I was able to finish the first of two test piecing blocks that I figured deserved to become finished mini quilts over the weekend. When I pieced the brightly colored yellow, green, and purple test block that was my first attempt at piecing an inset curve star, I wasn’t sure if my piecing idea was going to work. To my delight, it worked and the bright colors make me think of Mardi Gras, so all in all I had fun getting to turn the test block into a finished mini quilt.
The inset curve star mini quilt measure 24 1/2″ square edge to edge after quilting and binding.
You might notice that I followed a very similar quilting plan to Sky Full of Stars; using my walking foot I quilted with 1″ spacing echoing the piecing. I did opt to add a few more lines to add more to the “sparkle” in the center of this star. I used 50wt Aurifil 2115 (Lemon) over the yellow, 50wt Aurifil 1114 (Grass Green) over the green, and 50wt Aurifil 2520 (Violet) over the purple.
I used left over backing fabric from Sky Full of Stars (Kona Cotton in Jungle), and because I color match my bobbin thread to the thread I am using on top, I like how the color variations in the thread can be seen on the back of the quilt.
I also opted to bind the quilt using Kona Cotton in Jungle, and I think the solid is a nice frame for the prints on the front of the quilt. I used 50wt Aurifil 2870 (Green) for hand stitching the binding down to the back as it was a bit closer match in color than the 1114 (Grass Green) that I had used for quilting.
I will be adding this mini quilt to the list of mini quilts available to my Patrons. Speaking of my patrons, I am in the process of developing the design for my next quilt along! I have been asking for input and feedback from my Patrons, so if you want to contribute any ideas before my plan solidifies, be sure to sign up as a Patron and read though my recent posts!
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11 thoughts on “Inset Curve Star Mini Quilt”
Turning a test block into a mini is a good idea. I may have to reassess some of my orphan test blocks.
This is such a fun design, Yvonne. I agree, the colors look like Mardi Gras and are so festive and fun. The quilting is so clean, and clever that you switched from curved corners to squared. That would make that area so much easier to quilt. Will look for this pattern!
Your curved piecing is just perfect. This little quilt has such movement with the curved line quilting too. Like the little star in the center quilting too. Nice work!!
You did a fantastic job on your mini Yvonne, and that quilting is perfection! I really like how you switched from square quilting in the corners to the curves. With the way the quilting shows so perfectly on the back you could use this as a two-sided quilt.
Might as well make a mini, right? My eye was drawn to your quilting where the echoing curves turn into right angles – love the look, and makes sense as the area gets smaller.
This is a lovely mini – I love the curves to right angles…very clever. Congrats on a gorgeous finish and a block that started a whole other project (or will it be projects).
Oh goodness, I so love this little quilt and block pattern. Adorable!
I love your technique of creating the curved block. The quilting shows up so well on the solid back.
Ooh, this is so lovely. I’ll go back & take a look at your technique. It reminds me of trying to sew a curved mask (ugh!), Take care & hugs from down under.
This is great. I love the quilting.
Love the quilting, especially the little “sparkle” in the star. Congrats on the beautiful finish. Your practice pieces turn out much nicer than mine do!