Frosted Stars by Jlapac

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Frosted stars
Status:
Complete
Started:
2010-06-05T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2011-06-30T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:

Description

This quilt was made from a pattern by Charlie Scott from the Moda Bakeshop site.I found it quilt in a round about way. I was listening to the Stash Resolution podcast (look for a short review later), a new podcast for me at the time. Sarah, the host, mentioned the blog p.s. i quilt. I went to take a look and saw this quilt posted to the Moda Bakeshop. It may no longer be on the site, however.

I really liked the colors of the stars and the way the quarter square triangles come together to make that odd shape in the middle of the star.
I suppose I was attracted to Christmas quilts right at that moment,though I will never understand why as I never thought I would make a Christmas quilt. Too much work for a month a year. I do think that the expansion of “Christmas colors” to include some blues and tints of red and green have something to do with it. I love the red and green color combo, but sometimes it just looks too Christmasy.

p.s. i quilt had a kit, but I decided not to buy it as I didn't like the basic grey fabrics that came with it. I liked the Kate Spain 12 Days of Christmas fabric better, so that was a possibility.

Since I was thinking about going out and actually buying special fabric for a project, I thought it might be a good idea to test the pattern. I dug out the directions and went to work. I can’t say I was enamored with the directions from the Moda Bakeshop. It really too me a long time to make one block and I had to follow the directions step by step, because there weren’t cutting directions for one whole block at the beginning of the section where the star starts.

I redrew the block in EQ7 just to see what it would take to make some straightforward cutting directions. I can see why Charlie Scott used some fancy triangle tricks. I created rotary cutting directions in 12″ and 9″ (both finished) sizes. These blocks use quarter square triangles and the triangles need to be cut weird sizes, which I know nobody likes. Still, my directions are a lot more straightforward than those on the Moda Bakeshop page.

The project was a process and working through some of the issues made it fun. Since I bought a whole line of the Kate Spain fabric, I forced myself to use it. I wouldn't have bought all of the prints, if I were buying them piecemeal, but I had them all and didn't want them to go to waste. That meant a learning curve for the colors and the scale of the prints.

This pattern has a lot of leftover fabric, which annoyed me a bit. I don't want to run short, but I ended up making a whole second quilt from the leftover fabric. That wasn't in the plan. In November of 2010, I was done with the blocks and the Jelly Roll sashing and ready to put the quilt together. I tried a couple of different color options and finally settled on a turquoise batik, which was not part of the original fabric line, but worked perfectly.

I finished the top in mid-November 2010. The quilt top, without the final turquoise border is all on the bias and I just don’t believe in giving a quilt to a quilter with a bias edge border. Yes, I sent this out to be quilted. I just wanted this quilt to stay relatively square and adding another border was required. I don’t know why a pattern designer would finish off a quilt with a bias border. Perhaps it is some complicated part of a learning experience of which I am unaware.

The quilt was quilted by Colleen Granger and I thought I would give it away, but I liked it so much that I kept it.


Here are some posts about the quilt:
Frosted Stars Possibility
Frosted Stars Test
Frosted Stars Progress
Frosted Star Blocks Complete
Frosted Stars Color Choices
Frosted Stars Progress (2)
Frosted Stars Top
Finished: Frosted Stars

Pictures

Frosted Stars Complete

Loves

Comments

True

This is beautiful! And you really stuck with it...I hate when directions are not clear and often just rewrite them to meet my own learning style.

Janquilter

I love the color placement in the blocks! The whole quilt is lovely.

Jlapac

True They took down the pattern, so perhaps they had complaints? Just speculating; I don't know.

Jlapac

Janquilter Thanks, it was a bit of trial and error, but I think it worked out in the end. I learned a lot work with some of the novelty prints in this line. The block is great, too.

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