Meet “Modern Starstruck” – a remake of my “Starstruck” quilt pattern included in my book Piece and Quilt with Precuts. The original quilt from the book was made in black and white, but as soon as I released my new fabric line, I knew I had to remake this design to showcase the bold bright colors of Modern Marks.
Modern Starstruck, designed, pieced and quilted by Christa Watson
Starstruck is a fun fat-quarter quilt made from 24 different fabrics, one for each star in the quilt. Each fabric is used in the quilt twice – once for the star and once for the background. However, since there are 26 prints in Modern Marks, I wanted to showcase them all, so two of the fabrics are only included once.
I had a LOT of fun quilting this one!! I quilted a different free-motion design in each of the stars and backgrounds. There are a total of 24 blocks which means I quilted 48 unique designs in this quilt. I think of it as a “machine quilting sampler” of sorts.
You can really see the quilting when the light hits it just right. I tried lots of different swirl combinations in some of the blocks, and echoed each star a couple of times to separate it from the background quilting.
Modern Starstruck drapes really well due to the cotton batting I used, and the dense quilting gives it plenty of yummy texture.
In each block I quilted a combination of geometric and curvy lines to play around with different ideas. To minimize my starts and stops, I free motion echo quilted around each star shape, then traveled over a previous stitching line to get to the star. I filled in each star with a different design and then traveled back out of the top of the star to continue quilting the additional echo and background areas.
Here are a couple of closeups of the block quilting:
I quilted a geometric meander in the star above, with curvy woodgrain in the background. Many of the designs came from my books, while others were brand new experiments which may show up as stand-alone motifs in future quilts!
In this star I quilted a dense echoed diamond design with curvy flowers in the background. I used a light yellow thread for the entire quilt. It blended in to most of the fabrics so I didn’t have to switch thread colors.
In some of the blocks, I quilted a dense pattern on pattern design to add extra depth and dimension to the quilt.
It was fun to choose fabric combinations for each block. Because this was a busy quilt with no unifying background fabric, it was important that each pairing allowed the stars to pop!
Modern Starstruck Stats:
- Finished Size: 54″ x 78″
- Fabric: Modern Marks by Christa Watson for Benartex
- Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Cotton
- Designed Using Electric Quilt Software
- Pattern available in my book Piece and Quilt with Precuts
- Thread: Aurifil 50 weight cotton in #1135 Pale Yellow
- Quilted on my BERNINA 770QE
- Quilting designs: ruler work outline around the stars, combination of curved design and geometric design; alternating in each block
- Completed: August, 2017