Star Rush – In Progress

Mark this day in history. I made a red quilt.  Or red(ish) quilt.  It’s not totally red, but close.  This is noteworthy because I’m not into red.  It’s not my color.  I don’t wear red, I don’t decorate with red, and I use it very sparingly in my quilts. I know a lot of people love it; I just don’t.  But once in a while you have to get out of your color comfort zone, and that’s what I did.

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I have to start by saying I’m not 100 percent into this quilt.  I think I missed the mark just a bit on my fabric selection.  I wanted to use up some scrap fabric and use what I had in my stash, but (shocking!!!) I don’t have a lot of red fabric.  And my lack of red fabric kind of came back to bite me, but I didn’t realize it until the quilt was pieced together, and I was not going to start over.

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Notice the darker red points on the stars?  Not all of them are as dark as they should be and don’t stand out enough as the corner star pieces.  In a few of them the red fabric is just a bit too light and it doesn’t define the star points enough, in my opinion.

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The fabric I do think I got very right is the strawberry background fabric.  It is the special reprint of the Heather Ross strawberries from her Briar Rose collection.  Even though it’s red, I could use those strawberries all day every day.  Love them.

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My feeling with this quilt is that, it is what it is.  I don’t hate it by any means, it’s just not 100 percent there.  Close, but not quite.  More importantly, it’s a lesson learned that in the future I need to define those star points with darker fabric!

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2 comments

  1. I love red. I typically use lots of white, especially in large spaces because I like to fill those areas with lots of hand quilting. In your quilt, a contrasting white or white-on-white In the large spaces would have let your other blocks pop more.

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