After finishing Mum’s Garden, I dove straight into more curved piecing exploration. These ideas all started with the pieced stars in the borders of Mum’s Garden:
Instead of making four Drunkard’s Path blocks and sewing them together into a block to create the star shape, I used a single piece of fabric for the star. Four curved seams later, and a star block was pieced. The stars for Mum’s Garden finish at 6″. The next thing I wanted to explore was an inset star at the center of four blocks.
I decided to increase the block sizes for these tests. Just imagine that the four outer blocks are 12″ finished pieced star blocks like I showed in the first photograph. With a little modification to the approach to make the star block, this 24″ finished inset star comes together easily. The inset star does require partial seams, but they are really gentle and easy to do!
I quickly moved from piecing exploration to wanting to make a larger quilt with the combination of these two blocks. I raided my bin of Carolyn Friedlander prints, selected 17 that worked well together, and I picked out Kona Storm from my solid stash for the background. Each of these prints will become the star at the center of a block.
Each quarter of the quilt is comprised of three star blocks and an inset star. This is the first quadrant ready for the inset star piecing; the yarrow Botanics print layered behind the star blocks will become the inset star.
At this point I was still learning a lot: the best way to press seams, refining my technique, and even getting smarter about the way I pin. Overall, I was really happy with how the first quadrant of the quilt top came together. As a reminder, each quadrant is 24 1/2″ square unfinished and each star is 12 1/2″ unfinished.
With all four quadrants pieced, it was time for the final inset star in the center to finish the quilt top.
With the dark background and lighter prints, I named this design Sky Full of Stars, and am really pleased with how the 48 1/2″ square quilt top came together. I have a pretty detailed quilting plan in place for Sky Full of Stars which will require a lot of thread tying off and burying, but I think it will be worth it!
I learned a lot as I worked through piecing Sky Full of Stars, and I will be sharing some tutorials over the next few weeks based on what I’ve learned so far.