I finished my Scrappy Lone Star Quilt this week!
I made it for the North Bay Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. We were asked to make a quilt that demonstrates what modern means to us and also to try something we have never done.
I have always wanted to make a Lone Star and I was actually inspired by this photo:
It’s actually a detail photo of a larger Lone Star, but I liked the way it was cropped.
I decided I would use as little white as possible, because I almost always use white backgrounds and sashing. I love white, but I am seriously stuck in a rut.
I was scared to use the green, but I am really loving it. It’s Kona Lime and all the other fabrics are from my stash. I bought the Robert Kaufman backing at M&L Fabrics just before I moved away from Los Angles. It was a perfect match and oh so soft.
The binding was also a great find and I love how it adds a pop of color to the front. I try to choose bindings that contrast just a bit and add a little flair.
The quilting was inspired by a quilt by Angela Walters. It’s a free-motion flower pattern and so fun to do once you get the hang of it.
“What makes this quilt modern?”, you ask? “Modern” is such a broad term and everyone is going to have a different definition. I’m not even sure I am truly a modern quilter. Maybe contemporary/trendy, with some traditional thrown in. Overall, though, I think it’s the fabrics and techniques that make most quilts and quilters modern. Most modern quilters shy away from batiks and civil war repros in favor of clean graphic prints, solids and bold colors. We also tend to throw rules out the door when piecing our quilts (though I do feel it is important and enriching to know how to do the traditional blocks.)
I feel this particular quilt is modern because of the bold color scheme, the negative space and the placement of the Lone Star (sliced off and not centered).
Do you think of yourself as a modern quilter?
Be on the lookout for a tutorial next week! You can make your own Scrappy Lone Star and there are no evil “Y” seams to sew in this version. It’s super easy, I promise!
You can find Part 1 of the tutorial here.
I’m Linking up to TGIFF today over at Mama Love Quilts. Stop by and check out everyone’s finishes for the week!