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Wishing Upon a Falling Stars Quilt

Falling Stars Quilt

I have been doing a lot of wishing and hoping and thinking and praying, planning and dreaming upon Falling Stars. Yes, another My Best Friend’s wedding reference. LOL. Such a great song. You guys, I have been dreaming about getting into this magazine for years!! I am ecstatic to present a quilt, which is in this month’s edition (August – Issue 88) of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, called Falling Stars Quilt. Hopefully the name is obvious to you and you see the movement in the colors from light to dark emulating a star falling in the sky.

My Falling Stars Quilt is in the Patchwork Love and Quilting magazine

I have been bursting at the seams, wanting nothing more than to share this quilt with you. Originally it was supposed to come out in June. However, because of the pandemic, I had to keep quiet longer than expected. Totally putting a monkey wrench in my plans for the middle of the year. Being the worrywart that I am, I worried it wouldn’t come out at all. To my surprise, it is out and I can’t wait until I get my hands on it. All of my wishing, hoping, and dreaming have come true.

Issue 88 is available today/now! Visit the @lovequiltingmag bio and click the link to buy print and digital copies, or to subscribe.

Riley Blake Confetti Cottons

The fabrics used in this quilt are Riley Blake Confetti Cottons: Riley White, Fuzzy Duckling, Sunshine, Pumpkin, Jade, Song Bird and Vivid. I am obsessed with how they feel and look. They are so soft and they have a great weave to them, a bit thicker than a print. They are perfect. I used teals and yellows, a color palette that the magazine suggested and I love how it turned out.

Triangles for the Falling Stars Quilt

Hexagon Quilts

I am fascinated with hexagon quilts. Although I have never made the quilt that inspired my love for them (think outlined hexagons), I have made a few hexagon quilts that I have designed myself. And I plan to make even more of them in the future. Even though this quilt is made up of hexagons, there are not y-seams in it. I love y-seams and understand that they can be scary. That’s why I wanted to make sure the pattern was free of them. There are six different stars in the pattern’s design. The magazine provides you with templates you can make yourself. But if you are not a fan of templates, I’ve got you covered, instead use Diamond Ruler and Triangle Squared Ruler.

Quilt seams

The Quilting the Falling Stars Quilt

I was in a panic out about the quilting. I wanted to do something special but I didn’t have enough time. After I finished the quilt, I only had two weeks before the deadline. I couldn’t send it off to be quilted. So I spent a lot of time analyzing how I could quilt the stars without getting bunching in the layers. I quilted matchstick lines on a hexagon quilt before (Yoya Quilt) and it was challenging to stay straight within the hexagon. In my Bat Quilt, I had large areas that had less quilting and found it challenging too. And on my Mod City Center quilt, I got some wonky quilting from changing direction often.

Falling Stars Quilt quilt back
Falling Stars Quilt quilting

All of my experiences led me to this solution. Quilting the straight lines on a longarm and then quilting the stars on my domestic machine. Thinking that this would give me the perfect backdrop for the stars; stretching it out on the longarm would eliminate a lot of the bunching that I was worried about. It ended up working really well. I only had two areas where there was a little extra fabric between the sewing, but it isn’t obvious. What do you think about the quilting?? I would love to hear your input. Should I have quilted simple lines instead??

Falling Stars Quilt quilt top

Why didn’t I quilt the whole thing on a longarm? I only have access to my sister’s longarm when I am visiting for work or holidays. Since it’s not my machine, I can’t leave the quilt on her machine in between visits. What if she needs it? Also I have only tried to free motion longarm one time. It was so much harder and more uncomfortable than I currently feel about domestic quilting. I used all the tools at my disposal and blended them.

Falling Stars Quilt

I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful magazine. Thank you Love Patchwork and Quilting for making this dream come true. Now on to the next one!! My Falling Stars Quilt is in Issue 88 and is available today/now! Visit the @lovequiltingmag bio and click the link to buy print and digital copies, or to subscribe. I would love to see the quilt you make from my Falling Stars Quilt Pattern. Share your photos on Instagram using #FallingStarsQuilt, and Tag me @BrownBirdDesigns.

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Falling Stars Quilt

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The Comments

  • Donna Hanneman
    August 13, 2020

    What a beautiful quilt! It is a great pattern with wonderful colors! And your quilting looks perfect! Congratulations on being “published.” It is quite an accomplishment!

    • Elisabeth DeMoo
      > Donna Hanneman
      August 13, 2020

      Thank you so very much for your kind words!! It is such a fun passion to have and share. I am very grateful.

  • Geraldine Watson
    July 4, 2021

    I would like to see some quilts donated to some kids in the high Sierra mountains in Mexico. I saw
    them on the most dangerous way to school. During the week they stay at school and gets very
    cold at night. I don’t know how to get in touch with a program like that. It is just an idea that I
    would like to pass on.

    A friend of mine that was from the depression times showed me how just any old pieces of
    scrap material works. A block on paper at an angle with stripes of material to cover the block
    template. I like seeing usable things recycled.

    I was given eight boxes of fabric from a friend
    who’s neighbor was moving. She already hauled
    off eight boxes of material to the dump. I made some needy kids clothes and pillow cases put of
    that. I have heard of China burning piles of clothes. I thought that I would pass this info.
    on for some ideas.

    Cordially Jeri Watson

    • Elisabeth DeMoo
      > Geraldine Watson
      July 8, 2021

      That sounds very interesting. I will do some research to see if I can find a contact on how to get quilts there. I love using scraps for quilts!! A lady in my quilt guild always makes the most beautiful quilts using clothing. It is so wonderful to repurpose items to cut down the things that go into the landfills. I am always donating things to Goodwill and Salvations Army hoping they will get a new life. What you are doing is a beautiful thing, making clothing for those in need. Good on you!! Thank you for sharing!!