I confess to a love of all things Moda (http://storefront.unitednotions.com/storefrontCommerce/). I have for years – their fabrics and designs are spectacular. I have often found myself visiting the Moda Bake Shop (http://www.modabakeshop.com/). The bake shop site has a wide variety of patterns, projects and ideas.
When I discovered that they had books available I was thrilled. I purchased Fresh Fabric Treats (you can find out more about the book here http://www.stashbooksblog.com/products/fresh-fabric-treats/) last year and have made a couple of items from it.
One of my favorite patterns is Rachel Griffith’s Summer Sorbet Quilt. You can find out more about Rachel here (http://www.psiquilt.com/). Her quilt pattern uses two of my favorite things – charm packs and wonky stars!
I love charm packs because they are great way to get a selection of a particular fabric without getting fat quarters or yardage. I love Moda’s solid charm packs as they give you a variety of pieces to use in your projects. If you have not tried the joys of charm packs, you should!
And wonky stars are delightful! They are easy to make and take some of the stress of getting everything ‘even’! The points in the stars are not designed to be exactly even but instead wander a bit, giving the star a little more ‘natural’ look. I love making them!
So for this project, I was now armed with an awesome pattern and some beautiful Kate Spain Sunnyside charm packs. My cousin Candace had asked me to make a quilt for a very good friend of hers who was going through a rough patch health wise. I was of course delighted that she asked me to do this for her and started to work on this quilt.
I did a slight reversal of the pattern – instead of all solids for the background and patterns for the points, I decided to use a light yellow for the stars and used the charm squares throughout the quilt to give it more of a patchwork punch. In hindsight, the yellow I picked may have been a little too light because one of the stars gets a little lost in the fabric, but overall I was very please with the results.
I used Warm and Natural batting (my favorite) and quilted in the ditch with Aurifil 2110. The backing fabric is a 108″ wide from Wilmington Prints.
I am just waiting for Candace to give me some input on a label for the back so that the gift can be a little more personalized. I hope her friend enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.