Thursday, February 3, 2011

Midnight Stars

Midnight Stars (thanks, Lori!) is finished - quilted, bound, and washed.  I don't prewash unless I'm worried about a fabric (bleeding, crocking, etc) but I always wash after a quilt is finished.  Yes, even applique.  I like the look and it gets out whatever markings I've done.  I'm not sure if you can see the binding well enough to tell what the fabric is.  I used a deep red with blue flowers.  I really looks good with the fabrics I used in the body of the quilt.

Midnight Stars finished 

with some tools

Some of the things I used on this quilt are in this picture.  I used the plastic top from a ricotta cheese container for the circle template.  It was the exact size I wanted.  I used Cebelia thread to quilt with.  I think this is a crochet thread and I've always wanted to try it.  Since this quilt isn't that big, it seemed like a good project to experiment.  I'm glad I tried it but I won't use it again.  See the pliers?  I used those with every stitch.  I can usually get the needle through with a wide rubber band but not this thread!  The bent piece of metal is a Finger Protector (?) for my under hand I purchased at Quilt Expo in Portland several years ago.  I'm lost without it.  I looked at Quilt Expo last September but couldn't find them - I was going to get a spare.  (I know I can get them online in an emergency.) 

Since this is finished, I've been going through some of my old (like 25 or 30 years old) quilt books for another project.  It's amazing how styles have changed. 


  1. I own a pair of small pliers for the same use! Thankfully I haven't had to use them for some time. It looks fantastic Mary!! I like the circular contrast with the lines of the fabric.

  2. Nicely done! I hope I get to make one later on this year. I like the little bits of cheddar you included in the blocks.

  3. very nice. love the quilted circle.

  4. Just lovely. Nothing beats hand quilting ... preferably sans the pain!

  5. Congrats on your finish, I love your indigo fabric. Hugs from France.

  6. Your quilt is lovely! I use pliers for hand quilting all the time. That thread looks painful!

  7. Lovely quilt and worth all the trouble. Wow, such dedication and creativity to use what tools work for you rather than complain about not having the "right" quilting tool for the job. Congratulations on a lovely quilt.


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