I first spotted this technique on Pinterest a few years ago. I was smitten. Of course my first instinct was to forward the photo to Johanna to get her take on it. Johanna’s way is always the best way, so I waited. Luckily I know how to keep myself busy!
I love stars in all forms and this one is especially fun to make. The technique involves a lot of fabric folding and ironing. Of course, the best fun is in choosing all the pretty fabrics you are going to put together. For me, I can’t seem to shake pink & grey & black. Quite a few of these prints appear in my Swoon Quilt and others are in my Feather Bed Quilt. The Stamped T print from Doe is sneaking into everything these days.
When I started my Somerset Star, I knew that I wanted to frame it in a large embroidery hoop for the wall, so I did about eight ’rounds’ to build up my star to a good size. Johanna taught us how to do a very cool porthole finish, which was the only machine sewing for this project. Everything else was done by hand, which is perfect. I used Essex Yarn Dyed in Black to frame my star.
i LOVE how this turned out! Such a fun and easy project. I definitely want to make more. For now, I’m plotting out possible colour palettes.