Monday, May 21, 2018

Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop ~ My Day!


Here is my newest star quilt.

It is a mini, 6" quilt made with the cute kit I received in a
Sew Sampler Box awhile back.  
I have a lot of lovely looking projects in the stack of boxes I have now 
and I need to catch up and make a few more quilts.

I love start quilts of any kind, so when


Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt

announced this hop,
I knew I wanted to participate
and I decided this was the perfect time to open this little kit.


All the materials to make the quilt are in the box,
including the panel, batting, backing and embroidery thread for quilting!


I was actually surprised by the piecing required for this project.

I had seen these panels online and somehow got the thought in my head that they were made with a cheater panel because of this quilt image the panel.
You can see my finished quilt below the panel.


The panel is marked and actually has to be cut into itty bitty squares and triangles to piece the 6 inch block.


Precision cutting required.
The cutting lines are clearly marked.


These units are very small as the go into four 3.5" star blocks.


Precision sewing also required.

I followed all instructions in the kit.


When it came time quilting the recommended
"Matchbox Quilting" lines, I opted to machine
quilt using my spool of Aurilfil GR 30 cotton 12/2 thread.
I used a Singer 100/16 Titanium Universal needle
and my heavy duty walking foot.
I loosened the tension, lengthened the stitch,
and slowed down my machine,
used regular 50/12 weight Aurilfil thread in my bobbin,
and all went well.


I hand-stitched the binding to the backing with lime green Aurifil.
This is the first hand stitching I have done in awhile
as my hands have been very stiff and achy
and the fine handwork is hard for me these days.


I am pretty happy with how this little mini star quilt finished.


I like the very useful Matchboxes, too!
I have my magnetic pin holder in this one and I can tuck it under my machine bed 
for safe keeping my pins away from my all too curious little kitties

Apparently I talked a lot about how interesting the kit was while I was making it.

Because ...


I was gifted with the complete set all all nine Matchbox Quilts
for Mother's Day! 

Sew I have eight other mini quilts to sew!

Giveaway Time!

Because I now have a set of all of these Matchbox quilts, I have an extra
No. 7  Star Quilt.



If you would like to make this mini quilt,
enter the rafflecopter giveaway below ...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck with the winning thing!


Be sure to visit all these stellar projects today!

May 21
Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)


Thanks to, Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt
for organizing this fun blog hop!

Happy Hopping!  

70 comments:

  1. I am rather keen on doing improv stars as there is no worries about getting everything to match up with perfect points. I am aware that makes me sound very lazy. x

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  3. I like how that turned out with the bright green binding. I don't really have a favorite star block. I'm too new at this quilting thing.

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  4. As a beginner quilter, I like the Ohio star. Nice, easy, simple. I am getting my first Sew Sampler box today, and I am so excited. I couldn't wait and had to peek early at others' who have received it earlier than me.

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  5. You did a great job on your mini quilt Pat! That was a sweet gift, it's so nice when our loved ones buy us quilty things :)

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  6. Those matchbox quilts look like really fun little gifts, nice of you to give away your spare one. Those are some impressively small pieces, so well done on your very tidy finish. :)

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  7. Those are some itty bitty pieces for sure, you did a wonderful job on conquering them.

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  8. What a super sweet mini quilt. Love it!!

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  9. I have a pattern for a Wonky Star block which I hope to get around to one day

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  10. Love your mini-quilt! That looks quite challenging.

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  11. It's a beautiful mini. It looks quite challenging with all those tiny pieces. You did a great job with it. Yay you! Have fun making all it's siblings.

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  12. Thanks Pat....always interesting pieces here...nice hop so far

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  13. Nice mini!
    Ohio star has become my favorite. My sister and her family live in Ohio, so I've made a number of quilts with it. Latest is Supernova for one of my great or grand niece!

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  14. I bought some of those for gifts, but never opened them. Wow that is mini. Turned out gorgeous. I am partial to the Ohio Star.

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  15. Your mini is great with all those tiny pieces! The Hunter's star is my favorite for the time being.

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  16. I like to make Sawtooth stars. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I've never seen these before! I do love the Ohio Star. It's classic. Thanks. akronne17@gmail.com

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  18. I love the Lone Star quit. I remember sitting at my mother's knee while she hand pieced a lone star quilt with different solids. I thought it was the most beautiful quilt, and after shed passed, I inherited it. It is truly a prized possession.

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  19. This is just a very cute mini! I love star quilt blocks of any kind! They work so well in quilt tops.

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  20. Really cute mini! I like all stars.

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  21. Having never seen these before, I'm in love with the boxes without even knowing what they are. So cool that you got them all and your photo of them is awesome! Your little quilt turned out so lovely with all those tiny little pieces. You really rocked it getting them together so perfectly! Thank you, Pat, for joining in the blog hop and being one of my favorite shining stars!

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  22. Those are a really cute idea. Do they all make up the same size? Your stars are lovely.

