I am so, so excited to get to share the finished Pulsar quilt with you today! The Pulsar digital quilt pattern is also complete and available as of today in the Quilting Jetgirl digital pattern shop. Are you ready to see more photos of the finished quilt (I sure hope you said, yes)?!?
A pulsar is a type of rotating neutron star that emits regular pulses of radio waves. My goal with this design was to capture the sense of wonder I have felt looking up at the stars, feeling only my pulse slowly beating. To represent the beating of my heart, I quilted radiating stars enlarging outward in the background. To represent the rotating aspect of a pulsar, I rotated the direction of the dense vertical lines in the background used to help define and emphasize the radiating stars. All quilting was done (over 7 weeks) with a walking foot on my domestic Juki sewing machine.
Fabrics & Materials
To test the pattern, I made the lap size version which finished at 72″ square. I used 5 color matched thread colors of 50wt Aurifil in each section of the quilt: Aurifl 2120 (Canary), 2145 (Yellow Orange), 2277 (Light Red Orange), 2460 (Dark Carmine Red), and 2784 (Dark Navy).
I used the same Kona Cotton Nightfall for the back of the quilt, and as you may have noticed, I used it for the binding as well. I had considered using a bright plaid that I had in my stash, but once I finished the quilting and trimmed the quilt square, it didn’t feel like the right choice. I also considered using Kona Cotton Burgundy as a dark red frame. In the end, I opted to match the binding to the background so that the mind considers the design to continue pulsing outward. A facing would have also worked, but as I do plan for this to be functional and gifted quilt (I’ve had a recipient in mind since I started making this one), I felt that a double fold binding would hold up the best over long term use.
I wrote a blog post about how I planned out my quilting design for Pulsar. My goal with the quilting was to enhance the design and imbue the quilt with more elements to reinforce its name and intent.
But don’t feel limited or intimidated by how I chose to quilt this version of Pulsar! I have also previously made the crib version of the quilt, and I quilted that version very minimally. This design packs a punch visually and gives you ample room to add your distinctive touch and style with fabric selection and quilting motifs.
The Pulsar pattern comes with a coloring page to help you select your fabrics, and I often use coloring pages to help me doodle and plan quilting motifs as well.
Pulsar Pattern Details
Are you ready to let your fabric shine? The Pulsar digital quilt pattern is a modern take on a classic star. The pattern uses 5 fabrics (a background fabric and 4 feature fabrics) to create a pulsing, radiating star. The striking design comes together quickly and the pattern offers full color illustrations, a coloring page, and alternate colorways to help you make your next quilt. Even better, you can choose from the 5 offered sizes: crib, baby, lap (this is the size I just finished), queen, and king.
Pulsar is on sale in my pattern shop as a digital pattern at a special introductory price of $10 through Sunday, May 30th. Once you make a Pulsar quilt of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #PulsarQuilt.
I would like to thank Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs for her technical editing, advice, and consultation throughout the pattern writing and quilting process. To help keep me sane as I worked week after week on the quilting, Cheryl let me share my progress with her, which I deeply appreciate.
As I mentioned above, the first time I made Pulsar, I made was the crib size. I opted for simple straight line quilting in a bold red, 12wt Aurifil thread to finish that version.
In the two versions of Pulsar that I have made, I opted to use dark backgrounds. I had a lot of fun thinking about how the design would look in different monochromatic colorways and lighter backgrounds. This design is perfect for solids and modern small scale prints, and I’m excited to see other versions being made and shared.
Linking up with TGIFF hosted by Kathleen McMusing, Needle and Thread Thursday with My Quilt Infatuation, Finished (or Not) Friday with Alycia Quilts, Beauties Pageant 131 with From Bolt to Beauty, and Favorite Finish for May 2021 with Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs.