You 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).
Besides the applique of the star, I also quilted a straight line echo stitch which radiates out to the edges.
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:
Emerge was my first attempt at piecing diamonds…but it will definitely not be my last!