I did finally remake Jelly Bean Stars, using the leftovers of bright fabrics from my Wandering Geese remake, just as I made the original from leftovers from making the original Wandering Geese. I tweaked this version a bit. Here are the two side by side.
|Magnitudes (2017) and Jelly Bean Stars (2012)
I think this new version has a crisper look than the original. It's all spiffed up, so it needs a new name. Stellar magnitude refers to the brightness of a star, and I have big (bright) ones and smaller (dimmer) ones on this quilt. "Magnitudes" seems a fitting name.
Magnitudes is now quilted and has a pretty blue binding but I haven't had time and pretty weather together at the same time to take nice pictures yet. I wanted this quilt finished sooner than later and had too much on my plate already, so I sent it to Liz Meimann of A Quilted Memory for all-over longarm quilting. Here's a peek until I can get proper glamour shots.
And a peek at the back too. I found the perfect backing, but it was 60" wide and needed 66". I really didn't want to buy a whole other length just for that 6", so I pieced a strip from scraps and inserted it into the back to make up the required width.
I love the way the back turned out, but honestly, "just slapping fabric together" for those improv blocks took me longer than planned blocks would have! I really wanted to use up little scraps from the front though, so improv it was.
I will be re-writing the pattern to reflect my design tweaks and to include additional sizes, and re-releasing it as Magnitudes. I just need to write up a different star quilt pattern first so it can go out to testers. Then, and only then can I play with my Anne of Green Gables fabrics!