Seeing Stars - 6 of 16 Blocks



I have a few projects that I am working on, but yesterday I decided to start another project anyway. I needed something to sew! I have 3 4 projects in various stages of completeness:

  1. A quilt that is almost done but waiting on some final details and coordination with my clients (hopefully I can finish it this weekend?!)
  2. The Cocoa Leaf Medallion Quilt which I will take to my client’s home today (Friday) to get the center medallion arrangement just right, and
  3. I need to wait a week before ordering fabric for a lap sized project that I will start in February so the fabric doesn’t come and sit on my doorstep when I am out of town over next weekend.
  4. Oh, and I just figured out the quilt design and fabrics for a good friend who is expecting her first baby in June, but I have plenty of time there (and I need to order the pattern and fabric).

That left me with lots of energy… but nothing to sew!

Digging around in my stash, I came across about 48 inches of Michael Miller Giraffe Love. It is such a sweet and fun print, that I knew right away I was going to use it for the backing of a quilt. So diving right in to the backwards approach, next I picked out my binding fabric (the stripe print on the right). Knowing that the quilt is going to be limited by the size of the backing fabric, I pre-cut (5) 2.5-inch wide strips for binding. Great. Now what?

Backing and Binding
Backing and Binding

I went back to my stash to find fun coordinating colors and fabrics and chose the 6 prints used for the background of the star blocks below. The blocks finish out at 10 inches square. I needed just over a yard of fabric for the central stars in the quilt, and I did not have enough Kona White or Kona Snow yardage on hand. After a quick visit to my LQS, I came home with a white on white print to use for the stars (it turns out they sold the last of their Kona White on Wednesday!). In an hour I had all my fabric pre-cut and ready for block assembly.

Seeing Stars - 6 of 16 Blocks
Seeing Stars – 6 of 16 Blocks

2 hours of piecing later, and I have 6 blocks. Only 10 more to go and I can assemble a fun and quick 40-inch by 40-inch square quilt top. I might add a quick border around the edge of the quilt top after piecing it together to help me preserve the star points, but I will need to audition fabrics to see if there is anything I like for a border once the quilt top is assembled.

Do you ever get antsy and dive right in to another project knowing that in a day or two you will have plenty of other work to keep you busy?

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  • I totally do hear ya. I get antsy when I am between projects, too. Love that you started with some backing fabric and used that to influence what you would piece for the top. I have done a few projects in that order and I think it’s a fun approach. Love your star blocks! The giraffes are adorable!

  • Looks like it’s going to be a sweet little quilt. Quick projects are always nice! Also, I saw you finished your racetrack quilt, looks fantastic!

  • Yes, I most definitely do! I hate that antsy feeling of “gotta sew, gotta sew”…….not sure why I can’t enjoy the down time. I love that you approached this project backwards and I really like that giraffe print!. The stars look so good!

  • I’m the other way around. I’m in the middle of must do’s and I’m getting antsy to start a for me wish to do project! Love the giraffes and the colour palette, lemon and grey seems very soothing but very cool too!

  • Antsy? Oh, yes. That’s when my quilter’s ADD kicks in. It’s always so much fun to start a new project.
    Your giraffe quilt is looking great, and – bonus – you’ll have a ready-to-go baby quilt next time you need one on short notice for a gift. Great choice of fabrics to go with the giraffe print. I love the stripe you’ve chosen for the binding. Do you have enough of that for a narrow border as well?

  • This blog post is right up my alley! I do the same thing. I committed to myself that I would try very, very, very hard to only sew up the quilts for the children in my family and work on one other quilt before deciding what else I want to make this year. It’s been very hard to stay with that, with all these amazing quilts I’m seeing on social media.

    I really love the colors of this quilt for a baby quilt too. The backing and binding are fantastic, and I love reverse/white star blocks. You are tempting to go make a quilt right now, actually! LOL

  • This is going to be super cute! I have never worked backwards before so that is definitely interesting! When it comes to getting antsy… well I think I am the Queen of that as I have literally WAY TOO MANY WIPs at the current time and ALL at various stages. I am slowly getting them down though, one by one! Can’t help it, I love shiny and new yet I admire old and traditional… I get distracted easily by new ideas! (Oh hey a Squirrel! hehe)

  • I normally see such simple quilts that I can finish one before I feel the need to start another one. But I am learning that I feel antsy when a project drags on longer than normal. (Even when I am still totally in love with it.) This will be a super cute quilt. I love the fabrics, and even quilted one for my niece with that giraffe.

  • That giraffe fabric is awesome! I’ve been thinking of jumping into a small project, but the medallion quilt needs to be finished already! I’m keep telling myself the sooner I finish it the sooner I can work on quiltcon stuff!

  • I dive into new projects all the time! Sometimes I find that I end up being more productive if I have a bit of a “palette cleanser” before going back to what I was working on. I love the color scheme of your new quilt- so cute!

  • I love your technique – going in backwards is just the kind of thing that I do. I can plan a whole quilt around one piece of fabric too. The giraffe fabric is awesome and your design for the top is equally awesome – colours are gorgeous too. Love it.
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  • Love your stars but I am in love with those giraffes!!!!!!! I have a thing for them, LOL. Yes to your question do you ever start something new knowing you had lots of other work ahead, geesh too many times!!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)