Thursday, August 16, 2012

An Antique Quilt Updated: The Royal Star Quilt

The Royal Star quilt from my book, Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts, 2004
This block pattern first appeared in the Ladies Art Company catalog, #462 in 1922. My quilt was made in early 2002 with Fossil Ferns from Benartex Fabrics. My editor had requested that I be sent a collection of all their bright colors and for some reason I thought of this traditional block. I did not want to use templates and figured that if I just rotary cut the centers, I could make a paper piecing pattern for each of the four corners. It didn't really matter that the block wasn't a standard 10" or 12" (it's 8-1/2" finished) because all of the blocks are set with each other and size is not crucial to this setting.

This quilt was featured in 2 separate magazines, once on the cover
Did you know that Fossil Ferns are STILL being produced by Benartex? They were designed by Pat Campbell - are you ready for this? - 15 years ago!! This is unheard of in the textile industry but honest to goodness, these fabrics are TIMELESS. I have a batch of fat quarters that I dig into from time to time and they never fail to meet my need for a textured solid.

OK. So why would I tempt you with this quilt if the book is out of print? Well, you could buy my CD of all 16 quilts (go to my web site for that), or you could go just a little further in this post and get the quilt pattern for FREE!

Royal Star Quilt Free Pattern
Please let me know how you like this antique quilt updated. I will pass on the comments to this little quilt that goes on the road with me from time to time, but otherwise lives on a shelf in my closet. She would be so happy to hear from you!

25 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful quilt Debby. The colors are just gorgeous too. The year you made that I wasn't even sewing again yet although I was the following year with my new Viking embroidery machine my wonderful new husband got me. In 2002 when you made this gorgeous quilt, I was busy getting married to this wonderful man. :)

    It wasn't until just a little more than 2 yrs ago that I began studying all I could about quilting because I'd always been interested but never did anything about it. The one thing I have not tried (among a few others) in quilting is paper piecing.

    In reading a lot about paper piecing however, I do know you need to add that 1/4" seam allowance and actually have the tool that helps do that so I guess I'm ready once I make my mind up to take the leap and attempt it. I need to read a little more about it though as I'm not sure if it gets added to only the outside pieces or to each of the pieces as you go along. As I typed this I'm thinking this sounds like an obvious thing and possibly a really dumb question and twice I've deleted it and retyped it. LOL

    I think one of the reasons I haven't taken the leap into paper piecing is the downfall to this type of quilting where, in this case, you have to print that page 16 times. I try really hard to save on toner since my husband got me a really nice laser printer. The bad thing about laser printers is that with this one it has 4 toner cartridges and each one is over $75. ack. That hurts on a disability budget. LOL I think probably a trip to Staples might be cheaper inthe long run if I take a group of paper pieced things I'd like to do and print a group of them all at one time maybe. (WHY am I telling you all this? I think maybe I need to have a few more cups of coffee before I start replying to blogs to avoid this problem I seem to have of being extremely wordy. LOL)

    Have a great day Debby.
    (FYI ~ I'm still smiling this morning from your email yesterday! Hubby had gone to bed before I saw it and I had to wake him up when I went to be to tell him. LOL He didn't seem as excited as I was however)

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  2. Oops. Why can we delete our comments but not edit them? :(

    Anyway, I wanted to add that even though paper piecing has that small thing of needing to print so many pages of the templates, I seem to always be drawn to quilts that are paper pieced. They always look so beautiful so that surely is a bigger plus than the slight cost of printing the number of templates needed to make them.

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  3. I remember seeing this quilt on the cover of the magazine. I was suprised that the fossil ferns were used because I had only seen them in the muted shades. I still have alot of fossil ferns in my stash and pull them out and use some of them occasionally. Yes, it is amazing that this fabric is still being printed but I'm so glad. I still see it in shops around here. I saw Pat at last year's Dallas Quilt show, it was good to see her. I like this little quilt and I'm going to try it out. The quilt looks wonderful with the black background and even though it is now considered an older quilt, it still looks timeless. Wonderful!

