I am so happy to share this quilt with you!
Last Summer/Fall the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge to make a modern styled quilt with the traditional and classic pattern Ohio Star. I love this kind of exercise - it really gets my wheels turning and I think it's so fun to play with the classics!
Using the Quilt Design Tool on Threadbias I came up with a fun star with in a star pattern that used value to create the pattern. Since low volume or quiet neutrals are so popular and I like the look, I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the quilt too.
This was my first attempt at using value in a quilt so I used the old trick of looking at my fabrics in black and white, which is so easy now with camera phones! I just snapped a picture and quickly edited it to black and white via my phone's camera app. It worked well as I could easily see what needed to be changed. I was sometimes surprised at what read as light vs. medium etc.
My design wall was a big help in assembling this pattern as it's easy to get the pieces turned around! Even with that, I had to do quilt surgery after I pieced the top to turn two blocks around. Doh!
I used scraps for the back just for fun, and my Mom kindly hand quilted a simple and sparse Ohio Star pattern on the quilt. I knew I was going to hang this one up, so I pieced in triangles in each corner of the back so that I could insert a dowel rod for hanging any which way.
I didn't win the guild challenge; there were so many wonderful quilts! If you have a minute you should really check out Cindy Lammon's winning entry - her Ohio Star is stunning and oh so good! Guild members brought their A-game to this challenge, I wish I had more pictures to share!
McCall's decided to pick up my quilt and offer the pattern in it's June/July 2014 issue that is on stands now! Here is a picture of the cover so it will be easy to spot if you go look for it.
I hope you'll check it out!
I am already humbled by some fun Instagram love for this pattern!
Thanks for stopping by!!