Told you I was going to use up those blue blocks that didn't make it into my first version of Stargazer. I can't remember when I have had so much fun with making a quilt! I never make a quilt twice- I may have done it a couple of times in my life, but usually, when I finish a quilt, that's pretty much it for me. I move on to the next new thing. But those beautiful blue blocks and center medallion were just too pretty to set aside.
I started out with blues and the center medallion fabric from Allspice Tapestry, by Fig Tree for Moda. For this version of Stargazer, I pulled in a stack of brown fatquarters from another Fig Tree group, Gypsy Rose. They are somewhat softer that the Allspice browns, but I like the way they work with the blues. We have been talking about this a lot lately--do not be afraid to mix groups of fabric, especially by the same designer. They may not match, but they "go", and give more visual interest.
This version is so different from my first Stargazer in reds, browns, caramels, and mossy greens! I feel like the pattern tester Laura Boehnke from APQ, making a second version of a quilt in a different colorway. I always thought she had the coolest job. Do you know who I am talking about? She has worked for American Patchwork and Quilting for years, every month stitching up quilts in a different colorway from the featured quilts. She is my unsung hero. I would love to meet her.
Yesterday's comments on how you like to do your backings was so interesting! You made me think of a couple of other things I wanted to add to the conversation. In regard to the extra wide backings, I love the concept. Three yards of fabric, no piecing seams, and there you are. In my experience though, the quality, or "hand" of the fabric just doesn't seem to be comparable to that of the goods on the front of the quilt. It feels slightly stiffer and coarser. One of my commenters stated that these wider goods are made in different mills, which have different looms, which may contribute to that difference. My friend April, who works at Prairie Queens, mentioned that in their experience, often times these wider fabrics have shifted on the grain, and when they go to put them on the long arm machine, the fabric is off grain. A couple of readers said they think the quality of these 108" wide fabrics is getting better, which I hope is the trend.
Thanks for all your fascinating thoughts! It is so great to get so many wonderful and varying opinions.