Meet Starlite

I’ve got another recipe up on the Moda Bake Shop here, and I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love this quilt!

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When I saw the Nova Collection by Basic Grey, I knew I needed to use them in a quilt. The fabrics are so rich and deep, the patterns gorgeous, and there’s a few Grunge fabrics thrown in for good measure. I might be slightly obsessed with Grunge now.

I played in EQ8 to get a pattern design I liked. Side note: is there anyone interested in seeing my process of designing? This quilt block went through a lot of changes before I settled on the final design. Leave me a note and let me know – I’d be happy to share how my design process works.

I played around with a new-to-me technique while making this quilt – using an Easy Angle Ruler to cut my Jelly Roll strips into half square triangles. Usually I do the whole cut a square, draw a line, sew 1/4” on either side of the drawn line, cut apart, trim dog ears, and press method. But for half square triangles that are 2 1/2” I’d need to cut a square that’s 3” if I were to use that method. The Easy Angle Ruler (affiliate link: EZ Quilting Easy Angle Acrylic Template, 6.5-inch) changes that – I quickly and easily cut my 2 1/2” strips into triangles that were perfectly sized.

Since not everyone has an Easy Angle Ruler or the desire to own one, I’ve also included instructions in this pattern for cutting rectangles and drawing lines. When I started quilting, this is probably the method I would’ve chosen. I didn’t have a huge budget to buy ever ruler I ever saw, and I like to make do with what I have.

Whichever method you choose, the blocks work up quickly and make a stunning quilt.

As always, I spent more time arranging and rearranging the blocks on my design wall than I did with actually sewing the blocks.

Block alignment

Once I had the quilt top completed, I quilted it with Minerva using my favorite swirly pantograph.

Quilting

Once this quilt was complete, we took it to my in-law’s house for a photo shoot. It was my mother-in-law’s birthday weekend and they’d gotten some fresh snow just before we arrived. My husband is such a trooper in holding quilts.

Quilt in nature

My mother-in-law dropped a few hints that the quilt looked just so good with her décor, I decided to let the quilt live with her for a little bit. I made sure to stress that it was not a birthday present – I don’t want to set that precedent! My family is far too big to make a quilt for everyone for every birthday.

at Grammie's house

Nova by Basic Grey is in stores now. The pattern for this quilt is available on the Moda Bake Shop (for free!)

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