“Big and Bold”

That’s what I have to say about the back of my Scattered Stars quilt:

It’s pretty simple as pieced backings go. I started with three 18″ blocks and filled in the spaces around them with strips of leftovers from my stash of cheddar and indigo fabrics. A chunk of cheddar fabric makes quite a colorful statement, doesn’t it?! Big and bold, no doubt about it.

Here’s a view from a different angle:

You can see what these blocks might look like on point. Intriguing, right? That’s what I thought when I first spotted the charming quilt called Churning Stars in Jenifer Gaston’s book Primitive Style: Folk-art Quilts and other Finery (Martingale Press, 2015). Her quilt inspired me to make a quilt of my own using cheddar and indigo fabrics. I think of these as Churning Star blocks in acknowledgment of Jenifer’s design.

The photos above were taken late this afternoon on the back deck. This evening after a lovely al fresco dinner I took the backing down to the lawn to see if I could get a better shot from the deck. I was just about ready to snap the photo when a certain feline appeared out of nowhere and wiggled underneath. See that lump on the right side?

Yes, it’s Coco the Photobomber:

After she wandered away I managed to get a quick shot of the front of my quilt:

I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

My plan is to deliver the top and backing to the longarm quilter tomorrow. I have a quilting motif in mind that I think will be perfect for my Scattered Stars. Here’s a hint: it’s a contemporary motif that is strongly reminiscent of a very traditional quilting design.




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10 Responses to “Big and Bold”

  1. Linda says:

    Lovely – front and back!

  2. Diane says:

    That Coco! She has made her scene stealing attention-getting antics an art form. Good thing she is so cute.

    Great quilt back, Nubs. Such a triumph!

  3. Stephani in N. TX says:

    Loved all your stars on the quilt front and the cheddar with blue colors. The back is interesting with its diagonal of bigger stars, like two quilts back to back, one busier, one more calm. Great work, awesome quilt.

  4. Clara Chandler says:

    What a beautiful quilt! I’ve enjoyed each post documenting your progress. Mixing sizes of blocks is not something I’ve tried but I’m inspired by your quilt.

  5. Venita Davis says:

    Hi Dawn,
    Your work is so inspirational! This is beautiful!

  6. Vickie Rooks says:

    You are so lucky to have so much “help” with your photo shoots. What a silly kitty. Love how the back turned out.

  7. Char says:

    Very, very nice! The quilt is beautiful but the back really makes it! Even the quilt inspector gave it two paws up!

  8. Colleen says:

    Big, bold & beautiful!

  9. Kay Ahr says:

    LOLOL My little black cat does that! As I scrolled through my email and saw the lump, I knew what had to be there! Oh, and the quilt is great!

  10. DAWN L. SHARAFI says:

    Such a lovely quilt! And quilt back! And kitty cat!

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