Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Star Cross--A Finish


Star Cross Mini Quilt, oh how I love thee.  From the moment I first laid eyes on Geraldine at Living Waters Quilter's post on Instagram of her finished quilt, I knew I had to make it.  She must have read my mind because just a few days later she announced she would be hosting a QAL for this mini quilt.

This was not a typical QAL per say.  She directed us to the pattern for the block over at the Juki website (you can find it here) so that we could make our blocks.  Then each week she posted a different video and tutorial on quilting the quilt using straight edge rulers.


You can find links to Geraldine's tutorials below.

Week one: making the quilt and gathering supplies
Week two: Straight Line Designs
Week three: Quilting Channels
Week four: Simple Echo and Radiating Designs
Week five: Bordered Crosshatch

If you are new to ruler work, her breakdown videos are an excellent way to start learning.  Rulers are a tool I think every quilter should have in their tool box.  I want all of them!  For this quilt I used my Handi Quilter Straight Edge ruler and quilted on my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen.  I could have very easily quilted it on my Husqvarna Sapphire using my Westalee ruler foot or marked lines and used a walking foot.

For my quilting threads, typically I go very matchy matchy so everything blends completely in.  This time I decided to liven things up at bit and use a thread that would slightly contrast.


I chose to use Aurfil #2310 Light Beige in the white and tan sections and Aurfil #2605 Grey in the blue sections.  The colors provided just enough contrast to make sure my quilting stood out, but didn't completely overshadow my fabrics.  I love that the 50 wt thread will allow me to travel stitch around my lines several times without looking bulky or thick, just nice clean lines.

This little mini will be headed to my daughter's school for a fundraiser for the arts, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to make another one for myself or at least incorporate these designs into future quilts.




Star Cross is my second QAL finish this year.  You can read about my Quilter's Laundry Day mini here.  So for now it's back to work piecing on the other QAL projects and I'm happy to report I've starting quilting on one of my Meadow Mystery Quilts.  Hopefully, I will have another finish to share with you very soon.


Today I'm linking up with Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social and Midweek Makers.

18 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a fun concept for a QAL. Geraldine did a great job putting that together, and the quilting adds fantastic texture. I like that you chose thread that contrast a bit more than normal. Also, you are really rocking the QALs this year. Awesome!

Sally Hurley said...

That is beautiful. I love the colors, the layout, the way it's quilted. Terrific work!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful colors and your quilting is awesome on the mini!

Paige said...

Great job, Tish! You rocked the quilting, well done!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

It's bee-u-tee-ful!!! :) You will definitely have to make another one for yourself. The quilting is fabulous, and I love the concept of the quilting QAL!

Stitchin At Home said...

A beautiful mini. Ruler work adds extra dimension to our quilting and you took it over the top. I can see why you would may need to make another one.

Preeti Harris said...

She is indeed worthy of your love!

Vicki in MN said...

Nice job on the quilting-I never thought of doing star points like that before!

Jayne said...

This turned out fantastic! Love your quilting as always! You knocked one QAL off your list...Have you filled that position yet?!!

Lisa J. said...

This is truly beautiful Tish. If I get around to purchasing rulers I'll keep her tutorials in mind.

Sandra Walker said...

Beautiful work and beautiful that you are donating it! So happy the sun cooperated to show off your lovely quilting. Good info that it can be done on both longarm and DSM, with or without rulers.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A wonderfull quilt! I love all your textural quilting too, and will check out the links.

Susan said...

Tish - Lovely color palette and beautiful quilting! Well done!

Karen @runsewfun said...

A lovely finish. Thanks for the links to the quilting help. I'm going to be checking them out.

Kim said...

This is so pretty! Love the pop of blue against the black and your quilting is awesome.

Jen said...

You are on a roll! Excellent quilting there. The thread choices stand out just the right amount I think. Beautiful!

Emily said...

It's lovely, Tish! I saw this quilt along and if I didn't have so much on deadlines, I would have joined in. I love the idea of doing the actually quilting as a progression and in a group with support.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Great finish! I planned to play along, but life got the better of me. I'm hoping to attempt it eventually.

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