Lizze here. I wanted to share a link to Quilting Gallery, mostly for selfish reasons. =) I have entered my favorite quilt into their Star Quilt Contest, it’s the one named “A Hunter’s Star”. This quilt is the one I challenged myself most with.
I had been searching for a pattern for a quilt I would make “one day”, and came across this one while at my mother’s. She has the Better Homes and Gardens, Quilter’s Favorites books. They are spiral bound and sent quarterly. They are gorgeous books with lots of very traditional patterns.
I came across the Hunter’s Star pattern and just knew it was the one! Not only was it beautiful, but the significance of the title meant a lot to me. I asked to borrow the book and set off to find the perfect fabric. It is a two fabric quilt, and I didn’t think finding “the right fabric” would be difficult. The criteria I had was: Batik, blue and/or green, contrasting colors. I found two beautiful batiks that worked, kinda, but my heart didn’t leap when I saw them. They were going to have to do since I had committed to the purchase. I had to buy three or more yards of each color, so it was a bit pricey. The fabric sat on my table, uncut, for a few days. I was not anxious to start just yet. As it happened, I needed to take my mom to a quilt shop she had not yet been to to find her “perfect fabric” for a project, (The Quilt Barn in Puyallup) and there it was. They have an incredible selection of batiks, and after cruising the aisles, I found this…Now, I don’t know about you, but this fabric strikes me as the night’s sky. I fell in love, and I needed this fabric. Which of course meant I also needed a new coordinating fabric. This fabric spoke to me, it was “the one”. I bought it and started the project that night. What I was undertaking was more of a challenge that I expected it to be. Hundreds upon hundreds of pieces needed to be cut. Sewing on a 60 degree angle, pressing, matching points…but it was worth it. I had made something that I was proud of, and that I loved. It came together after the course of about a month, which is relatively quick considering the complexity of it for me. I was able to use some of the batiks I’d already purchased for borders. I’m kind of a border queen. I love adding the extra size and having a canvas for my quilting.
I knew I wanted to quilt constellations into the quilt, and I was very selective about the ones I chose. They all have a good story, or are significant in some way. I quilted them into some of the square blocks. I quilted a freestyle helix into the first border, and song lyrics into the outer border. I chose a variegated thread for my quilting so it would blend, yet also show up, if that makes sense. The outer border fabric is darker to highlight the quilting. The song lyrics I chose are from songs that are meaningful to me, and also star or sleep related (I like music, so it wasn’t hard to find lyrics. It was hard to choose which ones!) I chose 10 songs in all. The binding was another fantastic find. It is a blueish batik with gilded stars, and was perfect!
As if I didn’t love this quilt enough, I backed it in Minkee. You know, the ultra plush, super soft fabric that makes you want to rub your face in it? That.
Would you believe after all that, I gave it away? There is seldom a quilt I make that I don’t want to keep, but this one…*sigh* went to a good home. I know it is loved, and that is really all I can ask for.
the finished Hunter's Star Quilt
So, there you have it. You now know why I love this quilt, and I hope I have earned your vote for “Star Quilt”. Thanks for reading!