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Thursday, July 17, 2014

From Beginning to End... Oh My Stars! What a fun finish!

It all really started in April this year... a bucket list quilt moved up the proverbial ladder...
Jenny Doan (of Missouri Star Quilt Company fame and youtube video for fun piecing ideas) came to my LQS :)  Yippee!  So inspired by her visit I bought her tumbler template...
on sale during her visit and got her signature on my copy of Love of Quilting she was recently featured in..
and gathered my fabrics..
This isn't quite all of it but this is all my readers saw initially... :)

And ended up with this in just a few hours time..
Borders... did I want them?  I decided I did.. so to my stash I went and look what I found!
 And in the end.. a flimsy was born!
I love the mitered corners and youtube had great vids to help me achieve it with little problems at all!

Next to decide on my quilting DESIGN... and thread color... or colors in my case..

Here is the design I started with...
 And my flimsy was pinned based on this design...
 Notice when pin basting I tried to avoid areas that would have lots of quilting in them yet still give plenty of stability for moving it around as I don't use a hoop or frame.  So place your basting pins ( I use size 2 quilters safety pins because they are stainless steel and bent.. easier to insert and remove) about ever 4" to 5" all over your sandwiched quilt top.  No need to pin the excess surrounding your flimsy.

I like quilts to tell me what they want too... I like to design my quilt patterns intuitively usually... so first I stitched in all the ditches to solidify the stripes and section off the blue for the quilting plan for it!  So excited about the blue section.. it is what gave this quilt it's name!
 See... here are 50 silver buttons I painted for use on this quilt.  50 US states so I took model paint in shiny silver and painted my buttons...

I loved recycling this darling container to hold them until I was ready for them.  :)

The piecing took me just a couple days...
The pin basting took part of a day
Quilting this beauty took about a month of interrupted (ha!) quilting... so hard to say!  But I enjoyed the journey all the way to the end!

Let me present to you my finished wall hanging...  "Oh My Stars"...

We hung it in our foyer (entry way) and love the spice it adds.. 

Final measurements are 46" wide by 36" tall.. We used some yardsticks to hang it if you can see in this pic :)

For this project I used Aurifil thread for piecing and 28 wt. hand quilting thread by Aurifil in patriotic red, white and blue according to the section I was working on.  Aurifil even featured Oh My Stars on their facebook page!  Yippee :)
I used wool batting ~ Hobb's Tuscany wool and I would use it again for the loft it gives and it doesn't shrink much at all!... But it is scratchy on the edges and overall I will be happy to get back to good old cotton batting! ha :)
All quilting designs were from my imagination and some were with the help of homemade and store bought stencils...

This wall hanging was meant to be a stress relieving fun project for me... after several longer term projects.. it definitely served that purpose.. and I love looking at it several times a day.. amazed that I made that! lol

Hope you enjoyed this post!  Come visit my blog if you are interested in more of what we are up to.. I have started a new project I will announce on my blog on Friday :)  Check out where you can find me in my signature below.

Have a blessed day and do some stitching by hand today!  Everyone needs a little zen time in their life! :)


  1. What a wonderful and fun Red, White and Blue Flag Quilt. Love how you have it hanging on the wall too. So much fun to see.

  2. Wonderful Kathi! Enjoyed seeing your quilt from the very beginning to complete! It looks great hanging in the space you chose. Beautiful!

    1. Thanks Penny! My honey enjoyed hanging it too! Kathi4

  3. What a beauty. I have the template somewhere! must have a go with it. I love that you hand quilt, I get to the flimsy stage and seem to stop as do not have the confidence to quilt yet

    1. Margaret, the hand quilting is my fave part :) Would love to see a flimsy of yours you would like to complete! Start small with a table runner, pillow or placemat... the feeling of accomplishing yourself is AMAZING! Happy stitching! Kathi

  4. Fantastique.
    Bonne fin desemaine

  5. Great Quilting and lovely fabrics!! Hopefully you will keep it up longer than the 4th!

  6. nice looking wall hanging and I really love your little telephone table! complete with old fashioned phone - the wall hanging just tops off the look :)

  7. Lucky you getting to see Jenny.. Great job on the quilt, love the quilting on it. :D

  8. What a nifty piece you have there! And thanks for walking us through the process. A wonderful piece you can put up whenever patriotic holidays come around.

  9. Love your quilt and the quilting. How nice to meet Jenny! I love her videos. I've learned a lot from her.

  10. Thanks for walking us through your process of making a very neat quilt!


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