Friday, March 17, 2023

MMM Quilts' Pop Star Quilt / Beauties Pageant 208


Quilty friends, its been a while! When I last posted, QuiltCon was in full swing. It was the third time I attended the Modern Quilt Guild's annual event, and the experience lived up to my expectations. Over the course of four days, I listened to some lectures, greeted quilters at the Quilt Pattern Mart booth, and caught up with friends from all over the world. 

And I came home, exhausted and on the brink of illness. : /

I was happy, then, to have this baby quilt, from MMM Quilts Pop Star, all basted and ready for some straight-line quilting. It was the perfect easy project to while away the time when I wasnt feeling up to life as usual.

Pop Star is one of those rare star patterns that immediately catch my eye—I think its super unique! I also love that its a whole-composition quilt, as opposed to a block-based project, and that it comes together quickly with just a handful of fabrics. 

The trick here is to consider directionality and value: I steered away from fabrics with a strong sense of direction and made sure there was adequate contrast between the fabrics I used. It sounds like an easy order to fill, but the only fabrics from stash were the coral ladybugs and center-star polka dots. Everything else, including the looks-like-it-was-made-for-this-quilt binding fabric, came from my local quilt shop.

Im always looking for baby quilt patterns to add to my repertoire. Needless to say, I will be making Pop Star again in the future! Do you have any thoughts on how I can change things up next time? My inclination is to repeat my approach with a white/off-white background, a midtone print for the large star, and darker tones for the middle star and exploding stars, but Id love to hear your thoughts. Thank you in advance!


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16 comments:

  1. I meant to also add I hope you are feeling better and great finish

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  2. What a fun pieced backing. Welcome home and I hope this means you are feeling better again with no long lasting ill effects. A white background is lovely, but what about reversing and trying a dark background and light central star?

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  3. I like this color combination ! What a pretty quilt

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  4. Your pop-star quilt is very pretty! I LOVE the fabric combination you chose!
    quiltinggail

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  5. What a fun and pretty quilt! I think it would look good with most fabrics. I hope you’re feeling better!

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  6. This is a great "welcome spring" kind of quilt. I love the fabrics you chose for this beautiful pattern. I hope you've fully recovered now. I went on a year and a half break from blogging but I'm ready to jump back in! Stay well!

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  7. Very cute quilt! if you want to mix it up next time, you might consider switching the background and major star fabrics. That would be a different look! Hope you feel better!

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  8. I love this pattern from Sandra? Mine too had a white background! Mid color star! Contrasting pop stars, but my middle star didn’t have enough contrast. I was working from my stash only, so it is what it is! And baby Scarlet doesn’t care, but it definitely change that in the future!,

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  9. Wow, those fabrics go together so well, it's like they are from a coordinated line! Love Sandra's pattern, and it looks wonderful as a baby quilt. I can see so many ways of making the quilt--by switching values around or reversing the scale of the prints, or using solids with or without prints. Seems like you could make a series, each emphasizing a different part of the design. Might be a rabbit hole...

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  10. I love this pattern and have made 2 of the baby quilts so far. This version is just too pretty. I just drew up one plan for a lavender background and a mid purple and a green/purple patterned fabric for the major star parts. đŸ˜‰Carol
    QuiltSchmilt@gmail.com

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  11. Wasn't QuiltCon incredible? It was my sixth time attending, and I noted that it keeps getting better and better. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you... but maybe that was for the best, if you came home not feeling well. :-) I'm sorry you were among that crowd of folks who caught something, many of whom caught COVID. Thankfully, I returned home full of vigor and reenergized for quiltmaking. It's nice that you could quilt this one while you weren't feeling up-to-snuff. It's a lovely quilt.

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  12. I am sorry to have missed QuiltCon this year - really trying for next year. Love your version of Sandra's PopStar. The dark background could be fun with rainbow colored stars (well 5 out of 7 of the colors), or the center star the same as the accent star?

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  13. Hi Michelle, your quilt really looks great. I hope that you're feeling better soon.

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  14. Well you KNOW how much I love your version of my Pop Star quilt. Thank you for all the kind words and for purchasing it and making it and in such ab-fab fabrics! I'm hoping you're back to 100%!

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  15. Dark blue background, red, orange and yellow star components.

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