Sun & Stars Quilt

This is the second quilt I made from the Impovisational Piecing, Modern Design class with Jacquie Gering over at Craftsy. The class was fun, the instructions were great and best of all I completed the quilt from start to finish in 2 days.

Improvisational Piecing

Just like Quilt 1-The Love Knot Quilt which can be seen here, the instructions called for scraps. 44 of them.  I am new to quilting and didn’t have any scraps.  I did, however, have all the fabric I had bought to participate in the quilt along that I quit.  Not 44 different colors but enough to make it work if I reduced the stars from 11 to just 4.


I like the end result.  It gave me a lot of negative space to practice free motion quilting too.

Darning machine now FMQ Machine.

I free motion quilted the quilt using my mid-arm machine. If you haven’t read how I made my own mid-arm machine, you can read about it here and here. I stitched in the ditch around each star.  I then added some sun elements.  I traced the bottom of a round trash can for the circle, then used a triangle template to make the spikes.  I made a spiral in the center of each circle.  The first one was a little wonky and I found if I drew the spiral first with chalk it was easier to sew it less wonky. All the space without the sun shapes, I simply stippled my way around.  I am good at stippling or rather that is probably the sissy way out because I know how to do that.  Next quilt I’m going to push myself to try a more complex stitch.

I again used this tutorial for making the binding.  It is easy and I like making straight binding rather than binding on a bias.  I don’t know who said you had to make binding on a bias.  It is simply a ploy to make you give up quilting so that someone else can get all the glory.  Binding on the straight grain is 100 times easier than binding on the bias and it looks better too.

Threads near strips tied off.

Threads at line near stripes tied off by hand

On Quilt 1 I tied off all ends like it said all good quilters should.  Here are the instructions on how to do that.  I hated that.  Tying the threads took a couple of hours.  It looks good but I don’t think it is worth the time spent.  This quilt I followed these instructions of pulling the bobbin thread up and micro stitching in place.  It looks good too, or so I think.  I won’t be tying off threads again anytime soon.

Threads in center of circle tied off with micro stitching

Threads at center of the circle tied off by micro stitching

See you next time.


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