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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.  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™‚ The Indie collection came out last year at this time, but it’s still available from the Fat Quarter Shop and Moona Fabrics.
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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54 Comments

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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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