I normally gravitate toward seasonal fabrics. It is a problem I have because I love seasonal quilts so much. Every now and then though a regular line catches my eye. Kismet by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics is one such line. When I saw this line on instagram, I knew it would be perfect for my Starglass Quilt.
Don’t forget to join the Starglass Quilt along with nearly 200 quilters! It is a slow sewing quilt along that runs January through June. There is plenty of time to join and only a few blocks a month. Check out the #starglassquilt and #starglassquiltalong hash tags for all the beautiful quilt blocks.
Kismet is full of saturated colors, deep oranges and subtle prints. It reminds me of a dark old English home that is the picture of cozy. I make quilts to match the rooms in my home and this was to be for my living room. I want this room to feel cozy and warm in the long winters we have here in Ohio. My living room also has a lot of Navy so I threw in Kona Storm to help the stars pop.
The warm tones in this collection play beautifully with the wood tones and dark leathers I have in here. The backing was a flannel sheet I found at Target on a black Friday sale. It had the same dark Navy and warm orange tones and felt like it was meant to be. I have been keeping an eye on flannel sheet sets at Target because they make great, inexpensive, and quick backings! No need to piece.
How great is the backing pattern? Navy, orange and light pink-it was as if this was designed with Kismet and my Starglass Quilt in mind. I love it when fabric worlds collide and make for the perfect quilt.
Last Spring I decided I wanted to start doing more of my own quilting. I had done straight lines and wavy lines and enjoyed it but when I wanted something more decorative I sent it out. I love the results of sending quilts to a long armer but I hate the wait time and the need to work ahead so far ahead. Of course, sending out so many quilts also quickly adds up and I end up being able to sew twice as fast which means more sending out! So when I saw Walk on instagram , I was very intrigued and immediately ordered it.
Walk is a beginners how-to of quilting on your domestic. Jacquie Gering gives thorough instructions, helpful tips and includes quite a few quilting designs as well as variations on many of the designs. I have absolutely enjoyed quilting a variety of designs from Walk and have probably quilted 15-20!
I started out small and worked my way up in design difficulty. It turns out that I was hooked and stopped sending out entirely! When Walk 2.0 came out last Fall, I pre-ordered. It is filled with even more designs and it is Walk 2.0 that had this Starfield design. In fact, herself suggested it and boy was she right!! It was such a fun process to document about my quilting on my instagram stories. Be sure to watch my daily stories to see what quilting project I am working on.
The Starglass Quilt blocks are so versatile. There are many ways to put it together and each block can be different and yield a scrappy quilt or can be very similar for more pronounced blocks . In fact, Starglass Quilt can be made with scraps or with fat quarters.
I love how all the blocks came together and achieved this kaleidoscope stained glass effect. It is precisely why I named this pattern Starglass because I thought i looked like dreamy panes of old stained glass.