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  4. What a gorgeous quilt. I have always been drawn to brights on black...although I have never made one. Please take this one off the shelf so she can be loved! Thanks for the pattern as well. Besides fabric, it seems I also collect patterns. :-) Few rarely get made!

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  5. I do love the quilt, and I've always loved the Fossil Ferns. I'm sure they are still selling well, and colors do change from time to time, so I hope they continue the line for a long time. I easily remember when they first came out and how wonderful we all found them. I often put brights with black, so this is a great pattern for me, but I won't paper piece the corners. One I hate paper piecing, and two, they are easy enough to make without. =) Thanks for giving us the pattern. That's very generous of you!

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  6. I love Fossil Ferns, they just sing to my heart, especially when they are set in black. I adore this little quilt and I love paper piecing as well.

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  8. I love Fossil Ferns, they just sing to my heart, especially when they are set in black. I adore this little quilt and I love paper piecing as well.

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  9. I love Fossil Ferns, they just sing to my heart, especially when they are set in black. I adore this little quilt and I love paper piecing as well.

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  10. I love the look of this quilt all the happy bright colors, simply design. Just makes you smile. Who cares how old it is, its timeless and a keeper.

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  11. Debby, Thank you so much for this pattern. It is beautiful. I love how the black makes those stars so striking. I have looked for Fossil Ferns before at LQS and could not find, will have to look online. I assumed it had been discontinued. Thanks again!

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  12. Debby, Thank you so much for this pattern. It is beautiful. I love how the black makes those stars so striking. I have looked for Fossil Ferns before at LQS and could not find, will have to look online. I assumed it had been discontinued. Thanks again!

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  13. I love this quilt! I've always wanted to make a quilt using a black or dark background. This pattern should fit that bill! Thanks!

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  14. Oh my gosh, this quilt is so beautiful. My jaw dropped when I saw a picture of it. I just love star and pinwheel blocks. I've not done one on a black background yet. But looks like I might have to give it a try soon.

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  15. Debbie, I love this quilt! I have a lot of Fossil Fern fabrics too that I would love to use to make this.

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  16. Debby I love this little quilt. It has such pretty fabric and looks so bright and cheerful. I have to make this so that I have a cheerful little friend around my house too. She's lucky to have had you to make her.

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  17. This is a gorgeous quilt! I've only created one paper-pieced quit before (in a beginners class). This beautiful quilt makes me want to try this one on as my second. Thank you for sharing this pattern and all your helpful comments!

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  18. The quilt is so beautiful with the bright colors and the persice piecing that you used with paper piecing technique. I would love to make this quilt in the next year or two and might just be the right pattern for ny niece's Big 10 college logo quilt.

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  19. I made this beautiful quilt for my adult son for Christmas. The bright colors caught my eye the first time I saw it and knew that I must make this quilt. I did enlarge it to 30 squares and used a dark blue background. This is one quilt I am very proud to have made.

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  20. This first quilt that is shown here is one of the prettiest quilts that I have seen lately. Right now I am working on a dresdin quilt but I may start to work on the one I saw here. Thank you for sharing these quilts with us.

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  22. Debby, I just finished this quilt top and it truly is stunning! I don't have a clue as to the best pattern for quilting it or the color of the thread to use. Do you have any suggestions?

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  23. I just love the colors in this quilt. It is very impressive that the Fossil Ferns are still available.

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  24. I just love this quilt and the way the coulours just 'pop' on the black.
    I am making a quilt called Tulip Dance which I started before getting sick with CFS and am determined to finish it this year, as this is brights on black as well.
    thanks for generosity with these freebies, they are really appreaciated believe me.
    Yvonne

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  25. OUTSTANDING color combinations!Truely love how it pops with a life of its own ! Absolutely adore those bright colors , what a wonderful job you have done 💕. Thank you very much for shareing this , I believe it will make a perfect quilt for my sons room ! Yes it is timeless , what a wonderful good pattern !

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