Scrappy Star Top Finished — Maybe

Actually it was finished on the weekend but we couldn’t get a good photo of it until yesterday. On the weekend it was too rainy and the grass on the roof garden too wet. Monday it was too windy and the top would have flown off, never to be seen again. Yesterday it was still a bit breezy and rather chilly, but we managed to get a shot of it laid out on the grass of the roof garden. One of these days I’ve got to sort out a way to have a permanent design wall. This waiting for the weather to be just right is a pain! We were lucky to get this shot of it as the wind kept threatening to pick it up.

It’s a good thing it was finished on the weekend before the New York Beauty collection came out. Otherwise, it might have been a week or so longer before it was finished.

Why maybe in the title? Because as it is now it’s a small lap quilt, measuring about 50 x 58. Mr. Q.O. likes it just the way it is. I’m tempted to add one more plain border all around and make it about 60 x 68. But for all intents and purposes, the top is finished because even if I do decide to add that final plain border it won’t take longer than an afternoon.

Now to choose a binding. I’m thinking something very dark to frame it. I like to choose the binding at this stage and get it made and ready, along with the label.

It is hand pieced except the plain borders. They were stitched by machine. But when it came time to add the final pieced border, I stitched that on by hand.

I know how I want to quilt the large plain borders. But the rest of it? That I’m still working on. I’m tempted to just quilt in the ditch around the squares in each round of the star.

It was made with shapes from the free Inklingo collection, except for the cornerstones in the final border. For those, I needed a 2.25″ square in a square and used shapes from the 6.75″ Storm at Sea collection.

I worked on another of the pieced blocks for the red and white Feathered Star/Sunflower border last night, although I was terribly tempted to play with another New York Beauty block. That New York Beauty block is just way too much fun to make! My ideas list using it is growing practically by the hour.

The crab apple tree on the roof garden is starting to look very pink. I can’t wait for the blossoms to appear as it really is a beautiful sight and the scent is wonderful.

I had tossed my sweater over the loveseat. I know better. The minute a piece of clothing is tossed there, Baxter is immediately on it making sure it has its fair share of kitty fur.

23 thoughts on “Scrappy Star Top Finished — Maybe

  1. Your star top is really beautiful. I know you are very proud.

    Baxter must love your scent…My cats will lay on our worn clothing items and bask around…yum. Mom and/or Dad’s smell. They are so funny..


  2. A plain border would really make the centre of the quilt pop. That’s a very pretty blossom tree! Cats are very good at making themselves at home on clothing……usually something which contrasts with their fur.


  3. I remember when you started this, Cathi. It’s nice to see it finished. I really like that you provide us with a large photo, when clicked on, to really see every fabric patch! Can almost see the stitches, LOL!

    I think another plain border would be nice. It would let the zigzag look like it’s floating.


  4. Beautiful! Now it just goes on the pile of “need to quilt it tops” and you can move on to the next! πŸ™‚

    Baxter can’t help it! It just goes along with “rules of being a good cat”.


  5. I would be tempted to put a border on so I didn’t have to be so careful getting the binding to line up with the point intersections at the edge. It turned out great!


  6. Love the top, I think you are right with the dark to frame it. Arn’t all cats the same way they must tag us as theirs so we have to “wear them” everywhere. Love the NYB blocks. I have to wait till sunday to sort fabric and print to much happening here drat!


  7. I agree–an outer border, not real wide would make the center “pop”. I also see this with a dark red binding… the picture of Baxter. Arlo insists on sprawling all over the clean clothes when we put them on the bed to fold and put away.


  8. Your Scrappy Stars look wonderful! Another border would be lovely but then you have more NYB to make πŸ˜‰ Just saying. BTW I succumbed and got the collection today. I am contemplating printing several sheets of the combo and mix and matching. There was just so much temptation no matter where I looked and I needed it.
    Bunnyhugs to Baxter, looking as handsome as always. Ellyx


  9. I am having trouble doing the math for the burst star table mat. I would like to make on and leave it round, but can Tyou tell me what size diamond papers you used and why size that made the round table mat? If you have a pattern, I would gladly buy it.


    • I used shapes from the Inklingo 4.5 LeMoyne Star collection, which is free to download, to make the top. The diamonds are 1.32”. While I use Inklingo to print shapes directly on the back of my fabrics and thus be able to sew with a simple running stitch, you can also print the shapes without seam allowance on paper to make your own papers for English paper piecing.


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