Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2016: Starimekko



It's that time of year again: the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2016 is on, hosted by Amy Ellis from Amy's Creative Side. I am entering my quilt Starimekko in the Large Quilt Category (it is 67'' square).



I love making Lone Star quilts, and in July 2015, when I had finished my red and white Lone Star (which was one of my entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2015), I decided to make a more modern version. For that version I used the iconic Unikko (Poppy) design by Maija Isola for the famous Finnish company Marimekko in nine different colourways. I had been collecting these fabrics for quite a while - I bought most of them at the Finnish Etsy shop OttaShop.



I used large diamond shapes to showcase the fabrics, and added white 1'' sashing strips. The binding is yet another Unikko print.



For the back I used a large Marimekko print called Hetkiä (Moments), designed by Maija Louekari:



I quilted this modern Lone Star in straight lines through the diamonds, ½” from the seams, continuing in the white spaces outside the star, using a walking foot and white Aurifil 40wt thread. It has a thin cotton batting, so it's perfect for early spring nights here in subtropical Queensland.



After I showed this quilt on my blog and on Instagram, quite a few people asked about the pattern. It took me more than a year to write it down (much longer than it took to make the quilt!), but it is now available in my pattern shop on Craftsy and Etsy.




Don't forget to check out the other quilts in the Festival and stay tuned for my second entry!

14 comments:

Kate said...

Wow! Beautifully done!

Alison said...

This is truly beautiful! Everything works together to make a glorious quilt.

Mary said...

I love the Broken star points formed by the sashing! Labor of Love to sleep under your quilt. Thanks for sharing!

JanineMarie said...

You had me at "mekko." Love, love that fabric. And then in a Lone Star--oh my!
I really like how you showcased the design and fabrics with the sashing, too!

Sally Hurley said...

Nice quilt - beautifully done.

Said With Love said...

Oh. Just Wow. :)

thebiasedge said...

What a beautiful quilt. I have always admire Lone Star quilt but never have the courage to make one. Thank you for the inspiration.
Sandra

Amy - Amy's Creative Side said...

This is so gorgeous! I love how the white sets off all the prints, thanks for sharing :)

Jenny - the lilac cat said...

Such a stunning quilt so fresh and different.

Lena Pugacheva said...

Such a great way to showcase the beautiful print! It creates a happy mood in the bedroom!

Poppyprint said...

The poppy print is my fav!!! Love this gorgeous lonestar variation. Well done!

Danice said...

What a colorful, gorgeous quilt. You really are a wonderful quilter :)

Wehagodesigns said...

Fantastic, I love it, one of these days I will do a lone star. I have also entered amys but in original and hand quilt section. Hope you do well
Wendy

Wehagodesigns said...

Looks great, love lone star quilts but yet to do one for myself. But I'm sure I will do one eventually. Good luck