I’ve had some Fandango fabric by Kate Spain sitting on my shelf for about a year now. It was one of the first designer fabrics I fell in love with over a year ago when I first really got into quilting. I’ve been saving it for just the right project—but you know how that goes, it rarely comes along before you’re out of love with the fabric. Well, in this case, I still love the fabric, but I decided to use it while I still get butterflies when I look at and touch it.
I’ve loved wonky stars since I first made them, so I came up with a very basic quilt plan for these fabrics. If my calculations are right (and I hope they are!), I should have just enough fabric to make this work.
My original plan was to make 42 blocks like the one above and then sew them together without sashing. However, I’m now considering a 2” wide strip of the beige background fabric in between. I’ll have to sew up a few more blocks and play around with them a bit before I decide. Any opinions? I plan to hand quilt in brown perle cotton around the outside of each star. I’m not sure if I’ll hand quilt the entire thing or just around the star. Hand quilting is quite a bit of work, but I think this fabric lends itself to some hand quilting. I could also enter it in the fair under the hand-quilted category, so that might be kind of nice. I won that category last year (mainly because there’s not much competition in the hand-stitched category!), so it would be nice to have something to enter again.
I plan to use this as a queen sized bed quilt, and I do love the softness that hand-quilting gives to bed quilts. It’s something to think about. I’m not sure I could finish this in time for the fair anyway. 42 blocks (maybe a few less if I add sashing) will take quite a bit of time, and that’s not even taking the hand-quilting into consideration.