Stars Hollow Quilt

Finally!  I started this Gilmore Girls themed quilt hoping to finish it in time to watch the new episodes of the show wrapped up in it.  That didn’t happen.  But, I can watch them again and use it!  I think I will call it my Stars Hollow quilt.  For those of you who missed it, I have been sewing coffee cup blocks using my Rise and Shine Coffee paper pieced pattern and making each cup suit the personality of a character from the Gilmore Girls television show.  The quilt includes blocks for 18 of the main and supporting characters.  They were a lot of fun to make and are all documented in prior blog posts:

Click here to read about Rory, Sookie and Luke
Click here to read about Logan, Emily and Dean
Click here to read about Lorelai, Jackson and Babette
Click here to read about Mrs. Kim, Lane, Christopher and Miss Patty
Click here to read about Jess and Taylor

As I created this list, I realized that I never shared the last three blocks! Let me do that now:

Do you remember the time when Paris lost her nanny and hired a life coach, Terrance? He helped her set up a craft corner in her Yale dorm room to calm her nerves. There was one time that she was hyperventilating because her hot glue gun leaked on her macaroni. Paris was driven and wanted to go to medical school or law school after Yale. The science fabric is for her science classes. The newspaper print at the top is there because she was editor of the paper until she was ousted.


This is Richard Gilmore ‘ s coffee cup. The center piece is Cigar Box by Tim Holtz and I used it because Richard loved cigars. The numbers are used to symbolize his career in insurance followed by a few years as an economics professor at Yale. The black band is for all of his black tie events.

It’s Kirk’s coffee cup!  Kirk was a grown man living at home with his mother…and she wouldn’t give him his own key! At one point Kirk got a cat that he named Kirk. Cat Kirk didn’t like human Kirk and would attack and scratch him! Kirk had a million jobs. One was befriending old women who would bequeath him their jewelry and he would resell it.  The gold sparkles in the top band are for glittering jewelry. He sold Luke an engagement ring for Lorelai.

I wanted to come up with a fun setting for the blocks and knew from the start that I wanted to use this star fabric from Cotton + Steel for the background fabric (to represent Stars Hollow, of course!).  I decided to set the blocks in a topsy turvy fashion and used this tutorial to get me started. I had to adapt it because my blocks are rectangular and the tutorial was for a square block.  After a little trial and error, I got it. I placed four blocks in the first, third and fifth rows and just three blocks in the second and fourth rows.  Then I added some background fabric to the top and bottom to make sure the quilt measured slightly longer than it did wide.  I might have gone longer but I ran out of the background fabric so, that was that!  The finished quilt measures about 65″ x 68″.

I backed the quilt in newsprint because so much of the show revolves around school and books and journalism. It seemed fitting.  I quilted in Aurifil 2315, a very light cinnamon color. I debated what color to use because some of the coffee cups had really light colors in them.  This color blended well enough against them without being too harsh on the darker cinnamon background fabric.  I stitched vertical lines but also at an angle from four different blocks out to the edge.  You can see in the image above how that created a diagonal grid in sections. I thought that this additional quilting would be much more noticeable than it actually was.  I kinda wish it popped more.

Picture taking was challenging today in New England. I took these pictures with temperatures in the teens.  My fingers nearly froze!  It’s hard when the sun is so low in the sky during the winter with all the trees casting long shadows.

Well, thank you everyone who has joined me on this Gilmore Girls/Stars Hollow journey. It’s been fun!

Coffee Time!

Logan's Coffee Cup

A couple of weeks ago, I started sewing blocks using my Rise and Shine Coffee Pattern and choosing my fabrics to describe each character in the Gilmore Girls series.  My goal is to finish this quilt before the new episodes air later this month!

I have invited all of you to join me and sewalong. It’s not a really official sewalong because I am winging it. But I am inviting you to wing it with me and play along. It’s a lot of fun.  At some point, I will decide that I have enough blocks and have covered enough of the characters and then I will figure out how to assemble the quilt top and will share that information too.

A couple of things to keep in mind if you are sewing along…make sure you have nearly a FQ for each block background, especially if you have a directional print.  Also, because the coffee cup tops and steam are white or near white, you will want to choose colored backgrounds with enough contrast to see the white.

This block is for Logan.  He was Rory’s boyfriend toward the end of the series. They worked together at the Yale newspaper (hence the red newspaper print).  He and Rory jumped from a high platform holding umbrellas in the Life and Death Brigade.  And finally, he was always playing cards with his buddies and he called Rory “Ace.”

