Stars-quilt weekly stats


After being picky with the grey and black prints, I made up my mind and finally discarded them, so I’m almost done basting prints! Once I have sewn the stars , I shall see if I add some of the darks into the quilt. Or perhaps some of the repeated prints. Anyway:

Stars basted: 85/88 (510/528 templates)
Stars sewn: 0 /88
Background pieces basted: 0/264
Stars completed: 0

I’m planning to baste background fabric for half of the stars, and see what dimensions get the whole thing… I still prefer the idea of giving each star a background… I foresee lot of auditions for this quilt!


Table runner


I needed a table runner for my dinning-room, and I loved this pattern by The Fat Quarter Shop since the moment it was released. And it turned out it had the right dimensions! Keeping the pattern in mind, I came across some charm packs from the Baby Jane collection and I absolutely fell in love with it!


The quilt top went together pretty quickly (at least, for my standards of piecing, which normally is very slow) and with almost no use of the seam-ripper (!!), but I had it parked aside to work on other projects and -basically- to avoid quilting it. Quilting is the part of the process with which I’m less comfortable (in fact, I’m not comfortable at all with quilting). I know some free-motion quilting, but my machine doesn’t have a big throat space so for this one it was out of the question. I decided for straight-line quilting, and after consider different options (stitch in the ditch, horizontal lines) I settle for the 45º diagonal.


As the top was mostly in white, I avoided the use of markers of any kind and went with the painter’s tape as a guide. It worked great! Also a walking-foot helps a lot. And as for the needles, I tried a Topstitch needle, but I think it was not the correct size for the thread and switched to an universal needle, which worked fine.


The backing comes from a fabric I purchased some time ago in a fabric store -the ones where you can find different types of fabric, not only quilting cottons-. I purchased it for a specific idea that in the end didn’t materialised, so I’m glad I found a suitable use for it.

The binding is self-made from yardage, I love to make my own binding and not being limited by the choices of already-made binding available in the stores. And hand-sewing the binding to the back is highly addictive, I finished the quilt in no time! Now I don’t have enough time, but wouldn’t this look fantastic with Christmas-themed fabrics?

Project: Table runner
Size: 14 1/2″ x 58 1/4″ / 37 x 148 cm
Date: July, 2015 – November, 2015
Pattern: Mini Charm Mix table runner, The Fat Quarter Shop
Top fabric: Baby Jane, by Eric & Julia Comstock of Cosmo Cricket, Moda Fabrics
                  Bella Solids 9900 98 – White Bleached, Moda Fabrics
Backing fabric: Pascale Beatrix Tissus TX 64643
Batting: 100% Cotton batting -unknown producer.
Quilting: machine-quilt, Gutermann Polyester 101.
Binding: Quilter’s Linen 9864, Robert Kaufman Fabrics

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Stars-quilt weekly stats


After redoing the maths for the quilt and leaving out the repeated prints in the jelly rolls, it turns out that I finished basting the “warm” prints and just started the second jelly roll, with “cool” colors on it. This difference in hue is kind of motivating as I see a change in the basted templates. This week’s numbers are:

Stars basted: 55/110 (330/660 templates)
Stars sewn: 0 /110*
Background pieces basted: 0/?
Stars completed: 0

*The number of stars can be (better say, would be) modified on the go. For the moment I left some of the dark/black prints of the “cool” jelly roll out.

I’ve started to use precut paper templates to give them a try. For the moment, I find them more tricky to baste than the self-made cardboard templates, as they bent so much when folding the fabric on them. But I’m starting to see some difficulties with the cardboard once I start to sew the stars together, as perhaps the templates are too much stiff. I shall see, definitively, this quilt is all about learning along the way!

Square-in-a-square blanket


This is the other blanket I sewed pairing the tumbler-blanket posted last week. In this case, I also designed a specific pattern to fit the backing I already had. It took a bit lot of drawing and changing my mind two or three times in the process, including discarding a half-sewn quilt, until I decided for the square-in-a-square pattern combined with squares of prints (I wanted them to stand out, I really love this collection for a child’s quilt!). I thought that the big prints needed some bit of solid to contrast and give some space for the eye to rest. I’m not a big fan of yellow, but in this case I think it really suits the overall collection and gives a smooth look to all of it.


I added the border to make the most of the backing, and to have a clean line for sewing while attaching it (so I didn’t have to fight with matching points in the last moment). It also adds a finishing touch that I really like.


Other factor I took into consideration was that I’m not confident enough to work with triangles, specially when, as it was the case, I don’t have much time to work on a quilt. The sq-in-a-sq blocks are made by sewing squares on the diagonal and trimming the extra fabric out -which was conveniently chain-pieced in pairs of solid-print triangles so now I have a bunch of HST ready to go!-. In the end, it turned out that I barely used the seam ripper in this one! How amazing is that? When you put a seam together and, when opening it, all points match??

Project: Child blanket.
Size: 40 3/4″ x 33″ / 103,5 x 84 cm
Date: September, 2015 – October, 2015
Pattern: square-in-a-square blocks combined with squares of printed fabric
Top fabric: Just Dreamy 2, by Zoe Pearn for My Mind’s Eye, Riley Blake Designs
                1000 Colors Collection, n. 42049, Lecien
                Bella Solids 9900 98 – White Bleached, Moda Fabrics
Backing fabric: polar fleece
Batting: none.
Quilting: none.

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Stars-quilt revised numbers

Just a quick note… I’m revising the numbers for the Stars-quilt, as it looks more than likely to be a really HUGE quilt. So, for the moment, I will set aside the repeated prints in the jelly rolls (fortunately, I have only four repeated strips basted, so the damage is rather small), and plan to add background to only half the stars. By doing this, the numbers should be:

Stars: 112*
Background pieces: 336

*I’m also doubting if to include the black prints on it, so this number can be lowered.

For the moment, I think I will baste the prints, sew the stars together and audition the whole thing. Then, I shall see if I can add more background, or stars. And for the remaining fabric… maybe a pillow cover or two…