Why this quilt? The inspiration quilt for my “Evening Star” immediately caught my eye when I saw it on Stella Rubin’s website. It contained several elements that I particularly like: star blocks, an on-point setting, a scrappy style, and beautiful Turkey red and madder fabrics. My stash of antique fabrics included many pieces of antique Turkey red and madder prints, and I was eager to use them.
Approach/design. I decided that my quilt would be smaller than the inspiration quilt, and that it would be made entirely by hand. I had to back into the dimensions of the blocks and the sashing to keep the proportions similar to the inspiration quilt. I was fortunate to find several beautiful reproduction turkey red fabrics, and used one for the sashing, another for the border, and a third for the back.
What I learned. I learned a lot about the geometry of working backward from the desired finished size of a star block to the size of its individual pieces, as well as how to create the triangular blocks around the perimeter. I deviated from the inspiration quilt in making my perimeter blocks smaller than an exact half of the square blocks. I also opted to add a border, using a border print that was not symmetrical either horizontally or vertically. It took me many tries to create mirror image border corners while minimizing “fudging” along the sides. I also learned how to make round appliqué pieces for the centers.