I'm so behind on posting finished quilts this year; but I plan to remedy this over the next few months. So let's get to it!
First up, the constellation quilt which my cousin Suzi & her partner Dee commissioned as a wedding gift.
This was one of the most fun quilts I have worked on. I wish I could take credit for the cool design. but that was all Suzi. The happy couple had a Navy and Brass color scheme for their wedding so that's the palette we used for the quilt. I love the way that brassy gold pops against the blue "night sky". Suzi liked the idea of stars and then came up with the brilliant idea of incorporating the Virgo constellation, which would be in the sky the night of the wedding.
I printed out an image of Virgo and used that as a guide. Suzi and I decided to add a little character to the quilt by using wonky stars and imperfect circles to represent the major stars and other space objects that make up Virgo. I used a combination of piecing and applique to construct the constellation.
We decided to keep the quilting simple, opting for straightish, diagonal lines in one direction. Most of the lines were quilted using a 50 wt Navy shade of Aurifil; but I randomly added a few lines of a 50 wt gold shade to keep things interesting. It gives the quilt a sort of shooting star vibe.
We opted to use an unexpected print on the back. It coordinates nicely with the background print on the front and adds a fun pop to the quilt. Also, don't you love the label? Using the happy couple's initials and the heart was another of Suzi's great ideas. I love the simplicity of it.
I can't wait to make another quilt featuring a constellation. It's a unique twist on a personalized gift. In addition to celebrating a marriage, I think a constellation quilt would be a fantastic birthday gift!
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