I was looking for an easy simple project this past week. I was on vacation and wanted to do something that would be fun. No fussy small pieces or new to me techniques. So as you can likely guess, I spent most of the day surfing Pinterest, blogs and didn’t find anything I liked for quite some time. Then I remembered I’d made this star quilt many years ago:
Perfect I thought I’ll make that again (Antonio’s Star Quilt from Quiltmaker Sept/Oct 2000 by Caroline Reardon).
I was in a cheerful mood so I decided on bright crayon colours. And after much digging through the stash I found a dotty black material which I thought would be perfect with it. After some auditioning, I chose green, red, blue and yellow as my colours. I also thought I would put half square triangles in the outer border surrounding the corners and decided to add purple for these.
I started cutting and soon realised I didn’t have enough of the black dotty material or the green material to do what I wanted to do. Rather than give up, I took out the crayons and graph paper and came up with a plan. I also found a co-coordinating green material in my stash.
This is what I ended up coming up with when all was said and done.
While I liked it, I still played around with some of the blocks and came up with this other layout.
I liked this layout even better and went with it.
Comparing the original star quilt with the one I just made:
It’s looking very different from the original quilt but I’m happy with it! I’m calling it my Crayon Box Star Quilt. I found a backing for it in my stash that works with it very well. I’ve also found some batting cutoffs that will work nicely when I’m ready to quilt it!
18 thoughts on “Crayon Box Star Quilt”
So bright and fun! I need to make a couple of baby quilts – love this idea.
That’s a bright and colorful quilt. Love the name! Thanks for sharing your fun project on MCM!
Oh yes, this version is so pretty.
Wow! that’s a vibrant, cheery quilt. I do the whole “find out I don’t have enough fabric for my idea after the fact” thing pretty often. It can be fun to improvise, which you did quite well.
Amazing how a few tweaks and different colours make a completely different quilt. Love this, it is so bright and cheery. And I totally agree with your last minute layout changes, the final version is really coherent and fun to look at. Looks like it was always designed to be that way! 😀 Thanks for linking up to the Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration party.
Your variation is nice — I like the way the purple HSTs pull the view outward. Nice job!
So bright and cheery! Love it!
Great use of color!
It must have been fun working with such brilliant colors — perfect for vacation sewing!
Prefer this version. Very vibrant and happy. Congrats. ;^)
A very bright and fun finish. It’s always so cool to see how changing the layout and colors makes a pattern look so different.
Hi! What a difference fabric can make. I absolutely love the colours. Crayon box is a perfect name. I hope you had a fun holiday making it. Take care.
What a difference fabric choices and color placement can make!!
This turned out so great! Love the colors and improvisation you chose. Terrific finish!
Lovely: super saturated colour!
Bright and beautiful!
Thank you for sharing and linking up!
Sometimes life gives us lemons and man did you make lemonade! Such a pretty quilt. Although you didn’t have enough of that black, you really made it work! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.