Before the “Bird Watching” quilt (previous post), another kit was gotten out of my stash. “Seeing Stars” was a surprise to me, in that I rather enjoyed all the smaller HST (half square triangle) piecing that made up the star-in-star design. Quite honestly, I probably would make another! There are 2 sizes of these blocks…….The larger (above) is 12”, finished, with an 8” star within and the 4 border stars are 8”, finished, with a 4” star within……. I wasn’t sure how the smaller ones would come together, but they were spot on (to my amazement!!!!)! This is a nice sized lap quilt, finishing at 55”x67”.
Sandwiching a quilt, while in our Texas “tiny house”, has been an interesting challenge. I’ve settled on this method as one least taxing on my body!!! I use a 24”x48” table that I’ve marked the center with a permanent marker………. I, then, tape 2 metal washers on the spot. I have found the center of the quilt top and backing by folding and pressing. I lay the backing, right side down and the center placed on the washers, which I can feel through the fabric layers and clamp the backing to the table (allowing the excess fabric to drape over the table sides). I, then, center the batting and top in the same manner and begin to pin-baste the layers working outwards from the center moving the sandwich as needed. I have not had any issues with the backing forming tucks during the quilt stitching process and my back, knees, etc, survive well!!!
I stitched it with a flower-paisley motif (also seen in the first photo:
Thread: (top) Isacord, 40wt, (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro, 70wt poly. Batting: poly
What’s under your needle this Monday morning????
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That is so pretty, perfect to remind us that spring is indeed on the way! I need to try your method for pinning. I’ve used the floor in the past, but now that I have the big piano, I don’t have the floor space I had. Glad to see your post, been thinking about you!
I do hope you try that basting technique…….it really is great for small spaces. Been thinking about you, too, with each weather forecast that I see for your area. Hugs……………
This is a great little quilt! I love the design of it. Sometimes the simplest designs have the biggest impact. Great finish! Isn’t it so satisfying when those HST’s turn out like they’re supposed to?
Oh, yes!!!! Measuring that first finished block can be a great “upper” or a………………………… LOL!