Simply Starred Mini Quilt

October 28, 2015

A few months ago I signed up for my first Instagram mini quilt swap, and it is currently wrapping up.  Now that my partner has received the mini I made, I thought I would share it here.Simply Starred front view

This quilt is also my entry into the Mini Quilt Category in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side./Users/cassandra_ireland/Desktop/Quilting/My Quilts/Quilt Drafti

The pattern for this quilt is an original design that I drafted using AutoCad to create the foundation paper piecing templates.  It is pieced in eight wedge shaped segments and then the corners and borders are added.Simply Starred front detail three

There are 83 different fabrics used in this mini quilt, 80 of which form the star.  Each color is intended to flow into the next which results in a rainbow effect for the central image.Simply Starred front detail two

Simply Starred front detail one

The quilting in the central star is done using a walking foot on my domestic machine with threads which coordinate with the fabric.  Pebble quilting fills the negative space and was done on an A-1 longarm machine.  I love it when I have the opportunity to juxtapose organic elements with straight lines, and I was pleased with how the pebbling creates a delightful textural element.  The multicolored threads transfer a subtle version of the rainbow effect to the back of the quilt.Simply Starred back

Simply Starred back detail

Striped binding cut on the bias frames this piece, and I used the same fabric to frame the handwritten label for the quilt.

Simply Starred back


Simply Starred folded and labeled

Quilt Stats

Title:  Simply Starred

Size:  19.5″ x 19.5″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing

Quilting:  The center star is machine quilting using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008, and the negative space is free motion  quilted using a stitch regulated mode on the A-1 Elite Longarm

Fabric:  83 different quilting cottons

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using 100wt InvisaFil by WonderFil, quilted with assorted 50wt cotton quilting threads from WonderFil, Aurifil, Mettler, and Connecting Threads

Binding:  Striped fabric in 2″ wide strips made using continuous bias techniques, machine stitched to the quilt front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

A new foundation paper pieced pattern

Combining domestic and longarm quilting on a single quilt

Goal #19 is Finished!

Goal #19 is Finished!


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    Quilting Tangent
    October 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Great new star design.

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    October 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Wow! Everything about this is amazing!

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    October 28, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    This is a beautiful wallhanging. I love the way the colors flow. After 65 years I’m beginning to learn about the color wheel. Your quilting is beautiful. Good luck in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

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    October 28, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Superb design, piecing, and quilting! Congrats!

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    Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    October 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I like the way you started in the negative space by echoing outside the star, it gives a nice impact to the pattern. And what an amazing amount of work – 83 fabrics? Wow!

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    October 29, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Beautiful quilt! I just love this

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    October 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Beautiful piece; lucky recipient!!

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    October 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    This is an awesome quilt! I cannot imagine being able to get points that are so long and narrow!! I love it! well done 🙂

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    October 29, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Wow. Look at all those beautiful sharp little points. The colors, piecing and quilting are all wonderful. It’s a great quilt!

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    October 30, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Goodness 80 star points!! It is wonderfully graduated colour wise and has a real 3D look about it. Good luck in the Bloggers quilt Festival. You have my vote!!

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    October 30, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    That is a fantastic star! Love all the fabrics and colors you used! Great choice of quilting too, it really compliments the design.

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    Beth A
    November 5, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Stunning, stunning, stunning! And a Wow! I couldn’t believe it when I scrolled down and realized you have given this away. I guess you could duplicate it for yourself if you wished but I just can’t believe being able to do something like this in the first place. Needless to say I love it and I am totally in awe of your talents. Absolutely beautiful!

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    Susie Q
    November 9, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Amazing quilt…. patience for sure.

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    January 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Fabulous! LOVE it!

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    January 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I love it, all 83 different fabrics! If you are interested in sharing the pattern, I would love a copy. I’m visiting as part of the 2015 FAL Cheerleading Squad. I hope you will join us for the 2016 FAL too.

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