Hello Friends, I am happy to share with you my Solar Star runner project today because it is rather warm where I am. Solar Star is featured in Annie’s newly released quilt book, Dazzling Diamond Quilts. The book is available for purchase from Annie’s online catalog.
[image source: Annie’s]
Solar Star uses diamond patches in its center feather star block. You will notice there is only one block — that is intentional! Solar Star is designed for those who want to try out diamond piecing technique, but don’t necessarily want to commit to a full quilt project. So, trying out the technique with just constructing one block seems the best way to finish up a project without too much duress! :) Of course, the project would make a quick to complete project for the advanced quilter as well!
Just add border strips to the sides of the block to length the runner – and voila, you will have yourself a striking runner!
You probably noticed the Benartex Palm Springs fabrics used are the same fabrics used in Tulip Trail (quilt picture is shown below – do scroll down – in other Palm Springs related images). Click here to view the entire fabric range. Solar Star uses the warmer swatches of the collection, while Tulip Trail uses the cooler colorway.
Now about the quilting… quilting is done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Fairfield‘s American Spirit Classic cotton batting. You can see I have quilted around the feather star to look like a large “Dahlia”, with pebbles and swirls in the negative areas.
Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton threads are perfect for quilting the small pebbles without any thread buildup.
Click here to view examples for pebble power.
Click here to read about my Thread Talk post on pebbles.
Here you see the quilting on the other parts of the runner. I quilted on the fabric print. See more examples here.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed Solar Star, and more importantly your summer season!
Other projects made/designed with Benartex’s Palm Spring fabrics:
1. Tulip Trail (The Quilter, April/May 2014)
2. Cozy Sweater (Benartex Free to Use Pattern)
My 2014 lineup to date —
Annie’s Row Quilt Book (March 2014): Stardom
Annie’s Dazzling Diamond Quilts Book (May 2014): Solar Star
Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2014): Teething Rings
Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home
Generation Q (May/June 2014): Hole in the Wall
McCall’s Quilting (January/February 2014): Spiral Squared
McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2014): Bird Watching
Popular Patchwork, UK (April 2014): Mending Fences
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest
Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars
Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis
Quilter’s World (Summer 2014): Starry Repetitions
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing
The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day
The Quilter (April/May 2014): All Squared Up
The Quilter (April/May 2014): Tulip Trail
The Quilter (June/July 2014): Garden View
Free to use designs:
February: Verde (Quilt) by Quilting Treasures