I am so excited to share the cover quilt for my newest pattern, Starlight. This was actually the second sample I made for this pattern, but I'm sharing it first since it's the cover girl.
Confetti Cottons and Hush Hush
For this quilt I wanted bright, happy summer colors so I headed to my stash and pulled this stack of beautiful Confetti Cottons solids. Looking at the pull all together reminds me of a sherbet which was exactly the kind of feel I was hoping for.
I took a little bit of a risk (for me) on this quilt - instead of using my go-to solid white, I decided to use my print from the Hush Hush collection - a nice low volume print with pink confetti details on it.
I know it doesn't seem like a big risk, but coming from using mostly white on all quilts, this felt like a big leap haha - but I am so, so glad I did. I love how it's subtle but the pink still peeks through throughout.
Since I already had all the math figured out from my initial test sample, I got right to cutting and I love how all the pieces created such colorful sights on my cutting table!
Beginner Friendly Pattern
When designing this quilt, one of my main goals was to make this pattern as beginner friendly as possible. I wanted a design that looked complex but came together nice and easy.
So all you need to know to put this quilt together is how to sew in a straight-line and how to do HSTs. That's all it takes to make this quilt! I'll admit there's quite a few HSTs, however, once you finished this, this quilt comes together incredible quickly!
Stash Friendly Star Pattern
Another goal of mine while writing this pattern was to make it keep it stash friendly. I wanted a project that, I could grab from FQs for and just sew. I didn't want to have to think about how the colors would go into the design in any specific way. Just grab from fabric, cut, and sew. So I made this design Fat Quarter friendly (which can be replaced with 1/4 yard cuts).
Later in the design process, I also added a Layer Cake option for those of us who have too many of those stashed in our sewing rooms!
Since I wanted this to be a versatile quilt and perfect for beginners to tackle, I included four sizes in this pattern. The pattern includes these sizes -
- Baby - 45" x 45"
- Throw - 60" x 60"
- Twin - 75" x 90"
- Queen - 90" x 90"
Long Arm Quilting
My initial plan for this quilt was to quilt myself on my new machine and use some classic straight line quilting. However, life had other plans. The about 2-3 weeks before the scheduled photoshoot I sprained my right ankle pretty badly. I couldn't put any weight on it and I tried using my left foot to sew but it was... not great haha
So I reached out to Jenn from Jenn B Quilts with a bit of a Hail Mary - can you get this back to me in less than two weeks? The wonderful, wonderful Jenn said yes, so that same day I packed it and sent it across the state to her.
Since the quilt design has so much going on in terms of color, we went with the No Fuss Orange Peel panto. I love how classic the panto is, and how it helps break up all the hard angles on the quilt design.
Quilt Pattern: Starlight by Cotton and Joy
Fabric: Confetti Cottons Solids in and Hush Hush 2 - Confetti (Background). Get the quilt kit here!
Backing: Blossom in Peony
Binding: Confetti Cotton Solids in Peony
Pieced on my Janome M7
Quilted by: Jenn from Jenn B Quilts
Panto Used: No Fuss Orange Peel