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!