Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Spherical Stars

This is my second entry in to this year’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  (You can see my first entry here.)

Spring '14 Blogger's Quilt Festival - AmysCreativeSide.com

It took me longer to post this entry as I debated for a bit about what would be the best category for this quilt.  I’ve ultimately decided to submit my Spherical Stars quilt in the Small Quilts category.

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“Spherical Stars”
Quilt Stats:
Size: 51″ x 60″
Pattern: Magic Stars by Aneela Hoey
Type of Quilting: Straight Line on my home machine
Fabric Line(s) Used: Sphere by Zen Chic
Date Finished: March 2014

This quilt was made for Julie at the Intrepid Thread to be used as a sample/display in her brick and mortar shop in conjunction with the release of the new Sphere line of fabrics by Zen Chic.

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I loved the colors in this line!  And the combination of many low volume prints with the more saturated colors worked really well for the Magic Stars pattern.

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The blocks that make up this quilt were really fun to make.  They look like they should be really complicated and take a lot of piecing and seams but Aneela Hoey provides a great shortcut method in her pattern (that I never would have thought of) that makes putting these blocks together quick and easy!

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Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my Spherical Stars quilt!  I hope you enjoy the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and all the lovely creations everyone is entering!

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Finished Quilt – Spherical Stars

I’ve finished my quilt for Julie at the Intrepid Thread!  I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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“Spherical Stars”
Quilt Stats:
Size: 51″ x 60″
Pattern: Magic Stars by Aneela Hoey
Type of Quilting: Straight Line on my home machine
Fabric Line(s) Used: Sphere by Zen Chic
Date Finished: March 2014

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I’m so glad I was finally able to get some nice outdoor pictures of it too!  The natural light really makes the colors in Zen Chic’s Sphere fabrics shine!

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I backed the quilt with the Sunshine Space print and I added a custom label.  I even kept it round to stay while the “sphere” theme!

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I bound it with the Blue Milky Way print.  Look at the quilt roll!  They look so nice that way!

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The quilt is now all packed up and heading from Georgia to Julie’s brick and mortar store in California!  I wish I wasn’t on the opposite coast and could see it hanging in the shop in person!

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I hope you like it, Julie!  I really enjoyed making it for you!

WIP Wednesday – Magic Stars Quilt

I’ve made some good progress on the Magic Stars quilt I’m making for the Intrepid Thread!

I’ve finished making all 42 of the 9″ squares. I did have a couple of squares that I had to rip apart and redo.  A couple of prints in my piles must have gotten stacked in the wrong order and as I was doing my chain piecing, I realized that the proper prints weren’t going to end up together.  Oops!  It all worked out in the end though.  Thank goodness for my seam ripper!

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Look at those beautiful piles!  I am really liking how the lighter whites and grays in the Sphere line really balance the bold teal, navy, and yellow prints.

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I also have everything laid out and am ready to start sewing together the top.

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Do you see the various shapes that are formed when the blocks are put together?

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I can wait to finish sewing up the top and get it quilted and sent off the Julie!

Quilt for The Intrepid Thread

I got a really fun package in the mail last week!  Julie, from The Intrepid Thread, sent me this lovely layer cake of the new Sphere fabrics from Zen Chic.

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Late last year, Julie put out a call for people interested in becoming sample makers for her shop.  I was so excited when she selected me as one of them!

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Don’t pre-cuts look so pretty from the side of the stack?

Now that she’s recently gotten the new Sphere line into her shop, Julie wanted a quilt to display in her brick and mortar store, showcasing the new fabrics.  She asked me to make a quilt using the Magic Stars pattern designed by Aneela Hoey (who blogs at comfortstitching if you want to check out some of her other work).

magic stars PDF quilt pattern

I love the different designs that appear throughout the pattern!  There are the stars that give the pattern its name.  But you can also see a cross design and just a general 4-patch too!

I’ve opened up the pretty layer cake and cut up all of my fabrics.  I decided to separate the more low volume/lighter prints from the darker prints and allow them to play off of each other a bit in the design.

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I’m working on getting everything sewn together but you’ll have to wait for the next sneak peek to see everything taking shape!