Free quilt pattern: Stars galore
June 26, 2018

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As the summer days fade and the sun sinks on the horizon, twilight draws out fireflies and the stars twinkle from above. Spread Sheridan Carter’s “Stars Galore” quilt across your lap as dusk settles into night and star gaze on a cool summer night!

APQS Hendersonville/Sheridan Kay Quilting Studio is tucked into the mountains of western North Carolina, where homesteads are nestled in the trees and barns are prevalent. In fact, if you drive around Hendersonville and the surrounding mountains, you’ll discover many “barn quilts” adorning the gables and doors of the area barns.

Sheridan’s design uses a modern color palette, but the quilt would be stunning in scrappy fabrics, too. It also sews together very quickly and would look fabulous as a red, white and blue quilt draped over a porch chair for the 4th of July.

The larger star points and background squares leave lots of room for quilting design ideas. Sheridan chose to quilt straight lines, which emphasize the star’s angles and add drama. These lines represent the boards that she sees on many barns in her area of North Carolina.

Sheridan was curious about why so many barns are built with the boards on the diagonal. She posed that question to Hendersonville residents Larry and Jane McKay, who told her that the diagonal setting actually strengthens the structure. Sheridan added, “I loved barns before it was cool and now I’ve come full circle. We see barn quilts that were inspired by treasured family quilts and I was inspired by the barn to make a quilt. Enjoy!”

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