This quilt made its way to me from Arizona. A gal is teaching this pattern (a Jacqueline de Jonge pattern) in a class at a community college and asked me to quilt it after seeing an article I wrote for Superior Threads newsletter. I studied it for a few days before putting it on my frame. It had a few issues with imprecise seams and a bit of puffiness in the middle. That is common on circular blocks or medallions like this. I bring that up only because sometimes those issues may affect the designs I may choose to apply to a quilt block. For example, if I have a double wedding ring quilt and the seams are not joined precisely, then I may elect to not SID each individual piece of the ring and instead do a different design. Sometimes that works out for the better (lots of times actually). You can draw a person’s eye away from any tiny imperfections through the use of a good quilting motif, and sometimes the extra focus I spend on the design allows me to come up with something pretty cool. I think that was the case here. I love the movement that the rotating arcs around the stars added to this quilt pattern. Which is why I called this quilt “Twirling Stars”!After thinking and auditioning a few different designs, I wound up settling on a twirling effect on the stars and the white space on the outer edge of the medallion. I thought that would help suck up the extra fabric, plus it just seemed to “fit” the quilt. I struggled with coming up with a design for the diamonds circling the center star, and finally decided on echoing the outer edge a few times with straight ruler work and then a modified double cc on the smallest diamonds. I kept going back and forth over the amount of ruler work to include on those center diamonds and whether to ignore the piecing or do something different in those diamonds. I finally decided to play up the outer edge of those diamonds by the use of ruler work, and I like how that emphasizes the angles of those diamonds. There are so many things that can be done with those diamonds, I just had a hard time coming up with something that I felt would be balanced with the rest of the quilt while also playing up that amazing pattern in the center.
I considered carrying that same twirling design into the diamonds in the outer border, but decided it needed a different treatment as the stars in the corners needed to stand out from the design in the border. I like how that turned out also. I considered using a lot of ruler work in that border, but decided against it for something with a bit more curviness – not because of any imprecision in the piecing, but rather because I felt it would add a bit more movement to the quilt.
And finally, I used 1/2″ lines surrounding the center motif, with a diagonal line in each corner to help divide the area. I carried those 1/2″ lines into the border, but changed the placement to 45 degree angles with them meeting at the halfway point on each border. I considered a checkered background very strongly; but I wound up discarding that idea in favor of these straight lines. Again, I’m glad I did. I felt like this quilt was more about lines and triangles and circles. I did consider breaking up that area with some quilted circles in varying widths, but felt it was unnecessary as it wouldn’t complement the quilt itself.
I used one color of Superior Kimono Thread – #46 Sensei, which is a greenish gray color and QD Wool over Hobbs 80/20. I used an arc from Quilted Pineapple and my trusty A1 ruler for quilting. I used a Jamie Wallen ruler and different pens for marking and designing. I used a blue pen to mark on the white (after testing that the colored fabrics was colorfast. I needed to be able to mark the quilt that would stay long enough for me to quilt it and I couldn’t mark that center while it was on the frame, so I used the blue water soluble marker instead of the air erasable pen I normally use.
See below some pics of the outcome. I really LOVE how it turned out. I wish I could keep it, because I KNOW I could never piece something like this myself!
Love the way you quilted this. The swirling pinwheel effect is wonderful.
Joy, I wish you could have seen my face when I first opened this post…my mouth hung open & I literally gasped!! You created such incredible movement with the way you quilted that center medallion!! Outstanding work!! *big sigh* I’m sew envious of your talent.
LOL. You put a big grin on my face!
Just beautiful….love the swirling in the white…it creates a magical secondary design…
Wow! I love the movement the quilting hives the center. Great work
Thanks for sharing the process as well as the finished product. Beautiful !!
Really beautiful job. And your explanation of your planning/thinking process was really interesting too. Thanks for sharing.
That’s my quilt and it’s even prettier in person! What a wonderful job you did, Joy! Thank you!
Thank you Leslie!! It was a lot of fun to quilt this. I’m glad you love it too!!
I absoutely love this quilt & the time & thought you put into the quilting motifs! They same the quilting makes the quilt! The quilting totally puts those stars in motion! Absoutely beautiful! I love doing craft’s & making quilt tops…..I don’t do the quilting…..chicken to try. I would also love to paper piece like this….also chicken! But I can make some mean yo yo’s!
YOU DID A FABULOUS JOB!!! ALL I CAN SAY IS, “WOW”
beautiful any way to buy the pattern