Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dark Stars

I've been making 8" Sawtooth stars again. These particular stars were not part of my original Rainbow Scrap Challenge plans but cropped up when I won a lovely set of hand dyes from Vicki Welsh in one of the RSC drawings. The blues and aquas in the set prompted me to get out my other precious hand dyed fabrics and pair them up with batiks. I started by making this set of stars:


I believe I have more than just these by now. This seems to be the only picture I have of them however, and I'm sorry it's not a better one.

When I'd used up the light batik I was using for the backgrounds of these stars I had to figure out what to do next. There weren't enough blocks for a decent size quilt. Nor did I want to just slap a wide border around the stars. So I looked through my stash and came up with a lush brown batik. I've always liked the combination of rusty browns and blues.



But it's gorgeous with other colors too!



These are the stars I've made so far with 16 Patch centers. There's another set of stars on brown backgrounds that have whole cloth centers. My intention is to surround the light background blocks with these dark stars, thus creating that wide border I needed to bring the top up to size.



I need 14 of these stars altogether, so only a few more to go. That should see me through the month of October and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! I'm linking up with the other participants over at SoScrappy today. Go have a look and see what everyone else is doing; you won't be disappointed. :- )


16 comments:

Nancy J said...

This will be stunning,love those batik stars, and the golden brown a wonderful contrast to the inner blocks

Angie said...

Wonderful fabrics & plan - looking forward to seeing everything come together!

Nell's Quilts said...

Sounds like you've got the whole quilt worked out. Should be lovely.

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a good idea to change the background color of the block to create an "imaginary" border!! I'll have to give this solution a try on one of my quilts.

talltalesfromchiconia said...

You're right, that brown is particularly luscious! I'm loving the opal effect of the lighter blues and bright brown, and my particular favourite is in the brown grouping, second from right, halfway down. Just lovely!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

These are beautiful ...such lovely colors / fabrics! :) It will be fun to see it all put together down the line! :)

sunny said...

It sounds like you have a good plan. The colors look very good together!

LA Paylor said...

I'm seeing stars now... color overload wheee
LeeAnna

gayle said...

Those stars are just gorgeous! I love the depth of color in batiks, and that brown background really makes the stars sparkle.

Kate said...

Love the combination of star blocks. It's going to make for a dramatic quilt.

PaulaB quilts said...

A great, very lovely solution for your stars. You have a good eye for color and it shows with those Browns. Keep up the good work!

Jennifer said...

thanks for stopping by! your stars are so bright and twinkly- keep up the great work!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Very, very pleasing to the eye!!

scraphappy said...

What a lovely quilt it is going to be. Your fabrics are so beautiful! Looking forward to seeing this one come together soon.

desertskyquilts said...

Those are beautiful, light and dark. What a happy solution to the size problem. I have a bunch of scrappy centers like that which someone donated. I'll have to see what size they are, and how many there are. They might become centers like this, or I may do something else, but this is a pretty choice.

Sheila said...

Wow! This is going to be awesome!