I am so excited that I can finally share my quilt pattern and design that is included in The 2017 Quilter’s Planner today: let me introduce you to Starlight Crystals.
There is so much to tell you, I don’t know where to start! First, let me thank Kitty @Night Quilter for the beautiful quilt photography. Kitty is doing amazing photography for The 2017 Quilter’s Planner this year, and I absolutely love how she captured the quilt along this rugged, rocky coast in Maine.
The quilt design itself comes from a block doodle that my husband happened to glance at over my shoulder. He was pretty excited by it as it reminded him of collecting “Starlight Crystals” with his sister and family on camping trips when he was younger. It turns out “Starlight Crystals” are really known as Staurolite, and they are a really beautiful 3D shape. Once I saw the reference, it really tickled my color buttons, and I knew that the bricky reds and sienna colors were going to be fun to play with to try to recreate the 3D look in the quilt block.
The full block is fun and large at 24-inches, and the selection of a light, medium, and dark tone for the Starlight Crystal block is key to having the design pop. For my quilt, I used Robert Kaufman Kona Sienna, Ruby, and Brick for the Starlight Crystal offset by Kona Snow for the background.
I used 50wt Aurifil in Dark Carmine Red (2460) for the quilting, which blends in with Kona Brick and stands out more against the lighter colors. I chose to work with some variations of straight line and dot to dot quilting to continue to emphasize the overall design, and I love the texture it added to the quilt.
The Art Deco vibe and texture of the quilting on the back of the quilt is an added bonus and one of my favorite aspects of the finished quilt.
I also get excited when I can see the fun secondary shape that is created by the background fabric surrounding the Starlight Crystals. I am itching to re-envision the color scheme to get that negative space to truly shine.
Starlight Crystals is a twin size quilt pattern and finishes at 72-inches wide by 96-inches long. The only way to get this pattern is through a purchase of The 2017 Quilter’s Planner.
This year’s edition of The Quilter’s Planner is full of improvements made from the comments and suggestions based on last year’s planner, including:
- Weekly and monthly calendar pages
- Laminated cover and tabs to last all year (NEW!)
- Gorgeous quilt photography by Kitty Wilkin, of Night Quilter (NEW!)
- More Project Planning Pages
- More quilt patterns by top designers (14 to be exact!), 2 in the planner and 12 in a digital download ebook (NEW!)
- Stickers for adding flare to your planning pages (NEW!)
- A pocket on the back cover (NEW!)
- Weekly block designs (with links to full online tutorials)
- Weekly free motion quilting designs (and links to how-to videos!) (NEW!)
- A small, elegant, companion planner for when you’re on the go (additional purchase required – upgrade to include this for only $10 more) (NEW!)
- A color chart from Cloud 9 Fabrics Cirrus Solids to help you choose the perfect fabric for your next quilt (NEW!)
Last year, The Quilter’s Planner sold out in just over a month. The 2017 Quilter’s Planner pre-orders launched on Monday (July 25th), so be sure to place your pre-order now, while you still can!
I am really excited to be gifting Starlight Crystals to my sister- and brother-in-law. They have recently purchased and moved into a new home, and nothing says “welcome home” like a new quilt, right?