The ‘Starstruck’ quilt pattern

'Starstruck' quilt by Amanda Jane Textiles, the quilt contains twelve star blocks with pale yellow centres and orange arms, each of these lead out with a burst of yellow squares to the next one. The feature fabric around the stars is 'Micro-organisms' by Amanda Jane Textiles on Spoonflower. Other squares are pale grey and there is a light grey border.

A new quilt pattern

‘Starstruck’ is the latest quilt pattern from Amanda Jane Textiles. Here’s the quilt:

'Starstruck' quilt by Amanda Jane Textiles, the quilt contains twelve star blocks with pale yellow centres and orange arms, each of these lead out with a burst of yellow squares to the next one. The feature fabric around the stars is 'Micro-organisms' by Amanda Jane Textiles on Spoonflower. Other squares are pale grey and there is a light grey border.

The inspiration for the quilt started with the printed fabric that you can see in the ‘arrows’ pointing inwards towards each star centre. The fabric is ‘Micro-organisms’ and you can find it on the Spoonflower website here.

‘Micro-organisms’ by Amanda Jane Textiles

How the fabric was designed

I designed the fabric originally in response to one of Spoonflower’s weekly contests. This particular one was entitled ‘Micro-organisms’ and after looking at many different images of cells seen through a microscope, I settled for inspiration on this one, which is penicillin! I first painted the shapes that I could see, using watercolours, then scanned and manipulated the painted image to put it into repeat. It has ended up as a modern, abstract design (albeit with an unusual name!).

For some time I have been wanting to create a quilt around this ‘Micro-organisms’ fabric, using the pale yellow, bright yellow, orange and grey that appear in the print. Now the quilt is done and the ‘Micro-organisms’ fabric plays a big part, appearing in each of the twelve blocks. It was so good to cut into it and see the fabric take its place. I found useful ways of cutting out large numbers of small squares quickly, which I’ll share in a future post.

The cover photo-shoot

Part of the job of being a quilt pattern designer is to set up a photo-shoot for the cover shot. Fortunately, there have been some clear-weather days recently. On one of them we headed down to the sea-front in Ramsgate with the quilt.

The wall just to the right of this photo was very textured, and seemed just right for this quilt.

I also experimented with new ways of marking out the quilt top for quilting, which I explain in the pattern.

You can get the pattern from the Etsy shop here


Next week on the blog: the ninth part of the ‘Summer Bouquets’ Quiltalong, to make a double-bed quilt by the end of the year.

The 'Summer Bouquets' quilt on a bed

Published by Amanda Jane Textiles

I am a quilt-maker, designer, writer and teacher.

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