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.