Reminiscent of classic vintage quilts, this scrappy quilt was designed specifically for my mother, yet happened completely by accident! I knew I wanted to make my mom a star quilt, so I drew up a pattern and got started. I excitedly made one block…and I hated it.
In a rather unprecedented fit of improv sewing, I sewed another star. And another. And another, until I had twelve stars.
I had enough squares cut to make 12 more stars, but instead I sewed them into giant half square triangles. Then…confession time…I sewed them again into the very first hourglass blocks I’ve ever made! Sometimes it takes awhile to get around to trying new things…
Adding some strips here and there to get the sizes right ended up as the Lowcountry quilt as you see it! It basically designed itself as I went along, which ironically is exactly what my mother would have done. Throw the instructions out and do it her way.
As I was finishing up this quilt, loving every second of working with Amy Sinibaldi’s Charleston fabrics, my hometown girlfriends and I decided to take a reunion trip somewhere. I suggested the first place that came to mind and a few weeks later I found myself walking down bumpy cobblestone streets, eating the best shrimp ever, spotting dolphins in the Charleston harbor, and walking past breathtaking southern mansions. As we took turns taking pictures of Rainbow Row, I shared with my friends the inspiration behind the trip – that we were all there because of fabric!
They looked at me like I was crazy. I’m okay with it.
My favorite thing about this quilt is all the memories I’ve associated with it – from making a special gift for my mother to inspiring one of my favorite weekends spent with friends in the lowcountry of South Carolina. It was a hard one to let go of, but it will be forever cherished by one of my favorite people in the entire world.
May all your quilts be this loved.
Pattern comes with two sizes: skinny throw pictured
Skinny throw: 51.5” x 75.5”, 24 blocks: 10” finished
Wide throw: 75.5” x 75.5”, 36 blocks: 10” finish
Fabric: Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics
Pieced and quilted by: Rebecca Pedela