Has a concert ever left you energized and full of creative ideas? When we saw The Head and The Heart in February, it gave me the inspiration for my Creative Rockstar Challenge quilt. Prior to the concert I had received these fabrics from Riley Blake to use to create a quilt. I had been mulling over ideas since I received the fabric, but nothing was really sticking.
The fabrics in this line were more my style than previous challenges. There are some great basics in there.
Okay, let me get back to night of the concert and walk you through my design process. We got to the venue early and realized we had amazing seats. The whole back drop was appealing and when the lights were illuminated it was stunning. It reminded me of 80’s Miami Vice almost. During one song the quilt idea just started coming to me. I grabbed my phone and took a video so I could remember the moment.
La-la-la-la was the perfect inspiration to bring these fabrics together. As they sang I started to see the quilt come together.
Rather than the glowing orbs on stage, I was seeing stars and the word la all over. It was exhilarating and my energy was high post inspiration. After leaving the concert I was inspired and drew the idea out, then sat on it for a couple of days. After a couple of days I was still very drawn to this idea and needed to see it come together. BrewStitched had most of the Riley Blake Creative Rockstar fabric in stock.
I picked these up to round out my quilt’s idea. The black for the background and gray for the binding. Oh yeah, those leaves for something else I’m working on.
Without further ado, here is the finished quilt.
It reminds me of the backdrop and it’s pretty close to my original idea. I always wash and dry my quilts before pictures, especially if I plan to sell it later. It’s the best way to check for errors. Well, I had a few errors crop up. The heat bond didn’t stick as well on the back of the letters and stars. Rather than zig zag stitch them down, I just ironed and quilted. For longevity it needs to be more secure. Luckily, I had some embroidery floss sitting around and went back in to hand quilt the stars and la(s). It feels softer by adding the hand quilting and pretty successful for my first go round with the method. There may have been some frantic texts to a friend about how in the world to hand quilt. I got over my fear of screwing it up and just went for it.
The backing fabric really pulls all the colors together from the quilt. As I was shopping for fabric, this fabric really caught my eye, it blends all the colors I wanted to use and helped me pick gray for the binding. Guys, that is hand stitched binding too.
This is going to make a wonderful shower gift or new baby gift for someone. You can see the listing on Etsy here.
If you’ve never heard All We Ever Knew in it’s entirety, it is below. Enjoy.