Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jack is a Star

This quilt was so much fun to make in spite of the fact that mine did not turn out square. I let that error go because the fact that it's not perfectly square gives it a little more character...just like my grandson, for whom I made this quilt.

As Jack's 15th birthday was approaching I knew I wanted to make him a quilt. I had already made each of my grandchildren a quilt for their second birthday but monsters and puppy dogs have long been outgrown, so now it was time for a manly sized quilt for our six foot tall grandson.

March 2005

When I asked Jack what his favorite color was he said, "blue". But when I asked him what colors made him happy, he said "pink and yellow". Now that I had the color palette in mind I had to choose what fabrics to use.
I knew I wanted to make Victoria Findley Wolfe's Star Storm quilt for him and I also wanted to use fabric from my stash.  Some pieces used in the quilt call for 1-1/2 yard pieces. Pulling fabric from my stash proved to be a challenge because I usually don't buy more than 1/2 yard pieces so I had to get creative and luckily I managed to pull it off.
We found the perfect yellow wall to use as a backdrop for this quilt, while we were on a photo shoot a few weeks back.

star storm quilt

I started out quilting a different motif in each section of the star, then added a label with words quilted right into the star. No chance of this quilt losing it's label, that's for sure! I said a few nice things about Jack and then also quilted in the date," Happy Birthday", and the year it was made and by whom.

I finished quilting it with a wavy meander because I was getting bored and ran out of ideas. I was practicing my free motion quilting using prompts from Angela Walters while quilting this piece.

The backing is my favorite newsprint from Carrie Bloomston and the binding is a deep fuchsia from Cotton and Steel.

All the fabrics came together and the color palette is one that works well for this quilt. We'll be visiting our son and his family in a few weeks, so we can deliver the quilt in person. Although Jack's birthday was in March, he knows something is coming soon. I sure hope he likes his new quilt. 

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Star Storm by Victoria Findley Wolfe
Fabrics: all from Stash
Backing: Carrie Bloomston Story extra wide 
Binding: Cotton and Steel 

Batting: Warm and White
Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt.
Size: After laundering approximately 76" x 76"


Debbie said...

What a great quilt for your grandson. I'm so impressed with you 'quilted in' label!

mascanlon said...

Both quilts are wonderful Di, gifts that carry all your love.

Susan Snooks said...

I like that is not perfectly centred Di! Gives it more interest and movement, IMHO. Love the little touches of pink! Great finish!