and of course the photo’s. As its my first big finish, I made sure I captured it I hope you don’t mind me sharing :-).
The finished front and back of Simply Stars
The casual thrown on the chair look
In case, you need more close-ups of the binding and quilting
Lastly, the inaugural roll
I am linking up with Janice @ Better off Thread for Sew Cute Tuesday, which I am super excited about since it was her ultra wavy quilting design I tried and Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday – even though its a few days away.
As this is the 1st of 2 quilts I put as my goals for July, I am checking in for mid-July with “A Lovely year of finishes”.
In just enough time for my Friday Finish, I completed the ultra wavy quilting of the Simply Star baby quilt. Only the binding to go…Whoop Whoop!!
I am really liking how my first big quilt is coming along. Unfortunately, it is a very grey morning but I managed to convince the hubby during a break in the showers, to help me get a couple of photos showing the progress:
I learnt so much with regards to quilting in this one. It definitely takes practice to get the smooth motions and how to move the fabric around when trying straight (ish) lines with a walking foot. I do have some little peaks in my straight lines that became less of an occurrence as I went along, and got the hang of quilting a large quilt. I was amazed at finding this great stripe fabric (a Robert Kaufman fabric) and the Moda cross weave green-yellow fabric at my LQS, Thimble pleasures.
The ultra wavy quilting was a lot of fun. I did not really plan the quilting out, it was more improv…as I finished each section I visualized the next lot of lines and how I thought it should be broken up. The lines are approximately 1 – 1 1/2″ apart.
If you are interested the progression of the Simply Stars quilt here are the other posts:
On Friday, I posted about finishing the front of my first baby quilt, Simply Stars. Well, I had a pretty productive weekend and made significant progress on that quilt. It is not finished but I thought I would share some sneak peeks of the progress I made.
This is the quilt back. I made a panel with 3 wonky stars but in the reverse of the front….the back pieces are white, while the stars are made of Simply Color and Simply Style Charm Packs. For the rest of the back, the green solid woven with yellow fabric used as a border for the star panel and the striped fabric, I had to go shopping at my LQS. What a shame !!!
Since I finished the back in record time, I started quilting on Sunday. I am using an ultra wavy line quilting, which Janice from Better of Thread featured here, and sewing in Grey Aurifil thread. I am about 1/2 way through so here is a sneak peek of the front.
A couple of close-up photos of the quilting through the stars. The only other quilting I have done has been on a smaller scale, like in pillows (and here) and the Madrona Road mini quilt….so I am super happy how this is turning out. It is not perfect, it is so much harder sewing a much bigger object. I am loving the grey thread. The main thing is I am having fun, and I am sure the imperfections will just add character :-).
I am hoping to show it off on Friday – which will depend on how my work week goes.
First off, it’s my sister’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Sis.
The other big news today is that I finished my first baby quilt top (that now makes 1 x mini quilt, and 1 x twin quilt top)…yippee !!!
Simply Stars I love V and Co. “Simply” charm packs. They are so bright and colorful. The designs are very geometric but still whimsical, perfect for a baby quilt. The other great thing about this quilt, is it came together really quickly. Each star block took me about 30 minutes, and each 9 block took about 15 minutes. I love that it was so quick and easy.
After much practice, I think I finally have the knack for matching square blocks. I am very proud how aligned everything is. I was able to take some quick photos this afternoon which is very lucky as we have had thunderstorms/rain every afternoon for the last two weeks. Today is perfect weather!!!
Anyway that’s it, here are some of the details
Name: Simply Stars
Design/Inspiration: No pattern the inspiration came from these two quilts that appeared on pinterest….Reverse Hopscotch @ V and Co. and Elephants on Parade @ Sew Crafty Jess.
Fabric: Simply Style and Simply Color from V & Co. for Moda + Kona White. Size: 54″ x 54″
I am traveling for work this week, in theory, as it has started out with a cancelled flight and rescheduling for tomorrow. I am still optimistic, I will make it one way or another. As I will be out on Wednesday I wanted to share the progress made on the baby quilt I posted last week.
I have now completed the first row!! I love how easy this quilt is with 5 inch squares – everything I have tried so far has been much smaller.
The second row has been put up on the design board to get a sense of look and feel. I can’t wait to have some more time to work on it. I think the combination with Simply Color and Simply Style Charm Packs look great together and I really like the single color blocks.
I am hoping to have this quilt top finished this weekend. In the meantime, I had 5 hours sitting in the airport today sewing hexagons and plan on more hexies over the week while out on the road (loving the hand piecing).