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Altair – Quilt Modern Blog Hop

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.

Altair quilt by True Blue Quilts

Introducing the Harvest Blue Collection

Harvest-Blue by Kathy Engle for Island Batik

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 by island batik

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.

blue gradient from harvest blue collection

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:


Many thanks to our industry partners Schmetz needles, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs batting. Their products are staples in my quilt studio and help bring all my projects to life.

Quilting details

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.

Star quilting on Altair quiltQuilting detail of Star Tail on Altair Quilt








Quilt Modern Blog Hop

Be sure to visit Island Batik’s giveaway post, and see the beautiful work by other Island Batik Ambassadors:

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Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

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Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

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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.

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  1. I like lots of stars. I want to make a Hunters Star and a Carpenters star. Pondering a lone star quilt too.

  2. Your quilt turned out great! It reminds me of blocks that I exchanged on the internet many years ago when Hali-Bopp was visible. Someone came out with a small block version of a comet with a tail. I am fond of the Friendship star block as you can do so much with secondary designs. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love blue and yellow quilts! Always a great color combination! Ohio Star is one of my fav quilt blocks!

  4. The quilt is beautiful. The colors of this collection are perfect for that design.

    I really like the Ohio star, but I like so many others too.

  5. Stars are such a versatile element in quilting. I really love the traditional Sawtooth Star block. You can create so many fun variations with it. Love your quilt! Have a fabulous day.

  6. I really like the Ohio Star, for its balance and simplicity. Love these Kathy Engle blues and yellows! I’ve been gathering them to make a quilt in honor of a song we loved when I was a kid, by John Denver. The chorus includes the words, “…joy was just the thing that he was raised on, Love is just the way to live and die, Gold is just a windy Kansas wheat field, And blue is just a Kansas summer sky.”

  7. I will echo a lot of the other commenters and say the Hunter’s star is a favorite of mine. I like most any star in a quilt, though!

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