My latest quilt finish: a star quilt wall hanging to go in our entrance hall with echo straight line quilting.
Ta da! My star quilt is all finished! The star of this quilt – forgive the pun! – is a block called LeMoyne Star so I think of it as my Star Quilt.
You might recognise these blocks from the Craftsy Block of the Month 2013. This was a free class on Craftsy which made a bunch of different blocks and taught various techniques as you made them. I’m a self-taught quilter mostly so I picked up lots of tips and tricks by doing this course. It was also super convenient as Craftsy classes can be taken at your own pace and you can always watch the videos again if you need to. I made most of the blocks in the class, but I never got around to joining them into a quilt. Finally I decided that I would use my favourites in some small projects rather than fell I should join them all as the class had done.
This quilt is hanging on the wall in our entrance and is made up from two months worth of the class blocks. The large block is the LeMoyne Star which is my favourite from the entire course. I love stars anyway, and I had often thought of making one of these stars but always thought they looked so hard. In fact, it wasn’t as hard to piece as I had expected. I chose a mix of navy and green fabrics on the same grey background I used for all the blocks.
In the bottom corner and up the side you can see four smaller blocks called Offset Log Cabin. These included the green fabric I used in the star so they were a perfect set to match up for this small quilt. I added some extra grey panels to make the quilt square and another navy print for the binding.
Once I had pieced my quilt and gotten it ready for quilting, I needed to decide on a quilting pattern. I decided to go with straight line quilting with my walking foot. I like how easy this is compared to free motion quilting and I’m really happy with the result. I went around the star then echoed the line, around and around until I reached the edges of the quilt. My lines are not perfect – some are closer or further apart than others – but I’m still happy with it. Those little imperfections just give it interest and from a distance they are not very noticeable. I used grey thread to match the background so the quilting creates texture rather than being another design feature. Within the star I stitched ‘in the ditch’ across the inner points just to secure the layers together.
I am actually taking another Craftsy class at the moment all about quilting with the walking foot and picking up more ideas for straight line and curved quilting so I will share more about that another day.
Remember those Wonderclips I mentioned in my Sewing Machine Mat post? The ones I got from Sew Box Subscriptions? Well, they were great for the binding of this quilt. I used them just as I have previously used pegs.
Find the Birch Wonderclips I used to hold my binding while I hand stitched the back on Amazon – Affiliate link:
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