Friday, July 26, 2019

My first summer finish!

I finally can say that I have a finish this summer. I usually expect to have more time to quilt during the summer months as I am out of school but this year we have been BUSY with vacation and FAMILY! All good things!
I first started cutting out and sewing my medallion quilt in January 2019.
In February, I had the top finished and in June, I finally got it sandwiched before we left for the PNW. So now it is July and I got the quilt DONE! 
Here's is a peek at the planning that this quilt required. After drawing out the pattern on graph paper, I numbered each row. I then counted (and recounted) the number of HST of each color combination needed in each row. 
There are 276 HST in the quilt!
I started quilting in the ditch around each star with gray thread. After they were done, I continued the pattern around the ball of stars in white thread, 1" apart. 
When I finished straight line quilting, I wanted to add some FMQ in the stars. I drew up this pattern using a piece of glass and a dry erase marker. 
I didn't add the inner circles.
The backing is pieced from the Kona pink and gray used in the medallion and a pink and gray floral.  
 I'm calling this quilt 'Great Ball of Stars'. 
It finishes at 60.5" square.
 I'm linking up to Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Friday Foto Fun and Favorite Finish Monthly Link Up


  1. Absolutely!...whoop!...whoop! I just hate how work life gets so much in the way of fun life. However, it is a necessity. Your new quilt looks amazing! I love the ball of stars. Pink and gray are always a great combination. Pretty choices for your quilting design. I just want to crawl into my computer screen and cuddle up with your new star quilt!

  2. Fabulous finish with so many HSTs. Lovely.

  3. This is soooo cool! Big Ball of Stars, indeed. Congratulations on a super, and original finish! :)

  4. Gorgeous quilt! Love your quilting design, too. Congrats on the finish!! :)

  5. I had to click on the link from Busy Hands Quilts to read about your stunning quilt. I'm so impressed with your design. That is a lot of HSTs. Your quilting is lovely.

  6. Sew beautiful, Dawn!!! It's rather unexpected in pink and grey, which makes it look like a great big fluffy pink dandelion. Very thoughtful and pretty quilting, too!


Sweet sentiments