I love color!! I have had a few different favorites throughout my life. Hunter green. Purple. Teal. Pink. With each color I fall in love with I simply add it to my pallet, still loving all the colors that came before it. When I was in college (and many years after it) I went through a purple phase. Purple was the color in my wedding. I had deep purple calla lilies and light purple bridesmaid dresses. I made all the centerpieces for all of the tables. They started out clear glass vases from Joann’s. I cut and glued skinny strips of milky white and deep purple glass to them. The next step was grouting them, and my sisters surprised me and turned it into a party inviting friends and family helping me get them all grouted in one day. On the day of the wedding, we only had to add the candle. I love the way they turned out, and with my love of purple so strong, it is surprising that I haven’t made very many purple quilts. I think that’s why these fabrics from Gerri Robinson called out to me. As soon as I saw them I knew I had to use them in my Garden Star Four Quilt.
Garden Star 4
When I was dreaming up the Garden Star Quilt series many moons ago, I thought through a few different scenarios on how the quilts could be used. This is the fourth quilt in the series, and I just love the way it looks by itself. I say that because the block is similar to one of the blocks in my Desert Blooms Quilt. That is the quilt I designed for Craftsy a few years back. The Garden Star Four quilt pattern includes three different sizes so you can make a baby quilt, a throw size quilt or a queen size quilt. It is such an easy quilt to put together you could make all three. LOL!!
The fabrics that I used in the quilt are all from a new line from Riley Blake Designs called Exquisite. I love how the soft pinks and whites contrast with the deep purples and dark grays. Some of the prints in the line include metallic silver, and I love metallics, so, of course, I had to include them in this quilt. Gerri has created some beautiful flowers!! I think my favorite print in the line is the wide back fabric. I haven’t gotten that one yet, but believe me, I will. I can’t wait to get my hands on those prints. For the back I sewed together two pieces of Gem Stones Tonal Scarlet together to get a lovely gradient or ubrumbre effect.
My sister helped me quilt this quilt on her long arm. Because I had to go back to New Mexico for work, I knew if I didn’t get it quilted with her, I wouldn’t get it done in time to share. I am so thankful for her help. I thought I would do something different since it was a pantograph. At some point, when I thought I would be quilting it on my domestic machine I thought I would create a stipple. This design is even better… It is like a stipple, but it is boxier with beautiful angles. I love how it turned out!! And can I just say, wool, you are making me blush!! That drape has maximum crinkle.
I am selling a pattern by itself and as a bundle. The bundle includes Garden Star Two pattern and Garden Star Four pattern (Click here to get your copy). You get a little discount buying them as a bundle. They are designed to work perfectly together to make a stunning Queen size quilt. All you have to do is use the directions on making the baby sized blocks. Make 5 blocks of one and 4 blocks of the other and alternate the block in your layout. Here is a mockup of a quilt I hope to make someday. What do you think about a Quilt Along?? I could share my secrets on creating ALOT of HSTs in a flash. Let me know if you are interested down below in the comments.
I am so happy summer is here!! Do you have anything fun planned?? I will be working on writing a new paper pieced pattern and then making test quilts. Do you like paper piecing, and if so, do you have any tips for me to add to my pattern?? I already have fabric to make it in two different color ways. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. Have a wonderful weekend and happy quilting!!