A neighbour’s daughter recently bought her first house, and I wanted to mark the occasion with a hand-made gift. What better excuse to do some crafting? A house-warming/unbirthday gift! Now, I don’t know the daughter’s taste in interior decorating, nor her choice in colours, so I thought it prudent to ask her first. She had said she likes “hot/bright” colours, so I took that to mean “hot” on the patchwork colour wheel. We had a quick look at possible fabrics together, with the design I had in mind requiring 3 different shades plus a background colour. We did toy with some hot pink, and bright yellow, but in the end, the decision was made to stick with orange.
This is the block pattern I had decided on. The “Entwined Star” and this is my version.
It was only after piecing, I realised I hadn’t respected the colour “values” with the black background fabric, and maybe it would have looked better on white, but it was too late to worry about that. So I carried on, batting, quilting, and making a 16” cushion cover.
I used some grey, velvety curtain fabric for the back and 3 old jeans buttons for the fastening.
I don’t tend to use black very often, so it was interesting to see how this star and oranges seem so vivid on the dark background. The extra 1/2” orange band all around, because I felt it needed more brightness to draw the eyes away from the centre.
Anyway, I had lots of fun making this and thoroughly enjoyed tackling a new block pattern.