Friday, 1 May 2015

Seven Sisters Quilt

Clear blue sky - perfect for star gazing
This is a quilt I made early last year, but until now, was too far away to give it a photo shoot. I made it for my sister, the star gazer. The design takes the form of the constellation (well, close to it anyway) by the same name, otherwise known as 'Pleiades'

It was a challenge activity for my local patchwork group. We swapped eight fabrics and then we could add another eight and a background. I received a collection soooooo.... opposite to what i would use, then the challenge was on. In introduces some modern fabrics including this delicious Robert Kaufman ombre as my background. Who says you can't use traditional fabrics in modern quilts anyway?

I treated each fabric as if it were a solid and looked at the overall contribution it gave to the design. From then on, it was easy enough to work each fabric into the design using my trusty design wall. 

Each star was constructed using foundation paper piecing. It gives such perfect shapes, particularly when some of them are so small.

Some of the stars were a star in a star in a star. Not satisfied there where enough stars, I then proceeded to free motion quilt hundreds of them as an all over quilt design in the background after stitching the spirals over each star block.

I was pleased with the result and happy to say, so was my sister. It now hangs in her living room with a view to the stars of the night sky.


  1. Love the fading blue effect and everything about it Wendy!

  2. Excellently designed and well crafted product. There should be more ideas like these in the world. The inventor is one genius fellow. The presentation of it is also wonderful.