Rocky Stars finished!

by Nicole

Many moons ago, I received these fabrics for the Riley Blake challenge.

RB Challenge Fabrics

I had no idea they would turn into this quilt.

Rocky Stars

I’m calling it Rocky Stars. It’s my version of the traditional Rocky Road to Kansas block. Do you ever wonder how these blocks get their names?!?

I used four of the six Riley Blake fabrics and added in solids in different shades of yellow, orange, and aqua with Kona steel for the background. I made these blocks use paper piecing. I love how the blocks have an improv look with the precision of paper piecing.

I quilted Rocky Stars with lots of straight lines using my domestic sewing machine. That meant bringing out the Hera marker.

Rocky Stars_Hera

I added pebbles in the middle of the stars for some contrast with the straight lines.

I just about agonized on the quilting of the triangles that make up the stars. I tried several designs and in the end decided on a wonky zig zag using invisible thread.

At 30″ by 30″, Rocky Stars is the perfect size to brighten up one of my walls!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts!

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~Diana February 14, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Tres' Fabu! Great design, as always 🙂

Debbie February 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Perfect in more ways than one, I'd say!

Lovelli Quilts February 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Beautiful. I love your quilting.

Jessica February 14, 2014 - 3:18 pm

This is so awesome! <3 Great job!

Anne DiBella Dowden February 14, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Amazing! I love it.

Marci Girl February 14, 2014 - 4:04 pm

It is beautiful and I adore the quilting!

Pile O Fabric February 14, 2014 - 4:09 pm

This is fantastic. The quilting is perfect. I do hope you can design for Aria Lane some day I love your work!

Beth February 14, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Your quilting is amazing!

sophie February 14, 2014 - 4:27 pm

fabulous! love it ! the quilting is so great!

Beth February 14, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Love the quilting on this! I forget about the hera marker! Must remember that trick. Did you use your walking foot on the straight lines? The quilt looks great.

audrey February 14, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Gorgeous! And I adore the quilting. Yum!

Taryn @ from Pixels to Patchwork February 14, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Perfect! The quilting is fantastic. It really highlights the design. The Kona Steel background was a great choice!

CityHouseStudio February 14, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Oh my goodness, it's fantastic!!!
Your quilting is just breathtaking!

Jenny February 14, 2014 - 8:00 pm

That is WONDERFUL. This is one my very favorites of the challenge. February 14, 2014 - 11:19 pm

I love the scrappy triangles. The quilting is great….I hope you like it now 🙂

Leanne February 15, 2014 - 12:15 am

This is a fantastic quilt, I love it.

Katy Cameron February 15, 2014 - 1:08 am

Yay, you really rocked this! I can never get Hera markers to work for me *sigh*

Cynthia February 15, 2014 - 1:52 am

Great quilt! The quilting looks perfect!

Izzy February 15, 2014 - 2:21 am

Gorgeous! Love the quilting.

the momma February 15, 2014 - 3:42 am


regan February 15, 2014 - 4:33 am

So fantastic! I love it! And the quilting on it is perfect for it, too! Awesome!

katerina jubir February 15, 2014 - 8:27 am

I think you have good sense in making design. Manything will give advantage for people who love clothes design like me.
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shelley February 15, 2014 - 4:03 pm

YOU are a rock(y) star! Just absolutely amazing.

DeAnna S February 15, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Beautiful quilt. Your color choices give the quilt a very modern look. Excellent job on the quilting!

knitnkwilt February 16, 2014 - 12:01 am

Looks great! Your quilting decisions really enhance the piecing. I too often have one spot that I can't figure out how to quilt. Or one piece that I don't want my quilting thread on. You solved it!

LethargicLass February 16, 2014 - 2:11 am


Karen February 16, 2014 - 2:56 am

Gah! I love this! The quilting is perfection 🙂

pandchintz February 17, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Fabulous Nicole!!

Helena Knego February 18, 2014 - 3:34 pm

I love it!

M-R Charbonneau February 20, 2014 - 3:51 am

Gorgeous, Nicole. You rocked the challenge! 🙂

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