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A Modern Quilt That Uses Solids

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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

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 was found on Craftsy (now unavailable) and is called the Boundless Tiled Stars Pattern by Krystal Jakelwiscz.

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.

A Modern Quilt That Uses Solids

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.


The Backing

A Modern Quilt That Uses Solids

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.


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12 Comments

  1. I’ve never made a quilt with just solids. Yours is beautiful. I’ve also never bought a kit. Quilting for me is the same as for you. Self care.

  2. I belong to a modern quilt guild and I would comment that this quilt while nice doesn’t fall into the modern quilt specifications. Not enough open space for one thing. If your interested you could check out modern quilts on YouTube.

    1. I will have to politely disagree. I know this quilt would probably not get into a show that features modern quilts, but that was never my intention. But, using solids and a non-traditional design make it far more modern than say a traditional quilt with sashing and borders. I believe the definition of “modern” is still a little fluid and we can all expect it to change over the next few years.

  3. I, also, consider this quilt more modern BUT more to my liking. My apologies to modern quilters, but I just do not care for all that openness. I have never done a solid color quilt or one just using black as a background…but I intend to one day.
    I really like your quilt, Leslie. Job well done!

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