Celestial Orbs

Celestial Orbs

My second entry to the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is called Celestial Orbs:

Celestial Orbs | Flying Parrot Quilts

This quilt was inspired by the traditional “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” block. The center stars are paper pieced:

Celestial Orbs assembly | Flying Parrot Quilts

This makes really nice sharp , perfect points when the melon units are added.

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I used many of my favorite fabrics—bits of Tula Pink, Alison Glass, Lizzy House, Violet Craft, Sarah Jane, and a few others.

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I had a hard time deciding how to quilt the quilt—I think it would suit itself well to intricate custom quilting, but in the end I decided to offset the solids with a simpler large spiral quilted using my walking foot. It took a lot of turning, turning, turning!

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m working on the pattern for this quilt, and it should be ready soon. In the meantime, head back over to the Festival and check out all the other gorgeous quilts!

Celestial Orbs quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts





  1. Such a beautiful quilt. I love the rainbowness of the stars and your piecing is so precise. I think quilting with the spiral was the right choice

  2. Your quilt is so striking! While your color choices are spot-on, it’s the quilting that makes it all work so beautifully. I can’t believe you used a walking foot and turned the quilt! So much effort to do it that way! Best of luck in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I think you have a winner!

  3. This quilt is amazing! I agree it would have been lovely with detailed quilting but then the quilting and the beautiful shapes from the piecing would have battled to be the focus. Your spiral quilting does just the trick to compliment and draw attention to the design.

  4. This is amazing! I’m not a fan of paper piecing, but for THIS fabulousness, I’d be willing to consider giving it another go…
    I keep coming back to see about that pattern, and every time, I am just in awe of how perfect those piles of pieces look! You must be a serious starcher 🙂
    I love the spiral quilting. I think it suits the quilt perfectly!