Wish Upon A Star and a Giveaway

Wednesday the 23rd is my day for the Wish Upon A Star Blog hop graciously organized by Carol of Justletmequilt.com.  I have a giveaway that I’ll describe at the bottom.  First, let me just say thank you to Carol for the great ideas, the wonderful inspiration and the patience as we all work at our own pace…sometimes more slowly than we would like.  The assignment was simple: make a project that has a star somewhere in it.  Since I love a little wonky star, this quilt seemed like a perfect entry.

I showed you a peek at my Wonky Star Rainbow quilt in my previous blog post, and now I can show you the entire thing.  While it isn’t quilted yet, trust me, it is a miracle that all the piecing got done on time!

This quilt has 7 stars, one for each member of my family.  It started with my “wish” to use up my scrap jar of 2″ squares of fabric.  Using up scraps isn’t a realistic goal, as most of us realize!  There were many more blue squares, so that’s how I began sewing.  The quilt evolved little by little, without a plan and soon other colors began to show up, creating a rainbow wash effect.    This quilt was constructed by each square being precut, not in strips.  Though, I must be crazy, because…come to think of it, that would have been so much easier.  This quilt also wasn’t done by using the grid interfacing method.  I am crazy, because that is most definitely an easier way to go.   Yup, this was made by good ole’ fashioned piecework that uses up scraps from previous projects.  I love how it came out, despite the tediousness at times.  Yes, I did photograph it with my Iphone and it’s not ideal, but the sun wouldn’t come out and I was working without assistance and it was threatening to rain and… and…my “real” camera is missing a card….and well, enough excuses!   Finding a perfectly sunny day to photograph is sometimes difficult, but I promise to photograph the fully quilted quilt on the first sunny day available.

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Wonky Star Rainbow quilt made entirely by scraps.  Do you like the border that matches the color scheme all around?  The seven stars represent each member of our family.

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I used up some beloved scraps, which bring a smile when I recall previous projects.  There are loads of memories in the many tidbits around the quilt.  Of course I included my most favorite fabrics like Tula Pink lady bugs, silly-chilly penguins, the Good Fortune line and lots more.   Another great plus is that I used up a final swatch of discontinued lime green Sweetwater fabric that goes back to when I began my quilt hobby!

There are many tutorials showing how to make wonky stars, and I looked at several of them.  If you’re not sure how to make this design, check out Wombat Quilts, who wrote a simple  Wonky Star quilt tutorial that I highly recommend.  You can vary the size of the squares, but if you’re asking my opinion, 2″ squares are a little too tedious.  If I were to make this quilt design again, I would recommend upping the size of the squares to 3 or 4 inches.   If not for this blog hop, the top would never have been completed!  I now can’t wait for some quiet time to begin the quilting.

Please check out the other blog posts from this wonderful blog hop.

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May 21
 
May 22 – Today
 
May 23
That Fabric Feeling  YOU ARE HERE!!
May 24
 
May 25
 

Now for my giveaway, which I”ll call “Christmas in May” in homage of Carol’s next blog hop, Christmas in July.  See below for the giveaway details.

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My “Christmas in May” giveaway is all stacked here and ready to mail.  For a separate photo and a detailed description, see the items pictured below.

The “Christmas in May” giveaway includes the following:

  • 1 yard of “Christmas Darlings” by Paula & Waffle for Dear Stella  fabrics
  • 9″ remnant of Tula Pink’s “Holiday Homies” in Pine Fresh green for Free Spirit fabrics
  • 14″ remnant of a plaid that’s red, black, grey and beige but feels as if it’s woven and would make a lovely scarf or scrap for a winter project (sorry don’t have selvage to help with the name.)
  • 5 piece fat quarter bundle from the “Hazel & Plum” collection, by Fig & Co. for Moda.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post and tell me how you organize or precut your scraps or if you watched, what you thought of the recent Royal Wedding.  The deadline to enter is Monday, May 28th, 2018 at midnight (Eastern Standard time).  I will have one of my boys pick a number at random and that person will win the giveaway.  Please be sure there’s a way to reach you or I will need to skip and go to the next person.  If you’re like me and you do not celebrate Christmas, I will gladly swap those holiday fabrics out for something else, provided that you just mention it in your comment.

Linking to:

Wishuponastar,  Freemotionbytheriver,  MidweekmakersLetsbeesocial, Needleandthreadthursday, Thankgoodnessitsfinishedfriday, FinishedornotFriday,    Canigetawhoopwhoop, Oh Scrap, CrazyMomQuilts, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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146 responses to “Wish Upon A Star and a Giveaway

  1. Love your quilt! It’s beautiful. I try to cut my scraps down to a useable size so I can just grab what I need but at the moment I way too busy to do scrap management ;D

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    • Kim, thank you for stopping by. I am cutting a few scraps but now just leaving a bunch bigger so that I am ready for other projects. I’m a little tired of tiny pieces at the moment.

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  2. This is fabulous! I love your vivid scraps, how the stars shine, and the extra punch of the border. 2-inch squares might have been tedious, but I think they are what make this scrap quilt so effective—larger squares might have drawn attention to individual colors and patterns instead of everything playing so nicely as a whole. I’m glad your blog “made”you finish this.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by. It seems less tedious now that I completed it, if you know what I mean!!

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  3. Great job on the color placement of your star quilt. I love that it is all made from scraps. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

    I store all my scraps by color rather than size. It is what works best for me.

