prairie stars, the 10 year anniversary quilt

by Dorie on October 20, 2015

prairie stars 10 year quilt

This quilt is for my husband. I made it for our 10 year anniversary, and I’m so proud of it, and of us.

quilting detail, star quilt

Elie has a good eye, and I’ll often ask for his opinions when I have a quilt design laid out. Sometimes, he wants to know why there are so many different colors. His favorite quilts use a limited palette and have a clear geometric design. To find the perfect quilt for him, I went looking through books of old quilts for inspiration. I considered a lone star, but decided on this four star pattern. (One book called it “prairie stars”.) I love the secondary patterns that appear at the intersections of the stars. It’s both delicate and sturdy.

anniversary quilt

I used Kona cotton in charcoal and snow and backed it in a smooth, soft, lighter weight white backing from Moda. That backing is so snuggly, and the lighter weight makes it so you don’t feel trapped under a queen size quilt. Making a quilt intended for everyday use on a bed, I was thinking of comfort and practicality as well as design. I went with just a central patchwork design for easy cleaning. I know where the cat sits and the dangers of benzoyl peroxide.

The quilt is quilted in straight lines, first echoing the central patchwork, and then filling in with parallel lines behind it.

prairie stars quilt with my lovely helpers

It’s a really big deal, and I love him to pieces.


Claudia October 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

That’s a gorgeous quilt! I love the strong graphic quality of it. Hate to ask, but how long did you work on it? Congratulations on 10 years!

Dorie October 20, 2015 at 7:24 pm

Hi Claudia,
Yes. I did the top over two summers during the week my husband was away, in the evenings. Quilting and binding took another three weeks of secret weekend and early AM stitching!

erin October 22, 2015 at 7:41 am

it’s gorgeous, dorie! i’m working on a secret 50th birthday quilt (shh!), but mine will never be as beautiful as this one is with its graphic simplicity. well done!

Natalie (QSOgirl) October 26, 2015 at 7:46 pm

This quilt is stunning. You did such a lovely job with every part of it. The quilting is a perfect complement to the beautiful pieced design.

Happy anniversary!! Your husband is a lucky guy :)

Melissa Q February 10, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Beautiful quilt and happy 10 years!

September October 28, 2016 at 2:01 am

Very beautiful! Have you considered making a pattern for this quilt?

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