that I have posted over there ;) Lot's of Happy Quilting Today ;)