Sparkling Skies

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About this Quilt

quilt-sparkling-skies-flatThe center medallion in Wendy’s spectacular design bursts like the finale in a grand fireworks display. The complex second border is pieced, looking like a pyrotechnics show over a bustling cityscape. The combination of print, shape and design in this quilt is unparalleled, making it a true showstopper. You’ll impress yourself by making this complex, striking quilt, and impress everyone who sees it with just how beautiful it is.

Wendy was definitely inspired by the breathtaking fireworks displays held around the country on the 4th of July for the design of this quilt. “John Adams mentioned “illuminations” in his thoughts on how Independence Day is to be celebrated. This quilt seeks to capture the excitement of fireworks in the sky with city skylines in the background,” she said.

What makes this pattern challenging is not only the medallion pieced with templates, but the sheer number and variety of the small patches required for the blocks that make up the pieced second border. It’s not the techniques as much as the organization and level of attention needed, but the result is so worth the effort. If you want to stretch your sewing skills and wind up with an heirloom-quality quilt, this pattern is one for the ages.


Pattern Details

Quilt Designed and Sewn by: Wendy Sheppard
Machine Quilted by: Darlene Szabo of Sew Graceful Quilting
Skill Level: Challenging
Finished Size: 78˝ x 78˝
Fabrics: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from the Celebrate Good Times collection, along with basic coordinates, all by Hoffman California Fabrics.


Get the Sparkling Skies pattern and More from McCall’s Quilting July/August 2018