This quilt was made for my eldest daughter, Katie. It’s one of my favorites! Mainly because it’s beautiful. But, also, she and I were having relationship struggles at that time and the gifting of this quilt thawed the wall between us and set us back on the path to being more than just family, but friends as well!
This pattern is sometimes called the Spinning Star. I’ve also found it under the name Friendship Star.
Each of the 12-inch “star” blocks was made putting together four 3-inch Spinning star block. I put these blocks on point with solid corners that formed other solid blocks when sewn together. I stippled the whole thing one block at a time…kind of in a “quilt as you go” technique. Then sewed the already quilted blocks together. This made an already quilted top. Having never done anything like it before–I didn’t know what I was doing. It was beautiful…but, the back was still unfinished looking. So, I layered that top with batting and a backing (as you normally would when quilting) and then very simply quilted along the “block” lines. In other words, I stitched in the ditch at that point. It turned out beautifully! I was very proud of it and can’t help but think that it’s my best work to date.