Starburst Anniversary Quilt
Half-triangle blocks are true magic. They are so simple to build, but pack such a visual punch. Originally, I was following this pattern by Lemon Squeezy Home, but began to deviate from it after I built the center star block. This was partly because I wanted to incorporate more fabrics, but also some “Jess Math” factored into the decision.
This folky sky quilt was created as an anniversary gift for my poet-friend Hannah Ingram and her wife Colleen Arnerich. I used some yarn-dyed and soft denim-looking blues and yellows as the base, which gave me some space to add in my favorite busy prints. (I especially loved the blue thistle print from Cotton + Steel!)
Around the center starburst, I created scrappy, subway tile-inspired borders. I jazzed up edges of the quilt with bear claw corners, which I now want to do on every quilt because just look at them!
For the hand-quilting, I used white thread to capture a sashiko embroidery look around the star. I was able to tackle a lot of hand-quilting and still make my deadline, but I always wish I had more time for it.
It’s cooling off here in the city, which calls for a new quilt project to keep warm under. I’m scrolling through my Pinterest board trying to decide what to dig into next…
(Note: A portion of this sale went to GLSEN, an organization that works to create safe schools for all regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.)