This finish feels like it has been a long time coming, so I am very happy to share it with you today. This is the last of the Aurifil Mystery Designer mini quilts from 2015. It completes my set of 12 minis. The finial one. The pattern is called Winter Stars and was designed by Celine Perkins. (You can read Pat Sloan's interview with Celine here) Celine's version of Winter Stars showed a wonderful off white print for the background fabric and rich deep blues for the stars. When I started piecing my version I was getting quite tired of the color white. We were in the middle of snow storm Jonas and this was the view from my sewing room.
I still wanted my quilt to have a winter feel so I decided on switching the colors a bit. I wanted a back ground of dark blue with bright pops of white stars. When I found the fabric with the little anchors I was in love.
Piecing went pretty quick with this one.
In no time at all I had flying geese and strips sets assembled into blocks.
The snow stopped falling, the sun came out again and I found myself with a completed top. I decided to trek out into the snow for a few scenic shots of quilt tops. I thought this would be the perfect chance to see Winter Stars against the snow.
I figured by the time this one was quilted the spring peepers (tiny frogs) would be chirping again...and I was right.
The quilting plan for this one came together very quickly. This mini knew exactly what it wanted as soon as the markers hit the Plexiglas. My love for tiny pebbles and the ease of quilting dot-to-dot designs ruled the design. (check out my Craftsy review of Angela Walter's Dot-to-Dot quilting class. If you have not tried this simple form of quilting you are missing out.)
I knew I wanted my thread to match as closely as possible. I found two spools in my stash that would work for the lighter blue sections. I went with the gray spool on the right, it just blended better.
None of my blue spools quite worked with this project. Most of them were not even close in shade or seemed to bright against the fabric. I hopped over to Hawthorn Threads to check out the color chart of Aurifil 50w thread. I narrowed it down to two spools that I felt certain would work and ordered both of them. We all know I will use that other spool eventually...I LOVE THREAD. This is my only complaint about online ordering, sometimes you just have to have the spool in your hand.
I am glad I ordered both spools. I was leaning toward the one on the right based on the online pictures but the one on the left worked like a charm. Now with my spools chosen it was time to put thread to fabric. Let the quilting begin!
The only lines I marked where the straight diagonal lines breaking up my background. I used my walking foot to quilt them. Everything else was pure free motion fun.
For my background I stuck with pebbling and a continuous curvy line. The stars and patchwork blocks had various dot-to-to lines and curves. Let me officially introduce you to the Aurifil thread that brought this creation to life.
#2021 natural white, #2610 light blue grey and #2785 very dark navy
And how about a few more goody shots before we wrap up?
And of course I framed my quilt using Susie's Magic Binding method over at 52 Quilts
2016 has brought with it a new Aurifil Designer Mystery BOM. Pat Sloan releases the new block around the 15th of each month over at her free pattern page. I believe 2015 was the first time they tried the mini quilt a month. I'm not sure how well it went over, but I loved it! I hope they will consider doing it again in the future. But it is never too late to make one of the mini's from last year. Here is a recap of all the Aurifil Mini's I made from last year. For more details hop on over to my Aurifil Mini Gallery.
Now that my 2015 goal of finishing all these little babies is complete, it is time to recharge, refocus and complete some of my 2016 goals. One of those goals included more pattern writing. Last year I participated in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop and created Watermelon Taffy. I am happy to announce I will be participating in the New Block Blog Hop again this year hosted by Paintbrush Studio.
The hop will be at the end of the month and is being hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie at Late Night Quilter and will run March 28th through the 30th. I hope you will stop back by to see what I come up with. Will there be a ton of tiny pieces in my block or will I go with something simple? We shall see my friends.
Come join the party! Today I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday, Whoop There It Is, Can I Get A Whoop! Whoop!, Needle and Thread Thursday, Let's Bee Social and Midweek Makers.