Look what I have finally got done…

… yes I finally got my red and aqua stars into a presentable form… a finished quilt top….I can hear the gasps of surprise from here…

paper pieced star quilt topThese stars were the product of my first Paper Piecing Monday adventures.  I loved putting them together each week, challenging myself to make some complex and amazing stars.

Star quilt detailSome of the stars were free patterns from Quilting on the Square (you can find the links to the specific patterns under my Free Paper Piecing Patterns tabs) and others were from Carol Doak’s book 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars.

star detail 2So in the end I had 20 amazing 12 inch paper pieced stars and no real plan what to do with them.  After an online survey last year, it was decided that navy sashing did the best job of showing off each and every star to its best, so a plan was hatched. Fast forward a few months (possibly more) and after auditioning a few navy fabrics and ended up using Robert Kaufman’s Quilters Linen in navy. It was perfect the job.

star quilt top detailSo now all that is left is to remove the paper… which will be quite a task as some of these suckers are really complex…

paper to rip offThen it is off to a long armer for quilting.  At no point did I contemplate ruining this gorgeous quilt top with my quilting.  It deserves the best…plus the finished quilt is going to my Mum so I want it to be amazing.