Monday, June 18, 2007

Tesselating Sunshine Stars

I finished the binding today on another Tesselating Stars quilt. This one was made with a pack of "Sunshine" moda 5" charm squares. I love these little packages that Moda makes...I get to play with a whole new line of fabric and make a little quilt without spending huge amounts of money. I think this package had approximately 40 squares and I only have 2 left over, plus tiny scraps. I pieced together 9 charms for the backing, cut up scraps for the border and only had to purchase a piece of fabric for the binding. The stars are 3" and the finished quilt size is 12 1/2" square.
I love this pattern and have made it several times. You can see two of my previous quilts here.
Not only did I enjoy sewing this design again, I had a blast with the machine quilting! I quilted a swirly pinwheel in each star and a freemotion feather in the border. I used one of my favorite threads - Sulky blendables (which is a varigated thread) in a colour called "Butter & Sky".
When my friend Judy saw my blog post on May 18th, she deconstructed the design and figured out how to make the quilt herself using a 5" block! She brought it over to quilt at my studio last week and here is her version. What a great idea she had to use the black for the outside partial stars!
Tomorrow is my last miniature quilt class for the season and I will get to see the projects from last month's star class. This was the class where I copied the handouts in reverse, so I wonder what their stars will look like!! Check back tomorrow night to see what they did!


Darlene said...

It's so sweet! I love charm packs. LOL Your friend's version is terrific!

Vicki Suan said...

What a great idea on using those 5" charms. I'm afraid I've accumulated a bunch of those. They're so pretty that I don't want them cut up-lol! I'll go surf for the pattern. Thanks.

Nicole & Phil said...

these look terrific. Well done

swooze said...

Love your quilt. I agree with the use of black on the other. It makes the design really pop!

Jeanne said...

I always wonder what to do with the charm packs. Thanks for a great idea. Your quilt is wonderful.