Star Light Star Bright – Finished Pillow

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated you on my progress on the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long but I promise that I’ve been working on it behind the scenes since then and now I have a finished project to show you!

But first, I want to show you the progression.  🙂

When I last posted, we were preparing for the last section of the block, the corners!  I got mine all sewn together and you can start to really see what the block is going to look like in the end.

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Now that I had all of the components made, I sewed everything together and I added a small border to the outside.

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Now I was ready to finish up the project!  I decided to use this quilt-a-long to tackle my first pillow.  I used some scraps of batting from other quilting projects and picked up some muslin at Joann Fabrics to use for the backing (since it is just going to end up on the inside of the pillow anyway) and got everything basted and ready to go!

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For the back of the pillow, I used a large piece of one of my fabrics from the Star Light Star Bright block.  I loved the fabric but the larger design definitely got chopped up in the piecing for the front so I was really happy to have the chance to highlight it here.  I did dense straight line quilting and I love the texture it creates!

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I did a lot of echo quilting in the colored areas of my Star Light Start Bright block and left the white background areas plain.  It was really easy to make the echos as I simply followed the edge of my walking foot along the previous line of quilting.

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Now that I had everything quilted, it was really quick and easy to sew the two halves together and make my pillow!

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The pillow’s final dimensions are 16″ by 16″ and I already had a pillow form ready to go (I saw it on clearance at Joann Fabrics mid-project and decided to go ahead and pick it up).

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I even successfully installed my first zipper and was honestly happily surprised to find that it really isn’t that difficult to do!

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Now I have to find the perfect place in my house for my new pillow to live!

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Can’t wait to see how everyone else’s projects turn out!  Our quilt-along host, Melissa, is going to be hosting a parade of finished projects over at Happy Quilting Melissa on April 2 so be sure to check everything out!

Finished Quilt – Baby’s First ABCs

I finished my panel baby quilt just in time for my friend’s baby shower this past weekend!

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“Baby’s First ABCs”
Quilt Stats:
Size: 43″ x 45″
Pattern: None.  This quilt was my own design.
Type of Quilting: Straight Line (with some curves) on my home machine
Fabric Line(s) Used: “ABC with Me” and “ABC to Z” by Alexander Henry
Date Finished: March 2014

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I did straight line quilting in the outer border and quilted a medium sized grid in the panel itself.  I wanted to hold everything together in the middle without distracting from the panel design.

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I was going to try some free motion quilting in the gray polka-dot border but I was having lots of issues with loops on the back of my practice fabric.  I don’t know if it was a tension issue or an issue with the speed of my hands vs. the speed of the machine.  Either way, I didn’t have time to solve it at the moment so I decided to make some curves with my walking foot instead.  That’s sort of a step between straight line and free-motion quilting, right?

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I love all the bright colors (although it is a bit of a departure from the more commonly seen pastels in baby quilts).

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The ABC print on the back is great too and was perfect for this quilt!

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Then I got it folded up nicely …

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And wrapped it up to take to the baby shower!

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The quilt was definitely a hit and I can see myself taking advantage of super cute panels again in the future!

Stash Bee 2014 – March Blocks

I feel like I’m very behind in completing my March blocks for the Stash Bee.  I know we still have almost a week before the month is over, but I made February’s blocks early enough in the month that it feels like it has been a while since I sewed for Stash Bee.

Our queen this month is Melodee who blogs over at Melodee Sews Stuff.  It was such a coincidence because for this month, she requested scrappy versions of the same block that I used in my Spherical Stars quilt!

Because I’d just been working with them (and because I now know the trick to making them easily found in the Magic Stars pattern), I was able to put these blocks together for Melodee in no time at all!

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And since the Magic Star method makes two opposing blocks, I used the second half of each set to make a second block (I wanted to preserve the scrappy look by splitting them up).

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Hope she loves them!

ABC Quilt Top Finished

Here’s the big reveal after yesterday’s sneak peek!  I’ve finished the top of my ABC baby quilt!

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I think the colors in the outer border work perfectly with the colors in the panel!  I spent a while picking out the fabrics and trying to make sure it would look alright and I think I achieved my goal.

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I’ve got the quilt basted and I got in a couple of lines of quilting last night before bed.  I think I’m going to try a combination of straight line quilting and a little free-motion work in the different sections of this quilt.  It will be my first time venturing into FMQ so wish me luck!

ABC Baby Quilt

One of my good friends is currently pregnant with her first child, a little boy.  We are all so excited for her and her husband, especially because they are the first of our group of friends from college to have kids.

I’m going to her shower on Saturday and I wanted to make her a quilt for my gift.  I had bought a jelly roll of Riley Blake’s Boy Crazy line but her shower ended up being earlier than I expected and I don’t have enough time to make that quilt and have it ready to go by this upcoming weekend.  Don’t worry, it will still make a later appearance!

Knowing I needed something that I could pull together quickly, I decided to use a quilt panel.  I found this adorable alphabet panel from Alexander Henry called ABC with Me that I thought would be perfect!

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I figured I could add a few borders on it to make it a little bigger and I’d end up with a quick yet adorable baby quilt in time for the shower!

I got to work on it this past weekend and here’s a sneak peek of how it is coming together!  I am almost ready to show off the quilt top so you’ll be able to see more soon!

