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A few years ago while I was still living in Australia I designed this quilt called Woven Stars. This quilt is made up of 2 blocks in the body of the quilt which together create a secondary design. I love how secondary designs are created within a quilt design especially ones that give the illusion of movement. Woven Stars was my third quilt that I designed for Arbee Designs.
Not only do you have a crisscross design but there is also a box design, a star design and a pinwheel design which I hadn’t really noticed before. The box design is created around the Square In A Square block. The blocks within the quilt top are 8 inch blocks.
The 8 pointed star is created around the Churn Dash block.
This quilt is made with a monochromatic colour scheme. I chose greens on the yellow-green/olive-green side of the colour wheel. A balance of value within the colour scheme is very important in order for the pattern to work and create the secondary patterns within the quilt. A dark, medium and light value of the green was used to create contrast and then I threw in a high intensity brighter green to create even more contrast within the quilt pattern but still remained within the same colour family.
The border was a bit of a challenge as I wanted it to be different but yet complement the quilt. It took a lot of mock ups on the design wall before I was happy with the results. Once I decided on the design then I had to choose which fabric to use as the main border fabric and what fabrics to create the diamonds with. Here are a few samples below.
I tried the light fabric as the main border.
Then the bright fabric.
And the dark fabric.
Finally the medium fabric which was the one I went with.
Each of the above examples also shows a different combination of fabrics for the diamonds. The final choice for the diamond fabrics took a while of juggling, placing, looking and this is the winner.
The final fabric combo for the border.
Quilting the piece was easy as I had already chose the stipple with star motif to go along with the name Woven Stars. The only problem I had was that I ran out of thread and didn’t have anther spool. Living in the Australian Outback in the middle of nowhere I just couldn’t hop over to the local quilt shop so had to order in a spool. Now when I do a larger quilt I always buy 2 spools of thread so that I don’t run into this problem ever again.
The quilt can be made in many different sizes and the pattern has fabric requirements for 3 different sizes. The one pictured at the top of the page is 65″ x 81″.
When I returned to Canada I made another one with an achromatic plus colour scheme – what a different look it has. This one is 49″ x 65″. Perfect little lap quilt for the couch.
The secondary pinwheel design is quite noticeable with this colour combination.
I love both of them but I do really like how that peachy-red just gives the achromatic one a little extra punch.