I finished her, and just in the nick of time to enter my latest lovely, Double Dipper into the 2015 Spring Blogger’s Quilt festival hosted by Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side.
Some of you have seen sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram recently but now I can show her in all her glory! This mini quilt is 25″ x 22″ and the stars are paper pieced and measure up at 1″ big….errr should I say 1″ *small*. I used Illustrator to make the customized paper piece pattern, at that size the slightest mis-stitch makes a huge difference but the subtle variations in each star seems appropriate as no two stars are quite alike.
I had the dipper constellations in mind when I came up with the idea and can’t wait to make another at some point for other favorite constellations!
After making all 14 of the stars I added a border of the dark blue to each to make sure that as I improv pieced all of the stars and blue background together I wouldn’t have to fuss with a number of bias/biasey edges.
As soon as I laid out the stars in place I knew I wanted to use these radial line technique I had watched in the Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot with Jacquie Gering class on Craftsy.
I used a dark blue Aurifil thread to let the thread fall into the background while adding this fun texture from the intersecting radial lines. The background reads a bit darker than the pictures indoors but with the soft cloudy light you can really see the quilting so much more beautifully.
I don’t know if you can tell but I am REALLY proud of this quilt!
I had planned on just using the background color for a thin binding but I ran out (whoops!) I knew there was a way to bind a quilt without the binding being visible on the front so after some Googling I used the tutorial on Facing a Quilt over at Sew Much Like Mom. I’d taken a class with Cristy at the Sewing Expo last month and was excited to try a new binding technique using the glue basting I’d learned in that class.
That faced binding is so sharp and such a perfect edge for the quilt, now the quilting extends all the way to the edge!
I’m entering this into the 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival in the
Mini Small Quilt category, I’m a late entry and am so impressed with the other entries but I’m also excited I made my finish deadline I set 2 weeks ago to get this new favorite quilt done!
Quilt Name: Double Dipper
Size: 52″ x 22″
Fabric: Kona white and midnight blue
Quilt Design: Terri Ann Swallow (me) original design
Pieced by: Terri Ann Swallow (me)
Quilting by: Terri Ann Swallow (me)
Finished: May 2015
What constellation do you think I should tackle next?
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