Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ohio Star Challenge Quilt = STAR'D

My St. Louis MQG recently completed a quilt challenge created by the Member's Swap/Challenge committee.  They asked that we create a quilt with a minimum size of 24" x 24"; which in some way used the traditional Ohio Star block.  The challenge was to be innovative and somehow make it modern; maybe it's in the fabrics you chose, or maybe you decide to go a little wonky...whatever you do, you must have a complete Ohio Star block somewhere in the quilt. 

I played around in Illustrator for a while and created the below design.


I then spent way too long deciding which colors to choose and actually threw our my first idea (Neon) in favor of my love for scraps...I think it was a wise choice.


I did a little piecing at home; but the quilt really took shape at one of our Sew-Ins.  Once the top was done, I decided to be a little adventurous with the quilting and use a new to me thread; which I had bought from a vendor while at QuiltCon in February. 


It's a variegated grey 100% cotton thread from YLI.  I was hesitate for a few reasons. 
  • First, it was 100% cotton and while my fabric is always cotton, my thread is always poly. 
  • Second, it was variegated and I didn't know how that would actually translate on the quilt. 
  • Third, it was a tad thicker then I was used to. 

I put it on the machine, got out my free-motion quilting gloves and went to town.  Can I tell you, I'm glad that I took the chance, as I'm very pleased with the result.  The variegation worked beautifully with my subtle background choices.



I have to be honest, I'm IN LOVE with this quilt.  Seriously, IN LOVE...it is hands down one of my favorites.  While it might look deceptively complex, it went together so easily that I decided to write up a pattern for it; which you can find on Etsy or Craftsy.









Quilt Measurements: 50" x 60"
Fabrics Used:  Background is two shades of Burnish from Adorn It, and one subtle polka dot print picked up at my local quilt shop.  All of the rest of the fabrics, black/white and the color pops are all from my stash.

Happy Thursday !!!

Sorry STLMQG...I couldn't hold out any longer, I tried, I really did.  It's been killing me that I couldn't blog about this for such a long time.  Please forgive me.


**This pattern was amended on 5/18/14.  If you copy says 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" it actually is 3" x 3".  And if you copy says 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" it actually is 3" x 5 1/2". 
If you have any questions, please drop me an email**

10 comments:

Nancy Williamson said...

Absolutely love it!!! I'm having a minor medical procedure tomorrow and won't be able to make it on Saturday, so I'm really glad you posted it. Now headed over to Craftsy to purchase the pattern. It's been a really challenging (or crappy) couple of weeks, so thanks for brightening my Thursday. Nancy

Carla said...

What a great new quilt pattern, Kristy! Lisa showed the U-Turn (I think that's the name) quilt tonight at KCMQG....so fun!

Charlotte said...

it's fabulous! I love the variegated thread - it's the perfect touch.

Claire said...

Hi Kirsty,
Just spotted this on a website today, it's a review of the Festival of Quilts UK show. Your Dr. Who quilt got a mention in it, so thought you might be interested in seeing it. The link to the review is http://www.workshopontheweb.com/galleries/sep2013/gallery.pdf
Regards
Claire

Cindy said...

Love it!! And can't wait to see it in person!

KellyS said...

Kristy, I have been waiting to see this since I saw it at the WG sew-in. It is AMAZING! I can see why it is your favorite! Awesome job on the challenge. Now I wish I would have tried to make something. Next time...

DKB said...

So pretty, I love your background fabric. it adds so much!

CT@Living Analog said...

This is a really gorgeous quilt. I can see why you're in love. I think I may be a little bit too. Cheers - CT

jeifner said...

It's wonderful! Great backgrounds and greys with the color.

Lynne said...

This turned out so great! I love that my brain automatically tries to assemble another complete Ohio star from the colored bits, but can't. This will look great in SO MANY colorways/styles. Nice work!

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