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Giant Indie Star Quilt

Guess what friends? I actually sewed. And I even finished a project. Finally something to share!

The story of this quilt began last Christmas when I made a paper-pieced star pillow for my Grandma using a few pieces of Pat Bravo’s Indie collection for Art Gallery Studios. My sister really liked the pillow, so I decided to use the rest of my Indie pieces to make her family a quilt. ย I’ve always wanted to try Jeni Baker’s Giant Star Tutorial, and this turned out to be the perfect project. I made one modification, and that was the scrappy, pieced-border so that I could make the quilt just slightly bigger and use up the rest of the scraps in the process.

I love the rich colors of this Indie collection. The patterns and colors are so gorgeous together. Very outside of my usual primary-color comfort zone, but I think that’s what made me love it even more. I felt more exotic. ๐Ÿ™‚

This project was quilted by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. Because there is so much ‘negative space’, I wanted I busy-ish pattern that would create some texture in the background of the star. This “swirls” pattern turned out so awesome. Melissa is great! I used Robert Kaufman’s Quilter’s Linen (not real linen, but subtle printed lines to create the look of linen) for the background. I think it’s one of my new favorite neutral fabrics. It “reads solid”, but the subtle lines create more depth to the fabric. I want to stock-up in a bunch of shades and colors.

Yay. Feels so good to finally take something out of the work-in-progress pile. Also, thanks for the well-wishes on my epic fall last week. I’m happy, and relived, to report that my hand continues to improve daily. Whew.

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    Gosiaczek
    July 22, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Takฤ… kapฤ™ mieฤ‡ na swoim ล‚รณลผku to istne marzenie ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Katie
    July 22, 2013 at 5:37 am

    sew beautiful

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    Annabella
    July 22, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I have a giant star WiP which I must get on with – I love the scrappy border you have added ๐Ÿ™‚

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    MaureenM
    July 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I love it! Different and super fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Claire
    July 22, 2013 at 5:41 am

    It is beautiful Amy, I'm sure your sister and her family will cherish it always. speaking of family, I have been wondering how your dear Dad is getting on.

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    sophie
    July 22, 2013 at 5:56 am

    it is perfect!!!!!

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    Rosa
    July 22, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Fantastic and the quilting is fabulous.Love it!

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    Wanda
    July 22, 2013 at 6:22 am

    This is stunning. Your fabric choice is perfect. I can see one of these on my "to do" list. Thanks for sharing such a great quilt.

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    Lynz
    July 22, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I LOVE that bricks border. I always felt this pattern was missing something – yours is bloody perfect!

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    Kar
    July 22, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Love the scrappy look to it. The fabric choice is wonderful!

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    Dominique
    July 22, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Great quilt – simple, rich, beautiful!

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    Wens
    July 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Lovely giant star! I love the border too – it really makes the quilt perfect. Amazing work ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thimbleanna
    July 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Love it Amy! Those colors are gorgeous — and what a fun way to showcase some favorite fabrics!!!

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    Carol
    July 22, 2013 at 8:15 am

    It's beautiful…love the fabrics and stitching!

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    Lisa
    July 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I've made a couple of these but never the scrappy border, I love your idea! Thanks and GREAT JOB!

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    Sevi Ware
    July 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

    That is gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Jan
    July 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Wow, I love your giant star! It's gorgeous!

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    Melissa Corry
    July 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

    So cute Amy!!!

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    Ann Bassett
    July 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

    So pretty.

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    stitching under oaks
    July 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I really like this a lot! I pinned it and I think I may make one for myself! Thank you for sharing…it is gorgeous!

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    CathyK
    July 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Oh, I love it!!!! It seems the quilts I make out of my color &quot;comfort zones&quot; are the ones I love most! Weird! <br />Thanks for sharing!

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    georgiagirlquilts
    July 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I have had my eye on this vintage star pattern for a few weeks. I might have to move it up on the list! I love the scrappy border!

