Star Quilt Top Complete!

The star quilt top for my son is complete!  It needs a good pressing yet, but it's going to be set on the shelf till the backing arrives so I'll wait with that.  Thanks so much for all of you that weighed in on the minky backing debate!  I don't know why I hadn't considered flannel as a compromise, but yay!  That's perfect!  I ordered some 108" wide flannel in Natural, which should be perfect since the top is 90" square.

I haven't decided yet if I will hand or machine quilt this one.  I thought I would put it on my quilt frame and get my mom and grandmas to help me quilt it, but I don't like to ask them to quilt around each star and really I think that's going to look the best.  Any other quilting ideas for me?

Random Sewing

As you may or may not have noticed, I've been having trouble finding time to sew, and for sure not finding time to take photos of projects and blog about them.  I am not by any means losing interest in this little spot, as I've always loved the aspect of an online quilting journal, rather than the social media and connecting aspect of blogs, instagram, etc.  Often I will daydream about spending more time here, and all the many things I could do to make reading this blog a more enriching and enjoyable experience.  It really will happen more, one of these days!

Meanwhile, I have been doing some sewing here and there.  Some of these are from before Christmas, and have been sold.  I went through a little stage of thinking maybe I'd like to make more smaller items to sell, like pillow covers, etc. so I made a bunch.

I do enjoy that, but if I'm making one of a kind items, it's a lot of work to photograph and list each one.  So in the end, that's not so profitable.

Right now I'm trying to focus more on sewing the things that I need/want in my home.  Like my son's quilt, (the star one) that he's been begging for me to finish.  As of yesterday, the stars are sewed together and I'm making a strippy border.  It's going to be a queen size, as that's the size of bed I think he'll be using in the future.  His request was to have minky or something plush and soft on the back.  Honestly though, I just don't see that working to back this large pieced quilt, so I think I'll use cotton, and then he can use the minky throw that I bought for the back as a separate blanket.

I think my main concern is that I will not densely quilt minky because it's a serious headache and to just lightly tie or quilt it will not be durable enough, considering all the seams.  What do you think?  Anyone have experience using plush fabric as backing on a large quilt with lots of piecing?  If so, how did you quilt it?

Anna Maria Horner Voile Quilt

This quilt was a custom order, made completely from Anna Maria Horner voile.  It is hand quilted, and I think it's pretty much the only sewing I did in February. 

Although I have used voile a lot on quilt backs because it makes for such a soft silky quilt, I had never made an entire quilt out of only voile.  It feels amazing!  I think I'm going to use all my leftover pieces as well as all my other voile to make one for ourselves.

It is twin size, approximately 60x80. 

Blue and Green Scraps #2

This quilt is already sold, but just realized that I hadn't posted about it here.  It's another one of those from my flurry of cleaning out my blue and green scrap bin.  After this one, I have one small one that I'm hand quilting, another small lap quilt top completed, and strips to make one more lap quilt.  So one small and four medium sized quilts from one wire basket of scraps!  It's crazy how far this fabric goes.  And also makes me realize again how many quilts worth of fabric I have in my stash!

I used wool batting in this one, because I had bought a few packages of it on a good sale.  It makes for a puffier and slightly heavier quilt, and the loopy quilting stands out quite a bit.  I like to do these loops on a quilt with strips like this, because the seam lines make a perfect straight line for me to follow.