I made this quilt with a Miss Rosie Quilts Co. pattern called Ginger Belle. It is a variation on Double Irish Chain, with a star added to the open blocks.
I sent the finished top to Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple. Linda did a fabulous job with the quilting. Her work really brought this quilt to life; a good example of how much the quilting adds to the beauty of a quilt! Linda quilted feather wreaths in the open space around each star and a simpler motif along the chains.
I used a solid flannel for the back but you can see the quilting in this photo.
The fabrics in Stargazing are from the Rural Jardin line by French General for Moda. I had a fat quarter bundle which supplied the scrappy look, and I used one of the small-scale red prints for the binding. the finished quilt is 82" square, a good size for a full-size bed. Miss Main Street likes the quilt very much so it may be going on her bed after she leaves for college.
Originally, I was searching for a French name for this quilt, something that would incorporate the word "belle" from the pattern name and the Frenchiness of the fabric. I was toying with belle etoile (beautiful star) and etoile brillante (shining star) but was never entirely comfortable with either. Then Stargazing just came to me. One of the dictionary definitions for stargazing is "to indulge in dreamy thought" and I thought it was perfect.