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.)

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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.


“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.


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.


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!


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!


Finished Quilt – Spherical Stars

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


“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!


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!


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!


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.


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


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


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.


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!


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.


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