Meet the Starlite quilt! I’m thrilled with this pattern’s possibilities. You can use yardage, fat quarters, fat eighths, layer cakes or scraps for the ultimate scrappy quilt. The cover quilt is the “Fat Quarter” version in Fat Eighths. I was originally going to do it in fat quarters but had a heck of a time narrowing down my fabrics so instead, I used them all!
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The colors for this quilt were inspired by our trip to Florida in November 2019. I had to go to a conference for work and we planned it so that Jason was able to join me for a weekend. We stayed at the Cabana Bay resort right near Universal Studios. Cabana Bay has a thoroughly 1960’s vibe, complete with vintage ads that run in the eating hall. I loved the colors and wanted to evoke them into a quilt, and Starlite was the perfect one to do that!
For this Starlite quilt, I used all Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cotton Solids for the front of my quilt. I love the shades and feel of these solids, they were just what I had in mind for my 1960’s quilt!
What is great about this Starlite quilt is that you create smaller blocks, combining them to create the star blocks that make up the quilt. This allows you to mix-and-match your pieces and create a quilt with great movement without constantly using a design wall to check your progress.
The Starlite quilt comes with instructions for three variations in the pattern:
- Three-Color Version: This version is meant for yardage and uses strip piecing to make sewing it together faster and easier. It also has a different “center” than the scrappier versions to eliminate unneeded seams
- Fat Quarter Version: This version is meant for fat quarters and fat eighths. It still utilizes 8-at-a-time HST construction like the Three-Color Version above, but with different piecing methods for the scrappy nature
- Scrappy Version: This version is the ultimate scrap quilt! It utilizes 2-at-a-time HST construction to use up the smallest scraps and features a scrappy, pieced background as well. It uses a lot of different pieces, but the final result is just stunning! I’m finishing up my scrappy version right now and I can’t wait to share it with you!
The Starlite Quilt comes in 4 sizes: Baby, Lap, Throw, and Bed. It wouldn’t be difficult to add a few more rows to the Throw size to make a Twin size, it is very flexible and customizable to your needs!
For my cover Starlite quilt, I used a swiss dot fabric by Riley Blake Designs for the backing. I thought the small polka-dot stayed with the quilt’s theme well.
I sent out this quilt for longarm quilting by Bobbins and Batting longarm quilting. It took me a while to pick out the right pantograph, but finally I saw this Mod Squares panto and it was just the ticket! It reminded me so much of the Cabana Bay resort, they had motifs like it all over the place.
I machine bound this quilt. I usually hand-bind but I was short on time. Machine binding can be just as beautiful as hand binding! For tips and a video on machine binding, check out this post.
Starlite would also be a great inventory quilt or memory quilt! Memory quilts work best with smaller pieces since you usually don’t have a lot of clothing to work with. Inventory quilts are quilts in which you have a small piece of every fabric in your stash, or from your favorite designer. Since Starlite needs smaller pieces and has a scrappy nature, it would lend itself well as an inventory quilt!
It would also make an excellent quilt for a quilt coat! I’m hoping to make a version in the future with a dark background (navy or black) and turn it into a Patchwork Chore Coat!
Starlite is now available in my shop in paper and PDF formats, as well as for wholesale purchase! PLUS! There’s a quilt along starting July 05 2021 – join me and let’s make a Starlite quilt together!