MCM #80 – Star Blossom Finished & Ready for Delivery

Happy Monday to you, and welcome to Main Crush Monday! The quilt I’m crushing on this week has been in the works for a good while and I’m happy to finally have it finished. You’ve seen a few pictures of the quilt in progress, and today is the day you get to see the quilting up close.

Remember this picture?

Star Blossom Quilt PatternThe pattern is Star Blossom and was designed by Tish of Tish in Wonderland and Dave The Quilt Engineer. I tested the queen size of the pattern and have to say it is well written, and super easy to understand. It’s also a fun quilt to make.

The picture was taken before the binding was put on, and it took both my boys to hold it up. You can see it was still draped on the ground – that’s how long this quilt is.

I enjoyed quilting this top so much. This was the first big project I completed on my new longarm, and it taught me a lot of lessons. You can read more about those lessons here. It was on the frame for almost a week, and I spent late nights and long days working to get it done. There was some happy dancing going on when I unloaded it!

Now for some eye candy!

FMQ HQ FusionThis is one of the blocks. The blocks finish at 24″, and I used a combination of straight lines and spiral quilting. I used a ruler to help keep the lines straight, so I really got to test out the ruler base and my ruler skills!

Here’s a close-up of the stitching in the arrows:

fmq ruler work

I hate that my swirls aren’t better. In fact, after doing the first two blocks I seriously considered picking out all the stitching. I was feeling a tiny bit defeated at that point; my stitching on my Sweet Sixteen looks so much better – I feel like I have better control. My husband came to the rescue and gave me a pep talk so I powered through. I’m glad I did. By the time I was half way through my swirls were looking much better and I was loosening up. This longarm thing is just going to take some practice – I need to keep reminding myself of that.

FMQ HQ FusionThe sun peeked out as I was taking a few pictures – this shot really shows the quilting and the texture.

The quilting shows so well on the back. I used a wide back (I can’t remember the name), and I’m becoming a big fan of wide backings. Just load them up and quilt, no piecing required. Look at that yummy texture!

FMQ Quilting Texture

The binding looks lovely, especially against that floral border print. When I chose the fabrics for this quilt, I found the border fabric and pulled the other fabrics to coordinate. This quilt is for my mother-in-law and I hope she likes it. I know I do. 🙂

Binding Star BlossomSo there’s my crush for this week. I’m glad I can check it off my To Do list and move on to another project. I hope you’ll share what you are working on. I had so much fun last week reading about your projects. There were several inspiring stories – I hope you had a chance to visit some of the others who linked up.

Now it’s your turn to share your quilty crush!  You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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25 Responses to MCM #80 – Star Blossom Finished & Ready for Delivery

  1. Hi Beth, what a lovely quilt. Great work with your new longarm. I’m sure that it had to be frustrating when your old machine did a better job, but after more practice it will be better than ever!

  2. Susan says:

    That is one lovely quilt – you should be very happy with it! You’re color choices are spot on too!

  3. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Beth, it really is one gorgeous quilt. Your mother in law will love it and so glad you persevered through the struggles. I love when I can use a feature fabric to pull the fabrics for the quilt.

  4. sue7oaks says:

    Great work Beth! Taking on a queen size quilt on a new long arm has my heart racing just thinking about it! It’s lovely

  5. Alycia C says:

    It is beautiful! and the sky behind it really makes it pop!

  6. SarahZ says:

    Oh Beth! It is beautiful! Kudos to the hubs for his encouragement!! One of my all time fave quilts ids one I made for my MIL! Don’t know how she could do anything but love this…what a sweet gift!

  7. kaholly says:

    It’s gorgeous! Good job persevering! I took a spin on an acquaintance’s long arm and was surprised how different it was to a sit down. I admit, I became discouraged rather quickly. I won this pattern from Tish and look forward to making it when my machines are free. It’s ‘on the list’.

  8. janicekholton says:

    That is beautiful, Beth! I like it too! I’ll bet nobody is ever going to notice any of the swirls that aren’t quite as steady. The overall effect is a wowzer! So glad your husband encouraged you to keep going. It looks great! And you’re only going to get better from here.

  9. Laura says:

    It looks great! I’m really curious to see what the swirls you consider not-so-great look like.

  10. Andrea H says:

    Star Blossom looks fantastic! You did a great job. –Andrea

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  12. Liz W. says:

    This quilt is fantastic! Your swirls look great … you’re too hard on yourself! The ruler work contrasts with the swirls beautifully, too. It’s just a beautiful job!

  13. Tish says:

    Beth, this is AMAZING!! You did a wonderful job on the quilting! I’m loving those swirls, I’m glad he came in and gave you a pep talk. I can’t thank you enough for pattern testing for me. I’m sure your mother in law will love it 🙂

  14. Jayne says:

    It turned out beautifully! I can only imagine the practice it would take on a new long arm, but you should be super proud of yourself!

  15. Vicki in MN says:

    I think your swirls looks great. We are our own worst critic. Working up close we see all the imperfections that others won’t!

  16. karenfae says:

    I imagine it takes awhile to learn how to use the long arm (mid arm) as it is with any method. I think you are doing great though and your swirls look good to me!

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  18. Cindy says:

    The quilting is beautiful! I’m not usually into blues but this is gorgeous.

  19. It looks absolutely fantastic! Nothing wrong with those swirls at all–they look perfect! What a great finish!

  20. Liz Horgan says:

    What a beautiful quilt!! I won the pattern and can’t wait to sew it together.

  21. Beautifully done! The quilting looks great, so much texture. If there are any errors, it certainly doesn’t look like there are.

  22. That quilt is STUNNING!!! I can see why it took you a while to quilt it. The quilting is AWESOME!!

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  24. That turned out so beautifully, Beth! I am so glad your husband gave you a pep talk and that you continued on. And way to go testing the queen size version for Tish and Dave. The binding is just perfect, and I love how one print can be all you need to select fabric for an entire quilt.

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