Love it? Hate it? Never heard of it? (To those who fall in that third category...really??)
Whether you are a die hard fan, a 4-season shoulder-shrugger…“meh, take it or leave it,” or a confused person who is currently Googling “Gilmore Girls,” (again….really???) you should know that after an almost 10 year hiatus, it’s back.
New episodes are being released this Black Friday, November 25. How often does it happen that your fav show as a teenager gets a reunion season? Well, I guess with Netflix, it may start happening more and more. (Netflix, please oh PLEASE bring back Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries! I promise to design a quilt just for Phryne! I’m begging! I'm GROVELLING!!)
Also, I should confess, I fall into the second category – the “I watched 4 seasons and then got distracted and never finished so that is why I still love Dean even though die-hard fans think I’m crazy. #TeamDean”
Are you now asking yourself, “Why is this GG poser naming a quilt after our favorite made-up New England town?”
Alright, Alright. Calm your britches right down. As you may already know, I’m a big fan of Quilters Candy Box. And also a huge fan of Elizabeth who co-owns Q-Box. (E, you’re awesome and have great hair!) This past August, Elizabeth asked me if I wanted to design a quilt for their Gilmore Girls themed box. She said ideally, they would like the quilt pattern to be called Stars Hollow.
I read the email on my phone while standing in the Missoula, Montana airport (picture a log cabin with a huge taxidermied bear in the foyer and that's it). Before responding to Elizabeth I began flipping through my Dropbox folder of digital quilt sketches (I design all of my quilts on the computer. For more info on my quilt design process, check out this post.)
I stumbled onto a sketch of this quilt and thought, "Stars. Stars Hollow. Bam."
Still standing next to the taxidermied bear, I emailed the sketch to Elizabeth and said, "Let's make it happen. For Dean." (He built her a car and also has great hair! Don't even grumble at me through your computer screen. Jess was awful! I'm plugging my ears.)
This became one of my favorite patterns for a few of reasons:
- It's Fat Quarter friendly. Who doesn't love those perky little bundles tied up with a bow? Even though I tend to favor solid fabrics, this pattern would look great made up in your favorite designer's latest collection. And just because I can't help myself from giving advice, I would suggest using some solid fabric so the quilt doesn't get too busy 😉
- It's fast. Guys. Ya'll know how much I love speed. Few things give me the same amount of satisfaction as putting my head down and cranking out a quilt in a matter of days. Some patterns lend themselves to that OCD sewing style better than others. This one does. Yippy!
- Traditional with a twist. Or twisted traditional. Or think of this quilt as a traditional G&T with a modern lime twist. (I realize I've taken this analogy too far...but, since I've already written it down and since this blog post is turning into a stream of consciousness anyway, let's just leave it and hope you know what the heck I'm talking about.) The combination of the traditional Sawtooth Star and the Pinwheel block work together to form a simple, modern design...also known as a Sazerac with a twist of lemon....I think I just need a cocktail. Anyone care to join me?
I mentioned earlier that the new season of Gilmore Girls, A Year in the Life, is to be released on Nov. 25. Can you guess what else will be joining that exciting release??
YES! You totally guessed it! This pattern – Stars Hollow: A Tribute to Dean (I'm totally kidding about that subtitle. I just really like ruffling the feathers of #TeamJess and #TeamLogan)!!
Buy a kit to make this exact quilt at fabricworm.com! If you are wondering about the exact fabrics I used to make this quilt, here's the list:
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Teal
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Grass
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Marigold
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Mineral
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Tomato
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Pink
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Petal
- 1 Fat Quarter: Solid Periwinkle
- 1 ¾ yds. Background: Solid Cream
- 3 ¼ yds. Backing: Pop Dots Multi
Fabricworm will have kits available soon, so look for the announcement once they are ready.
And if you were ever wondering what "behind the scenes" looks like, it's me...wearing spandex pants...standing on a dining room table.