If you’ve felt guilty about having some of your quilty projects stall mid-construction, then I hope the story behind this lil’ cutie will inspire you to hang on to them for when the time is just right 😉
Here’s my belief, you create what you’re meant to create, and it gets created when it’s meant to be created. I do believe things have their own story to evolve with a destiny of their own.
I know, I know, we’re just talking about quilts.
But here’s the thing, I don’t look at my quilts as just quilts. I see them as creative projects with multi-faceted benefits:
- I get to have fun and explore and create and often those creations make their way into the hands of someone that will hopefully go on to enjoy them for years to come.
- It gives me joy to share these tactile fiber artworks that I’ve poured a lot of time and love into making.
That’s a much more complex and deep way of thinking about my creations than just fabric I cut apart and stitch back together to make a blanket!
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Last year I released the Shattered Star Quilt pattern and as with any pattern I design, I like to make several versions to see how the piecing steps work and share how versatile your colour and fabric options can impact the quilt design (you can see the others here, here and here). This was one of those tests and is one that started before all the others and, over a year later, it’s finally coming to life!
She has sat mid-piecing on my table since July of last year tempting me with her prettiness. I mean don’t you just love this colour combo?
It’s sweet and girly without being overly girly if you know what I mean.
I love that it’s not your traditional colour pairing, but it just sings together so well.
Even better was having all these fabrics already in my fabric stash!
Here’s how my pull came together.
I first started with that Tilda print as I’ve been loving it ever since I picked it up on a whim a few years back. I thought she’d make a gorgeous Fabric C for the Shattered Star quilt.
From there I added in the *Flamingo, a dusty rose colour that’s earthy and warm.
For a little freshness, I added the *Mint Green.
And for a little drama and contrast, I added in the turquoise and teal solids.
I’m just over the top in love with how they look together.
WHAT KICKED THE PROJECT INTO GEAR?
So, if I loved the fabrics so much, why did the project stall? Well, once a pattern releases, I’ve usually got other projects in the queue ready to be focused on and sometimes projects get put aside to accommodate those deadlines.
She would probably still be sitting there cut up and HST partially pieced had there not been cause to celebrate the arrival of a new one 😊
Baby quilts really do make the best handmade baby shower gifts.
While I could have pulled one that’s already made from my stack of finished quilts, I prefer making a baby quilt especially for the baby in question.
This way I get to infuse all the love and positive thoughts while I’m quilting their quilt. Which is exactly what I did while making this one 😉
Since I wanted the quilt to be a little larger than baby size but hadn’t prepared enough blocks for that, I decided to do what we quilters do best – make it work.
This led me to having fun with playing with an alternate layout (on top of the 4 already included in the pattern! Read all the pattern features here).
I decided to offset the final block on the bottom right corner and inserted some strip sets to draw your eye to that stray block. It ends up incorporating some negative space into the final design, which was fun to see the quilted diamonds pop out in.
It didn’t take me long to decide on a quilting motif for this Shattered Star quilt. I have a real love for the nested diamond design from Jacquie’s *Walk book.
What did give me a moment of pause was selecting the thread colour.
I initially pulled this lovely medium *Mint colour that would have been a perfect match with the Mint green. However, both the hubz and I were tempted by the *Pink. This quilt is after all intended for a little girl and we couldn’t resist going extra girly with the pink thread 😊
This specific pink is a colour I’ve used time and time again in my quilty projects. It’s one of the most versatile pinks I’ve come across.
You can see her featured in:
- Modern Aztec Quilted Table Runner – Little Town
- Shattered Star Quilt – Little Town
- Shattered Star Lumbar Pillow
- Cloud Suring Improv Quilt
One of the things I love about featuring a solid on the back of my quilts is that the quilting motif you choose really pops on the back. I’m really thrilled with how the quilted pink diamonds look against the Mint solid backing.
I couldn’t resist adding some extra details and texture with big stitch hand binding featuring this yummy pink pearl cotton thread.
Yes, pink is definitely the name of the game on this one!
But what I love is that she’s girly without being too girly. The heavy use of solids mixed with the mint green and turquoise add a modern touch to this Shattered Star crib quilt.
I’m hoping this brings lots of sensory joy during tummy time and cozy nap time 😊
In case you wanted to replicate this little cutie here’s a list of all the materials I used to make her:
- Shattered Star quilt pattern – baby size
- Floral – it’s a Tilda print from the Lazy Days collection (that’s no longer available ☹)
- *Rotating mat
- *HST ruler
- *Rotary cutter
- *Self healing mat
- *50wt Thread for piecing
- *50wt Thread for quilting
- Pearl cotton thread for big stitch binding
- Ironing board
- *Sewing machine
- *Marking tool
For more quilty inspiration featuring baby quilts, check out:
The moral of the story on this one is a work in progress (WIP) is a great solution for a last-minute gift idea. There’s nothing like the arrival of a baby in your circle to encourage you to dive into making 😉
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