Making a holiday quilt in May felt pretty weird… but I am thrilled to get to share it with you today in time for you to create for this holiday season! Mod Star Tree can be found in Issue 53 of Love, Patchwork & Quilting, which released in the UK yesterday (Wednesday, October 11th) and will be available in the US in another 4-6 weeks.
The Mod Star Tree design was inspired by a desire to create a modern holiday quilt, but with a heavy nod to tradition: the result is a whimsical tree made of traditional star blocks in a large, graphic layout. The blocks can be pieced using fabric in your stash or a grouping of specially curated fat quarters.
I used a wide variety of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids from my stash for the stars. The greens are Kelly, Clover, Fern, Grasshopper, Holly, Jungle, Leprechaun, and Willow. The reds are Wine, Ruby, Cardinal, Chinese Red, Lipstick, Poppy, Rich Red, and Red. The yellows are Curry, Corn Yellow, and Buttercup. Many thanks to Robert Kaufman for providing the background yardage, Silver, and a few of the colors to fill in gaps in my stash.
At the top of the star tree, a keen observer might notice my block design, Radiating Star. Then again, if you’re like me, you would have to search my blog to remember the name of the block. 🙂
I used different 50wt Aurifil thread colors for the quilt to help define the topper, tree, and background. I also alternated the direction of the quilting to help create definition. The variegated thread I used to quilt the “tree” is #4650 (Leaves).
The quilt finishes at 60-inches wide by 80-inches long. If you are interested in making your own version of Mod Star Tree, you can find the pattern in Issue 53 of Love, Patchwork & Quilting. The magazine is also available for purchase as a digital download.
I can envision this in other colors: bolder background and lighter stars, or a blue/white/silver combination… and I really look forward to seeing others versions of the design. Do you have plans to make a quilt before the holidays?
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