Every quilt has a story and this quilt is one of my very favorites because of its story. Stars Got in My Eyes was part of a challenge at my local quilt store at the time, The Silver Thimble in Ogallala, Nebraska. The theme of the challenge was “Oh My Stars.”
Teams of three quiltmakers worked together to make the quilts. Each person made a center for their quilt and then passed it on to the next person, who added a border and passed it on to the third person who added the final border. The quilt was then returned to the person who made the center so they could finish it. My mom and my sister Angie were the other two members of my team. Part of what I like about this quilt is that my mom and sister helped make it.
There was a maximum size and certain fabric that you had to use in each section of the quilt. Look at my star in the lower right corner of the center. The red was the fabric I was required to use.
I decided I wanted to do stars everywhere.
I made the 16” center square with pieced, appliquéd and foundation-pieced stars. I did star decorative stitches on one of the blocks.
Mom added the first border. Each and every fabric she used has stars on it. She appliquéd more stars. Angie added the second border with more star fabric and appliquéd stars.
If I were making this quilt today, I would quilt with an allover pattern of stars but I just quilted in the ditch. Then to finish the quilt, my son Zac cut stars from copper, gold and bronze-colored metal. I hot glued the metal stars in place.
Star quilts are so much fun to make.
There are easy stars and complicated stars and everything in between. When I look at my quilt, I see that I did some of the easy ones, some of the difficult ones, and some that were middle of the road in difficulty.
Here are a couple of fun ideas that I found for you on our website. Nancy Mahoney taught a course about secrets to quilting success with six lessons on fusible appliqué. One of the techniques she shows is the making of a Feathered Star block.
Then the Star Block Sampler Quilt pattern includes instructions for 24 different star blocks. You could make all twenty-four or you could choose just a couple of favorites and make a quilt with just those two. Or make pillow to go with your quilt with your very favorite block. Oh, the ideas …
And anytime I think of quilts with stars, I think of patriotic quilts. Check out our ebook featuring 5 different patriotic quilts.