Before online quilting bees went viral on Flickr, there was the Lap Quilts for All Swap on Craftster. Marie, aka Athenamat, started the very first round in 2008 and I participated in the third, fourth, and fifth (and last?) rounds. For each round, each member sends our some of our fabric to each of the other swap members to make a 12.5″ quick block with and then send them back to each other and the result is 12 awesome lap quilts each with different quilt blocks! Here you can see all the different quick blocks we made for each other (I’m ritapizza on Craftster)! I honestly haven’t finished my lap quilt from the third round (I’m hand quilting it one block at a time) and here’s my finished Mermaid Quilt from the fourth. For the fifth round, I was inspired by Oh, Fransson‘s Sawtooth Star tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew, so I sent out a variety of prints from Annette Tatum’s House line with some Kona solids in cream, rose, and baby blue for a very soft, girly, vintage-inspired palette and I asked for star blocks.
This quilt started with 11 quilt blocks from my fellow Craftster members and 2 blocks from a Flickr friend Sew2bed. You can see who made which blocks on this picture on Flickr. I decided to make a bunch more star blocks for a total of 25 stars for a bigger quilt.
Here are the tutorial links to some of the blocks I made:
- Whirling Star by Quilter’s Cache (great website for free quilt block patterns!)
- Eight Pointed Star by Piece N Quilt (lots more Star Quilt tutorials!)
- Star Variation by Piece N Quilt
- Star Quilt Along Week 10 by Crazy Mom Quilts (great Star Quilt Along!)
- Ribbon Star by Fresh Lemons
- Love in a Mist by Modify Tradition
I made the majority of my star blocks last summer and decided to sash all the blocks with Kona Ash for a very modern and sophisticated feel. Thanks to my Flickr friends for helping me decide on Ash because it’s perfect! I finally got around to finish the 3″ wide sashing recently which frames each star block nicely. The little star cornerstones just kill me with cuteness! I made 8″ wide outer borders because I’m dying for Natalia to machine quilt feathers all over the borders.
Here’s a close up on some of my favorite blocks:
For the back, I used some large scraps from the front to make a Giant Star with wide borders. I did some math to make the star even bigger which would have been awesome but I didn’t have enough fabric to make it. The background is Moda Bella solid in Robin’s Egg which I love! It’s the perfect crisp and lovely aqua which gives the back a huge vibrant kick that’s missing from the soft colors of the front.
I’ve sent this quilt top and backing to Natalia to work her magic long arm quilting all over it! I’m too excited!
I think by the time I finish this one, I’ll need to give it a better name than “Lap Quilts for All Swap #5 Quilt”!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks and Have a lovely weekend!