Seeing Kaffe Stars

I’ve been waiting and waiting for one final piece of fabric to arrive so I could get started on my next quilt. Finally, it arrived yesterday and I started cutting. And tonight I sewed the beginnings of the first blocks together.

These stars will all be made from an eclectic mix of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics and a spotted batik background that I bought several years ago and have been hoarding ever since. I just LOVE the way these first four stars are looking and I love all that riot of color with the simple but powerful background. I think this is going to be a really fun quilt.

The quilt will be made with 20 large blocks. I’m using ten different KFC fabrics for the stars. Here’s the star centers divided out with the points for each.

Each of the star blocks will be bordered by large rectangles of the same selection of KFC fabrics. It should have a somewhat scrappy and random feel when it’s all done.

As I had a few days to think about this quilt before the last needed fabric arrived I thought about doing each star entirely from the same fabric. After I tried out some different combos, I decided that a mixed approach was more visually interesting.

I was talking to a friend earlier tonight as I finished up all the fabric cutting and I told her how much I love the process of preparing fabrics for a quilt. I find the pressing, trimming and cutting all very relaxing and satisfying. it’s the first time I really have my hands all over the fabrics and see them in all their glory.

This is all the fabric for this quilt top cut and ready to start sewing.

As of now I have no fabric orders that I’m expecting to arrive in the mail. It feels a little odd.

18 Replies to “Seeing Kaffe Stars”

  1. This will be a stunning quilt. Can’t wait to see it progress. Get on the Internet girl, and order some fabric! One last bit of excitement during Covid, is waiting for the mail to arrive with a package of fabric! Is your daily life getting back to your normal now that it’s cooler and the air is cleaner? Your dogs must be happier now they can get outside more for walks.

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    1. Air has been good. Some high level smoke this week that has made the sun red when it rises and sets, but it hasn’t affected the air quality index. The weather is pretty much perfect! Fall here, before the rainy season starts, is a magical and gorgeous time of year.


    1. I noticed that same effect on that block. It makes it fascinating to look at. The background is a batik that I’ve had for several years. I first saw in used as a background for a very colorful batik quilt in a quilt shop in Salt Lake City. The store had sold out of it immediately. But I saw it a year or so later at a store in Idaho. I bought five yards of it and have been holding it dear every since. I’ve never seen it in a store again. Since it’s a batik there’s no selvedge, so I don’t know who made it. I have a few yards left that I will be very intentional in using!


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