March 16th, 2014

Stars Quilt

by Julie Hirt

My nephew, Cole,  is getting his first twin size bed so I had to finish it up. This quilt has been a work in progress for a while.

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Originally I planned on making like 30 stars.  That was just not going to happen.  Adding the borders definitely helped make this a finish.

Measures: 62″ x 86″ – the length is huge for me!

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Yesterday was a bright, sunny, 70 degree day.  Today?  35, windy and snowy.  Thank you Kansas.

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I used a combo of 3 different star patterns from the Oh My Stars! QAL from Thought and Found.  This is the Quattro Stagioni.

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Chevron Star pattern is here.

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And the Dimaond-Hearted Star.  You can find an assortment of her star patterns here.

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I am soooo happy with the quilting and how it turned out.  Super crinkle love.

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This is the first time I’ve quilted circles and definitely want to do more of them. I love the look of quilted pebbles and that’s still intimidating, so this is a step in the right direction.

I used my trusty Aurifil 50 wt in white for piecing and most of the quilting, and 50 wt in medium blue for the straight line border quilting.

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The interior blocks I did a wiggle shape changing directions every 3″ or so.  I used the blocks as a grid.

I really wish you could touch the crinkly-ness through a screen.   The process is definitely worth the effort.

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Someone help me get into true free motion where I can go all over randomly.  For some reason I still need a defined area and order or it freaks me out.  Feathers? Puh-lease. Terrifying!

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The backing is WideScreen by Carolyn Friedlander. It may be the only backing I ever use again.  The pattern is fun, it comes in multiple colors, and doesn’t require piecing.

Instagram friends:  Thank you so much for putting up with all of my updates on this one!

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Has anyone finished a true Oh My Stars! quilt?  The stars take a lot more time that I thought they would.  I admire you.   Seriously, look at all of these!

I love the final look but making it could very well end my love of quilting.

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Thank you for putting up with my picture heavy post!  Today wasn’t the best day to take them but I definitely got a few.



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23 Responses to “Stars Quilt”

  1. Hi Julie,
    this quilt is just fabulous. I love EVERYTHING about it! I’m impressed with your FMQ especially the circles – did you mark them???

    I don’t know if this will help you but when I first started FMQing, I could not ignore the design of the quilt to make an all over quilt design like even meandering. I decided to try quilting a few quilts from the back and this seemed to help me concentrate on the quilting pattern (movement & proportion) without the distraction of the pieced pattern. I can now meander with top up but never never feathers! Maybe someday. . .

  2. It turned out so great! I love all the different stars and blues–but especially that aqua herringbone fabric! You’re doing fantastic on the FMQ, for sure you’ll be ready for feathers within a year (or less!). 😉

  3. I love this quilt! I know you weren’t 100% sure about the borders but I hope you’re happy with the result because it’s so perfect! What a super nice auntie you are!

  4. Julie, you did a beautiful job on this quilt…wow, I love the colors and your quilting…it really speaks to me!

  5. Turned out great!! Your nephew will love it!!

  6. I love it!!! What a great finish! The colors are great and such a wonderful gift! I’m sure he will love it too.

    I can’t help with FMQ. I can’t for the life of me make a large pattern. I always want to do really dense quilting. One day, I’ll figure myself out!

  7. Absolutely perfect! I still can’t believe that this is the first time you’ve quilted circles! They’re amazing! And i’m with you on the widescreens, i love not having to piece the back!

  8. I love the borders. The quilting is awesome. Nice finish!

  9. I love it! The quilting is perfect! I would love to just run my hand across it. Great job!

  10. I love it…what great colors and I love our each star differs :-)

  11. This quilt is gorgeous! I love the scrapiness of all the blues, it is really beautiful and you should be very proud of it.

  12. I have been FM Quilting for some time and mine looks like ameobas. I put on some good music and let my needle dance. This year I hope to try circles and peebles.

  13. Have you seen Leah Day’s FMQ fillers? They always start with a predefined area! And they are some of the most beautiful designs for FMQ I have seen. If you haven’t had a chance yet, go to and check out the different designs & tutorials.

  14. I love the mixture of different star patterns, they look great together!

  15. First of all, I love that you used a combination of different stars for this quilt! I also love that wiggle line quilting – that’s on my quilting to do list!

  16. gorgeous quilt!! i love the stars, colors, and quilting!!!

  17. Those circles look amazing…you have to be a natural! It is hard for me to just do an allover design too, but when I see them they always look great. It’s like coloring outside the lines or something:) I am a inside the lines kinda girl!

  18. The quilt is awesome and love your fabrics combo.Your nephew will delighted with it,Great job!!

  19. Julie;

    Stars are my favorite quilt block and what a beautiful quilt you have created with them. I love your choices on the colors and the quilting. You did a tremendous job! Your nephew Cole is a lucky boy to have such a talented Auntie!

  20. The colours are beautiful. I love it how this quilt will appeal to a man or a woman alike. Very special!

  21. Love all the blues. Very nice.

  22. I love it! What a great use of the different stars!

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