Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pink Star Progress

 I've been working on the pink star quilt and making pretty good progress!  Though I had hoped to be done with the top by tomorrow.

Taken by my 4 year old son, hence the facial expression.

 I had to work out some kinks in making the corner pink ribbons (using this tutorial by Missouri Quilt Co), and that took a couple of days longer than I expected (due to having more cherries to deal with).

A 60" star, designed to lay on top of a queen bed without hanging over.

For the ribbons, I left off the final border and then figured out how to put them on point, but it ended up 3" too small, and thanks to some IG (I'm @quiltsnfeathers) suggestions I decided to just add sashing to the borders to get them up to the 15.5" blocks I need:

One down, three to go!

This evening everything was going great, until that last piece (laying on the quilt), which I did measure twice, ended up about 3/8" too short and I don't have enough Kona Oyster to just recut.

 So I'm leaving that for the morning, because I am bummed I will need to scab in a small piece to get it to the right size!

What do you do when you've cut something too short and don't have enough to recut the whole piece?


  1. I don't have a solution to your fabric problem, besides a trip to the store (that's what I do). But the quilt is going to turn out great.

  2. If you have enough fabric, I would piece that top border closer to the center so that it is more away from the edge.

  3. I usually scab in a little piece, too. It's not noticeable once it's quilted and bound! It happens to me more often than I would like. :(
    Also, what's your method for putting blocks on point?

  4. I feel your frustration. Leaving it for the morning is a good idea - something might come to mind as you look with fresh eyes.

  5. I cry. Lol.
    I either try to patch something in to make it large enough or add another border.
    This is SO cool. I love it and the ribbons.

  6. ACK! That always happens!! Sometimes I take out the other border and redo it with a micro scant 1/4 inch and do the same with the short border, and I can squeak by, or I add strips of something else into both borders, or I do an extra wide binding if it is 1/2 inch or more short. But the quilt is looking great, and I bet you will triumph in the end!! XX!

  7. So awesome! And i'm sure you figured out a way to solve your problem so i'll just say that i'm looking forward to seeing it all come together!

    1. Oh, and that shot of you by your little guy... awesome!!

  8. I start by cursing loudly. Then I go have a cup of tea to calm down while I think of a rescue plan.
    I love the star and the ribbon. I was just thinking about making one of my Dear Jane border triangles into a ribbon shape.