The Lucky Star Quilt Pattern
The Lucky Star Quilt Pattern has been a long time in the making.
It started out as a how-to years ago…then a tutorial several years after that…then a pattern for the Mod Bee last year…and finally, today, a PDF pattern available HERE in our shop.
I have made several versions of this quilt….all with different types of solids.
But this version is by far my favorite.
Last summer, as we were cleaning out one of my grandma’s storage units, I found a giant garbage sack filled with my grandpa’s old jeans.
As soon as I opened the sack I knew I would have to use those jeans to make a quilt…a quilt that I would keep all for myself!
So I cut those jeans into squares, added some white canvass, and BOOM! One of my new favorite quilts was born.
Growing up, my grandparents always had a jean quilt that was tied with red yarn and had a red flannel backing.
They traveled with it, always took it camping, and more often than not, had it with them when they would come to visit us.
So I am more than excited to have a quilt that reminds me of them made from squares of my grandpas jeans.
And because my grandpa was a camper and LOVED the outdoors I took this quilt on a hike with me over fall break so I could photograph it.
It was like having a missed family member tagging along.
As a nod to the red yarn used in that old quilt of my grandparents I bound the quilt with red….and as a nod to my grandma who loved all things beautiful I made sure it was a red floral.
And, I’ve got to be honest….I love the darling red floral binding against the rugged, worn Levi fabric.
Something about that combination just feels right.
This quilt was a joy to make.
Sure….I do really like this pattern. It lends itself nicely to chain piecing which I love to do while listening to audio books and it turns out terrific every time.
But the enjoyment I felt in the making of this quilt was more than just the ease and simplicity of the design….it was about creating something for myself from the garments of a loved one.
Creating memories quilts is special. It’s sacred. It’s hard. It’s healing.
The creation of this quilt was all that….and more.
It was wonderful.
And now I have something special to take with me on our family outdoor adventures…something that will remind me of another someone who took his granddaughter on outdoor adventures as well.
I know I said this recently but I’m saying it again:
How lucky we are to be creators, keepers of memories, lovers of heritage…..quilters.
Happy pattern release day and…
PS: For other variations of how to make memory quilts (as well as some tips and tricks) you can check out THIS POST.
What a sweet and wonderful memory of your grandparents. I love the simplicity of this quilt design but also the visual impact. I am inspired to attempt to make my first quilt!