Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am excited that I not only finished one of my favorite quilts in time to take to quilt guild last night, but just in time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Made in Remix

When I first saw the Made in Cherry quilt pattern (free!), I just loved it. I love stars, and hadn't made a star quilt yet, and loved this one giant star! I wanted to make it coordinate with the colors of our living room, and make it modern. When we added on last year we painted the new living room a pale grey. One of my favorite fabrics to include in a quilt is Kona Coal, so I wanted something that would coordinate with that. Hubby is not a big fan of floral prints, so something geometric would be ideal. And since I don't often get to the LQS with all three kids, a bundle of coordinating fabrics would be perfect! I love Ann Kelle's prints, and her Remix fabrics are so modern and fresh. I purchased two bundles on etsy, and started cutting!

Made in Remix closeup of star interior

I laid out my rows in advance, to try to eliminate having prints touch. Unfortunately, I didn't keep track of the top and bottom of my quilt after I had my rows joined, so when I added the star points I had some matching. Not a big deal though! (But a good excuse to finally create a design wall of some sort!)

Corner quilting

I quilted 1/4" on each side of the seam within the star. Then I copied Megan and quilted my lines within the solids 1/2" apart. I just eyeballed them, so they are not perfect, but I love the way it looks! I used white thread for the interior of the star and grey for within the solids. Quilting the straight lines took a while, but was actually pretty easy since I wasn't wrestling the entire quilt through the machine.

Between the points quilting

It took about an hour to quilt each solid section and a few hours for the interior of the star. One of the longest times it's taken me to quilt a quilt (but it is a pretty big quilt - finishing at 80"x80"). I did it all on my home machine!

Made in Remix back

For the backing I pulled some black/white/grey fabrics from my stash and pieced them together. I really like it!

I used an aqua fabric with tiny black scattered dots for the binding (from JoAnn's). I'm trying to branch out on my binding - I typically use a fabric from the front, or fabric that matches the backing or a neutral solid. I really like how the binding matches, but isn't a featured print. I also like how it highlights the aqua prints within the star and pulls it out a bit.

Love this quilt! Now if it would just cool off so I could use it! Probably will be waiting a while for that!


  1. Gorgeous - probably my favourite Made In Cherry quilt.

  2. this is seriously cool x

  3. Just lovely! Good for you on getting that done on your home machine. I finished at 76"square the other day so I know how sore the arms get from the wrestling.

  4. I love a big star!

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    Margaret Gunn

  5. I love your Made in Cherry quilt. Kona Coal is also one of my favorites, I think I need to order a bolt of it!

  6. Nicely done! I made mine using Brrr! so it is actually similar to yours with the red/aqua and grey backgrounds. I'll not likely quilt soon, though. Well done finishing this, it's awesome.

  7. résultat surprenant le gris fait ressortir les autres couleurs ,félicitations

  8. Love your quilt! The colors are wonderful.

  9. What a happy quilt! I love this! The straigt-line quilting looks lovely as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. very nice! love stars and yours is great. thanks for sharing and have a great day