I miss the sun. Today I could use some for sure.
So this is as close as it gets to a sunny day in these parts. The yard needs a mow, there’s morning glory everywhere and now the leaves are coming down, but truthfully, I don’t care. I’m content to ignore it all and stay inside to sew.
I picked Sunspots up from Krista’s and threw it in the wash this morning along with some other quilts I’ll be showing off here soon. Krista’s quilting just shrunk in so nicely!
We had fun deciding together what quilt designs should go where as we swilled beer. I can’t tell you how fun it is to work with a long-arm quilter that you adore.
I’m not sure what quilting element I like most, the swirls within the sun, the way the quilting in the background forms triangles, rectangles and squares,
or that little moon Krista quilted in.
Three awesome quilting elements make this quilt so fun. Krista’s amazing!
It looks rockin’ from the back too! So happy, don’t know what I’ll do with it.
Sunspots was inspired by Denyse Schmidt’s Crazy Star from her amazing book Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration. I avoided the piecing on muslin and strip pieced instead. The final star is finished like a wonky star nine-patch block. I just didn’t want fussy or the same size points so this worked nicely for me.
I just dumped out my scrap bin that I use exclusively for strips for this one. Pulling oranges, reds, yellows and some browns. I never would have put brown in had it not been for DS’s inspiration. It makes so much sense to have that dark value of course.
Any one going to the Block Party Quilter’s show this weekend? I’m thinking of heading over on Friday.
The moon with pebbles, definitely the moon! So awesome. And what an interesting side-note about DS and brown — makes me want to get the book and look for other insights. The brown really does add balance and depth. Really nice.
It’s a stunner! I agree about the brown- great choice and bravo to Krista on the quilting, love that moon! Beautiful quilt, maybe it’ll bring you a bit of real sunshine soon. Down here in SB I’m ready for a little cloud cover– 81 degrees today!!!
Beautiful spot of sun for your dreary climate. My brother and sister-in-law live in Portland and I know she misses the sun a lot. Maybe you could hang it in a tree and pretend the sun is out.
cinzia allocca says
Wow!! Fantastic quilt. Like that your star is not ‘perfect’. the quilted moon is just fantastic.
I love the quilting. It finished off the quilt in such a beautiful way.
What an absolutely perfect collaboration!
Beautiful quilt! I am definitely going to the quilt show; probably Friday too. Maybe I’ll see you there 🙂
It’s fabulous…the quilting is so beautiful as well.
I.LOVE.IT….I know what you should do with it – bring it to my house.
A great match, Kathy + Krista = gorgeous quilts
The texture after washing is delicious!
Love this quilt and the quilting is amazing ~ especially the moon.
Rachel at Stitched in Color says
Oh, I can imagine how much fun you two have plotting together. Lovely finish, Katie!
it’s gorgeous, katie!
Stunning! I love all of your fabric choices– what a perfect backing! The quilting is so inspiring. Love it!
Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts says
It’s beautiful and that quilting is amazing. Love the moon. Great job both of you!
The moon with the pebbles is sheer genius and the quilting enhances the beauty of the quilt. Awesome colors and awesome texture. Thanks for sharing.
Cheryl Arkison says
I want this quilt so much! You know, in case you ever feel the need to give it away…
Seriously gorgeous work by both of you.
That is gorgeous. I just love the quilting on it. You can enjoy the sun vicariously through me….gorgeous sunny day here on the other side of the world!
Chara Michele says
Love this! So perfect with this lack of sunshine we seem to have lately 🙂