I have just finished a season where I have been SO busy making that I haven’t had much time for sharing! Craft show prep entailed TONS of zipper pouches, canvas totes, and coffee sleeves, but I also really wanted to have a Christmas quilt to feature at the event. Without further ado, I present to you: “Twinkle Lights”!
I made this quilt using the Sparkle Punch Quilt tutorial by the fabulous Elizabeth Hartman and I used a bunch of Cotton + Steel fabrics both from my personal stash and from Stash Fabrics. Originally, I had planned to do an isosceles triangle quilt, but the more I stared at my fabric piles, the more I couldn’t shake the idea that they needed to become a sparkle punch quilt. The vision of twinkle lights on a Christmas tree was my inspiration, so I ran with it.
I opted for tone-on-tone white prints along with some Michael Miller and Kona solids to make the wonky stars pop but also add a subtle background texture. For the back, I pieced some remnants from the top and some cuts whose scale were too large to incorporate into the quilt top design.
This pattern works best with small and medium scale prints and I recommend a high contrast between the fabrics you use for background and the stars. This pattern works great for incorporating a wide variety of fabrics and is ideal for scrap sewing.
I opted for straight line quilting 1/2 inch apart running vertically along the quilt. This style of quilting not only makes for amazing texture, but adds to the durability of the quilt and reinforces the seam lines. Since this quilt is designed to be a part of holiday traditions for years to come, I wanted to be sure that this quilt was built to last!