"Big Star" quilt top finished

Sometimes you see the perfect fabric for someone you know!  You just have to buy it because that person just loves this item.

When I saw this peony fabric a few years back on fabric.com - (back when they used to have great sales which I've not seen in the last three years), I found this gorgeous fabric.  My sister-in- law in Alaska has been raising peonies - as the weather in their part of AK seems particularly suited to this flower.

So, I got this print - and I've had it - for at least a couple of years now. And since this is my year to "use up the fabric I bought especially because it reminded me of someone else" - I decided that "now is the time" to make her a quilt. My husband is planning on using up some miles and getting up to AK for a quick visit after our conference.  I'm hoping he can take it with him. 

I put those half square triangles in the corners - made it seem like mounting corners for scrapbooking or old timey photo albums. I also floated the inside star by putting another strip of black between the star points and the floral border around it.

I put those half square triangles in the corners - made it seem like mounting corners for scrapbooking or old timey photo albums. I also floated the inside star by putting another strip of black between the star points and the floral border around it.

My problem was - it's a very large print.  Because of that, it's very impressive, but harder to use than a smaller print.

I've looked at several large print patterns, but I only had 2 yards of this big print - so I was somewhat limited as to what I could do. Many of the patterns I considered needed different amounts of fabric than I had.

So...I went to my Electric Quilt program and got busy.  

close up picture of quilt with star and pink roses revealing rose trangles at the corners black background is more pronounced in this photo

I decided to go simple, but hopefully impressive.

I am calling it "Big Star" because that is what it is.

The star in the middle is 24" square. That's big.  And it is perfect for what I wanted.

In the end, I hope she likes black - because this is what she's getting!  If she sees this, she'll not be surprised - but that's okay - I wanted to share it with you!

This isn't my typical queen sized quilt - this is more like a couch sized quilt.

I'll do my best to get the pattern ready for when the quilt is featured.

Becky Petersen4 Comments