Simply Starred Mini Quilt

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!


Summer Starburst: Mini Quilt #32

I had so much fun sharing a new block design last month for the New Blogger’s Block Hop, and I am so glad to finally have the binding on this project so I can share the mini quilt version of this block with you now.  If you would like to make a Summer Starburst block, it is available for free on Craftsy.

Summer Starburst front view

This block was done for practice prior to cutting into the final fabric.  The color palette is very close to what I used for the final block, but I thought it would be fun to incorporate a border to finish off the design.  Checkerboard designs have long been a favorite of mine, and this block really pops with this type of surround.

Summer Starburst detail

This was one of the first projects to go onto my longarm machine, so I decided to quilt each color in the block with a different filler pattern.  I left the black squares of the the checkerboard un-quilted so they have a slight “poof.”

Summer Starburst back view

I went with a patterned fabric for the quilt back, in part because I wasn’t certain of my free motion quilting abilities, but I think that I would have been happier with a solid background for this project.  I think the different colors of quilting thread compete too much with the backing.

Summer Starburst

I still have another practice Summer Starburst block around, so I’m deciding what to do with it- maybe a pillow is in my future!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Summer Starburst Mini

Size: 16.25″ x 16.25″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing, machine piecing

Quilting:  Free motion quilting on an A-1 longarm

Fabric:  Solid cottons by Kona and American Made

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced with Invisafil by WonderFil, Quilted with assorted 50wt cotton machine quilting threads by WonderFil, Connecting Threads, and Signature

Binding:  Solid black cotton, cut 2″ wide, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched on the back.

What was new?

Using all Free Motion quilting on a longarm

Quilt 32 / 50

Quilt 32 / 50

Goal #9 is finished!

Goal #9 is finished!


Summer Starburst: A Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop Quilt Block

Summer Starburst Quilt Block is created using foundation paper piecing.  This technique gives you lovely, precise points, resulting in a block with a clean, professional appearance.  If you have never tried this process before, it may sound complex, but I encourage you to give it a try.  Once you have done it a few times, you will develop a rhythm and may even come to love this technique as much as I do!

Summer Starburst Block


I designed this block in conjunction with the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop which is a continuation of this Summer’s New Blogger’s Blog Hop.
2015 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

There are going to be tutorials for more than 60 different brand new blocks over the next four days!  Not only do you get the directions for all of these lovely designs, but there are also several chances to win a bundle of Fabri-Quilt Prairie Cloth Cotton Solids in the Watermelon Summer color palette we have used to make these blocks.  For a chance to win, check out the daily host’s blog.  Links to all of today’s blocks and all of the host’s websites can be found at the end of this post.  I’m excited to see everyone’s creations, and I hope you are too!

Fabri-Quilt generously supplied each blogger involved in this hop a fat eighth of each of the six colors in the Watermelon Summer palette.  The blocks that have been made from the Fabri-Quilt solids are being turned into charity quilts by our generous hosts.  There will be at least three quilts created and donated to children facing challenging circumstances.

Summer Starburst

Finished Size: 12’’ x 12’’ (This block consists of four 6-1/2” square sections and the finished block will be 12-1/2’’ x 12- 1/2’’ before being joined to other blocks or borders)

Preparing the Foundation Paper

Download the PDF foundation paper piecing template to your desktop or folder of your choice.

Quilt Block Designs-Summer Starburst Paper Piecing

The Summer Starburst pattern along with PDF Instructions are also available on Craftsy.

Print one PDF at 100% scale.  There is a one inch square next to the pattern.  Please take a moment to measure all sides of this square to make sure that there are no scale or distortion issues that occurred in the printing process.  After this check, print three more (4 total) foundation papers.  Double check the 1” square on each print to ensure accuracy.

Note: You may print this pattern on standard printer paper or a specialty foundation paper of your choice.

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Using a ruler to check template scale

Using a ruler to check template scale


To prepare for foundation paper piecing, cut the following size rectangles from the indicated fabrics.  Italicized Colors in parenthesis indicate the color used for block construction in the following tutorial.  Please Note:  By nature, foundation paper piecing involves a certain amount of fabric waste. The rectangle sizes below allow for the easiest construction of this block. It may be possible to save some additional fabric by rough cutting triangle shapes rather than rectangles.  I only suggest this option for experienced foundation paper piecers.

