A Star is Born: More on the birth of our 2014 Block of the Month quilt

Starstruck quilt with light background

Starstruck quilt with light background

In my last post I talked about how the design elements for Starstruck, our 2014 Block of the Month quilt, changed along the way to completion. Today I thought I would share how I arrived at the rich color ways upon which the quilt was produced.

I started with my Renaissance Garden fabric collection, selecting the rich, warm tones of black, cinnabar and cream, which feel right at home next to a fireplace on a chilly evening. Although the effect is quite different, the quilt’s individual blocks look equally at home nestled against the dark or light background.

Last year we saw that our customers really enjoy being able to choose from several different color ways, so decided that this year we would give you that option again in our Block of the Month quilt.  If you’re looking for a more vibrant color scheme, I reworked the Starstruck design using cool blues and vivid yellows with teal accents, with either a blue border and light background, blue border and dark background, yellow border with light background or yellow border with dark background.


Cool blues add new vibrancy to the pattern
Cool blues add new vibrancy to the pattern
Brilliant yellows give a whole new feel.
Brilliant yellows give a whole new feel.


Each of these color variations really brings the quilt an energetic feel that will have you ready for Spring!

One thing you’ll notice about the design for this quilt is the fussy cut border. All 13 blocks have a fussy cut border print that really takes advantage of the convergence of the design elements to create a kaleidoscope effect.

My pattern includes helpful tips on how to work with fussy cuts. For example, if you’re working with your own fabric, make sure your fabric has a stripe that is 1 and 3/8 wide to use in your alternate blocks.

The inspiration for the paisley fabric and border print came from artwork of a paisley shawl design from the late 1800’s that I found in a design house. My border print came from manipulating that shawl pattern in new ways.


My border print was inspired by this drawing of a shawl.
My border print was inspired by this drawing of a shawl.

Happy Quilting!

signature Jinny


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  1. Daphne N. Richey

    I am always impressed with your fabric designs and colours. You have so many possible combinations presented this time. I am slowly getting behind this last few years.
    After ten other projects which are waiting to be finished I have fabric for more also waiting for attention. I’ll let you know if I finish the above before next winter sets in.

  2. Jannette Allen

    The Starstruck Quilt looks fabulous and i am looking foward to making it

  3. Doris Affolter

    Love the challenge

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