Nested Star-Crossed Strings Revisited

 Nested Star-Crossed Strings, 2017, 31x31

Nested Star-Crossed Strings, 2017, 31x31

Last year I had a request to re-make a quilt for a happy customer who had bought the quilt below for a friend and wished she could have one too.  It took me a while to get around to making it, but I did so last month.  I had already told her that I would do it again with a different background because I felt that the two background colors took away from the star design.  Right now, the newest version is winging its way to the customer and I hope she likes it just as much as the original.  

 Nested Star-Crossed Strings, the original, 2015, 29x29

Nested Star-Crossed Strings, the original, 2015, 29x29

This design is one I developed and called Nested Star-Crossed Strings. It's made in a liberated style with strips of fabric.  The cross shaped block centers were an idea I saw in a vintage quilt that Roderick Kirakofe showed online at one time.  I haven't been able to find a photo of the original, but will add it here if I do find it.  It was only the cross blocks, not the star points.  Actually, the very first quilts I made with this design were the ones below.  They incorporated the cross block center and the star points.  Then I got the idea to nest the stars together, which is a nice effect.

 Star-Crossed Strings Sample, 22x22, sold

Star-Crossed Strings Sample, 22x22, sold

 Fruity Star-Crossed Strings, 38x38

Fruity Star-Crossed Strings, 38x38

I posted photos of this one in progress on my Instagram.  I can see a lot of variations of this one, so perhaps it requires more experimentation?  I do have other ideas for this design and maybe I'll have time for them someday.