This quilt uses a combination of Kaffe Fassett large print fabrics with contrasting pieces of Fossil Fern (Benartex). The quilt turned out quite a bit larger than my other quilts – not quite a twin bed size. So the back had to have an embellishment to extend the single length of backing fabric I had.
[Someone asked whether I had a pattern – I didn’t – I’d seen a photo and could immediately see the whole was constructed as a 9-patch with a “solid” square at the centre (I used a KF fabric centre) and surrounded it with 8 HST squares which I constructed from the KF fabric and a light fabric (I used a number of different Benartex light Fossil Fern fabrics I had in my stash). I’d suggest using the same pale fabric throughout if you’re new to quilting – easier to see how to arrange the blocks.
The HST are arranged to form a 4-point star around the centre square. The outer corners are triangles from the KF fabrics. All my KF fabrics were in shades of red or deep pink so they all blended and could be placed against one another. My quilt top was a 3 x 4 array of the 9-patch blocks. Where they join you have a square, on point, made from four different KF triangles.]
The quilt was embroidered in my 360 X 350 hoop using a large design I created – that allowed me to quilt 4 squares at a time!
What size were your unfinished half square triangles?
Joyce, I no longer have the quilt so I’m guessing – the unfinished centre square of the 9-patch was quite likely 5 1/2″ which would be the dimension of the unfinished HST as well. The quilt was 9 squares across by 12 squares down (3 x 4 nine-patch elements) – that would give a finished quilt size of 45″ x 60″ which is in the ballpark for my lap quilts. I think I made the HST 2 at a time which would have used starting squares (one KF fabric/one Fossil Fern) of 6″ each. [https://www.broadclothstudio.com/blog/two-at-a-time-hsts-half-square-triangles] I used that method because I was mixing and matching the KF fabrics with the different Fossil Fern fabrics – to simplify the whole process I’d recommend a single “background” fabric – then you could use the 4-at-a-time method of constructing the HST. [https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ywDa_WmhNaVADSFlws9Xbh9-dfnzihXd/view] Hope this helps.
Thank-you for such a quick reply! The quilt is beautiful! I’m finishing my 3rd Kaffe quilt and said I was done. But there may be a fourth in my near future . . .
Here is the original photo I used as inspiration: https://worldquilter.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/00yusefs-quilt.jpg – it uses just one fabric for the “background”.
Oh, thank you for that picture! It will help me make my decision on which way to do it. Using only 1 color does bring out the star shape better, but I think I prefer yours!
Send photos if you do the quilt!
Sharron, all I did was take the leftovers, cut into 2 1/2” strips, stitched them end to end – jelly roll race) – until I had a strip wide enough to give me the added width I needed for the backing + 5” so I had added backing width for machine quilting in my embroidery machine.
I like the embellishments. I haven’t done
This much but will try it out again.!
Just love this and I think it will be my next quilt.
All things Kaffe!
What is the pattern for this lovely quilt
Heather I didn’t have a pattern – I was working from a photo I’d seen on Pinterest. The quilt is really a 9-patch assembled from a combination of HST blocks with a solid in the centre of the nine. We’re I ever to do this quilt again I’d use a single light color fabric instead of the four different pale fat quarters that I used. All I can say is print the photo, analyze it, and you’ll find it’s a rather straightforward construction.
Oh, I wish there was a pattern. This a beautiful quilt. I’m newer to quilting and I don’t really understand your directions! Lol.
That is pretty. I like your color selection. Thanks for sharing.