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I had never worked with a fabric panel before this and, while I think my final quilt will still be great, I noticed a couple things that disappointed me.  I wonder if the things I’m seeing are typical of quilt panels or if I just got unlucky with this particular one.

First, while there was plenty of space at the bottom for a 1/4″ seam, as you can see in the photo above, the panel wasn’t cut with much extra space at the top to sew a 1/4″ seam without cutting off parts of the pictures.  I ended up making my seams as large as possible without cutting off anything important and I also sewed that first border on with one of my machine’s stretch stitches that it supposed to be much stronger than a basic straight stitch (it stitches 3 sets of straight lines, basically).

Secondly, parts of the panel images were actually printed in the selvage!  You can see here where the little holes in the selvage are actually in the image of the newt.

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And this happened all the way along the side, even hitting parts of the letters.  I can’t sew the letters into the seam (or trim them off like I normally would with selvage).  Again, I just sewed as much of the selvage into the seam as possible without cutting off anything important.  I’m hoping when it is all quilted and washed that those little selvage holes won’t be very noticeable.

Has anyone else had these issues when working with a quilt panel before?  Or did I just get unlucky with this particular one?

 

Finished Quilt – Spherical Stars

I’ve finished my quilt for Julie at the Intrepid Thread!  I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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“Spherical Stars”
Quilt Stats:
Size: 51″ x 60″
Pattern: Magic Stars by Aneela Hoey
Type of Quilting: Straight Line on my home machine
Fabric Line(s) Used: Sphere by Zen Chic
Date Finished: March 2014

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I’m so glad I was finally able to get some nice outdoor pictures of it too!  The natural light really makes the colors in Zen Chic’s Sphere fabrics shine!

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I backed the quilt with the Sunshine Space print and I added a custom label.  I even kept it round to stay while the “sphere” theme!

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I bound it with the Blue Milky Way print.  Look at the quilt roll!  They look so nice that way!

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The quilt is now all packed up and heading from Georgia to Julie’s brick and mortar store in California!  I wish I wasn’t on the opposite coast and could see it hanging in the shop in person!

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I hope you like it, Julie!  I really enjoyed making it for you!

My Quilty Bucket List

If you are anything like me, you’ve got a Pinterest board of quilts and patterns that have caught your eye.  You know, the ones where you say to yourself, “Love it!  Someday I’m going to make a quilt like this”.  I know I have way more quilts that I want to do than I could possibly get done.  Plus – the list is always growing!

Well Stacey over at The Tilted Quilt is hosting a Quilty Bucket List Blog Hop to help us get our to-do lists a little bit more organized.  The contents of a quilty bucket list are the quilts that, if someone told you that you were only allowed to make X number more quilts for the rest of your life, you’d make sure you completed before you couldn’t make anymore.

The Tilted Quilt

Here’s my quilty bucket list (in no particular order):

A Triangle Quilt

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Credits (clockwise from top left): Photo 1Photo 2Photo 3Photo 4

A part of me feels like these are trendy right now but maybe it is the engineer in me that is really drawn to triangle quilts (especially equilateral triangles).  Plus, they are definitely modern and a lot of fun!

Something with Cathedral Windows

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Credits (clockwise from top left): Photo 1Photo 2Photo 3Photo 4Photo 5Photo 6

I know they are pretty traditional but I think that cathedral windows are stunning.  And they can definitely be modernized (like in the photos above).  I don’t know if I’ll ever be up for tackling an entire cathedral window quilt but I do think I could work up the nerve to try my hand at a pillow!

Paper-Piecing

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Credits (clockwise from top left): Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4

So I already know that I’ll be doing my first paper piecing this year through a couple of the BOMs that I’m participating in.  I just love the super detailed designs and the crisp points.  I also love how you can use paper piecing to create images from fabrics (like the train above or animals or whatever).

New York Beauty

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I guess this sort of goes hand in hand with paper piecing.  It is just a more specific paper piecing!  So many New York Beauty blocks have such small parts in addition to all the perfect points and I think they are just lovely!

Log Cabin Quilt

Or maybe I should simplify that and just say THIS log cabin quilt.  I love how the bright colors are paired with the neutral white and gray.  It really modernizes this very traditional block and I also love how a secondary pattern is made with the stripes.

Postage Stamp Quilt

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Credits (Left to right): Photo 1, Photo 2

I’ve already started collecting 2.5″ squares to make a postage stamp quilt but it will be a while before I have anywhere near enough of them!  I’m planning to use a mixture of both mini charm pack and scraps cut from the leftovers of other projects.  Someday there will be enough little squares to put one of these together!

A Drunkard’s Path Quilt (or something with curves)

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Credits (Left to right): Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3

Again, a very traditional block that you can make modern.  I think solids in particular really show off the pattern well.  I also just feel like learning to sew curves is something that as a quilter, I need to tackle at some point.

3D Sewing (Specifically a Duffle Bag)

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I want to stretch myself a little bit and try some 3D sewing.  I love the duffle bag above and I’ve actually already bought some of the Koi canvas and some linen to make myself one.  So hopefully you’ll be able to see it as a WIP on the blog soon!

Hopefully I can slowly start to check some of these off!  What is the number 1 thing on your quilty bucket list?