Today, I get to fully introduce the projects from my new booklet, Starstruck. I did a preliminary introduction and talked a little about the technique in my last post (click here to view).
It’s a technique that I found a bit addicting. I just couldn’t seem to stop making stars! All of those stars turned into the many size options from the book. There are a total of 9 size options using the large size block. There are also 3 minis that are made using a smaller block and are perfect for using up your scraps.
This is the medallion style quilt that made the cover.
My neighbor just happens to have a beautiful zinnia field. I couldn’t help but ask to borrow it for this photo!
If you are wondering how my quilt is levitating in this field- my husband is standing on a stool behind the quilt, on his tiptoes, holding his arms up as high as he could as he was literally eaten alive by mosquitos and I yelled “Don’t wrinkle the quilt! Hold it straight! A little higher!” It was a crappy experience for him, but I couldn’t help but laugh with joy. I had gotten the shot and the lighting was perfect after a week of rainy weather.
This is the quilt where I pretended to be a professional machine quilter and tried a few things that were a little out of my league – but the middle of this quilt was screaming for some beautiful quilting, so I just had to go for it. I also quilted the stars with different motifs, which I will show in another blog post.
My back cover quilt is a simpler layout – at least looks wise, even though the cover quilt is just as easy to sew together as this one. This is another beautiful setting – found by my husband Joel.
The next layout is the crib size quilt. (It could also be used as a wall quilt).
I chose to include this option in the book because it only uses 7 chevron fabrics. As you can tell from the cover quilt, I used a lot of chevron prints – I think around 25. For this quilt, I wanted to show that using fewer fabrics can still make a beautiful quilt. So for those that don’t feel up to the task of finding so many different prints, but like the technique, you can still do it.
This beautiful old truck was also found by my husband. Can you tell he has a lot of connections? He once again came through with this fun prop, and on top of that, he is laying in the truck bed holding the quilt in place so I could get my shot. The other cute prop is our Max.
Lastly, I have a few of the smaller projects to share.
I wanted to include this large size runner because it shows what it looks like to use just one chevron print. This print is from my Here Fishy, Fishy collection. Again, it’s a great way to try the technique without having a collection of chevron fabrics. It still amazes me that these detailed looking stars are only made with 6 triangles! It’s that chevron fabric that does all the work for you!
This runner also shows using just one fabric, but it’s done with the Mini size block. It’s had to believe it is made from just one fabric, as each block is unique.
If you like the mini size, you will have scraps leftover from the big quilts that you can use to make some mini blocks. Here you see the runner using one chevron print and a runner made using just scraps.
This shot show the difference in size between the large blocks and the minis.
I just love how each block is unique! As you can see, every fabric is not a traditional chevron. They just need to zig zag a little to make a star. (I will talk more on fabric selection in a later post)
If you are interested in trying this technique, I will be giving away a copy to my blog readers. Just leave a comment to be entered to win. We are also taking preorders on the book here.