Friday, May 04, 2018

Twinkle Star - Finished at last!

Instead of concentrating on UFO's this year, my goal is to create no new UFO's!  Ordinarily this quilt would have gone in the UFO drawer right away because I didn't really have a good reason to get it quilted up right away. Instead I now have a finished quilt listed in my Etsy shop - which is way better than a top in a drawer, right?

This is Twinkle Star made in Island Batik (Alpine Jingle)  These fabrics were provided to me by Island Batik in my Fall Ambassador box last year.  These fabrics are currently available, so make sure to look for them in your local quilt shop, or online!

I was a little hesitant to choose this color of Aurifil Thread, but I knew from experience that the 50 wt thread is so nice at blending in that I went for it.  It perfectly matches the border fabric and I was delighted at how it looked almost metallic when I used it to machine stitch the binding!  You know what a pain in the rear metallic threads can be - using Aurifil cotton is so much easier, and it has a nice sheen that really looks great.  This color is called Light Cinnamon.  This thread was given to me by Aurifil thread in the latest Island Batik Ambassador box.

 It has been a delight to work with both companies in their Ambassador Programs - Aurifil is currently accepting applications in their Aurifil Artisan program, so make sure you apply if you want to spread the word about their fabulous threads:

Back to the quilt!  
The binding is fabric that I received in the Stash rolls - two 5 inch by width of fabric strips was just enough to cut four strips and I had another little scrap for that extra few inches I needed (phew!)  
I pieced the back using some strips and chunks from my stash of Island Batik fabrics.  I love this one:
It's hard to use these fabrics up, but my boxes and bins are overflowing at this point, so it's time to let go and put them to use, even if it is on a back.

I've been working at taking better photographs of my quilts, and have come to love a nice close-up - you can see how nice that thread looks here, even on the light areas.  Just enough contrast to show off the stitching!  I could probably do this swirl in my sleep, it is one of my favorite quilting designs.

Well, that's my quilt finish for this week - now back to the prom dresses.  I will be glad when the dresses are all done and I can concentrate on my quilting!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday, and with Myra of Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or not Friday - come see what other fabulous finishes have been posted.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


Barb Neiwert said...

Very pretty quilt! Glad you got it finished!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Very pretty!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I just used a thread close to that color on a scrap quilt with less gold toned fabrics than yours. It's perfect on your new Etsy listing!!