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  4. This is a great quilt, and I like how you matched the colours in the border to the rest of the quilt. I hope you come back to link up when you finish quilting. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

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  5. What a stunning quilt! I love rainbow scrappy and you knocked it out of the park with this one. I love how you extended the colors beyond the border, such a clever idea. 😊 I need to get better at organizing scraps, I barely manage to sort them by color. Lol

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    • Thank you so much for the kind words. Those scraps do take over the world, don’t they!?

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    • Thank you so much for th compliment! I am pleased with how it came out and have just started a small doll-size quilt because you know… the scraps just multiply!! I also need to be better organizing my scraps- if only I could use them all up!!

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    • Deb, you will love making it. It’s so freeing and the design develops before your eyes.

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  6. I love this quilt! What a fabulous way to use your scraps, and preserve memories of projects past. I have loads of scraps, which are used mostly for our applique designs. Mine are sorted by color, all in a jumble. Maybe not the best way to organize, but it usually works for me. Some day I hope to start a fun scrappy project to use up at least some of the scraps.

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    • A jumble of scraps sounds delicious! I began another scrappy quilt yesterday. It never ends does it? Thanks so much for visiting.

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  7. I don’t organize scraps, they are all dumped together. Then again, I have only been sewing a few years so I don’t have a ginormous amount of scraps either. I saw a replay of about 30 min of the ceremony, starting with her walking in. I want someone in my life to look at me the way they both looked at each other. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    • Ah, I hope the same for you as well. Being married at their later ages is also a different experience than in your young 20’s. Best of luck on the giveaway.

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  8. Lovely quilt!!
    To store my tiniest scraps I have a large basket, strips are in a suitcase and selvedges are in a tin. I save it all !
    Missed the wedding. Am enjoying seeing the photos.

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    • Ah the selvedges… I also have mine in a tin waiting to donate them to someone, while I don’t use them, I just can’t toss them! Thanks for visiting.

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  9. Your star quilt is so special,s you have made one star for each family member. And I love the way you have organised your colours in this quilt. My own scraps are sorted by colour, mostly, with some of the novelty prints in their own little box.
    Yes, I watched the wedding too. We were away with our caravan club friends at a club rally last weekend. Down here in New Zealand we have about 12 hours time difference, so had to stay up last till 1.30AM to watch the carriage ride!

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    • Caravan sounds so exotic. I’m not sure what that term is here in the U.S., but no matter what…your description wins! Keeping novelty prints separate is my choice as well. Sometimes I just go there to add a little fun or whimsy to a project. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    • I used to be like that and not precut my scraps. Perhaps that was easier…i really have no idea. It’s all out of control no matter which way I go!! I need time for a serious clean up!! Thanks for the kind comments.

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  10. My scraps are not organized at all. They like to mingle together and get party crazy all in one box. Now that wedding. Oh, it was beautiful, but I was so disappointed in Meghan’s dress. It was so “forgettable” with its simplicity and lack of sparkle. Even her hair with the middle part made me cringe. Sure wish the poor girl would’ve asked me for help!!!
    I love your quilt and all those little pieces make it so special!

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    • Thank you. I also was totally underwhelmed by her simple dress, that took hours and hours to make nonetheless. While the veil was a neat idea, i think it overtook the dress and made it all the more unre”mark”able. “OOh, see what I did there?” She is a gorgeous woman and certainly had that bridal glow, but her dress was nothing to write home about. Her style is a unique one but I’m sure we will see her adapt to the limelight of a royal and add a little more zing here and there. By the way, a little color wouldn’t be bad on her gorgeous complexion!! Ok, enough gossip on a lovely wedding and a couple in love. May they live long and always have fun together. Thanks so much for the little royal chat. It’s fun to share in this crazy royalmania. By the way, my hubby is on business in London as I’m writing. I can’t wait to hear how his trip went this time.

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  11. I mostly organize my scraps by color in plastic bins made for scrapbooking paper, except for the 1.5 and 2.5 inch strips I have cut for log cabins and then not used; I keep these in another plastic container and go there first when I’m starting on a log cabin or other jelly roll project.

    I loved the Royal Wedding. I felt very emotional and maternal toward Harry, thinking about how his mother would have felt, knowing that now both of her boys have partners to share their lives with, to make homes with. I was a teenager attending a family wedding when Diana was married, so perhaps my emotional connection is stronger than makes sense for an American woman, but I don’t really worry about that. To see those brothers happy–to see the joy between the bride and groom–was such a joy. Especially during a time when so much of the news is stunningly awful.

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    • Beth, I agree with you that we all need more happiness, love and positive celebrations in this world. I wish the new bride and groom a long life together. May their lives last even longer then our abundant piles of fabric scraps!

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    • Carla, Thank you so much. I can’t get enough of these stars. The blog hop got me on a roll now! Thanks for visiting and leaving such kind comments.

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  12. Your Quilt is more than AWESOME!!.. what a creative lady your are!! Wow! Breathtaking for sure! I save my scraps..even the tiny ones..lol Not good at keeping organized really…have a bin..with bags :/
    I watched some of the Wedding, with the Grangirlie…while we ate breakfast..then we were off & busy havin fun outside. 🙂 It was quite a beautiful ceremony..lovely couple!..and gorgeous day! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too 🙂

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    • Thank you for visiting my blog. You are too kind. I love the “Grangirlie” description. It sounds like heaven to watch with her.

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