Inside: A Modern Quilt That Uses Solids
I think people get into quilting for lots of reasons. Some are artists who display their talents in quilts. Others love making quilts to give away to family and friends. There are those who use the mathematical side of quilting to create beautiful geometric designs.
And then their are those for whom quilting becomes their chosen method of self-care.
For me, this quilt represents a little artistry plus a lot of self-care.
A Modern Quilt That Uses Solids
I started this quilt about a year ago and worked on it one block at a time. At the time, I was interested in expanding my piecing skills so when I saw this pattern I knew it was perfect.
The pattern is found on Craftsy and is called the Boundless Tiled Stars Pattern. (affiliate). It’s ideal for solids because of the strong pattern. If you look closely you will see the secondary star patterns where the four corners match.
For a while Craftsy was offering a kit for this pattern but I chose to use up some of the solids I had on hand. In a way, I regret not getting the kit because all of the color values were better paired. Using Craftsy’s fabric choices might have also made my secondary stars stand out more.
The pattern uses 20 fat quarters. That means if you have a stack of fat quarter solids laying around, you’ve got what you need to make and bind this quilt.
One of the features of this pattern is how the instructions have you cut out a binding strip when you’re cutting the block fabric from a fat quarter. This means there is hardly any waste.
It also calls for three yards of background fabric. I just happened to have a five-yard piece of Kona white waiting to be put into a quilt.
I picked up the backing at a nearby quilt shop sale and bought five yards. There ended up being almost no leftover fabric.
The pattern calls for 4.5 yards for backing, but I decided to add an additional row of blocks so I was prepared to do a little piecing on the back.
The gold colored block on the back was one I made and didn’t think would work well with the other colors in the quilt. It looked more brown than orange when it was paired with some of the other blocks.
In the end, my five yards of backing was perfect once I added in the orphan block.
Finishing the Quilt
For my batting I used a Hobbs 80/20 batting and quilted an all-over stipple. Keeping it simple seemed to be the best quilting option.
All along, I intended this quilt to stay in a basket in my living room for grandkids to snuggle underneath when sitting on the couch or the floor. I felt like making it just a little longer and using a simple quilt design suited my needs best.
In the end, it’s a very comfortable quilt that gets plenty of use.
And, when I see it I remember all of those peaceful moments I had putting it together.