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This week I'm sharing one of my most recently completed quilts. This one is a 5 point Lone Star variation in shades of sea glass and complementary neutrals. Truth be told, I absolutely love it. I had a very hard time packaging it up and sending it off.
This quilt was commissioned by my aunt for her oldest son and his wife. She liked the idea of a five point star, representing their five children. I loved the idea and immediately thought of a Lone Star. Arrogantly, I decided I could easily modify the traditional 8 point star into a 5 point star. I'm pretty good with quilt math and thought I could modify the diamond shapes that make up the star no problem.
So I bought 5 point star templates and thought I could gradually adjust the angles with no problem.
I was having such a time of it that I thought I might have to admit defeat. Luckily, I stumbled across the pattern for the Texas Star by John Flynn while scouring the internet for information on modifying an 8 point star to a 5 point. I bought it immediately.
If you have any desire to make a 5 point Lone Star variation; trust me, save yourself some trouble and buy the pattern first.
I did make a couple of modifications to the pattern. I wanted a larger, rectangular quilt so instead of making the star the center of a circle, I opted for a pentagram instead. I also omitted the feathered border. You can see how I constructed the top in this cool transparency shot I took by accident when testing out my new quilt hanging system.
This shot also shows the quilting detail on the star. I did all the quilting with my walking foot; opting for a double grid outlining the diamond shapes of the star. For the background, I quilted concentric star shapes radiating out to the edges. I used my Hera marker to mark the lines, spacing them approximately 1" apart.
I used a variety of Kona solids from the Midnight Oasis and Grasslands palettes to make up the star. I also threw in some prints from Jinny Beyer's Grassland palette. The tips of the star points were made using Art Gallery Nature Elements in either Lemonade or Pistachio.
The background and back of the quilt are Grunge Basics in White Paper. This is the whitest of the white Grunges. The texture is subtle, consisting of neutrals similar to the colors in an oyster shell. It's my new go-to white Grunge. It has none of the green tints of the White or Essence. I learned this the hard way when I ordered 1/2 yd cuts of several whitish Grunges. They were not labeled and arrived out of order so I thought the color we liked was Essence, I ordered 4 yards only to find that Essence actually has quite a bit of green. My one complaint about Grunge Basics is that the selvage information does not include the name of the shade; especially since I can't find a color card and they don't seem to make the Moda Matchmaker swatch book anymore.
I used Kona Teal for the binding and to frame the label. It's one of my favorite shades of Kona.
I'm happy to report that my cousin and his family were happy with my aunt and uncle's gift!
Now it's your turn. Link up below to show off a recent finish. Make sure to check out some of the other finishes and share some quilty (or crafty) love!
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