Make backing and cut batting – For me, I like to make my backing and batting both measure 6″ bigger than my quilt top. For Star Dance that means 66″ square. If you have a standard size you tend to make yours, go for it.
Binding – I machine bind. It’s quicker and stronger and by the time I get to the binding of a quilt, I’m ready to call it a day. I have a machine binding tutorial for you here. Kudos, if you prefer hand binding. I do think it’s much more lovely than the machine style.
Just in case you are interested in how I quilted my own quilt: Within each star I quilted a different design. There were about 5-6 different designs I used, such as: meander, twirls, circlies, stuff like that. On the four corners of each block I quilted little loopy peaks and then on the background, I just quilted squiggly lines running down the length.
It’s very thickly quilted, much thicker than I normally do. I always thought that adding different components of free motion quilting would go too slow, but I have to say it was not that much trouble and I really like the effect.
I also swapped up my thread color for the different stars. I’ve made them NOT match and this makes the quilting stand out even more.
Many of you have reached out to me to tell me that you love my normal meandering style of quilting. Thank you! You are precious! I love it too. I mixed it up with more details in this particular quilt only because this one is going to be hanging in Coats & Clark’s booth at one of their thread shows and required more details to show off their brand new thread.
I will definitely not be doing this for every quilt I make, but it’s nice to know that I’m capable to do so if I ever want to. 🙂
Let’s talk about the solids
So if you’ve been a reader here for some time, you know that solids are so far the opposite of me. I like my prints! Still, I think it’s important to step outside of the box here and there. I really enjoyed the solids I used. I don’t like them as much as I like prints, but they definitely have a certain POP that prints just don’t have.
I could easily see me using them again in a quilt. Maybe mixing them with prints, maybe.
This much was true though: Lynn from Coats & Clark told me solids shows off quilting better and she was absolutely right. The solids paired with the 30 wt. Quilt+ thread makes the quilting I did jump off the quilt.
Luckily for me, I stuck to easier quilting designs that I had done in the past.
If you are at the end of this quilt along and wondering what’s next, it’s the “I am Enough” Quilt Along of course. That one is going to be a lengthy sampler quilt that I’m rubbing my hands together to get started on. Find the details here.
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