Friday, May 20, 2016

faded stars mini quilt

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

This could have been a pillow (it's yet another thank you gift!), but my friend preferred a mini over a pillow....which was fine by me. I'm happy to be done with pillows for awhile, anyway. Can you imagine?!?!
This mini was fun to make because it gave me a chance to play with some low volume binding triangles that I've been saving. Two side comments about this: my scrap categories are getting ridiculous, even for me. These patchwork thread catchers are a great way to store all of my ridiculous scrap sub-categories. :) Anyway, I've been wanting to use these triangles for something fun, and this project was just the ticket.
I know that my friend prefers dark backgrounds, so I used various chambrays and yarn dyed linens from my big bag o' scraps, which were mostly passed along to me from my lovely friend Anna. It's so nice to have a variety of materials (and colors!) to work with. It helps nudge me out of my box a little bit.
I love seeing random scraps being transformed, too. It's so satisfying. It never gets old!
 I quilted it with a combination of machine quilting and rustic hand stitching.
It measures about 18" square...and it's scrap project #145! Even though it turned out a little bit differently than I imagined it, I love it all the same!

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thanks, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday. I sure appreciate it!

34 comments:

Stacey said...

I love this mini - the hand quilting is just perfect! Lovely work!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

It's a lovely little mini. I do like the dark background and the way the hand stitching stands out.
Smiles
Kate

Anna said...

pretty! Love the dark background. :)

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I really like your hand quilting around each star. Such a great detail!

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

Oh that is just so sweet! I love the dark background, it's very appropriate for a night sky!

the momma said...

I love this one! Everything about it just sings. Beautifully done; I'm sure your friend will love it!!

Bernie Kringel said...

Colors are wonderful and overall you achieved a very cool rustic look. The hand quilting really takes it up a notch. Very pretty Amanda.

Lorna McMahon said...

You amaze me with your clever ideas when it comes to scraps. Those little bitty triangle cut offs are perfect for this project. And the and quilting is the perfect frame for those sweet stars. Your friend will be so pleased!

Amy Betts said...

I love that mini! The hand quilting stitches really add another element of interest! Beautiful!

Nancy Jean Tobin said...

You rock! I love everything about this!! Lucky friend!

Preeti Harris said...

Bright stars against a stormy dark sky. Just perfect!!!
Now, how do I get on your friends list??? Hmmm....
Hugs,
Preeti.

jennifer said...

I love this one! Wishing I had a bit more time these days do I could sit down and make one of these. Thanks for sharing!!

Karisma said...

What a lovely mini! The colors turned out so lovely! And all from scraps?! Inspiring!!!!

Marla aka YaYa said...

I understand your love of "making something out of nothing." I love it, too. Sometimes I enjoy the scrap project more than the original. Free stuff! I love this little star quilt. Love stars, love scraps: perfect!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Gorgeous mix of fabrics and such a lovely contrast. The quilting looks beautiful!

Kitty | Night Quilter said...

This is a beautiful mini and what a great way to use those triangle scraps! I have stacks upon stacks of them!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Perfection! Beautiful work you've done there.

Karen said...

What a terrific little quilt! I don't know what you had imagined, but I'm really glad it turned out with a dark background and all those adorable hand-stitching-framed stars :)

Anita said...

This mini is gorgeous! I always throw those little triangles away. Now I better start saving them. I love the quilting and the dark background.

Jill said...

I like the dark background. Beautiful!

Angela Atkins said...

Love dark background and the scrappiness of it all. Very inspiring.

SarahZ said...

This is totally adorable...love the grays, the sweet stars and that hand stitching is the icing on the cake! Very nice!

Quilter Kathy said...

It fabulous! The hand stitching really sets off the stars beautifully!

Needled Mom said...

The dark background is so attractive with those stars. Your outline stitching is great around them.

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

I wouldn't have ever imagined the selection of fabric would make such an adorable mini quilt! Great use of those small pieces and neat little basked you used to save the small pieces in it.

Clair said...

Nice mini quilt. It makes me think I should try making one sometime.

Sherry said...

I've been looking at a wonky star quilt that I want to try. It is on a white background. I've even bought bits of fabric to get it started but when I thought about where I was going to use it I decided it would get ruined and dirty immediately. I wondered whether the stars would still look good on greys, like a dusky night sky but couldn't envision it. Now I know. Thanks so much for this. I will definitely do them on dark colors instead of the white.

stamperwithdayjob said...

Love your mini. For my finish it up Friday, I made the scrap bag pattern of yours that I purchased awhile ago. The place I work was throwing away tons of rolls of adding machine tApe and I thought it would be great to use for this project and it did! Taking the paper off was pity's but worth it to stabilize the strips and the I just cut them down to the width of strips the pattern called for. I lined it with some fabric I found at JoAnns. The problem is I don't know how to send you a picture of it.

Trish

Dolly said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG and YOUR WORK ! I have been without my computer for a while and just got to catch up a little on your quilts....Your work is so FUN, cheerful, and INSPIRING.

Keep up the good work......there ARE people out there loving it !

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

Goodness, I love this little quilt -- from the dark background and scrappy stars, to the chunky quilting. That's one lucky friend!

Dawn said...

I like the dark background! I am crushing on charcoal gray lately. Nice finish!

Mary Col said...

Adorable! Congratulations!

Quilty said...

I love your faded stars mini quilt, I especially love that you used the rustic hand stitching combo with the machine quilting. So cute!!!

Cut&Alter said...

I love how this turned out!