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This was a quilt I started when I couldn't stand making any more face masks...at least not for a while. Ever need to go on to another project? This one rescued me from the monotony of the face masks. Jenny Doan does a tutorial on making the star block from precut 2 1/2" strips and a binding tool. I didn't have that tool, but it's easy enough to cut strips with a 45 deg. angle on one end. She made a baby size quilt with one star. I used a whole jelly roll (or, most of it) and got three large stars. Then I veered off and did my own thing. Easy enough to flesh out a quilt to make it twin or larger. I had enough variety in my stash that I just added a skinny colored border and constructed a conventional braid border. Now to find a backing...usually I use a neutral, muslin backing as it shows off quilting designs nicely.

Thanks for looking at my project...simple pattern, but something I needed to do to keep my mind in a happy place!

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I love your star variation! And that you found your happy mojo!
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Thanks for sharing - I'll definitely look up how to do that block.  It would be a good one for me to practice and maybe one block with a border could be a table topper or something.  What's the measurement of the block?

Your quilt is turning out just lovely - I can't wait to see how you will be quilting it.

I had the same reaction you did to all the face mask sewing and couldn't wait to get back to some of my shirt making sewing.  I guess we all have different activities we enjoy.
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Thanks, Lori, thanks Chaly!  The unfinished measurement of a quadrant of the star is 16" x 16."  So, after sewing all four quadrants together, it's a pretty good size block (mine is about 31" x 31" I believe).  I'm not one who worries about what size it's "supposed" to be...but whatever my project needs in trimming, etc. is what I do, and a quilt ends up whatever size it ends up![biggrin]  The Missouri Star Quilt Co. is so fun for inspiration.  I weaned myself off looking at what their daily deals are....much too temptation for me.  The fabric in my stars came from a jelly roll I got at one time from them.  
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[wave]Mavis
Wow!  Look at your perfect points.  I love your work.  I'm over the moon on your border too!  Crisp fabrics--wonderful color selection.  The stars would make a good looking a body pillow sham.  Thanks for sharing details.    

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Hi, Linda!  Thanks for the kind words.  About the color selection:  Green is my son's favorite color, and I had him in mind when I made this top.  He will be the one this quilt goes to.  Green was the color all day yesterday.  After playing with this fabric for most of the day, I did afternoon chores and went to dig a few weeds out around the strawberry bed.  I saw a beautifully colored green beetle/bug scurry along and caught it in my gloves.  Oh, oh, I'm pretty sure we've got our first emerald ash borer.  The bug is in a container, and a call will be placed today to our local extension office and/or state dept. of ag.  Yikes, now I'll be the one to put our county on quarantine for this!  We have a pretty good sized grove - all ash trees.  We have a few areas of maple trees and a couple of evergreens, apple trees, and a walnut tree.  Wonder how long before the ash borers destroy our whole grove.  That's a sad thought.
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Oh no!  That's terrible Mavis.  can you show us a pic of your Emerald Ash Borer?
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Oh no!  That's terrible Mavis.  can you show us a pic of your Emerald Ash Borer?

False alarm....co. Ext. office called and said they were quite sure it's a type of beetle and not the dreaded emerald ash borer!

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That's a neat star, Mavis! I've made a couple of friendship braid table runners and love how similar this star is to that design. I haven't seen this tutorial if Jenny's - I'll have to look it up! Thanks for sharing! Your son is going to love this gorgeous quilt! If I can figure out how to post pics from my phone I'll share my friendship braid table runners. I found the runner easy to construct and they make nice gifts. You can purchase the pattern on MSQC and Jenny has a tutorial as well. 😊

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Mavis, 
I love your quilt!
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Finally got this one quilted. I still need to snip threads, bind and wash. Then I will make a label and take a few more photos. My son is a deep thinker, and the spiral turned into gears and cogs....like the gears in his brain that are always turning!

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Your quilting is wonderful. I love your story about your inspiration for the design.

