Constellation crosses

In a moment of crazy at the end of last year I decided that I would not start any new projects in January or February this year.  I have so many wips and unfinished quilt tops I thought I needed to do something to clear the backlog.  This “resolution” saw me pulling out some old unfinished blocks this week and getting this quilt top done…

Constellation quiltI actually started making these blocks in March of last year.   I had made a 4 inch paper pieced version of this block for the PMQG medallion and then blew the pattern up to 6 1/2 inches to play with. There is a link on my original post to the free paper piecing pattern in two sizes (4 and 6 inch) in you are interested.

Constellation crossesSo this week I made a pile more blocks and this morning finally got them all wrangled into a top.

lots of crossesThe quilt uses the wonderful Constellation range by designer Lizzy House.  I love the fun bright fabrics that Lizzy makes and though I was late to discovering her fabrics, I have been hoarding and using them for a couple of years.  I do not think there is a quilt I have made in the last year or so that has not had Pearl Bracelets in it somewhere.

constellation blocksThis range is all about stars and fun Constellations, but you could easily use this pattern in any fabric range…the trick is to make sure you have a nice contrast in your blocks and that you embrace the light and dark fabrics from the range.

Constellation quilt detailTo really up the contrast with this top I also pulled in some solid white fabric as well as the white on white Pearl Bracelets.  I also did not shy away from adding a touch of red/purple.  One of the fabrics in the line had a touch of this colour and I thought I would embrace it…just a little.  I used the design rule of three and added three blocks with the purple.

constellation block detailI just love how the quilt seems to sparkle and your eyes are forced to move around the top.    Now all that is left for me to do is remove the paper and quilt this sucker up!

paper removalI am linking up today to Crazy Mom Quilts Friday Finishes.

29 thoughts on “Constellation crosses

  1. A really stunning quilt and the purple additions just add that finishing touch. It would never have occurred to me. Perhaps on another post you could explain the design rule of three. It clearly works!

  2. I love that block!
    Um, when I went to download and save your 6″ block, I could not find a link or pattern for the 4″ block. Could you please point me in the right direction(for the 4″ block)?
    I just love FPP. Your blues are amazing, and oh yes, I agree that all quilts should have a little Pearl Bracelets in them…hee hee hee
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

    • Hi. The four inch block is embedded in the original post. Just click the PMQG Medallion Border paper piecing pattern, which should be in red or highlighted. Any problems let me know and I can email you the PDF.

  3. Super pretty! I made a scrappy trip along with this line and added some purples and yellows in it as well just because of the few pops in the fabric. i still have some of my bundle leftover that I really want to use in something else and I’m always reminded of it when I see other projects with the fabrics or the same colours. I think it’s my favourite Lizzy line so far. I’ve not heard of the rule of three before in quilting but will have to keep it in mind just as much as I do when lining up the trinkets on my shelves when I move them around 😉

  4. Loving this quilt! Your choice of colors calls to me. I too dedicated the first few months to finishing WIPs and cleaning up my scraps. It feels great!

  5. A beautiful study in value, and that in itself makes the eye move around the quilt, much like your eyes would move around the night sky. Marvellous, I say, marvellous! May I suggest a daring white (or white on white) for the binding?!

  6. Love this! I’ve been searching for these fabrics. If you happen to have any remnants you’d be interested in de-stashing/selling please let me know! Thanks 🙂

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