My Botanics Star Quilt

Botanics Star Quilt front


DC Modern Quilt Guild is having an exhibit at the Anacostia Arts Center named Stitched. One of our members, Frederick, managed to arrange it all for us. Of course, the board of the guild has also put in a lot of time too.  Our quilts are going to be on display for a good month starting February 15th. We have the option to put a price on our quilts if someone wants to purchase it.

Anyway, we knew about this a while ago. When I first heard about it, I was already planning to make a wall hanging with Carolyn Friedlander Botanics line.  The orange speaks to me and the textures are just delicious.  After I missed out on the Architextures line, I was determined to snatch up some of the Botanics line. I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and make a wall hanging and submit it to the gallery too. If my quilt does not sell, I will be delighted to hang it up on my wall. If it does sell, well then I’ll just have to buy myself some more fabric. Win/win!

Star detail

Since I knew it could be in an art show, I decided to do something geometric. I wanted some depth to the stars so I went with coordinating colors for each star. I planned out the background fabrics carefully too. I know that the first impression may be that it is just scrappy and random, but it took me a few days and some rearranging to get everything exactly where I wanted it to go. I wanted a little added dimension to the whole thing so I played with the free motion quilting as well as added in two extra star points to the top before I put the binding on.

star points

I love a good overall meander when free motion quilting. It just feels so good to move the fabric around under my needle. I wanted there to be movement around the strong lines of stars. The background I started with a circle around one of the stars. From there I did a combination of stippling and pebble quilting.  It took me several times at the machine to get all the background quilted. I am delighted with how it came out.

Botanics Star Quilt back

I put this up on my wall to get a picture to submit it to the art center. I am so tickled with how it came out. It makes me happy just to look at it.

Botanics Star Quilt back close up

Instagram is crazy awesome because, it puts you in touch with people that you may not otherwise get to communicate with. Carolyn Friedlander has left a few comments on my pictures of this quilt. Who doesn’t love that?

Instagram comment


One of the ladies from the art center emailed me to ask me if it would be ok to use an image of my quilt on the flier for the show. Uhm, yes! Of course!

I love this quilt so much. I can’t wait to see it in the gallery. Wouldn’t it be a treat if it did sell?

9 thoughts on “My Botanics Star Quilt

  1. It would be cool if it sell – but I don’t know how you will part with it!!! As a wall hanging in any room this beauty will stir up feeling of joy and happiness even on dark cloudy days. So – yes – if it does sell, you really should make one for yourself!

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