Red & Green Stars

Red & Green Stars

I first laid eyes on my inspiration quilt while walking through the booths at an antique show in Nashville, TN. While I own a number of red/green quilts, none were pieced, and few matched this quilting. I kept walking back and forth in front of the booth trying to figure out if I could copy it, as I found the pattern so appealing. Finally my husband, getting a bit weary of this, asked why I didn’t just go buy it. End of story. I love this quilt hung on a wall. It is so graphic in its design plus the knockout punch, for me, is when one gets close enough to see that the quilting which extends throughout the quilt, never leaves more than a fourth inch unquilted.

With the help of my husband, I created a graph to make the quilt one/half the size of the original. While her quilt had one inch half-square triangles, mine would have half-inch half-square triangles. I decided I wanted the challenge of reproducing her quilt exactly as she had made it, initially including her extensive quilting.

I have become quite humbled attempting to make this quilt. I like large challenges, which is certainly what I got with this one. Even with paper piecing, my quilt has points that don’t point. HER quilt has every point pointing. I have not followed her quilting patterns in their entirety; there simply weren’t enough hours in the day to allow me to quilt this miniature to the extent she quilted her larger one. I started out quilting it at half scale of hers, and found that quilting at 1/8th an inch apart (hers is at 1/4th an inch apart) blurred the patterns she had made.