When Stars Align

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I recently finished a 100 day project where each day I made an improved log cabin block. These blocks ranged in size from 3” square to 18” square. Because all the dimensions were in increments of 3”, I was able to fit them all nicely together and it got me thinking:

What other shapes could I make in varying sizes, but still fit nicely together?

And since I love making stars, one thing led to another and you may even say that the Stars just happened to Align for this quilt. (See what I did there!)

I made the first version of this quilt using some Bonnie and Camille fat quarters I’ve been hording for a few years and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The bold colors mixed with the simple, but bold stars made for a striking quilt! I’m still working on the custom quilting for this one and I’m planning to give it as a gift, so I don’t have a photo to share yet, but I should soon!

For the cover version, I used a Kona cotton fat quarter curated by Megan Buchanan from Then Came June. I don’t typically use a lot of yellow or orange, so I wanted to stretch myself a bit and the result was even better than I could have hope for. The colors just POP and I’m in love!

But then it came to pick a backing fabric and a quilting design, and I’ve got to tell you, this was one of those quilts that has to “marinate” for a while until I figured it out. But that changed when I walked into JOANN one day after work and saw this amazing triangular print and once again, the stars aligned. (Oops, I did it again!)

Finally it was time to pick out a quilting design and when I opened the pattern book at HomeGrown HomeSewn, I swear to you I opened right to this quilting pattern and there was no need to look any further. The quilty stars had aligned again and I was listening!

I guess my point is that whether it’s a quilt top or a path in life, sometimes you just have to slow down, be patient, and hope your eyes are open when the Stars Align.