Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Seeing {stars}

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When I got the opportunity to review one of Eleanor Burns' books... rulers... etc.. I jumped at the chance.  She's pretty much quilting royalty and I learned a ton from her books when I first started quilting.

When I went to her site to look, I kept going back to the Radiant Star book/pattern.  I was more of a traditional quilter before I became a "modern" quilter so I'm still very drawn to traditional patterns... with a modern twist of course. ;)

So I read through the book last night and I'm ready to start planning this quilt.  I often pull fabrics as I go but I'm thinking that this quilt requires a little more planning.  So here's where I need your help!

Colors... {don't forget about the first picture up top!}



A combination of the two?

And BTW, sometimes I feel like I'm bragging when I talk about getting to do a review or receiving fabric to work with.  I don't ever want to be that girl and that blog that people roll their eyes at because it looks like I get tons of free stuff {I don't!}.  It's no fun to write or read about financial issues but let's just say that the things I sometimes receive are tremendous blessings at just the right time that allow me to continue to do what I love which is quilting.  I will always do my best to give back to others too but I never want to come across the wrong way. 

I feel better getting that off my chest.  Thanks for listening!

And now back to the fun stuff!  What do ya'll think??  I'm thinking that I'll use the lightest color of the palette as the background fabric.  I don't want to use white because that's pretty predictable and not very conducive to a lot of use either so keep that in mind...

My hope is to make this queen size for our bed.  I figure that if I'm going to make this quilt then I might as well go big.  Now the question is whether or not I can actually make it in a day!


Heather D. said...

Gotta say, I'm partial to the mountain pallette, but that's just me. And in a day??? I didn't even see that in the title of the book at first, but Wow!

iluvmybugs said...

I love the 'alp hues'...great soothing colors for a bedroom. A mix of solids and small prints would be my choice. Look forward to seeing what you choose and the finished quilt! Thanks for your review....appreciate it!!!

suemac said...

I like the mushroom tones best. That looks complex for one day especially if you are making a queen size. Good luck.

Toni said...

I really like the "alp hues" and I vote for a mix of solids and prints. Have fun!

Elsa said...

While I'm not a fan of eating mushrooms, I love the mushroom tones, but then I'm more into earth tones. I've gotten into a bit of paper piecing and really look forward to your process with Radiant Star, it's really beautiful.
I also have to say that you are one of my favorite blogs. I know I don't often make a comment but I really admire your honesty. Thank you so much for that.

Jen said...

I like #1 or #3. solids and prints (small scale, though) or just solids. That Quilt in a day...crazy! Good luck! (oh and have fun!) ;)

Susan said...

I like the alp palette but I'm certain any would be beautiful! I tend to like small prints mixed with a few solids. Have fun!

Stephanie said...

I like the mushroom tones. I think you should mix up solids and prints. You should know that you are one pf the blogs I look at when I need inspiration. And I'm amazed you can do a quilt in a day.

Mims said...

i love the alp tones, i think it's the color palette that will look the most modern paired with this pattern. and i think a mix of solids and prints would be great. i'm sure i couldn't do it in a day, but i think you have atleast a fighting chance!

Sarah Jane said...

Jennifer, I am not the best person to suggest a palette as I am fairly new to quilting and still struggling with colour values etc. As a matter of fact I bought this book at the International Quilt Festival Houston back in November where I was delighted to meet Eleanor who signed my copy. I have just cut out the initial strips and really hope that my choice of colours work. I know that whatever your decision it will look wonderful.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I love the mountains and the mushrooms one. But remember to get that star look you need 6 fabrics and a background. those palettes only give you 4 and the background if your using the lightest for that. Mostly prints with a few solids would work good. You want the prints to have a little bit of the other colors in it too, to blend.

amy smart said...

Ooo. I love those radiant star quilts - I can't wait to see yours! A quilt like that is on my 'quilting bucket list' one day I really need to make one.

I'm as indecisive as you about the color schemes - each one is so cool. If forced to choose, I think I like the alps colors, but maybe it's just the mood I'm in. :) I'm excited to follow your progress.

Hope you are enjoying a happy 2012. Also, I love how you always keep it real in your posts, Jennifer. :)

piece peace said...

I love the mountains best, but all of the palettes are very nice. BTW, your blog is always filled with inspiration, candor and humility. I love your blog.

Traci said...

I got that book a few months ago and have been intending to do it, but I can't for the life of me settle on the fabrics to do it with. So an 'important' (to me) quilt needs the perfect fabrics!

The Tulip Patch said...

I love the mountain one. I like the nebula one The mushrooms are very fleshy so I am not as big on that one.

I don't think anyone would fault you for using a freebie. In talking to my friends who read quilt blogs they hate the "magic quilting fairy" who drops stuff on big blogger's doorsteps but you have been very upfront about the things you receive. I think that's nice to show people who can't afford it that you aren't "affording it" either. I think it helps people not feel like they must be doing something wrong not to be able to buy yards and yards of designer fabric the second it comes out.

Elle said...

As usual, you are one (or several) steps ahead of me! I've had a radiant star type quilt on my list for almost 2 years and even have the fabric bought, but I still haven't started it! My inspiration (and background) is a batik that has colors similar to the mushroom palette - perhaps slightly more saturated - and then I'm going to use nearly solids - those 1895 batiks - for my central star and a pieced border of some sort. I'll be anxious to know if the ruler really makes a difference...with the storm-at-sea, I couldn't have done it without the rulers (which I'd be happy to lend to you, along with the book, if you have a hankering to do one of those, now that my top is done. I plan to make another in the future, but I want to finish a bunch of other projects first, so I won't need it for at least 8-9 months (and that is pushing it)! I decided to make chasing chevrons in the twin size instead of lap, but didn't get started this weekend...somehow a present for my brother broke in line. Perhaps I need to get it done while the warm sisterly glow still exists from my last visit...at times, that boy can make me crazy! Of course, he asked for a duvet cover, so that's really two quilts. But since it is my birthday tomorrow, maybe I'll take a timeout for me this weekend to work on chevrons! Can't wait to see what you do with this project!

Katy Cameron said...

I love the Alps one - looking forward to seeing what you actually create :o)

Karen said...

The 'nebula' looks too muddy. Not sure if that makes sense, but it just does. The 'mushroom' colours are too dull and muted. There is something disconcerting about the colours as well. I can't put my finger on it.
My vote is for the 'alp' combination. I like the pop of 'chartreuse'. I think a combination of prints and solids would be the way to go. Just solids could be a bit plain.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Well, I'm like the majority and like the alps scheme too, in fact I would never have thought to use the chartreuse so I'm keen to see how you incorporate it.
I don't begrudge anyone who gets freebies for blogging - especially when it is declared as you have. You spend a lot of time here and work very hard, any one who has a problem with it should have a long hard look at themselves (why are they jealous/resentful?) and also consider that the freebie helps them in the long run (we are getting to see this pattern and discover new colour palettes in this example). And if you have a problem, just scroll down/click away - you have the choice!

In Awe of Applique said...

I love the mountain palette and lime green has grown to be one of my fav colors lately...I just seem to gravitate to green it seems...anyways, my Mother made a Radiant star using EB's book and it's GORGEOUS! I have longed to make one since...but have yet to make the leap...can't wait to see yours!

avah white said...

You. Are. Amazing!

avah white said...

You. Are. Amazing!

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