Giant Vintage Star Quilt

Monday, August 22, 2011

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
This was one of the quickest quilts I've ever made. Saturaday night, I was poking around on Pinterest and was led to this article featuring these two barn quilts, located in Adams County, Ohio. I first read about barn quilts on Ryan Walsh's blog, I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts, when he featured a barn quilt calender here. I had seen one before in Holmes County, Ohio, but hadn't thought much about it. I was immediately inspired by this take on a barn quilt, and started thinking about translating the concept into a quilt.

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
This quilt is made up entirely of one giant quilt block. The block is generally known as the Starflower block. It's a block I was already familiar with and fond of. I didn't hesitate and dug right into my vintage sheet stash. I thought at first I might go the same route as the barn quilts and go with a monochromatic color scheme, but I ended up choosing a rainbow of colors instead!

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
The top came together really quickly and rounds off at 68" square. I backed it in one of my favorite vintage sheets.

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
It's quilted with free motion doodle loops, which is the most natural quilting pattern for me. I would love to start branching out and trying other patterns on perhaps some smaller projects though!

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I grabbed a striped sheet for the binding to finish it! I almost had another sob story like the mishap with my Sherbet Pips quilt, but it resolved itself nicely. I accidently got stabbed by a pin while basting and unknowingly got blood all over the quilt top. Thanks to Oxiclean, it all came out! :)

Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Want to make your own? I've written up a tutorial, you can find it here.
Giant Vintage Star Quilt by jenib320
Giant Vintage Star Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Doesn't it look pretty with my Sparkling Cider Quilt?

60 comments :

  1. oh jeni, this is to die for cute! it's so perfect!!! I might have to give it a try with your instructions. :)

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  2. AMAZING, Jeni!!! I am definitely going to be trying this out when you post your tutorial!!!

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  3. Wow, this is spectacular! I love it so much in it's simple, stunning, statement-ie glory. I really want to make a one-block quilt sometime.

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  4. I LOVE IT. LOVE IT, love it.

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  5. oh yeah - a tutorial would be great! This looks so fun! And great in the fabrics/sheets you used!

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  6. I love when a project just comes together like this! How gratifying! And it's beautiful, to boot. I love it, Jeni!

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  7. That is absolutely FABULOUS!!!! It's gorgeous! Thank you soooo much for sharing. ;-)

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  8. this is fabulous and so quick and easy. Just proves it does not have to be intricate to be beautiful!

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  9. I LOVE this. It's wonderful. A simple design and is showcases the fabric perfectly. I can't wait for the tutorial (:

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  10. I love it Jeni! And that first link to the barn with the 2 stars is AH-MAZING!

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  11. I love that! I would love to make a Queen sized version for our bed here - can't wait to see your instructions!

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  12. Great idea! Would be a perfect weight for hot summer nights.

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  13. It looks great. And just a tidbit of knowledge for you if Oxiclean doesn't work your own spit will take blood out. I know it sounds kind of gross but it really works.

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  14. I am definitely making one of these! I love it!

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  15. I'm so glad you didn't have another mishap like with the Pips quilt! Fun-fact though: your own saliva will take your own blood out of fabric (the sources have to match...) - it sounds gross, but if you spit on the blood stain, the blood will be dissolved by the enzymes in your saliva. I've done it before and it actually works!

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  16. I would like to read a book in my newly spruced-up spare room on a summer afternoon, under this beautiful quilt. It's gorgeous. Please teach us all how!

    Emily @ www.emuf.blogspot.com

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  17. please post a tutorial!! I am going to have to make this. I found 4 more sheets the last couple weeks at the goodwill for only a buck a piece so my vintage sheet collection is growing!

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  18. it is beautiful! Love that big ole star. :)

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  19. Can't wait for the tutorial! You have a great way of seeing the potential of using the vintage sheets - thanks for all the inspiration

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  20. I can't wait for the instructions, this is so beautiful!

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  21. Oh my goodness, I am waiting on the edge of my seat for the tute :) Oh, Soooooo gotta make this ;)!!

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  22. I love it! That is so fantastic! I almost feel like I could make one. Can't wait to hear more about measurements! We have some great barn quilts here in Iowa near where my grandma lives.

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  23. What a beautiful quilt!! I can hardly wait for your instructions. :0)

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  24. This is a great quilt - in the right colours I think it might make a good teenage boy quilt, something I am alwys looking for ideas for!

