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Little Lady Star

I decided to take a little break from my Economy Blocks this week. I’m up to one hundred blocks (!!), and I can’t decide whether or not to keep going. Putting off that decision in favor of making a new quilt top seemed like the obvious choice. Besides, I know three babies who are due in early spring and they each need a baby quilt!

My design for this quilt top was inspired by Jeni Baker’s Giant Vintage Star Quilt, but mine is a slightly modified (and hugely enlarged!) version of the Two Colors Star from the Solstice Stars Quilt Along over at Fresh Lemons. I used a rose print from Glimma and a silvery grey print from Bella, which I think are the perfect pair for a baby girl quilt. The colors are feminine and dainty — perfect for my soon-to-be niece. If any baby was going to be a little lady from day one, it’s this one. (Note: not a quality my own offspring will be sporting!).

Piecing the quilt top was the perfect project to break in my new featherweight, too. I am so smitten with this little machine. I was finally able to finish restoring her, and wow. Just wow. I’m making it a point to spoil the old girl whenever I can — my most recent acquisition being the stork scissors you can see below. But I’m getting side tracked…

Featherweight making HSTs

The block requires eight (8) half square triangles in the dominant color, and four (4) half-square triangles in the secondary color. Here’s a mini tutorial in case anyone wants to make one of these for themselves. Requires a half-yard of each of color, and maybe 2.5 yards of the background color (don’t quote me on the background color though, I keep a huge bolt of white around). Yields one baby quilt (45″ x 45″). In my book, it’s a perfect size for tummy time, playing at the park, or tenting the stroller.

Cutting Instructions:

  • 9-inch square of dominant color (rose) — Cut Four (4)
  • 9-inch square of accent color (silver) — Cut Two (2)
  • 9-inch square of back ground color (white) — Cut Six (6)
  • 8-inch square of dominant color — Cut Four (2)
  • 8-inch square of accent color — Cut Four (4)
  • 15.5 inch square of background color — Cut Four (4)

Piecing Instructions:

  • Match one colored 9-inch square and one white 9-inch square, right sides together.
  • Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line across the white 9-inch square
  • Sew a 1/4 inch away on either side of your line (my featherweight is demonstrating this technique above).
    Note: If you are using directional prints, be careful of the direction you sew your half-square triangles in. To figure it out, just lay everything out before you stitch. Ask me how I know :)
  • Cut along your pencil line, separating the square into two half-square triangles. Press squares open. Repeat until you have eight (8) HSTS in your main color, and four (4) HSTs in the accent color.
  • Match the seam with the diagonal line on your ruler, and trim the HSTs to 8-inch blocks. Marvel at how pretty they look already.

Glimma HSTsAssemble your blocks into intermediate sized (15.5″) blocks: combine four of your HSTS for the center star, and then combine the HSTs with solid colored blocks to create the four “arms” of the star. The center and two of the arms are shown below:

Little Lady Star, by Stitchified

Combine your intermediate blocks with the 15.5″ background blocks, and sew the three rows together following the diagram below:

Little Lady Star, by StitchifiedTa da! One super fast, but super adorable quilt top! And of course, in this house, no photo shoot is complete until it has been properly photo-bombed by Hello Kitty.

When it came to the quilting, I got brave (I have been binge watching the Olympics!) and decided to get a little tricky with some custom quilting. The background is stippled, the grey has free form flowers, and the pink is sporting a serpentine stitch. Now, as you may know, I’m completely terrified of new free motion quilting patterns, and I’ve never attempted flowers before.  For some reason I decided to tackle the free-form flowers without practice, definitely a questionable decision. But! I pulled off some successful flowers, and I’m feeling pretty proud. The overall result is far from perfect, but I’m sort of okay with it.

And here is a shot of the (almost!) finished quilt. It’s still missing the binding, but I couldn’t wait to share! I hope to get the turquoise binding on in a few days. Final photos will have to wait though, the amount of snow outside is absolutely insane!

Little Lady Star by StitchifiedLinking up with Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom!

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Angie in SoCal February 14, 2014, 12:40 pm

    Wow – love it! And you quilting looks so fine. Never would have thought it was your first time at flowers. Congrats!

  • Jehnny February 14, 2014, 12:50 pm

    I think your quilting is great! It seriously looks wonderful. Nothing like watching people flipping through the air or traveling at a million miles per hour to inspire some bravery and risks- it totally paid off though!

  • Chelsea February 14, 2014, 7:01 pm

    I love the quilting! I can’t even draw or doodle that design yet. I keep hoping all the practice will pay off, but so far, my attempts awful!

  • Sara February 14, 2014, 9:58 pm

    Everything about this draws me in! The colors are so soft and pretty. The quilting is beautifully stitched!

  • Kris February 15, 2014, 8:29 am

    That turned out super cute. Love it!

  • AmandaK@whatthebobbin.com February 15, 2014, 1:04 pm

    Beautiful quilt and fantastic finish :)

  • Kat February 15, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Pretty! I love it!

  • Cindy Kevorken February 15, 2014, 11:36 pm

    Simply exquisite!

  • Sarah from mila+cuatro February 16, 2014, 2:05 am

    The quilting is great and I find with free motion quilting its best to just dive in, you’ll be the only one who’ll notice any imperfections, and they often disappear when you get further than a metre away from your sewing machine anyway.

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