“Starry Nights” Published

Have you seen the December/January 2020 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts? The theme of the issue is “Winter Blues & Holiday Cheer,” and the quilts included are fantastic! If you are casually flipping through the pages, you’ll likely see my table runner on page 4.

The inspiration behind this runner was two-fold. The magazine editors suggested I use a line of fabric from Connecting Threads; I chose batiks in the line “Sea from Space.” The teal, blue, and gold fabrics practically shimmer with depth when placed side by side.

The second request from my editors was to create a project for celebrating Hanukkah. In addition to using blue fabrics, I included eight stars to represent the eight feast nights of Hanukkah.

To make this design “quick,” as in Quick Quilts, I strip-pieced the teal and blue fabrics and arranged them in the zigzag of a “Rail Fence” pattern. I then substituted eight stars for eight of the “Rail Fence” blocks. I machine quilted the pantograph “Becker’s Shooting Star” designed by Barbara Becker with a gold polyester thread that marvelously adds to the sparkle.

The editors have provided me with a magazine to give away to a blog reader. Would you like to win? Leave a comment below stating the colors you would use when making a “Starry Nights” table runner. Do you like the Winter Blues, or would you use Christmas fabrics? How about black and silver? What colors can you imagine? The drawing will be on November 12.

22 thoughts on ““Starry Nights” Published

  1. Congratulations Aby! This looks like an easy yet beautiful design! I would go with traditional Christmas red and green in my table runner.

  2. Hi Aby! Are you going to do another mystery quilt? I did one with you for last Christmas. Hope all is well with you. Trish Kilduff

    Sent from my iPad


    • Hi Trish, thanks for following the mystery clues last fall for making a Christmas quilt! I designed the quilt at the bequest of The Quilting Company. I don’t believe they have continued the mystery quilt program, but you could check on the FB page. Instead, I am planning a block of the month project to begin in January. Interested?

  3. Hi, Aby. Love you table runner. I would make the rail fence blocks in red, green, and black with a silver sparkle. I would use white with silver for the background of the stars. I would make the stars silver. Finally, I would try to add 4 more stars for the 12 days of Christmas.

  4. I love those colors you used and the reference to the menorah. It makes it hard to think of other colors but I could see this in red and greens for the rail fence and gold for the stars. Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. You’ve done it again!! I love all of your ideas.
    I always think Christmas, but the beauty of your design is that we could make it for any holiday or season!
    Thank you!

  6. I have some red and green and gold Christmas fabric in my stash that would be wonderful. I also tend to make things using my favorite color, purple.

  7. This is stunning, as usual. Think I might use winter white and silver. Need third color, but thinking silvery blues. Winter wonder-land theme.

  8. Congratulations, Aby! I love seeing your patterns in all the magazines I receive. I don’t subscribe to Quick Quilts, so I would have missed this one. I love your table runner. I could see doing this one in blues and white and would use it through January. Or I could use up some of my patriotic scraps.

  9. I’m looking for a summer table runner idea so maybe red, white and blue? Different shades of red for the rail sections and then blue and white stars sections?

  10. Congrats, Abby!!! “Starry Nights” is stunning! I too,
    love to work with batiks. Maybe I would use Black, white or gold, or maybe a patriotic version, or colors for spring — oh my your pattern is so versatile. Thank you for the offer!

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