A Quilt Finish: Star Gazer

It happened.  I finished up my Star Gazer quilt.

When I last left you, this quilt was on the frame and I had measured the backing incorrectly and came up about 4″ too short.  UGH.

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I overcame that finished the quilt and got it bound.  Then the weather kicked in with rain, rain, and more rain.  That left me unable to pictures.  Well…the pictures got taken and here it is….

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Overall, I’m really happy with it.  It’s a fun dose of scrappy.

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In the original quilt the sashing was green and black.  I opted to go with gold and black.

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One of the reasons this quilt stalled out and didn’t get finished is that I had trouble trying to decide which color would be best for the sashing.

When I asked Hubby what he thought of the quilt…his response…too much green.  Look at the quilt.  Do you see too much green?When I look at it, I see a lot of blue….oh well.  If his biggest fault is that he doesn’t know his colors, I’m okay with that.

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This one is going into my pile for a great quilt give away quilt.  I have a pile of quilts that I’ve made but I know I won’t keep.  If a wedding pops up, I might gift there…if someone visits and I’m in the gifting mood, it might go.  I’ve made it through round one gifting quilts to the nieces that I’m close to…who knows, maybe I’ll have round two with them.

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I need to make a few more quilts that I’m willing to give away though!!

This quilt was great for my lifestyle.  I would sew in the morning before childcare and I would trim and iron if I got a chance at nap time.  I love that.  Some patterns aren’t as friendly that way.

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One thing I did to bring the quilt together that Bonnie Hunter, the creator the pattern, didn’t do is use the same fabric for the red triangles in the block, the inner border and the binding.

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Here’s the backing.  I started out needing to add something to make the 6 yards of fabric that I had work….I added my left over Talkin’ Turkey blocks.

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When I ran out of backing fabric because I measured wrong, I had to add something.  I had only a strip of backing fabric left…and it wasn’t quite long enough.  This is what I ended up doing.

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It’s not pretty at all but it’s done…and if I hadn’t told you, you would have never known. (I like to keep in honest here.  I make mistakes too!)

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No quilt is complete without a Ruby picture….

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That checks another UFO quilt off my list.  I’m working on the two Zuckerwatte quilts now.  You can follow with that quilt by checking back here on Wednesday.

Other quilt credits include:  I used the quilting motif that I always use…this one.  The quilt is a Bonnie Hunter design and can be found in her book Scraps and Shirttails I.

Check out Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict if you want to see more finished projects.

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20 thoughts on “A Quilt Finish: Star Gazer

  1. Gretchen

    I like that you used the same red in the blocks. It just ties the blocks together and makes it a little more restful. Sometimes we just don’t measure right and need to add more backing. It happens to all of us.

  2. Tina in NJ

    I seriously love this quilt! I’m in the high school graduation time of life (kids, nieces, nephews) and I want to do stars for one, as she’s into theater. This one just jumped to the top of the potentials list. But, I have to make her sister one first. So far, I’m halfway through my two kids and their seven cousins. Keeps me busy!

  3. Rebecca Harbour

    I love your choice of gold and black sashing. Really makes the stars pop!

  4. Robby

    I find orderly scrappiness more appealing. Your repeat of the red adds a restful note of cohesion to produce a truly gorgeous quilt.

  5. Donna

    This quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I really like the changes you made to the colors. Wish I was your niece so I could choose this one. Guess I’ll have to make my own.

  6. maggie

    I love your quilt. Mine has stalled at the sashing as well. I like what you did, maybe I can move on with it now. thanks

  7. Dian

    You and your quilts are amazing. This is a real beauty both front and back. We too have had lots of rain with the Mississippi at flood stage at La Crosse. I think of all the farmers that are struggling to get the crop planted but so many fields are under water or too wet. We all really need to catch a break with the wettest spring on record.

  8. Mary Jo B.

    Love the quilt! Thanks for the picture of Ruby. Also, thanks for posting about the Material Magic shop. I might head down there this weekend. I know they talk about all the Memorial Day traffic, but I’m not sure there will be big traffic jams in New Hampton, Iowa. :>)

  9. Bernadette

    Wow! I love this quilt. It is nice and scrappy, and the colors look so well together. Anyone would love to have it in their home, and sleep under it. Great job, and the back looks great, too. Have a good Memorial weekend.

  10. Liz

    Those are not mistakes. They are creative ways and I love it. I would have done the same thing. Add where needed.

  11. ShirlR

    This quilt is drop-dead gorgeous – in every way! I couldn’t wait to see it finished when you showed us the sashing; everything is just perfect! I love it! Thanks for the multiple pictures of it. No, there isn’t too much green; I see all the colors as a luscious blend. Whoever gets this one is going to be so lucky!

  12. Lynn White

    Just lovely, the scrappy stars, sashing choice of colour (gold good one) and the borders. A wholesome goodness, someone is going to be very lucky to receive it. And I think the back looks great too.

  13. Diane in WA

    I really like the quilt. I used your sashing colors on mine and have the center finished. I now need to work on the pieced borders. I always look forward to seeing Ruby posing on your quilts!!

  14. Lacefaerie

    Gorgeous! I really liked the photos ere the blocks look on point! I think that would make a pretty modification. I think your use of red brought balance and cohesion to the quilt. A great change!

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