I am thrilled to present Altair, my new design for Island Batik’s Quilt Modern Blog Hop. Be sure to visit their blog each week in May 2021 to enter the giveaways.
Introducing the Harvest Blue Collection
I got to work with the new Harvest Blue collection designed by Kathy Engle. It is shipping to stores this month, so use the Island Batik store locator to find the nearest shop and add to your stash.
Harvest Blue has a variety of blue and yellow shades, with fun prints including corn on the cob, pumpkins and poppies. (See the full collection here) Tying everything together are some wonderful checked plaid-type fabrics in both a bright and subtle yellow, along with one that mixes both blue and yellow. So many great choices for a summertime quilt!
For the Altair quilt, I chose a range of blues to create an ombre background, as the lighter blues deepen into a darker night sky. This gradient is the perfect background for streaking stars. Some internet research taught me that Altair is the name of the 12th brightest star, and it is part of the Summer Triangle.
The Accuquilt GO! helped me quickly cut and piece the star blocks from half- and quarter-square triangles. I needed a paper foundation to get the star’s trail exactly right. Everything else is plain squares so your color choices can really make this quilt a work of art.
Watch this short video to see the quilt in progress:
For the Altair quilt and its modern design, I decided to take a minimal approach to the free motion quilting. Each star got a flame stitch in the center, and there are long wavy lines throughout the quilt to signify the star’s path through the heavens. I had fun with a zig-zag motif in the large star’s tail.
Quilt Modern Blog Hop
Be sure to visit Island Batik’s giveaway post, and see the beautiful work by other Island Batik Ambassadors:
- Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
- Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
- Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway
- Megan Best, Bestquilter
- Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
- Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway
Island Batik Fabric Giveaway from True Blue Quilts
I’d love to share some fat quarters from the Harvest Blue Collection with one of my blog readers. Please leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite star quilt block. A winner will be chosen by random draw on May 30th. I am happy to ship internationally.