Fabric A (Turquoise):

  • Section 1:  Four pieces 3-1/2’’ x 5’’

Fabric B (Aqua):

  • Section 2:  Four pieces 3’’ x 7’’

Fabric C (Lapis Blue):

  • Section 3:  Four Pieces 2’’ x 7’’
  • Section 7:  Four Pieces 3-1/4’’ x 7’’

Fabric D (White):

  • Section 4:  Four Pieces 3’’ x 5’’
  • Section 6:  Four Pieces  3-1/2’’ x 4’’

Fabric E (Chartreuse):

  • Section 5:  Four Pieces 2-1/4’’ x 6’’

Fabric F (Coral):

  • Section 8:  Four Pieces  2-1/2’’ x 7-1/4’’

Block Fabrics and Color Key


This block is foundation paper pieced in four sections which are joined in the final step of block construction.

Step 1:  Rough cut the foundation paper to be approximately 1/4’’ larger on all sides than the outermost printed lines.

Four templates that have been rough cut for stitching

Four templates that have been rough cut for stitching

Note:  The fabric construction of the paper pieced block occurs on the non-printed side of the pattern.

Step 2:  With the printed side of the pattern facing down, place a piece of fabric A right side up directly over section 1.  (See Figure A)  If desired, you may pin this to the paper.  Hold the paper up to a light source to ensure all of section 1 is covered by the fabric and there is at least 1/4” of extra fabric extending over the section 1 boundary lines into all adjoining areas.

Please Note:  Fabric is placed on the non-printed side of your paper piecing template.  For clarity, the diagrams in this pattern include grey lines that indicate what you would see if the template was held up to a light source.

Figure A

Note:  When foundation paper piecing, section 1 is the only section that the fabric is placed right side up.

Step 3:  Position the fabric for section 2 wrong side up over the section 1 fabric with a small amount crossing the line between the two sections and the main body of the fabric over section 1. (See Figure B)  Pin both fabrics along the stitching line between sections 1 & 2.  Flip the section 2 fabric along the pin line.  Hold the block up to a light source to see if the fabric will cover all of section two.  Adjust the fabric placement as needed.Figure B

Step 4:  When you are happy with the fabric placement, turn the block so the paper is on top.  With the printed side of the paper facing up, carefully machine straight stitch along the line between sections one and two.  I suggest using a small stitch and backstitching at the beginning and end of the stitching line.  You may extend the stitching beyond the line on either end, but it is not required.

Stitching Segment 3

So, I forgot to take a photo of the stitching the line for segments 1 & 2. This is the photo adding segment 3, but you can still see how the paper is printed side up, fabric down, and you are stitching directly on the line.

Step 5:  Flip the section two fabric toward its finished position to double check that all of section two is covered.  Turn the section two fabric back over section one and fold the paper foundation back along the stitching line.  Trim the excess fabric away from the stitching line leaving about a quarter inch to act as seam allowance.

Folding back the template to trim the excess fabric

Folding back the template to trim the excess fabric

Measuring a 1/4" seam allowance

Measuring a 1/4″ seam allowance

Trimming the seam allowance

Trimming the seam allowance

Trimmed seam allowance

Trimmed seam allowance

Step 6:  Carefully press the section two fabric into place over area two.  (See Figure C)Figure C

Segments 1 and 2 pressed


Note:  Now you will work around the foundation template in numerical order following steps 2-6 for each section.