Emily's Coffee Cup

This is Emily’s block.  She is Rory’s grandmother, Lorelai’s mother.   The sofa suggests her love of interior decorating and reminds us of all those uncomfortable Friday night dinners that took place over cocktails.  The cocktail print also suggests Emily’s love for throwing elaborate catered affairs.  And finally, the cup is topped with a string of pearls suiting Emily’s station.

Dean's Coffee Cup

Dean was Rory’s first boyfriend.  I chose the text print up top that reads “I love your quirks” because Dean must have in order to hang around those Gilmore girls!  Dean worked at Doose’s market where he offered Rory a soda and held it behind his back to make her guess the flavor. Then he kissed her for the first time.  I chose the aqua print because it reminds me of tire tracks and Dean built Rory a car for their anniversary and told her that he loved her.

That star print on the side is going to be the perfect Stars Hollow sashing!!

Feel free to use my fabric combos or come up with your own for your favorite Gilmore Girls memories.

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Gilmore Girls Sewalong Continues

Lorelai's Coffee Cup by Amy Friend

I am continuing to make coffee cup blocks with intentional fabric choices to represent the characters in the Gilmore Girls television series. Now, my crazy self is trying to finish this before the 4 new episodes premiere next month. I was only going to make blocks for Lorelai, Rory and Luke but have become obsessed and am making them for many, many characters! I invite you to join me!  All you need is a copy of my Rise and Shine Coffee pattern!  See Etsy, Craftsy or Pattern Shop links in side bar.

This is Lorelai’s block.  She runs the Dragonfly Inn.  She loves junk food and movies (popcorn) and can smell the first snowfall of the year and insists on waking Rory to celebrate it.

Jackson's Coffee Cup by Amy Friend

Jackson is up next! He is Sookie’s husband and a gardener who supplies the inn with produce. Sookie and Jackson always argue about the quality of produce (garden print in middle, seed print on top, garden text print for lid). The basket print was used because Jackson proposed to Sookie at the Bid a Basket Festival.

Babette's Coffee Cup by Amy Friend

Lorelai and Rory’s quirky neighbor is Babette.  She is a crazy cat lady, over decorates for Halloween, and decorated her bedroom like a tropical jungle.

Yes, it’s true, I am having way too much fun with these. I have made all of these blocks from my stash and now will take a break for a couple of days while you catch up and while my fabric order ships! I had to order some extra prints for some of the other characters as well as some sashing fabric. I will be back early next week with more!

Please share your blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #riseandshinecoffeepattern. I would love to see them!!

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Gilmore Girls Sewalong

Rory's Coffee by Amy Friend

So, I had this crazy idea…I really love the Gilmore Girls television series. I just rewatched them all on Netflix in anticipation of the new episodes coming in November!  If you have watched the show, you know that coffee is a major theme!  I thought I would use my Rise and Shine Coffee pattern and personalize it for each of the characters in the show.

This is Rory’s cup.  Rory wrote for her school newspapers and wanted to be a journalist so I used a newspaper print and keyboard print.  The blue and white band at the top is for Yale, her college.  You can’t see this in the picture but I used a white on white text print for the top of the cup too!

Sookie's Coffee by Amy Friend

This is Sookie’s cup!  Sookie is the cook at the inn where Lorelai is the manager.  She is an obsessive cook and baker!  I used a great Japanese cooking print and a recipe text print.  The row of pluses at the top symbolize those positive pregnancy tests that took Sookie by surprise!

Luke's Coffee by Amy Friend

Luke owns the diner where all the coffee is served.  So, I made his cup first.  The plaid stands for his uniform of choice, flannel, plaid shirts.  And the coffee and pie are staples at his diner.  Finally, the diner is in what used to be Luke’s father’s hardware store so there is a little bit of woodgrain.

This is such a fun project and I invite you to join me if you are so inclined!  I will post the blocks as I make them on IG and Facebook and here in little batches.

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Rise and Shine Coffee

Rise and Shine Coffee by Amy Friend

I have to confess, I am not a coffee drinker. I like tea….BUT, I already have a tea cup block block pattern and I wanted to explore the idea of steam.  I decided to do that with a coffee cup block for all you coffee lovers out there!

This pattern is not difficult if you know the basics of paper piecing.  There is only one seam that needs to match in the entire block.  I think  you will find that it goes together pretty quickly and is a satisfying little project!

Rise and Shine Coffee by Amy Friend

I have made it in two versions for far!  I thought that the center print here from the Tapestry collection by Sharon Holland felt very coffee like…I am not sure why, but it really works, doesn’t it?

Rise and Shine Coffee Pattern by Amy Friend

If you are interested in the pattern, you can find it in my pattern shop here on my website or on Etsy and Craftsy (links to all in my sidebar!).

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