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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Project Quilting 4:4 Seeing Stars

This week's entry in the Project Quilting: Seeing Stars challenge.

This is made using the tutorial  by Janice from Better off Thread at Sew Mama Sew.   The directions in the tutorial are clear and simple. The piece went together easily.  I didn't cut half square triangles for the stars.  I just laid scraps across the blocks, made sure they would cover and stitched them down.  It was easiest to square up when I left the entire background block intact before trimming.  However, that left a little more bulk in the seam.  Not really a problem except in a couple of spots where I had to iron against the bulk in order to get the seams to nest.  I left the last bit of the smallest star as a strip rather than separate blocks.  There are a couple other places where that would work and I would probably do that if I was going to us the block for a larger quilt.

I tried this pattern because I have been working out some different designs with blocks of different sizes in my head and I wanted to see how these fit together.  I think I have a handle on the strategy and will be trying some of those ideas in the future. 

The quilting is wonky stitches with pearl cotton.  It probably needs more quilting.  However, it really needs to have beads or buttons and I don't have the correct type of either at the moment.  

The Details: 
The block measures 20 x 20 inches.  It is made from a dark blue (navy?) Kona and scraps from my stash. The backing is muslin.  It is hand quilted with #12 Pearl cotton.  There are no hanging devices on the back as yet. 

I still have to get a decent picture of it.  Here is a slightly different angle with a closer view of the stitching.

I will post more details and pictures tomorrow when the sun is out.  Unfortunately that won't be until after the PQ deadline of noon.  Thus, a quick shot. 


  1. Great job on your quilt! So glad you've been joining in the fun!