I'm calling this one my 'Vintage Stars' quilt, but I'm already thinking of it as 'the Summer Quilt'.
Despite the fact, that when I completed it the weather was foul and dismal for the whole week, which I found especially annoying when I wanted to take some nice pictures to share with you. Eventually though, the sun did shine again and when I nipped outside as quick as a flash to get some shots in while I could, the sun seemed to bring this quilt alive. The colours seem light, bright and breezy like a beautiful sumer's day.
It just seems to suit the sunshine.
It was back in May when I mentioned in this post that I'd started a quilt using those delightful vintage sheets that just take me straight back to my childhood. We had a bright pink one and a yellowy one I seem to remember. Ahhh, happy days!
This star design is a massively popular quilt block, apparently called a 'Saw Tooth' star. As usual, it's something I've had my eye for an age, since I saw it in a quilting book I think. It's that blank star in amongst all the riot of busy pattern and colour that really appeals to me. The 'negative space' as clever artist types call it I believe.
Some of my 'negative spaces' are actually pale pink, yellow, green or blue, as well as white. As soon as I had the idea of using these sheets, I knew I wanted to use these pastel colours with them. I used them on my daughters dolly quilt and this project worked perfectly for that idea too. There's also something about using these 70's style patterns that scream 'rounded corners' at me. I wonder why? I rounded off the corners of the dolly quilt I mentioned and I couldn't resist doing it again on this life sized model. I love them, it's a small thing, but it's one of my favourite things about this quilt.
The other great thing that I'm really pleased about is the fact I had a great big full size sheet to use as the backing. I found it a couple of years ago in an antique shop near me and I snapped it up quick. Now it's time has come and the right project to use it on has rolled around. I even managed to squeeze enough bias strips onto the left over fabric to make the binding. Happiness is.
The best bit of all though, is that the small person and the big person of the house seem to be as fond of this blanket as I am. It's become the 'go to' blanket. A new favourite around here, like it's already a part of the family.
I really love that.