Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watkins Star Reveal

Ok I can now show ya'll the test quilt I did call Watkins Star. It was designed by Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy and it is a super fun pattern. Her version of the pattern uses patriotic fabrics and is very cute, but I wanted to do something a little different.  I had a set of colors in mind and had most of the fabric, but went looking for one special fabric. Instead I found some totally different fabrics and this is what I did with them.

Now this is what her sample looked like and I love her colors, but I've been a grey kick lately and when I found the pink floral with the touches of grey I just had to use it.You can purchase the pattern on Craftsy (ie. HERE).  She did her points a little more random than me, but I think it looks good both ways.

I think it is so much fun to see how different people use the same pattern yet come up with so many different looks by just using different fabrics.  Her blog show some really great options that her testers completed. I was hoping to get it quilted on Monday, but it has been a crazy week and I've not gotten anything I had planned done.

My problem is I can't decide if I want to put a border on it or not. A couple of the tester put borders on theirs and I really like how it looks. It is currently about 55" x 55", so it is a good size, but I really like big quilts.  I'm thinking about a small 1" purple border, then a  2" yellow border and then a 4" floral border which would make it about 69" by 69".  What do you think does it need a border?  Here is a little better show of the fabrics used.  I plan on the floral as the backing fabric.

It was a fun quilt to make, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  I was able to cut it very quickly (shhh don't tell anyone but I did it at work). The way it is laid out there are not many matching seams (YEAH), so it went together very quickly.   And did you notice the chalk board in the first photo? I removed the washi tape I had on it.  I think I want to paint it, but that will come later.  I'm just having fun using it.


  1. Wow, I just went and took a look at the wide range of quilts that were made as part of the pattern test - how cool that the same pattern can look so different. I really like the colors you chose, and I would probably play around with laying out the borders on a design wall or on the floor on one side and stepping back to see if it added to the quilt.

  2. I love your quilt, and the original.
    Hilarious how you started planning to use what you had and then ended up shopping! It is something we all find ourselves doing from time to time!

  3. Oh Yay! Finally the big reveal! It's as great as I imagined :). Love those Liberty squares great job!

  4. I like your version a lot! I vote no border, but that's just because I'm a little bit lazy;)

    I sure did notice the chalkboard--I noticed it in your tablerunner photos and thought it was a great idea!

  5. I like your fabric choices for the border layout! I guess it will depend on how lazy you feel in adding it :D sometimes I don't consider borders on my quilts because when the top is done, it is DONE and I just want to get on with it!!


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