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.
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.
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.
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.