For each fabric collection we do at Moda we have a Project pattern. The project for Morris Earthly Paradise is a 75-inch square quilt that includes pieced stars and simple applique.
Morris Earthly Paradise
75" x 75"
Available as a project sheet or a kit.
See the catalog sheet here:
This design has many mothers. The final version is a collaboration between Moda designer Carrie Nelson and me. I sent Carrie the suggestion below. She added smaller stars and a less-static border.
My inspiration was a quilt that Karla Menaugh, Jean Stanclift
and I designed years ago for our Sunflower Pattern Co-operative.
Jacobean Meadow had 13 stars and 12 applique blocks.
Jean made our model in fabrics from the first line Terry Thompson
and I did for Moda called Floral Trails.
Our inspiration in turn was a vintage English applique.
I can't remember where we found the photo.
The picture below is the only one I have.
We loved the primitive applique and the wild border.
We weren't the only people with a picture of this quilt on our bulletin boards.
Kim McLean was inspired to create her very popular version
Stars & Sprigs
Stars & Sprigs by Kim McLean
I bet some of you had a photo of that English quilt on your bulletin boards too.