For my first finish of 2014, I present to you Giant Snowburst. This quilt started back in 2011 when I was smitten with the fabric line Flurry by Kate Spain. I made several table runners and gift bags from it, but also squirreled away the light blue and green colorways for a quilt, even though I did not have a pattern selected at the time.
Fast-forward to 2013. Canoe Ridge Creations announced a Giant Starburst Quilt Along and I immediately thought of my precious Flurry stash. I pulled it out, and lo and behold, I had more than enough yardage (not to mention precuts and fat quarters). I also had a stack of In From the Cold (also by Kate Spain) on hand for gift bags. After playing around for a bit, I settled on mostly Flurry prints with one coordinating In From the Cold Print. For the solids I used Kona Snow and a Moda Bella solid in a coordinating blue.
In a stroke of luck, the construction instructions were posted just before the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Sew-In and Holiday Party. That day I pressed, cut and sewed all the blocks. (There are only nine of them, but they are large.) Then the holidays were upon us, and I only managed a seam here and a seam there. When the new year came, writing up my Work In Progress Round-Up post inspired me to finish the top and start quilting.
Using blue tape, a hera marker and the seams of the quilt itself as guidelines, I quilted a giant ‘x’ through the middle of the quilt and then echo quilted every half inch. Let me tell you, this kind of quilting takes quite a bit of thread, but it is more than worth it! At 60” by 60”, this quilt is the perfect size for curling up on the couch when it’s too cold to venture outside.