Ombre Star Quilt

Giant star quilt has been on my “want to make” list for a while now and a pile of leftover green and blue jelly roll strips was the perfect starting point. I sewed the strips together in a mostly rainbow array (pretty sure a few of them got out of order) and trimmed to about 36″ square.

I used the same basic technique for wonky stars just on a larger scale. I wish I’d been more careful with my star points as some of them were cut off when I squared up.

Ombre Star Quilt | Detail

This quilt was a good stash-busting project. I used half yard pieces to make each star point and had a good chunk of each fabric leftover for my scrap bins. Several beloved prints like those cute Alexander Henry elephants went into this quilt and I like seeing them in a finished project. Its so much more satisfying than having them folded on a shelf. (I’m trying to overcome my hoarding tendencies. Sometimes after using a cute fabric in a quilt, I search for it online to replace it in my stash. Must. Not. Do. That.)

Ombre Star Quilt | Detail

The quilting on the white fabric is a basic stipple. I did various free-motion quilting patterns in each star point – swirls, seed pods, pebbles, squares, shells…You honestly can’t see much of the quilting on the darker prints but I enjoyed the exercise at least.

Ombre Star Quilt | Back

The backing is a mix of Pezzy Prints by American Jane (that should be made in wide backing, don’t you think?!) and a flannel print from JoAnns.

Ombre Star Quilt | Back

The flannel is really cute and I hope it holds up over time (and washes up nicely. Is that too much to ask for? Probably. Damn you, JoAnn with your cute but cheaply made fabrics.)

Ombre Star Quilt | Binding

The binding is a blue/green stripe from Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.

Ombre Star Quilt | Ben

This is yet another quilt for my son Ben and he loves it. He’s got a thing for quilts. He even knows to say quilt instead of blanket. A very important distinction for the child of a quilter.

Ombre Star Quilt

I took these photos on one of my last days in Alabama at a spot called Russell Crossroads which is just a short drive from my parents’ place on the lake. It’s a really beautiful location for taking photos and my parents make great quilt models. No hands, heads, or feet visible and the quilt is pretty straight. They’ve helped me with quilt photography a couple of times in the past and their shenanigans always make me laugh. My dad thinks they should be paid a hand model rate but my mom says they’re just glorified clotheslines.

Dimensions: 77″ x  77″

Fabrics: Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics, Kona Solids, Mix Tapes, Pears, and Day in the Life from Robert Kaufman, Elephants by Alexander Henry, Chevron by Paula Prass, Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt, Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey. Backing is Pezzy Prints by American Jane, and flannel from JoAnn Fabrics.

Quilting Thread:  Aurifil Cotton Mako 50 wt 2600 and 2024

Started: November 2012

Completed: July 2013

I love this quilt! I almost love it even more on the beach. The colors just seem perfectly suited for the sand dunes and ocean and blue skies. {I took this photo in Orange Beach, AL while we were visiting for the weekend. It’s so beautiful there. The sand is like super fine sugar and the water is crystal clear.}

vintage sheets quilt

I’ve been wanting to make a vintage sheet quilt for a while now, but after searching some thrift stores I decided that it was easier to get the sheets from someone else. It’s a lot of work to wash and press and cut a huge sheet into useable pieces. I bought a couple of vintage sheet fat quarter sets from Jeni of In Color Order on Etsy. Then I cut them into 6-inch squares and mixed with Bella Solids white.

This quilt top is big – about  83″ x 92″.

Another one off the WIP list!



We lived on the Gulf coast when I was young – in Texas and Louisiana. We vacationed in Gulf Shores, Alabama often. I have so many memories of crawfish/shrimp/crab boils and dancing to Zydeco…but I’d honestly forgotten how beautiful this part of the country is. Most Americans think that Texas is the south, but this is the true South, the deep South. Its like going back in time. The live oaks dripping with Spanish moss are stunning, simultaneously eerie and lovely. Everything is sort of gnarled and aged by the sea, and life here has a much slower pace. It’s really a dream to be here again, reliving so many long-forgotten memories with not only my parents and dear old family friends, but with my husband and our new baby.

We are spending a few nights in a modern-day plantation house literally on the Gulf Coast. The sea is mere yards from the back door, and we eat our meals in a glass enclosed porch that is the size of our house back in Texas. This home is a showpiece of handcrafted moldings and wood panelling, filled with oil paintings and antiques. It survived hurricane Katrina, but barely – the only remains of the house next door are a circular driveway. Yet 500 year old trees and houses from the 1800s all around this home were spared.

Coming here has been not just a lovely vacation, but a reminder of something that is easy to forget when you wake up in the same place every day with bills in the mailbox and laundry always needing attention. Life is unpredictable and often challenging, but it is also full of beauty.

I hope all of you had a wonderful 4th of July.