No mini quilt this month,
but I do have a major top finished!
I have continued to work on my
Stars Upon Stars quilt for the past couple of weeks.
And, now, I'm happy to say,
the top is done.
This pattern originated from an antique quilt
found in the collection at the museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The top was pieced in the 1890's.
I used the rubber stamp pattern from
By stamping the template pieces,
the hand sewing was perfect and
the star blocks were precise.
I had also bought the pattern from Laundry Basket.
It was done with strip piecing and I knew I would not be
able to sew accurately enough to handle this method.
I did recalculate her sashing method
and used her idea for my stashing.
I guess each method is dependent on how you like to sew.
It was fun to eventually lay out the blocks
and see the quilt coming together.
My design floor
Sewing the parts together was a challenge.
A lot of bias edges.
I admit I don't usually pin much,
but realized I needed to use lots of pins
and a stylist to help keep everything under control.
The long seams took over an hour to pin, sew and then press.
We all know there's a difference between pressing and ironing.
The back of this quilt is amazing with the
amount of seams.
Pressing was key to keeping the blocks squared
and not stretching them out of shape.
The perfect pressing is also key
when it comes to the quilting.
I admit I'm an ironer, so I had to continue
to remind myself to press, not iron!
So now this beauty is one step closer to being done.
There are no borders on this quilt and
I have stay stitched around the outer edge.
The new challenge will be to keep the edges from stretching
and then adding a straight binding at the end.
It has been a 2 year journey to get to this point.
Maybe it's time to put some fabric away.
I've kept all the fabrics in baskets and bags
so I wouldn't repeat fabrics.
It will be like having a new stash,
but now it's time to to find a backing
and get quilting!
I'm planning on machine quilting this myself,
mostly quilting in the ditch.
That alone will be challenge,
but aren't good things worth it?
Until Next Time-