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Stargazer Friendship Quilt: For Alli


For Alli's quilt I picked these Lemon Grass batiks in a fat quarter bundle for the background, and a nice bright pack of yellows from Lunn Fabrics on etsy for the stars. I love the bright colors and the contrast! These colors remind me of Alli and her beautiful sunny personality and vibrant artwork. After messing up on my previous version using this pattern (from Villa Rosa Designs), I did much better on the second go! It went together really quickly with pretty much no problem. 

For the quilting, I used a free motion quilting foot on my home machine, a Singer CG (Heavy Duty) and it worked awesome. I did a meandering design in golden yellow thread on all of the stars, and used a yellow/green variegated thread in long wavy lines that alternate directions along the length of the quilt between the stars. 

For the back, I didn't have enough of the green that I bought for the background, so I used the blue that I had intended for the binding and added a strip of flying geese made from half square triangles that were leftover from piecing the front. (And then I ordered more fabric for the binding, of course!)  I like the way it turned out, even if lining up the front and back together for the quilt sandwich was really stressful, but luckily it worked out. Thanks to my dad for taking the kids out for an hour so I could use my living room floor during the daylight hours uninterrupted! 

I love the way it turned out, and I can't wait to give it to her! I also made a heart wall hanging to go with it, like I did with the top I made for myself. I still have to quilt and bind that one though.