I was excited to review Constellations by Amber Platzer Corcoran and Jaime Jennings, as a lover of astronomy, stars and anything astrological. Sure enough, this turned out to be a great quilting book for me. The book has blocks for each of the twelve constellations using strip piecing. Each block can be used individually in smaller projects, such as pillows, tea towels, and bags; or combined to create large projects like a full 12-block queen-sized quilt. As someone still fairly new to quilt-making, I appreciate that the book has very clear instructions and diagrams for each block. They also offered fabric suggestions and embroidery tips for finishing the blocks. Once I finished reading it, I knew that this would be my first big quilt project.
To create my quilt, I selected a subtle black print as my background and a goldenrod yellow cotton for the stars. I wanted something that would have a nice golden tone to complement the quilting and embroidery. For the thread, I am using Halo Threads from our sister company, Superior Threads, in Black Hills Gold and Goldilocks. I plan to use for them for the embroidery to connect the star of each constellation and the final quilting.
For my first block of the 12 quilt block project, I started with the constellation of Cancer. It is the easiest constellation in the book: made of only twelve strips and seven one inch squares for the stars. I thought this would be a good test to make sure that my background print would work for the entire quilt. From prep to completion, this block only took a couple of hours. So, I’m sure this is a project I can complete before the year is over. Also, it turned out that the background print added a nice bit of texture to the project.
And here it is—my first block of the 12 constellation block quilt! I’m looking forward to making the rest of the blocks over the rest of the year and finishing my first quilt from start to finish.