Section 3:  Position the section three fabric wrong side up with the main body of the fabric over section two.  (See Figure D)  Use a light source to check the fabric positioning. Figure D

With the printed side of the paper facing up, stitch along the line between sections two and three, trim the seam allowance, and press the section three fabric into place.  (See Figure E)Figure E

Section 4:  Position the section four fabric wrong side up with the main body of the fabric over section three.  (See Figure F)  Use a light source to check the fabric positioning. Figure F

Stitch along the line between sections three and four, trim the seam allowance, and press the section four fabric into place.  (See Figure G)Figure G

Section 5:  Position the section five fabric wrong side up with the main body of the fabric over sections three and  four.  (See Figure H)  Use a light source to check the fabric positioning. Figure H

Stitch along the line between sections three/four and five, trim the seam allowance, and press the section five fabric into place.  (See Figure I)Figure I

Section 6:  Position the section six fabric wrong side up with the main body of the fabric over section five.  (See Figure J)  Use a light source to check the fabric positioning. Figure J

Stitch along the line between sections five and six, trim the seam allowance, and press the section six fabric into place.  (See Figure K)Figure K

Section 7:  Position the section seven fabric wrong side up with the main body of the fabric over sections five and six.  (See Figure L)  Use a light source to check the fabric positioning. Figure L

Stitch along the line between sections five/six and seven, trim the seam allowance, and press the section seven fabric into place.  (See Figure M)Figure M

Section 8:  Position the section eight fabric wrong side up with the main body of the fabric over sections 1-7.  (See Figure N)  Use a light source to check the fabric positioning. Figure N

Stitch along the line between section 8 and the previous sections, trim the seam allowance, and press the section eight fabric into place.  (See Figure O)Figure O

Completely Stitched Block Section that is ready to be trimmed

Completely Stitched Block Section that is ready to be trimmed

Step 7:  Finish the block segment by pressing it well and using a rotary cutter and ruler to trim the excess paper and fabric along the outermost printed line of the block.  (See Figure P)

Figure P

Partially trimmed block segment

Partially trimmed block segment

Note:  Each block segment will measure 6-1/2’’ x 6-1/2’’ at this stage

Step 8:  This is where you lather, rinse, and repeat steps 1-7 three more times to make a total of four block segments.

Step 9:  Arrange these segments into the block configuration.  (See Figure Q)Figure Q

Step 10:  Use Wonder Clips or pins to hold two segments together while you sew along the stitching line.  (See Figure R)  Press the seam allowances open.Figure R

Step 11:  Sew the two larger sections together and press the seam allowance open to complete the block.  (See Figure S)Figure S

Step 12:  If you are creating a quilt consisting entirely of this or other foundation paper pieced blocks you may leave the papers in place until construction is complete.  If you are combining this block with traditionally pieced or appliquéd block or if this block will be used on its own, carefully tear out the foundation papers now.

Here are just a few of the possible layouts that you could achieve with this block:

This Layout alternates Summer Starburst blocks with Mirrored Summer Starburst Blocks

This Layout alternates Summer Starburst blocks with Mirrored Summer Starburst Blocks

I really like the effect of this layout.  If you like it too, here is the template for the Mirrored Summer Starburst Block:

Quilt Block Designs-Mirrored Summer Starburst Paper Piecing

Summer Starburst Blocks

Summer Starburst Blocks

Summer Starburst Blocks with sashing

Summer Starburst Blocks with sashing

Summer Starburst Mini Quilt with Checkerboard Border

Summer Starburst Mini Quilt or Pillow with Checkerboard Border

Hmm . . . This mini quilt may be in my Mini Quilt Mania future!

Below are links to the rest of today’s original blocks.  I hope you take a moment to discover some lovely new designs!

Today’s wonderful host is Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl.  Remember- she’s hosting a fabric giveaway today!

The rest of today’s blocks can be found on the following blogs:

Kelly @Quilting it Out
Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Tuesday’s Host is Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday will be brought to you by Stephanie of Late Night Quilter

Terri Ann at Childlike Fascination will host the final group on Thursday

Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Rainbow Rotary

I am excited to make Rainbow Rotary my first entry into The Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This was my first rainbow quilt, but I didn’t make it too easy-  There are 72 different fabrics creating the circle of color!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary is a re-interpretation of a traditional Courthouse Steps block that I turned into a wedge.  Eight wedges combine to form this circle of color.  If you would like to see more on the development of this design, please check out the original Rainbow Rotary post.  In this detail photo you can see some of the block construction as well as the quilting detail.

Rainbow Roundabout detail a


Each of the 72 sections of color has a single line of echo quilting in a coordinating thread.  The white sections of each wedge are quilted using a thread color which matches the dominant color of the wedge.  Nine different threads were used to quilt this project.

