On a roll….

Another Friday finish for you…and this week is a darling little baby quilt I made using some small wonky star blocks I had floating around…

finished small wonky star quilt

Usually when I make wonky star quilts I use 5 inch squares to make the stars , but for this quilt I used my stash of 3 inch squares and a pile of scrap pieces to make 8 inch (unfinished) stars.

small star detail 2

Actually these stars had been sitting in my WIP pile for a while when I dug them up and started playing… I did not want to make any more stars so instead I used a pile of low volume scraps to play with the star layout.

small wonky star detail

I tried to lay the stars out randomly and used filler pieces – mainly 3 inch squares, 3 x 5 1/2 inch and 3 x 8 inch strips to fill in the gaps.  I wanted the background to be just as scrappy as the stars so I did not use any really big low volume pieces.

small star detail

The scrappy background also gave me more opportunities for fussy cutting, allowing me to cram in even more novelty prints (have you spotted the squirrels yet!).

My binding choice was a little different from usual with this quilt too… I went with low volume soft colours to frame the quilt instead of my usual wonky star binding – navy blue or scrappy brights.  I liked how this choice lets the stars jump off the quilt instead of containing them inside a frame.

quilting detail

The wonderful free motion quilting on this piece was done by my friend Michelle of Mariposa Quilting.  I was so pleased this quilt was not ruined by my clumsy straight line quilting.

Once washed this quilt will head off to the our local Pediatric Intensive Care unit where it will hopefully be used for a couple of good games of I Spy….

25 thoughts on “On a roll….

  1. That quilt is just wonderful. You do such beautiful work for charity quilts, I am always so amazed at those I see on your blog. Most of the ones I see are not half as beautiful as yours, but rather on the cheap side. Kudos to you!

  2. Wonky stars are among my favorite things. I am so glad to see you posting on a regular basis again. Just in case you need any “inspiration”, I look at your home page at least every other day.

  3. Super fun quilt. I’m attending nursing school, and cannot sew much. Your quilts keep me motivated and longing to get to work with fabrics. Wonderful baby quilt!

  4. You are such an encouragement. After making 20 of 32 stars this week, I finally quit gripping and started to enjoy myself. Your quilt is such an invitation! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Gorgeous, I love the contrast of the bright stars against the low volume background! And as for that photo of the quilt in the tree full of blossom, it’s just wonderful!

  6. The Quilt is adorable! You are so creative and thoughtful! The Quilt is a treasure for any child to receive! Thank you for sharing your imagination and talent with us!

  7. That’s again a beautiful quilt. I always like your wonky star quilts. I think the extra room is really good to give the stars a chance to shine. And the binding was a great choice.

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