Friday, 23 February 2018

Mrs Bannister's Stars - designed by Jen Kingwell

Last week someone in the Jen Kingwell Designs Facebook group asked if anyone had made Mrs Bannister's Stars.  That reminded me that I had, but I hadn't blogged about it yet. I actually finished my version back in November 2016.

Each block is 12" finished and it's quite a tricky pattern to make. I think the real reason I didn't blog about it was that I wasn't 100% happy with it.  There's a lot of "Y" seams in these blocks, and when I made it I didn't know how to hand piece.  I'm sure I could make it again more accurately now, but life it too short, so I'll live with it.

Mrs Bannister's Stars from Jen Kingwell's book, Quilt Lovely.

I fiddled around with hand piecing and English Paper Piecing and I got there in the end.

I considered make scrappy sashing, but decided that a plainer grey print from Cotton + Steel would look better.

I've made two other cushions from the Quilt Lovely book, and they were both easier to make, even though Wheel of Fortune has curved piecing.

You can read more about Wheel of Fortune here.

And you can read more about Small Wonders pillow here.

The Quilt Lovely book really does have some gorgeous patterns in it.


Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Lovely projects Wendy! My, those stars look like they are a lot of work! xx

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Your fiddling about with EPP and hand piecing worked!
My favourite things about this book are the cushion patterns. Even the quilt patterns inspire me to make cushions!

Ginney Camden said...

You always use such pretty interesting fabric!

Baking Soda said...

Oh I love your Wheel of fortune! And that one was easier than mrs Barrister? 🤔
So maybe I should try that one next! EPP is my doom thing I applaud you for your beautiful results

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

These I love, especially the wheel of fortune with the lovely hand quilting. I have the book, I just haven’t actually made anything yet. Plenty of drooling going on though.

The Joyful Quilter said...

What a wonderful way to brighten any home!!!

cityquilter grace said...

love your versions of jen's fantastic patterns...yes i do love that book a lot!