Starry Night Quilt

I have a very dear friend who’s birthday is coming right up. I was so inspired by this same quilt made by Meg Dunton of @thebaconandmegsews that I asked her for permission to make it for my friend. The pattern is Starry Night by Sue Pafu (sweetjane.etsy.com) and it uses a layercake plus a little yardage for the stars. I used up my layer cake from the Tiny Florals Anonymous swap from earlier this year and I love it! I also used my gradient method to arrange my squares in rainbow-ish order. I backed this in Target lumberjack flannel sheets since my friend is not especially floral/girly/pink loving and it ended up being so funny to see her reaction to it.

This was my first quilt I used bamboo batting (50% bamboo/50% cotton) and it was SUCH a dream to spray baste and quilt. I feel like there were enough fibers sticking out of it that it grabbed onto the spray as well as fabric soooo much more easily than with other batting types. I highly recommend trying it if you can find some!

Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Fat Quarter Cobblestone Quilt

Who doesn’t love a good plus sign quilt? I know they are one of my very favorite things to make and I couldn’t be more excited to share¬†this Fat Quarter Cobblestone quilt in Berry Merry by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics. The quilt blocks are large enough to fully enjoy these adorable prints. This short cut version uses 25 fat quarters and zero background fabric. It is a great bundle buster! Sometimes the hardest part of finally opening that favorite fat quarter bundle is having a quilt in mind that will showcase the treasured fabrics instead of cut them into tiny pieces. To get the FREE pattern, visit Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber.¬† Don’t they look like chubby plus signs?!? They are so cute!

For my version, I decided to try my hand at free motion quilting a holly and berries motif. It took a little bit of practice, but I’m very proud of the way it turned out. I settled on a red thread color because if I’m going to take the time to FMQ, I like to be able to see it! Make sure to check out the other size options in the pattern as well, including a cute baby sized quilt!