red and aqua stars


Hope everyone had nice weekends! Since it was still pretty chilly here, I didn’t feel too bad spending some quality time on the couch handsewing the binding on this new little quilt. I really enjoy sewing the binding on quilts. Part of it is that I get to start seeing, bit by bit, what the final quilt will really look like. The other part, the majority, probably, is that I get to lounge on the couch and watch mindless TV. Sometimes you need a little mindless TV, don’t you think?

I’ll be the first to admit that red and aqua isn’t a combo I usually gravitate towards. I always admire those who use red and aqua and make it look so good (like here, here and here, for example), but it just never really felt like me. In going through my scraps though, I realized that I actually did have a fair amount of red and aqua scraps, so I decided to go ahead with a little mini red and aqua quilt. And you know what… I love it!


In order to use up some of my smaller scraps, I went with scrappy, wonky maverick stars in a few sizes paired with a whole lot of white. (You can find a tutorial for maverick stars here.) I rearranged these stars a bit before I came up with a layout I liked… finally ending up with just the one red star at the bottom with a sprinkling of blue stars.


The backing is a solid blue, with one white star in the upper corner. I quilted it with random straight lines again and bound it with this great Lizzy House stripe in aqua. It measures about 34.5″ x 36.5″ and makes a fabulous little quilt for a new baby, or I think it would make a great wall hanging for any red/aqua lover! For sale in the shop.


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21 Responses to red and aqua stars

  1. 1
    Whitney says:

    So cute! I love those stars, the one red, and the simplicity of this quilt.

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    When I saw the title on my blogroll, I could hardly wait to see the quilt. And you did not disappoint. So simple and just perfect. The quilting design is great! And the one white star on the back–genius.

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    kerri says:

    i love it ashley, and of course love the red and aqua. πŸ™‚

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    Kyla says:

    So CUTE!!! I love it and i really lie the simplicity of all of it. Very simple yet beautiful! I’m glad that you were able to get the pic after you took all the time to bring it down to charlotte. It was great to see everyone on Sunday.

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    wendy says:

    I love that one white star on the back! Love!

    You forgot to link to the amazing red and aqua gnome houses on the Bee Imaginative blog. Those are wonderful.

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    LOVE this! I love your little stars and aqua/red,… thats my fav! πŸ™‚

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    Jenny says:

    This is fantastic! I love the the single white on the back. I’m trying to decide if there’s a solid color out there – or reaaaalllly tiny print – that I love enough to do just white stars as the quilt top. Thanks, as always, for some great inspiration!

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    I agree about red and aqua. I don’t really have a strong desire to use those colors, but some people have made it seem very attractive. Love the sprinkling of stars, and especially the lone white star on the back. I also enjoy handbinding. I get to enjoy up close looks at all the fabrics as I stitch around the quilt, and get to catch up on DVDs. A great excuse to get cozy and relax.

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    Shannon says:

    That is great and such a fantastic way to use up small scraps that we can’t just throw away.

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    LFinn says:

    I am very much a novice quilter, so please forgive what may seem like a strange question. I love the random-ness of the stars, but how do you get them there? Do you applique the stars directly to the white fabric, or are the stars in a white block/strip that is then sewed with other blocks/strips? I cannot tell from the photo, and have been searching my brain for the best method of doing ‘random’ stars (or hexagons or anything) like that. Thanks as always for sharing your marvelous creations!

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    lina says:

    Love this. I like lots of white space, it makes the stars have so much more impact. I particularly like how you quilted too.

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    Laurie Hausler says:

    Just found your site (linked via Elizabeth Dillow at Big Picture Scrapbooking as an inspiration site). Love it!

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    CitricSugar says:

    Adorable. Simply adorable. Looking at this, I think I’ll skip House tonight and sew instead. πŸ™‚

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    Metanoia says:

    That’s almost a Southern Cross on the front. And being Australia Day here… how appropriate. πŸ˜€

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    whatupduck says:

    I really love the back of your quilts. Always a surprise and the back is a quilt in itself. I love to handstitch too. Every now and then I will handstitch a whole quilt JUST so I can watch TV πŸ˜‰

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    I love the random quilting lines. But I do have a question, are they really random or do you plan them out any? I would love to do that on my next quilt/blanket.

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    jacquie says:

    i love the red/aqua combo…especially with a little pink thrown in. love maverick stars…i love how sparse this quilt is.

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    robin says:

    i absolutely love your quilts, this is great, so simple and well designed….you inspire my work daily with your blog posts!!! thanks!

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