You guys. I love this quilt. It was a custom order for someone who requested a throw quilt in fall colors, and as a I started thinking on a design I kept coming back to Elizabeth Hartman's sparkle punch quilt. I have admired it for a long, long time and have always wanted to make my own. The nested stars are so fun and clever. So I pulled a pretty stack of fabrics (reds, oranges, yellows and golds, greens, and browns) and got cutting. And cutting. And then piecing, and piecing, and piecing, and piecing. One thing I didn't realize: this quilt is a lot of work! There's something like 100 stars, and each pair of points requires a sew, trim, press, sew, trim, press, trim again. And four pairs per star. But man, I think it's worth it!
By far my favorite trend in fabric design lately is metallics. It seems like every other fabric line coming out has one or two shimmery designs, and I am all over it. It's hard to even see in this photo, but in real life there are tiny spots of shimmery gold on that fabric and it's just beautiful. I used three different metallic fabrics in the quilt and it's such a fun, pretty detail.
The woodgrain binding seemed like an obvious choice for a fall quilt! I used a pretty yellow solid for the back. The original pattern actually has a pieced back, with four more stars and some solid fabrics making up a really nice design, but I'll be honest: I could not imagine making one more star by the time I finished the top. And piecing backs in general is one of my least favorite parts of making a quilt, so I typically prefer to keep it simple with one fabric all over. There are quilters out there whose quilt backs are so lovely and well-designed that they've basically made a reversible quilt! I think they are beautiful but I probably will not ever be one of those quilters.
I'd like to try this pattern again someday. I may scale up the stars and make a bed quilt; I think that would look really nice. (This one is 60x72.) Anyway, I'm so happy to have made this quilt and was very happy to give it to its new owner! More quilts for everybody!