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  23. I love these little min-quilts. I haven't seen a star quilt yet that I didn't love. Haha. It is too hard to pick a favourite as they keep changing. Thanks for sharing

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  24. This is such a sweet mini. Thanks for showing a glimpse of the process.

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  25. Very nice mini! I'd love to Win the extra one. Stars are perfect for Holidays coming up.

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  26. I am currently making a friendship star quilt so that is the favorite star block of the day.

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  27. You did a wonderful job on that tiny quilt.

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  28. Your mini turned out great. I have wondered about the Matchbox quilts, and your post explained them well. Maybe mini quilts can be fun.

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  29. What a neat project! I love mini quilts, and blue stars are my favorites :)

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  30. Lately, I find the Double Star to be my favorite. But as soon as I finish that quilt, I'll probably do some wonky stars. Your mini is so cute. I wondered what was inside those matchboxes. I've seen them before but not the inside. Great idea to use the box to store the pins. Gotta keep them away from the kitties.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  31. Now this is a new one to me. I've never heard of Matchbox quilts! I'm a little blown away at the tiny pieces, but wow, do they pack a big punch! You have a family that truly knows your happy place it looks like. :-) I've got to go find out more on these tiny treasurers! ;-)

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  32. what a cute mini! for a second when you showed the backing I thought they were pieced stars too, that you made a gazillion of them, but then I looked at the binding and saw it was the back, ha ha!

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  33. love those tiny quilt's , your link wouldn't work to your Instagram or I would be following you there to

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  34. This little matchbox quilt is really cute! Thank you for the chance in the drawing. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  35. Wow - what a great project for this hop! I admire anyone that can make a 6" mini quilt with all those tiny, tiny pieces. I think you did a superb job. Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  36. Those little Matchboxes are so cute--and so are the quilts!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  37. Just the right size to hold that pin holder, I have one cat who loves pins, and will grab one with his teeth from anywhere. Your next lot of tiny quilts will be an extra lot of fun.

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  38. I do love sawtooth stars!

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  39. You did a wonderful job ... I've seen those little boxes and now I see they are a lot of little pieces! Good for you for tackling them :) Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  40. I don't have a favorite as I like all star blocks! Your mini is really cute--I especially like that lime binding! Looks like you'll be busy for awhile.

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  41. How wonderful! I've never seen these kits, but I do love mini quilts!

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  42. Definitely Ohio Star for me! :) Your lil' Quilt is Awesome! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :D

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  43. I can't believe you pieced that tiny thing! I mean, I know you did, but wow, you are so brave! It's a fabulous finish, and a good thing you liked it, since you now have 8 more to do!

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  44. Omgosh how tiny are those pieces, that's amazing 😍 great job, I love it

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  45. I enjoy making the wonky star block.. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  46. You did a great job on this mini. I made one of those too and was surprised at how tricky it really was. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. These are fabulous. I bow to anyone who can piece stars and make them look great without the assistance of paper.

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  48. Love these little kits. You did a wonderful job. Great use for the box too!

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  49. What a great mini! That would look great on the wall in my freshly painted bedroom/studio. It's a beautiful shade of blue and the blue/green would be awesome. Actually, I believe that the right person always wins the giveaway. I'm glad you have the complete set of mini quilts. You deserve them and always do a brilliant job.

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  50. Oh, I just finished the pink one of those! I bought it on my recent trip to the US... how lovely that you got the whole set for Mother's Day!! I love my little box too, but sadly it got a bit squashed in the suitcase! Enjoy making the whole set! xx

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  51. The one I make most often is Ohio Star; I especially like to set it on point.

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  52. I think my favorite right now is a carpenter star. I do love the looks of those matchbox boxes - must investigate. You made a sweet mini!

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  53. I have only tried the Ohio Star so far and I really love how it comes together. Thanks so much!

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  54. I have not heard of the Matchbox Mini Quilts and it's a fantastic idea! Yours turned out so perfect and adorable! I'd say my favorite star block is the Lone Star or a wonky star...I've done both and really like them!

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  55. Congrats on a UFO becoming a finish. Love the stars mini.

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  56. I like any and every star. Love your collection. I just bought Sue Garman's star pattern and I can't wait to start. Miss her so much.

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  57. Congrats, I can't even imagine sewing such tiny blocks. I know I would screw it up and you did it beautifully.!!

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  58. I guess the Ohio Star would be my favorite. These look like nice little kits.

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  59. I love all star blocks, but my favorite is the friendship star. I'm making my best girlfriend a quilt with the friendship star in it.

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  60. Your mini quilt turned out so beautifully. ❤️ I love all star patterns! This would be a great kit to try.

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  61. What fun! I love how your quilt came out, and what a lot of itty bitty pieces. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. I really love the Ohio Star block. Your mini quilt is so cute. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. I didn't know how late to the party I was. Sorry I missed out on your giveaway because these look like so much fun. Love your little matchbox quilt. I'm going to have to look into these. Too fun.

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  64. Very nice - simple but effective

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  65. Hey I just saw that I won the Matchbox Sampler! Lets just say I'm doing the happy dance here!!!!! Thanks "Sew" much!

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