I finished sewing this top together last Saturday morning (hooray for a finish in a month!), just before my daughter arrived for a visit with her nearly-grown kittens. They love to slide across the hardwood floor, scattering whatever's on it. (I've learned the hard way to pick up quilt blocks from my design floor.) We try to keep them corralled in other parts of the house but they sometimes escape.
I think this quilt looks calm, comforting, and warm. I'm still struggling just a little with the symmetry. I know if I put
this quilt on a bed I will not be happy with the fact that the vertical
center is a square with a star to its upper left and a star to its lower
right. On a bed, to my eye, a strip of stars should be in the center.
The fabric for the squares and sashing came from thrift shirts in
neutrals and several pieces of fabric from my sewing days. For the
stars I used leftover blue fabrics from another quilt. The binding will
also be blue, from a thrift shirt, and I think it may be wider than the
I'm happy with the stars but I realize now that they could have been bigger. The squares finish at 7½" and the sashing finishes at 2". With wider sashing, the stars would have been bigger and, therefore, stronger. If I make another of these quilts sometime in the future I'll try cutting the sashing at 3".
The symmetry (or lack of it) must not bother me enough to add another strip of blocks on one side or the other because I pieced the back today.
I had two pieces of wide fabric that I thought would work for the back, neither more than a yard and a quarter. Then I pulled out a shirt in a similar blue I recently found at the thrift store. I left the curves of the shirt bottom on the outside edge of the back. No sense cutting it and then cutting it into even smaller pieces when trimming the quilt before binding it.
I hope to lay out the batting tonight so I can layer and baste tomorrow. Finally I will have something to hand quilt! And I'm super thrilled to have a finished top and a finished back all in one week!
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> Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
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