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Love your quilting, Mavis! Do you mark your quilt and if so, what with? I always struggle with that. I often end up making faint dots with a regular pencil. And are you worried about bleeding colors when you wash it? I had issues with a saturated quilt with cream sashing - only used one Color Catcher when I should have used 3 or 4.

Can't wait to see the finish! 🙂

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Beautiful, Mavis! I love the different element and how they set off the fabric design.
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Hi, gals!
Yes, I do some registration marks with a ruler and Crayola washable colored markers (fine tip).  I find just a light mark or sometimes even dots is enough of a guide, especially if it's a design I've done before.  90% of the greens in this one came from the same jelly roll, and I'm, not worried about that bleeding.  No, with color catchers, and now I add Dawn dishwashing detergent, I've not had trouble with fabric color bleeding.  I'll post a photo after the binding and washing is done.  


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Oh yes! Thank you for reminding me about the Crayola washable markers! I'm going to try those next. Just a few dots us usually enough as a guide, but I want to be sure they'll wash out. 😉
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Mavis - your quilting is unique and this makes it so lovely and different.  I love those celestial motifs - goes so well with the star pattern of the quilt.  I can't wait to see the final version.
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Thanks, Chaly!  Inspiration for each quilt is different for me.  Some tell me exactly what they need, others slowly develop as I go.  This one was sort of a slow trickle of inspiration![smile]
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Mavis - what type of batting did you use for this quilt?  And do you have a favorite batting?
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Chaly, this was a poly/cotton 80/20, I believe.  Yes, my favorite batting was wool - used it on my husband's MN Twins themed quilt.  It was a dream to quilt through.  When I did an on-line quilting class a couple of years ago, Jeanne Harrison had us use two layers of poly/cotton batting to give extra depth.  That was a first for me, too, and the results were wonderful.  

The wool batting used to scare me at first, because of the fact I like to use, wash, and dry quilts.  Thought the wool batting would not be a candidate for washing.  Don't ask me how they do it, but it's fine for the washing machine.  One word of caution:  Wool batting is super expensive!  I would only splurge on it for very special quilts!

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I was wondering about bamboo also.  I think if I had a really special quilt I would use wool - one of my favorite fibers (along with linen).  Your quilting shows up really well on the 80/20 and I'm sure it's super practical.  I have some cotton batting (Warm & Natural) to use up - I like it mostly but it does seem a bit flat after quilting.
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Well all was going pretty good and then I discovered a binding failure after washing and drying. I cut a new section and repaired it this a.m. iIt let loose and raveled horribly. The back side, attached by hand, had not held up. Not a fan of mending anything, but sometimes you just have to suck it up and do it!

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Fabulous job, Mavis!  Your quilting is exceptional! Love the label you made too. He's going to love this! I can't recall - does he know you are working on it? (shame about having to do a repair, but better it showed up now before it was gifted I guess! [wink]  I have a  similar repair to do on one of my early quilts.
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Thanks, VintageGalKim.  I like making labels now that I have a used Brother combo machine (sewing and embroidery).  It is limited to a very small hoop space, but I make it work for labels.  Every other method I used to use did not thrill me.  I don't use this machine very often, though, so it's a bit of a learning curve every time I sit down with it.  Yes, Nick knew this quilt was being earmarked for him!  Now, next project will be something for my daughter[smile]
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Quilt labels are the very reason I bought my first embroidery machine in 2013. A fun but very spendy rabbit hole to jump down. I Now have 5 of them.

Mavis that quilt is fabulous! Glad you caught the booboo quickly. I detest hand sewing so I sew my bindings completely by machine.

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Cari, I still haven't mastered doing both sides of the binding by machine.  Well, I can make it work, but it doesn't look neat the way I do it!  Funny, when I started quilting, I hated sewing the back side on by hand.  The more I've done it, the less I hate it, and for me, it produces a nicer finish.  
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