Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jewel Stars Quilt

This quilt proves that it's never too late to finish a long term project. I first blogged about these jewel stars as a new English paper piecing shape back in 2011! It seems I started  joining the stars to diamonds and wrote about assembling thee quilt top in 2014. Ironically I ended the post with a joke that surely it wouldn't be another three years before I finished the quilt. Ha! Guess what time it is, folks? Yup, three years later, but it is finally done.
My favorite part of the process by far was making each little star. Finding just the right fabric combinations and fussy cutting the jewel and hexagon shapes was a delight. I spent many a gymnastics and taekwondo lesson happily cutting, gluing, and sewing those gems. What bogged me down was the assembly of the stars into the background and to each other. That was not quite as fun, and the larger it got, the more awkward it was to hand piece. I'm happy I soldiered through it though, as the final 44 x 50 quilt is a fun I-spy game and snugly cover in one. Can you spot the annoyed owl? Cute frog? Cotton candy stand? Terrified terrier in a teacup?

I backed the quilt in scraps of flannel, making it extra cozy, and continued the scrap theme with several different leftover yellow binding strips.

Hopefully I've made everyone feel between about the WIPs or UFOs languishing in your sewing areas. They may get finished one day!

10 comments:

Karee said...

What a great finish! Posts such as this one give me hope for some of my own UFOs... It is lovely and the fussy cutting paid off!

Ariane said...

This is a beautiful quilt. I love it. Congrats on a wonderful finish!!

Patchwork and Play said...

What a great finish! It just goes to show that persistence pays off! I have those paper pieces somewhere in my stash and I'm thinking this will become my new hand piecing project very soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lynette said...

This is such a fun quilt, and there's nothing wrong with projects that marinate - LOVE the three-year symmetry - how funny!

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stitch quilt knit said...

what a beautiful quilt! love the choice of fabrics and colours :)

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

I feel the same way about enjoying making the stars (or flowers) but not joining them together. I guess that's why I've only made small EPP projects. Someday I think I'll do one that just appliques the stars! Yours certainly turned out lovely.

Staci said...

That owl!!! And the Lizzy House duck!!! ��. Gorgeous!

Staci said...

That owl!!! And the Lizzy House duck!!! ��. Gorgeous!

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