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    Anna
    July 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    love love and love this amy! I&#39;ve been meaning to make one of these, better get off my duff! I love the border you added. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Paula
    July 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Really beautiful. I love these big single block quilts, they really show off the fabrics so well. Your border is beautiful, it really makes the quilt.

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    Stephanie
    July 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    This is gorgeous! I need to give this pattern a try!

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade
    July 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I want this quilt!! And, your photos are stunning!

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    Jessica Christensen
    July 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Gorgeous, my friend!

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    Jenny
    July 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Holy cow, I love love love this.

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    Linh
    July 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love the fabric and the border. Well done!

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    Stephanie
    July 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Absolutely stunning!! I love the colors in this and the pieced border is divine! I&#39;ve got a giant star cut, but not yet sewn in shades of purple. I may dig through my scraps and see if I have enough to do a border like that.

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    Granny Maud's Girl
    July 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I love everything about this: the not-so-solid background fabric, the bright colours in the star, the scrappy border and the giant pieces. I also looks like a fun, easy project to make.

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    Michele
    July 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    N.I.C.E. I need to check out that tut myself.

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    Stephanie
    July 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    This is gorgeous! You created a real gem and you&#39;re photos rocked too! I&#39;m tempted to purchase some Indie fabric now too, if only my stash wasn&#39;t so full already!

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    Buffy Skolnick
    July 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I absolutely love everything about this quilt…beautiful! thanks for the inspiration for a future project!!!

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    Ginny
    July 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful! Love the scrappy border!

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    jlk
    July 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

    This is making me want to sew something really bad. But, I&#39;m still in the &quot;sew or shower&quot; phase. Summer with a newborn is kicking my behind!

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    Amber
    July 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Very cute Amy! Love the fabrics and the quilting suits it nicely!<br /><br />Take care!<br />Amber

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    Quiltstory
    July 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Katy Cameron
    July 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Gorgeous, Indie makes perfect giant stars, and love the border :o)

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    laurareid
    July 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Man alive! I love it! It would be great made for a baby too.

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    Kay Losh
    July 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    size of blocks? size of quilt? It&#39;s lovely, and here in Texas, we like our STARS! I just finished blocks for a &quot;super star&quot; quilt, and would like this for a companion—or what about as the back to make the quilt reversible?!

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    ericthequilter.com
    July 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Love The Fabric Choices!

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    Bugsparrow
    July 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Beautiful!!<br />

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    Ida
    July 24, 2013 at 3:41 am

    This is a gorgeous quilt. I have been eyeing that giant star tutorial, wanting to make one myself. But I&#39;m ssoooo glad that I was busy with other projects because your addition of the pieced brick border takes it to a whole new level of awesomeness!! Now I can&#39;t wait to make one.

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    Sandra Davis
    July 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Wonderful fabric choice and the border is perfect. I needed another &quot;gotta do this one!&quot; Thanks for sharing.

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    diane
    July 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    This is one of my favorite quilt patterns. I have made 2 and never thought to add a border. Guess I will be makin another because I love how yours looks with the border.

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    Baรบ de Sonhos
    July 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Gosto muito do seu blog e do seu trabalho. Hoje divulguei seus lindos quilts no meu blog. Um abraรงo, Simone.<br />I love your blog and your work. Today divulged her beautiful quilts on my blog. Regards, Simone.

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    Amy P.
    July 25, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!!! You did an amazing job! I need to do that pattern, I just love it!

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    Sherry
    July 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Your quilt if beautiful and I love the fabrics. The quilter&#39;s linen is something I would like to use in a project soon. It is always great to finish a quilt. That reminds me I should put the binding on a couple of quilts so that they are complete. Have a great weekend.

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    Shirley
    August 7, 2013 at 9:27 am

    What an awesome quilt and love the scrappy border!

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    Swedish Scrapper
    August 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    This came out so fabulously! I love your choice of a warm tone for the Essex linen background, and that scrappy border is super! Sorry to hear about your fall. Hope you&#39;re all better! n

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    Lisa
    March 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This quilt is stunning. I have a bunch of batiks I was trying to figure out what to do with it and think this pattern would work.

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