Innocent Crush Star Quilt


So finally some better photos of this whole quilt.  No, it's not huge.  It's baby size.  Like probably around 38"x42".  Is that any surprise?  I make a lot of baby size quilts, and there are a few reasons for this.

- my kids are little.  my 'baby' is two now, so i can't say I have babies, but these smaller quilts really are a nice size for babies.

-I make a lot of my quilts to sell in my shop, and at this point I've focused on this smaller size.  Larger quilts take so much more time and material, they just cost a lot!  So the lower price on smaller quilts makes them attractive to the buyer.  Talking about pricing quilts, you can read some interesting articles here and here.  One of these days maybe I'll give you my take on that one, but I don't want to get off track here!

-and let me say one more word for these baby quilts.  I know some people look down their nose and think they're useless and only for lazy people to make, but I HIGHLY recommend that if you're a beginning quilter, try making a small quilt like this first.  If you don't have a baby in your life to give it to, use it as a wallhanging.  You will have SO much less frustration starting out on a small scale like this.  And since you'll have so much fun learning the basics on this small quilt, you'll be ready to go onto a bigger project, rather than risk stalling halfway through your massive twin size quilt cause it's just too overwhelming!


Here's a blurry photo of the whole thing!  I always get in a grumpy mood trying to take photos of my quilts.  It doesn't help that the kids are usually running around bumping into me and making a massize mess all around me, but in my lack of a clothesline or any really good spot I finally settled on getting my four-year-old to hold it up for me.  (and yes, he was very impatient and ready to take me up on my bribe of jumping on the trampoline with him)


One thing that always amazes me is that I can have a fabric in my stash for a year or two, work around it, see it all the time, but never really SEE it, until I use it in a quilt, and suddenly it just pops out at me as a Wonderful fabric.  Case in point; that print to the right hand side of the star.  I used a narrow strip of it here, and I was struck with it's luminosity.  It practically glows, and although it's a bit of an unusual color combo for me, I just love it and have been resisting the urge to go buy a bunch more before it's all gone forever!


And the back, which is just three big strips of more Innocent Crush.  Now I'll tell you a little secret.  That bottom stripe there?  Well, actually the top fireworks looking print too.  I thought they were just well.um.how-do-i-say-this-nicely,  I just didn't like them!  But now that they're in the quilt, I think they've spiffed up quite nicely!  Just goes to show that there is no such thing as ugly fabric!  Or is there?  Can you think of a fabric that simply could not be redeemed?  

35 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! So happy to finally see the whole thing. I'm feeling the star inspiration these days so I love this quilt!

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  2. Oh it's sooo lovely! GORGEOUS colors!

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  3. Very good advice about starting small! I don't think baby quilts are lazy at all. If I had small children or grandchildren, I'd be making them like crazy. From a business model perspective, they definitely make more sense too.

    It's a beautiful quilt and you did a great job with showcasing the fabrics.

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  4. So pretty! I made an Innocent Crush star quilt recently too! And I had the same mixed feelings about that line--seeing it in a quilt made me appreciate it so much more.

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  5. Definitely nothing wrong with baby quilts! I like the simplicity of this one with the blocks and the strips. It would be a great first quilt for someone who wanted to jump right into pieced blocks!

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  6. I feel the same way about fabric. Often I don't realize how much I love it until I see it made up into something. And then I feel such loss when there's no more available for purchase anywhere in the whole wide world.

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  7. Love it! Great combo of strips and stars! And I completely agree about those fabrics. When I see them by themselves while shopping online I'm really not that impressed, but whenever I've seen them used in a quilt I love them! Also completely understand about the kids-grumpy-messes bit, as I'm there a lot myself!

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  8. It is gorgeous! You are very right about small quilts. They are great to start on and they are also a relaxing quilt to make.

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  9. Another great reason to make baby quilts is for donation. There are lots of great organizations out there, like maternity homes and children's charities, that would *love* to receive handmade quilts. Yours is beautiful, by the way! :)

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  10. That's beautiful! I love how you picked which fabrics to go where & the color palette - you have such an eye!

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  11. Stunning quilt!!! You've done wonders with some fabrics that I too was never all that crazy about. They look amazing in this quilt!!

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  12. Just gorgeous!! I pinned it on Pinterest!

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  13. Hey,
    how did you make that star? Did you by a pattern or did you find it in a book? I am searching for instructions for this one, but since I don't know the name of the star I haven't been able to find it.
    My email is: thebanana@web.de
    Take care and keep blogging!!!

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  14. it is gorgeous. And I know exactly what you mean about fabrics that you ignore and ignore and ignore and then you take them out and really look at it and suddenly you don't even want to cut into it!! xo amy

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  15. Great star design, your fabric choices look terrific, kinda retro feel ?? I have a piece of unloved fabric from long ago haven't even seen it in ages but it has your sort of look to it maybe it was always the perfect piece just the wrong design. I will try to find it and re think. Happy stitching. Chrisb.

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  16. love the quilt! LOVE it! i was really on the fence with innocent crush too but i LOVE it now. funny how that happens.

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  17. Very beautiful - i adore the vertical setting.

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  18. I especially love your straight line quilting! Beautiful!

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  19. Lovely quilt. And I know what you mean about those prints ... I didn't love them either, until I finally put them in a quilt.

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  20. Your quilt is sooooo beautiful, I just love it!!!

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  21. I have been eyeing this quilt. You know, leaving your blog open on my computer so I can enjoy the eye candy longer. (I am just beginning to learn about pinterest). LOL Love the star. Anxiously awaiting the tute! Hugs!

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  22. This is gorgeous! I think this is the first time I've actually been drawn to Innocent Crush, you've really made the fabric sing.

    Now what about that tutorial you hinted at?

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  23. Wow...my first thought was....it's the fabrics that makes the quilt!

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  24. That's a beauty! And beauty lies in the eye of the beholder - different beholder, different take on the matter...! So no uglies

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  25. A friend from the quild felt the same way about this line as you did... so she sold me her fat quarter set. Lucky me! I think they are beautiful, but haven't cut into them yet. Your quilt is inspiring me to make something! :)

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  26. Holy moly, that's BEAUTIFUL! I have those fabrics in my stash and you have inspired me to try a more adventurous pattern with them. :)

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  27. I seriously adore this quilt. I know some people weren't crazy about Innocent Crush, but I think it's a great line. The rose print you mention on the front? I did buy extra of that. ;) It's one of my favorites, although I wasn't immediately crazy about it.

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  28. You know, the best quilt for the job is the right quilt! One would hardly use a king size in a cot - and people have babies so they need baby quilts! Just make what is right for you (and your customers)!

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  29. This is so beautiful! I was searching for a pretty star quilt to make as a gift for someone, and I think this is it! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  30. i love this quilt! i like how you use a few big blocks to make a top. lately i've been doing some paper piecing but i could never imagine doing enough for a top of just the stars (and not entirely sure i'd like it)

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