My older brother had his first born a month ago. Our family is over the moon! The last baby to be born was my son G over five years ago. Of course I made a quilt for her. I had a completely different one planned out, but when I saw her for the first time I quickly changed gears and put this together.
My husband and I made a quick trip to Dallas in April. I was excited to find out that we were staying right around the corner from City Craft’s beautiful new space. My dear hubby is a good sport and knows I can’t turn down the opportunity to visit a fabric shop, so he took me over there. I picked up a fun little color palate of purples and grays including Robert Kaufman’s Sorbet Chambray. That’s really what did me in. I saw that beautiful orchid purple and just knew it was EJ’s color. When we got home I picked out some additional fabrics in my stash and went to work.
I rarely follow a pattern, but I’ve had Better Off Thread’s Scrappy Lone Star tutorial bookmarked for years and finally decided it was time to try it out. The tutorial was so quick and easy and I had my scrappy lone star in no time. I knew that I wanted the star to sit on the quilt off kilter. I think getting it to lay out just right was the hardest part of the whole thing! I played with it for quite a while and finally got it.
I chose to dip into my voile stash for the back. I’m hoarding quite a bit of it because I love it so. Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Koi The Way of Flowers virtually leapt out of my cabinet and into my arms. I chose some additional fabrics to compliment the voile including a little more from Rashida’s Koi line and some Denyse Schmidt’s Shelburn Falls. I added the name of the quilt “Starstruck for EJ” and my custom label as well.
Time was running out and I know that quilting is my weakest link, so I asked my friend Gina Pina to do it for me. I’m so glad I did. She provided this whimsical compilation of wavy lines radiating from the star and put in a great straight line detail on the star itself. I’m so very happy with it and so grateful that she managed to fit me in. Gina is now offering quilting services and she also has some fantastic quilts in her shop. Check her out here!
For some reason I always gravitate towards Denyse Schmidt’s fabric for bindings. I continued with the same fabric from the backing. I love a dark binding. If you look around the walls in my home, all my pictures are framed in dark frames and if my hubby will let me get away with it, I add additional dark matting around it as well.
All in all, I’m thoroughly happy with this quilt. I hope that EJ will enjoy it for many years to come and know that we are all truly “starstruck” for her.