Emerge Quilt

Emerge.Front0001You might remember my post a few weeks ago about the Angled class I am taking from Rachel at Stitched in Color. The Emerge quilt is an oversized Texas star which falls off the edge of the quilt. Instead of piecing it with Y-seams, Rachel’s technique was to machine applique the finished star onto one large piece of background fabric which had already been “sandwiched” with the back and batting – so essentially you quilt the quilt at the same time you are appliqueing. Brilliant!!!

I pulled out some fabric from the Madrona Road collection by Violet Craft which I had been hoarding and decided it made the perfect star. The background is a cool black graphic print from the Architextures collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman (I bought the widescreen of this fabric so I didn’t have to piece the background).

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Besides the applique of the star, I also quilted a straight line echo stitch which radiates out to the edges.

Emerge.QuiltDetail0001The back is a yellow print from the Madrona Road collection.

Emerge.BackReveal0001I used a little blue sprout fabric for the binding along the star edge…

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Emerge.Binding0001This is a really cool modernized version of the Texas star block pattern.

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In case you’ve never seen the “traditional” take on this block, it just so happens that I am lucky enough to have my husband’s paternal grandmother’s Texas Star quilt. Blance E. Knight Robards was born in 1894 and was a prolific quilt maker (I will show you some more of her gorgeous quilts in a future post – I promise!). Here is her amazing Texas Star quilt which was cut with scissors, and completely hand pieced and quilted. Blanche’s sense of color and balance is truly wonderful:

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Emerge was my first attempt at piecing diamonds…but it will definitely not be my last!

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    • cindy on October 4, 2014 at 12:50

    Your Emerge quilt turned out beautiful. I love the way Rachel has us appliqueing…and thus quilting….the star to the background.
    How special that you have Blanche quilt. It is quite spectacular. Can you imagine cutting all those diamonds with scissors! No thanks. 🙂

    • Mom on October 5, 2014 at 05:44

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I can’t believe that Kip’s grandmother’s quilt is in such amazing condition. So cool to learn about all this!!

  1. Congratulations on your first work with diamonds! I’m glad you found the applique process user-friendly. I do too! Your echo quilting looks great, and what a treat to share your finish with Blanche’s quilt. I agree – love her colors!

    • Lu on October 8, 2014 at 17:52

    Your quilt is SO lovely! I love the colors and how modern it is.

    And WOW what an amazing heirloom and piece of history you have there. It’s stunning and in such great condition.

    • Ti on October 9, 2014 at 06:55

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a quilt like the one at top. I love it.

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