Friday, May 17, 2024

Dancing Stars

This project was one of three I worked on throughout 2023 for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge that Angela of soscrappy hosts each year. It is one of two RSC projects I did last year from the August/September 2022 issue of Quick & Easy Quilts. The designer did black stars on a grey background whereas I chose to do mine in rainbow colours on grey.

Like the original, I did colourful background squares. I’m pleased with how it turned out. It did, however, have its growing pains. 

You may recall when I first set the 20 blocks on my design wall, I did it as the original, without sashing. It was scrap barf I'm sorry to say...just too busy. I hit upon the 1" finished sashing to give a bit of separation between blocks. 

Once I added the burnt orange batik cornerstones, it was perfect.

Each block has 28 squares and 16 HSTs, so with 20 blocks, that means there are 880 pieces, not counting the sashing and cornerstones, in the quilt! And I'm sorry to report that, no, it didn't use up all my random scraps.

I quilted it up in a snap with an allover large meander using a black and grey variegated thread from Connecting Threads. It worked very well over the riot of colours.

I went to my binding scraps bag to see if I had any pieces that might suit the quilt. I did have a few greens and a black, so I used them all but they only went a little past one side of the quilt. Since I had my green strips box out from making a green Strippy Stars quilt block, I had the brainwave to look in it in case there were any that measured 2.25" wide. Oh yes there were! Several forest greens, a Slytherin chunk, and a brown, green and red floral got joined together in no time and stitched onto the quilt.

It looks great. I remembered to sew in a satin label, and stitched my initials in the lower right corner.

It amazes me how cohesive the result is!

Here is the back, another pieced back of various hunks of fabric. One is from my aunt; another is a pretty floral (irises) from Hoffman Fabrics that I bought several years ago but have never used outside of an appliquĂ©d heart in a heart quilt. The chairs fabric is a half metre I bought at my then guild's yard sale. I thought it was such an interesting fabric but I've never used it, and I've been waiting for an appropriate back to use it on. Feels so good to use up those three chunks. A couple of strips from other projects extended the backing. 

My irises at their finest

So the thought for this quilt as I was quilting it was that it would be the one I'd donate to the Windsor Sexual Assault Centre where I always give a Hands2Help quilt. It wants to be for a kid. Then I thought of giving it to Ronald McDonald House, and then it came to me that it needs to go to a little 6-year-old boy named Xander. When Brady was first hospitalized, he shared a room with this sweet boy who Brianne wanted to kidnap, he was just so adorable. He had no less than four organ transplants. You read that right. He's been in the hospital for nine months, and is scheduled to go home in June. I think this quilt would make a great I Spy quilt, as you can see by the photo below. Minions, teapots, stars, ladybugs, camping, pumpkins, and more. Now to figure out how to get it to him!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: by Jean Kritenbrink in Fons & Porter Quick & Easy Quilts
Size: 51”x 64"
Fabric: scraps and stash
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 fusible (I did not fuse it though)
Backing: stash and scraps
Quilted: on Avril 43 572 stitches
Threads: pieced on my Bernina and Featherweight; quilted with Essential variegated cotton; Bottom Line in the bobbin

A new issue of Make Modern, my favourite magazine, has just dropped, and as per usual, there is a collection of ten vibrant and varied quilts, from bright hot colours to softer muted ones, from angular quilts to curved ones. Articles and a new binding method add to the interesting topics. A terrific value imho. Note that MM is a sponsor of my QAL, as they have been for all eight years!😊

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  1. Isn't that a fun finish?! I love the scrappiness - my favorite kind of quilt. Sounds like you have the perfect recipient in mind for it, too!

  2. Zander will really love this, cheery, bright, and made with love over many hours of cutting and stitching. Perfect with the sashing.

  3. The decision to add the sashing was brilliant. The quilt looks great. I hope finding Zander's details will be relatively easy.

  4. That's such a beautiful scrappy quilt! I love how the different bits look kind of wild and crazy, yet when they're all together in the quilt, they look like they were meant to be together forever!

  5. The sashing is an effective addition, Sandra!!! Fun chunks on the back, too! Zander will surely enjoy it! I appreciate MM mag, too--I'm going to look for the binding article you mentioned.

  6. Very fun, scrappy finish. The narrow sashing does help each block stand on it's own. Sounds like it is going to a wonderful home.

  7. The right choice to sash this quilt. The sashing looks great and of all the recipients you named, I think Xander is the right one. Hopefully You can get his info easily so it gets to him in time to go home.

  8. Oh, what a wonderful quilt for Brady's roomie, Xander. It is lovely and the sashing really does help finish it. Comfort for one who has suffered too much, too young.

  9. What a fabulous finish, Sandra, and it does sound like Zander will be a fitting recipient. Great idea with the sashing - it really works!


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