star cakes quilt.

14 January 2016

FQS top 10 2015
we're still celebrating with fat quarter shop for their top 10 videos of 2015.
this is the third and final project that i will be sharing for this series.
today, i'm going to talk about the star cakes quilt.

this quilt pattern was designed for fat quarter shop's shortcut quilts series.
there is an instructional youtube video that can walk you through the construction process.
chances are, if you've taken a class with me, you have heard my dislike for constructing HSTs (half square triangles) using this method.
when i was asked to do this project, i mentally groaned at the thought of making HSTs this way.
BUT don't let that put you off. keep reading!
it definitely isn't my favorite method, but i try to occasionally get out of my comfort zone in order to grow as a quilter.
i'm glad i did this time.

star cakes quilt.
i committed to making a single block.
(i have it placed on one of my design boards, so that's not a border and binding.)
download the FREE star cakes quilt pattern HERE.

although this isn't my "go to" method of making HSTs, i did enjoy the block construction.
almost every single point is perfect.
and as any quilter knows, that's a satisfaction within itself.
like, you want to sing like julie andrews from the sound of music. or is that just me? HA.

i chose to use apricot and persimmon by carina gardner for my block.
i didn't want to use a solid background.
i wanted to mix things up a bit.
i purposely picked the blacks and apricots due to the fact that my children's school mascot is the longhorns.
i'm going to finish it off with the black/grey print as the binding.

even though this is a VERY feminine take on our school colors, i know this will be a perfect mini quilt for one of my cheerleaders.
(miss melanie, our 10 year old lady longhorn.)
i thought she'd love having it hung in her room alongside her spirit and co-captain ribbons from this past season.
and the hair bows! cheerleader bows are like rabbits! they just keep multiplying! am i right? ;)

now, it wouldn't be a celebration without inviting some awesome bloggers to sew along.
hop on over to see their star cakes quilt creations:
shruti of 13 woodhouse road
rachel of PS I QUILT (you are here!)
melissa of happy quilting
tina of emily ann’s kloset
cara of that crafty cara
kim of persimmon dreams
THE one and only pat sloan ;)

we would love for you to share your #starcakesquilt or any other #FQSTop10 quilts for 2015 on instagram. (i'm rachelgriffith)
oh, and did we mention for every #FQSTop10 post you do, you will be entered for a chance to win a fat quarter shop $100 gift certificate?!
this fun contest ends january 31st and the winner will be announced on instagram on february 1st.

good luck and happy quilting!
xo, rachel

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Anonymous said...

I love your fabric choices, and totally dig the "not solid" background decision. Beautiful block!

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