Last week I shared a sneak peek of the quilt I would be working on and told you I was giving myself permission to take longer than I should due to my busy work schedule. Today I’m happy to share the finished quilt with you, and I am crushing on it – hard! That is one of the downfalls of quilting for a business – I fall in love with so many quilts and either want to make one of my own or keep the one I’m quilting. I guess it’s a good thing I can’t keep any of them because if I kept all the quilts I like you would probably be seeing me on an episode of Hoarders. It would not be pretty…

But this quilt is pretty. I just love the muted colors and the sense of calm (and bit of whimsy) this quilt exudes.

Star Bright quilt with custom quilting

Lynne started this piece by using my Star Bright pattern published in Quilter’s World. She made it her own by adding a border of house and log cabin blocks before adding the final Seminole border. The house blocks are 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and were a lot of fun to quilt. I call this quilt the Tiny House quilt. I don’t know what Lynne calls it. LOL

Adding the extra border brought the size up to 43″ square.

Lynne is going to drape the quilt over the back of her sofa, so she told me to ‘do my thing’, ‘work my magic’, ‘go crazy’. I don’t know if I worked any magic but I did my thing and I hope the quilting is crazy enough for her.

Tiny house blocks custom quilted

You guys had a lot of great ideas for quilting the houses. I took a bit of this and a bit of that from your suggestions and the above is what I ended up with. I was excited that I could quilt an entire row of houses without breaking my thread and with minimal back tracking. I used my favorite straight ruler from Green Fairy Quilts (no affiliate) and freehanded most everything else.

For the center nine patch I quilted small orange peels, did some micro stippling in the border, and played with the star by quilting straight lines, some arrow shapes, and more micro stippling.

Micro stippling and orange peel quilting

One design I want to practice more is micro stippling. I feel like mine could be smaller, more micro. It’s difficult to see around the hopping foot so I end up quilting that design a bit bigger than I want. When I have some time to play I’m going to switch out my closed toe foot for the open toe to see if I can see better when quilting. It would be a pain to do that on a project like this one where I mixed ruler work with free motion, but maybe I can find a way to make it work.

I was so excited when I turned the quilt over to check out the back. I never know exactly how well the quilting design will show on the back or the kind of texture I’m going to see, even though I check the back as I quilt. Taking it off the frame and flipping it over is always so fun for me. Check out this texture:

Quilting texture on back of quilt
That picture just makes me happy!

I can’t wait for Lynne to get her quilt. And as much as I love it and as sad as I’ll be to see it go, it’s time for me to load the next quilt and play with it. The Christmas rush has started, so I’m going to be a busy bee for the next few months. Hopefully I’ll have another finish to share with you in a few days.

Okay, so the Tiny House quilt is my crush for this week – what’s yours? I would love to see what you are working on and what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

 

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