Rainbow Roundabout back view

One of the most exciting aspects of using so many different threads is that the back of the quilt has a subtle thread rainbow on the solid white backing fabric

Rainbow Roundabout back quilting detail

This quilt will be in the ROYGBIV category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  The Festival is currently open for entries and nominations for viewer’s choice.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely quilts that have been entered, and come back between May 22-29 to vote for your favorites in every category!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Rainbow Rotary

Size:  18.5″x18.5″

Techniques:  Foundation paper piecing

Quilting:  Echo Quilting within each area of the quilt using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  74 different fabrics:  72 colors from scrap and stash, Kona cotton in whiter for background and backing, Lotta Jansdotter stripe for binding

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with Connecting Threads cotton Essentials quilting thread in Red, Grape Juice, Peridot, Persian Blue, Persimmon, and Sangria as well as yellow, teal, and green in Gutermann Mara 100.

Binding:  Striped fabric, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machined stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back.

Up Next:  I am currently writing a pattern for this quilt!

If you like this quilt, you may want to take a look at Mini Quilt Mania– I am making a mini quilt a week for 2015!

April Showers: Mini Quilt #18

This mini quilt was designed a few months ago right after I received this package of fat quarters by Bonnie and Camille that I won in a giveaway from Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  The fabrics come from Bonnie and Camille’s April Showers line of fabric, so I decided that April would be the perfect time to create and share this little quilt.

April Showers Mini Quilt front view

The abstract triangular raindrops in this quilt are foundation paper pieced in rows before being assembled into the quilt top.

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In deciding what fabric to pair with the April Showers Fabrics, I looked at several color options.  I knew that I wanted to go with a solid background fabric in order to show off the cute prints in the fat quarter collection.  White seemed a bit stark for this project, and the blues I had available were a little too cheerful.  This mid-tone grey really captured the feel of a rainy day.

April Showers front detail

I kept the backing simple by using the same grey fabric.  This really allowed the matchstick quilting to shine.  Most of the quilting was done with a teal colored 50wt cotton thread by WonderFil.  I had read good things about this thread in the last issue of Generation Q Magazine, so when I saw their booth at the American Quilter’s Society show in Paducah last week, I knew I wanted to purchase a couple spools.  It really worked out beautifully, and I used red and yellow thread that I already had on hand to add interest to the matchstick design.  I wanted to add a little glitz to this quilt to emulate the shimmer of raindrops so I attempted to use silver metallic thread.  In the past, I have not had the best experience with metallic thread, but this time it worked really well.  The fantastic and helpful people in at the WonderFil vendor booth gave me a sample pack of thread which included a metallic silver thread with a rayon core.  It is a really light, thin thread that went through my machine beautifully.  There was no shredding or breaking of the thread, which was really exciting given my past experience with metallics.  I was quite pleased with the life this small amount of shimmer the metallic thread adds to the design.

April Showers back view

Rather than keeping the entire binding grey, I decided to add small pieces of the April Showers fabric along one side of the bias.

April Showers binding detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  April Showers

Size:  18.25″ x 9.25″

Techniques:  Foundation Paper Piecing

Quilting:  Matchstick quilting using four different threads

Fabrics:  April Showers by Bonnie and Camille, mid-tone grey solid from my stash (I think it was a Kona cotton)

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced using Gutermann Mara 100 in white and grey, Quilted with 50wt Egyptian Cotton Konfetti color 607 by WonderFil, Silver Metallic Rayon core WonderFil, 50wt Red Cotton Essentials machine quilting thread by Connecting Threads, and 50wt Daffodil Yellow (1135) cotton Aurifil Thread

Binding:  Grey bias with April Showers accents, cut 2″ wide, machine stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back

What was new:

A new pattern

A new (and more successful) metallic thread

Quilt 18 / 50

Quilt 18 / 50

Goal #4 is Finished!

Goal #4 is Finished!

This week Darcy at Modern Cozy is starting a weekly link up for Mini Quilts called Mini Quilt Monday.  I am really looking forward to having a link up available that is dedicated to the fabulous mini quilt!  I am also linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, and the Paper Piecing Party at Quilt Art Design.  Please stop by to see the fantastic sewing being done!