April 9, 2020

Scrappy Happy Stars

Hello again. How is your Stay at Home month going? The passage of time is so strange now! There are a lot of emotional ups and downs over here, and a mighty lot of patience is required, but overall we are doing just fine, and I'm happy to have way more sewing time than I ever anticipated for this time period! One of the things that I've checked off my personal project list is this quilt for my sister's roommate. 

Last year a whole squad of college girls came to stay with us en route to see Hamilton in San Francisco. It was so much fun to have that many vibrant females under my roof, I just loved it! Reminded me of the good old days growing up with all sisters. We all bonded and one of them fell in love with quilts while she was here. Just as she was leaving she asked if I'd be willing to make a quilt for her, and of course I said yes!

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She didn't give me too much guidance other than a photo of a range of blue/green shades, and I also knew that she liked light pink. I threw in some navy for contrast, I hope she likes it! Fabrics are as follows:

Stars: Scrappy from my stash, heavy on the Tasha Noel prints, various lines
Binding: Little Ruby Sundae scallop by Bonnie and Camille

I quilted it with some freehand loops and swirls, and if you look closely you'll see that I'm still learning! I welcome any advice on long arming, especially regarding puckers and keeping the top layer smooth. I've got the tension down, and am getting better at the motions and motifs. I'm pleased with how this one turned out overall and once I wash it to mail off I don't think most people will be able to tell that I'm still learning. 

I didn't follow a pattern, I was actually writing one up of my own and mostly had it done, but then 2 different people kindly informed me that Lori Holt has a block called Winter Star in one of her books just like this. That being the case, I probably won't release a pattern for it, but I can tell you that I did 12" blocks with 1.5" sashing and a 3.5" border. I was going to call it Scrappy Happy Stars! If there is a great desire for instructions for a whole quilt I might consider it, but likely not.

As a side note, if you're wondering about anything in this room (pillows, comforter, side table, etc.) you can probably find it in my Amazon shop. If not let me know and I will add it there. 

Lastly, I leave you with this cuteness of the helpers who wanted to assist Dad in holding up the quilt. (This isn't our garage, this house hasn't sold yet and I liked the color.) We had been eating s'mores so there's a very chocolatey face in there if you zoom, plus his toes are hanging out of his jammies. We had to cut off the ends so his big feet would fit in there! He's too much. 

I hope you are hanging in there and finding the positives in this unexpected situation. If you need someone to chat with you can find me on Instagram. I'm happy to talk quilts, babies, flowers, worries and woes, you name it. I wish I could send you all cookies. Thank you for stopping by today! 


  1. This quilt is beautiful! I love, love the colors you chose. Thanks for such a happy, cheery post. I would love to sit down and eat cookies with you, after a fun afternoon of quilting, of course.

  2. What a pretty quilt! I wish I could make a beautiful quilt like you, guess I should practice more.
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  3. So far, I've made two Scrappy Trips from my stash, and I have an abundance of turquoise pieces so these Happy Stars are next on the list! May I ask? How big are the finished measurements of the Happy Stars? Thank you for the inspiration. Quilting makes a great survival skill!