Friday Finish: Stars Over Shallotte

WOW!!  I can’t believe I finished this already.  I started out this UFO as only being cut out just a couple weeks ago when my friend Nell said she was going to try to get her UFO Fair and Square finished before Bonnie Hunter’s new mystery quilt started.  I thought she had a wonderful idea so I jumped in and tried to finish a UFO too.  Well one thing led to another and that’s when we challenged all of you to join us.

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Honestly, I didn’t think I had a prayer of finishing this up but having a goal made me try harder to squeeze in sewing time.  I told myself I had to sew a minimum on 15 minutes a day on it.  Then luckily last Saturday I had an entire day to work on it.

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Before the blocks were entirely finished I had a little talk with myself that I couldn’t wimp out and stall over making a setting triangle fabric choice. (yes-I do have to talk to myself to make me decide)  I went to the fabric store and just bought it.  I didn’t even bring the blocks in with me or fret about it.  I didn’t even ask for help from the store owner.  I did it all on my own (that’s an accomplishment for me!)

The thread on top is Maxi Lock Charcoal.  The back is a Maxi Lock red of some sort.

I think Ruby is having a sniff-fest smelling the upcycled shirt fabric as it doesn’t “smell like our house”.

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I really like the backing.  In the spirit of using upcycled shirts, I upcycled a 100% cotton sheet too!!  It was in wonderful shape and I wish I had 10 more just like it.  The sheet is perfect for this quilt.  It wasn’t quite big enough thus the added fabric.

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I am thinking about giving this one to Kalissa’s boyfriend.  I’ve been told giving quilts to a boyfriend is a kiss of death to the relationship though.  What do you think??

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I used some sort of swirl with a flame for the quilting in an all over design.  It’s nothing fancy but worked out just fine.

This quilt is one of those that you might be tempted to skip the pieced border…Don’t do that though.  The pieced border makes the quilt!!

Since I have been working on Stars Over Shallotte (From Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green), many people have commented that this quilt is on their bucket list.  If Stars Over Shallotte  and Hand Me Downs (From Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-pupose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green” shown below) are both are your bucket list of quilts to make here’s a hint to make it all go quicker.

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Make the Hand Me Downs quilt first.  Save your bonus triangles and use them for Stars Over Shallotte.  That’s what I did and it made getting the quilt put together much quicker-once I took them off the UFO pile.

Today, we are hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Each day leading to Thanksgiving I’ve added something I am thankful for.

Today I am thankful for the excess I have in my life.  I have more fabric than I need-more crafting supplies-more food-more everything than what I need to sustain life.  Today I was reminded of that when I bought a second set of sheets for my bed.  For years and years I have always wanted a second set so that when I take the first set off I can immediately put the new set on.  We’ve spent years of me with good intentions grabbing the sheets off the bed to wash and then not getting them back on the bed at bedtime.  It’s so annoying to be  tired and get upstairs and have to get into the bed before you crawl in.  So today, I am thankful for the excess in my life.

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16 thoughts on “Friday Finish: Stars Over Shallotte

  1. Libby Smith

    I agree, Jo, the border “makes” that quilt. And I appreciate the hint about starting with the other one first and saving the triangles. I love both of those quilts, but neither is in my bucket list. I have close to 50 projects kitted up, ready to sew, and my fabric shelves are still full. Hoping my stash reports for 2014 are all on the negative side!

  2. Linda

    If you really like this guy enough to give him that quilt he must be really something…..do what your heart tells you…

  3. Carolyn

    That is such a beautiful quilt! Awesome. And I too only have 1 set of sheets, gave the second set to DD. I need to get myself a new set. I hate not getting the sheets washed, dried, and back on the bed before bed time.

  4. Sandi

    Your quilts are beautiful! Congrats on getting Stars over Shallots finished. I’m tucking threads and then have to tack the binding down and Easy Street will be finished. Thanks for the challenge.

  5. Jackie

    Having a spare set of sheets for the bed is a great thing! If I were really rich and crazy I’d have a fresh set of sheets in the bed every day! Nothing beats the feeling of clean fresh sheets when you’re tired! Your Stars over Shalotte turned out beautifully. Thanks for the tip to make Hand Me Downs first.

  6. Elaine Adair

    Oh Jo – what a beauty (Lady of Shalotte). When that was shown I also made one, and since the Lady of Shalotte was really named Elaine, I kinda felt that quilt was personal for me. Mom liked Encligh Literature. For the label, I have the whole story of King Arthur, Genevieve, Sir Lancelot, and Galahad, etc. and poor Fair Elaine, floating and dieing in a boat along the River Thiems, with no one to pay the cost of her burial.

    You didn’t expect all that in a comment did you? LOL I need to get it finished – my top is together – it’s nice to see how you finished it. Yours is a beatiful incentive for me..

    Elaine Adair

  7. Elaine Adair

    Oh Jo – what a beauty (Lady of Shalotte). When that was shown I also made one, and since the Lady of Shalotte was really named Elaine, I kinda felt that quilt was personal for me. Mom liked Encligh Literature. For the label, I have the whole story of King Arthur, Genevieve, Sir Lancelot, and Galahad, etc. and poor Fair Elaine, floating and dieing in a boat along the River Thiems, with no one to pay the cost of her burial.

    You didn’t expect all that in a comment did you? LOL I need to get it finished – my top is together – it’s nice to see how you finished it. Yours is a beatiful incentive for me..

    Elaine Adair

  8. Joanie C

    Love your idea of finishing up a UFO. I am still working on Easy Street but that is my goal. You did a wonderful job!

  9. Greta Anderson

    I love the setting! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like that. The block is quite interesting, too. And I love the fact that you used old shirts. I find it hard to believe you don’t trust your instincts. As for the boyfriend, I have no idea!

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