Friday, June 7, 2013

Spinning stars QAL Finished

Last September, my friend Adrianne linked this Spinning Stars quiltalong on her Facebook page.  I definitely didn't need another project (I'm trying to clear up UFOs) but somehow I found myself replying with "I'm in if you are!"  Well, she was, so off we went. 

I knew that I wanted to emphasize something other than the ring in each block, so I played around with paper and highlighter until I came up with this for color placement:

Originally I did just teal and plum blocks (with white/cream background prints), but I decided that the quilt needed a little more energy, so I added in some pea-soup greens.

8 months later, thanks to a lot of quilting time at the BAM retreat (omg it was awesome!!) a few weeks ago, it's finally done:

I quilted diagonal lines and around the rings. Thanks to Anne @ playcrafts for the tip on photographing in direct sunlight to show quilting better:

 Binding and backing both from Bella by Lotta Jansdotter - one of my favorite lines.  This quilt is a lap quilt for meeeee and you can find it on my couch - ready for snuggling.

 p.s. machine binding... sewn first to the back, then wrapped around to the front.  I prefer that whenever I don't think the extra stitching line will blend with the quilting or the front piecing.

I am happily linking up for for the second week in a row to the crazy mom quilts finish it up Friday.


  1. It looks amazing! Congratulations on such a beautiful finish!

  2. It turned out so good Ruth! I love your choice for the backing and binding. They are zippy fresh. : )

  3. I love your color scheme in this quilt!! Just beautiful!

  4. This quilt is unbelievably gorgeous. Inam in awe!
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  5. Stunning use of color Ruth

  6. Stunning. Now you made me add yet another 'I have to do a quilt like that' to my list.

  7. The pea soup choice was inspired!

  8. Very cool quilt. I've been using the machine binding method lately myself. It gets the job done and it's faster. Great finish for you!