Wednesday, August 06, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Giant Star and Purge Backing

Last weekend, I finally cut into some more of my Uganda fabrics to make a giant star quilt (tutorial from In Color Order, found here).  A while ago, I had a loose goal to make one quilt a year from my Uganda fabrics and unfortunately I have only completed two and it's been exactly seven years since we returned from our time there.  

This quilt was super quick but I have to admit that it was still a bit of a challenge for me.  I think that working with large cuts of fabric can be just as difficult as working with tiny pieces sometimes.  My finished HST units were quite wonky and I found that cutting a 16.5" square template piece out of pattern paper was the easiest way to square everything up.  

I also have to admit that it was quite difficult to use up one of the two yards of the Sunflower fabric I had left! It is the most striking, beautiful fabric!!!!  

As part of "the purge"- I went ahead and made a backing out of some of my un-loved blue fabrics from my stash.  My blue fabrics are seriously overflowing - I guess I reach for pink, red, and yellow a lot more often.  I chose blue fabrics that are hard to use: most being prints with other dominant colors.  I find that I use monochromatic prints much more often than multi-colored prints.

Linking up with "The Purge" at Stitched in Colorand "WIP Wednesday" at Freshly Pieced.


Izzy said...

I've had that giant star on my To Do List forever! Yours looks amazing. I love that sunflower fabric. I've been using my unloved fabric for quilt backs too. Such a good way to use it up! :-)

Sarah Fredette said...

Oh Laurie!!! Do I even need to tell you how much I love this? It's absolutely stunning!

Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

Love the colours in the star! Beautiful! I can see why it is a challenge to use it. The back is great. I just love the pieced look. My next back, well a back down the road a piece, will definitely be pieced! Love it!

Georgi said...

Love the contrast between the blue fabrics and the yellow background ~ gorgeous!!

Stacey said...

Love the giant star!

KatieandKris Visconti said...

That's a great idea for a backing. Love the blues and yellows.

MalinisQuilts said...

Beautiful star!
What a great way to use your unloved fabrics.

Sewing with large blocks could be hard sometime. But I have a 20" square up ruler which comes in handy. Its by omni-grid. I have made at least couple quilts with big blocks using this ruler.Its a big time saver.