Friday, April 13, 2012

Finish It Up Friday

I love Fridays. Especially when I can link to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Up because I actually got something accomplished!  Even when I don't get to participate I always browse everyone who has posted because it's so inspiring.

X Binding 

My stash proved invaluable yet again with what I think is the most perfect binding fabric for the Asterisk quilt, if I do say so myself!  I knew I had a blue/green in the buckets to choose from but to find a print that creates an X when folded over was a bonus. Usually it takes a few sessions to hand stitch the binding on but I was so excited that I sat and sewed continuously until it was done. My hands have yet to recover - not the smarted move on my part but there was no stopping.

Trying to do too much in one little block design

This picture detail is of my experimental Extended Bar Asterisk block. I like to modify and play around to try and bring to life what is envisioned in my head. This was a near miss but it still blends well with the overall scrappy, modern quilt. 

My husband thinks that the horizontal and vertical bars should extend out further than the diagonal ones to more accurately represent an asterisk and I agree.  The problem I ran into was trying to mix a double bar design and stay within the 12.5 size - because the inserts were especially large, it grew too big quickly.  This concept deserves a revisit for another project.

If you are not already a fan and follower of Amanda's blog be sure to check it out.  Funny story: I was looking in my old, old bookmarks for something totally unrelated to quilting and ran across a link to one of her tutorials from way back - before my flickr days.


  1. Isn't it a great feeling to actually get something finished? I love the colours you've used, they are so fresh and springy!

  2. I love your quilting on this, it's really nice! Bonus to not only find such a great binding fabric, but to find it in your stash. Score!

  3. Love your quilt!! Pretty colors.

    I look forward to Friday too, so I can Show and Tell what I did for the week. So motivating. Love CrazyMomQuilts!!

  4. interesting about the asterisks, for your binding!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm so happy to almost be finished of the gray quilt! Hey, maybe I'll be able to link it on Friday for the first time! I love the colors of the quilt in your blog title, so pretty


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