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  25. WOW!!! I have a whole lot of vintage sheets but never could bear to cut into them, but after seeing your quilt, it's just the inspiration to finally cut into them!! Plus, not so many pieces to cut and piece together helps for sure! I can easily make 4 to put on each of my kids beds!! 3 in girly pinks and 1 in boyish blues!! Thanks for the idea!
    -jenny

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  26. I love this!! Can't wait for the tutorial... have you considered making kits for your shop? I'd be interested in buying one!
    And I second using spit for blood stains, it works great!!

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  27. Hi Jeni!
    This is FABULOUS! And I am super excited you are doing a tutorial YAY!

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  28. Looking forward to the tutorial! Would love to make one :) It's gorgeous!!

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  29. I think this is my FAVORITE vintage sheet quilt!! Thank you so much for sharing the idea!!

    Deb

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  30. Oh my goodness.....that is just stunning! Really and totally impressive.

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  31. this is so lovely! well done. the mix of colors is perfect. and i love the striped binding!

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  32. I'm with first-comment-Anna .... this is to die for cute! Anxiously awaiting the tutorial (waiting waiting waiting waiting.....)

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  33. Oh this is really awesome....I am waiting for this tut too...

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  34. The colors and patterns go great together. I stumbled upon an older book that takes one block designs and transfers them to lap size quilts. Great for charity quilts which was the concept. The book is "Sew One and You're Done" by Evelyn Sloppy.

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  35. This is fantastic! Can't wait for the tutorial!

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  36. Gosh, I LOVE this quilt! I'm looking forward to the tutorial.

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  37. so funny because i know exactly the pinterest photo you're talking about and was thinking about making a star quilt inspired by it too - i love the vintage fabrics you chose!

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  38. Oh, my! That is lovely. I wonder if you might consider selling kits for this in your shop. I would be in line for one for sure...

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  39. i see i am not the first to suggest this, but i think you should sell a kit for this one. You have so many sheets and i have none. I would totally buy a kit. I'd like it for a picnic blanket

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  40. Brilliant work Jen!! Sorry you got poked by one of those pesky needles:(

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  41. Love it! Thanks so much for thinking of the tutorial before I came to say "Can you write a tute for that?" Cause I love it! :)

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  42. This is beautiful and gives me inspiration for what to do with my vintage pillowcases that I bought in Txas, love the idea of it being quick! Heather x

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  43. There is something about this quilt that really grabs your attention. It is so simple and yet so peaceful and stunning. I think the vintage fabric really helps too.

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  44. Very pretty!! And it looks kind of simple to make. I´ll be looking forward to seeing the tutorial.

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  45. i cannot wait for your tutorial.

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  46. Wow, I love it! Can't wait for the tutorial!

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  47. I absolutely love this!! I am now inspired to make a variation of my own. Fabulous!

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  48. I love this quilt too!! I'd also be interested in a kit--maybe just for the star part in the middle? The other fabric I can find on my own but all the different middle pieces would be nice to get in one place (especially for those of us who do not have amazing vintage quilt stashes - lucky girl!).

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  49. I love this, it is so beautiful and simple! And I agree, a kit is a GREAT idea.

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  50. Are you freaking kidding me? Wow. That was super-fast and I adore it! You did a beautiful job, Jeni!!!

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  51. I'm not a quilter (yet) but I would love to make this quilt. I love that you didn't go monochrome. Thanks for sharing on the Vintage Sheet Blog.

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  52. I'm new to this whole blog thing. (Love it!!!) Your blog is just my flavor. You do beautiful work and have such an eye for color. That's a gift! I was so excited when I found a sheet at a thrift store for $3.00 recently. (Nobody else would appreciate that as much as you.) It is actually from the Shabby Chic collection at Target which is my bedroom decor. I'm going to make this giant star using it. Thank you for your tutorial!!!

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  53. I made this starting with a 12 inch square for a baby gift using blues and greens and backed in navy. Finishe size was about 47inches square and it was well received. My aunt will be getting one in nice bright rainbow colors and I'll start with the 18 inches this time. Love it! Thanks for a great tutorial!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/186406872046806021/

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  54. Love this quilt. I love seeing new ways to make stars. Thank you. orionstarz@live.com

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