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:

Kay said...

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

Sharon Aurora said...
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Sharon Aurora said...

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.

Kristyn said...

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.

Dorian said...

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 :)

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

Or smart...... :)

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

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. :)

Stitchin At Home said...

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

Ariane said...

What a super sweet mini quilt. Love it!!

Jayne said...

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

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Love your mini-quilt! That looks quite challenging.

Lisa J. said...

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.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

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

Liz Horgan said...

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!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

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.

Anita said...

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

Linda Williamson said...

I like to make Sawtooth stars. Thanks for sharing.

allthingzsewn said...

A cutie for sure.

Alice Ronne said...

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

Nancy Lewis said...

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.

Danette Stankovich said...

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

Vicki H said...

Really cute mini! I like all stars.

Carol S. said...

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!

Needled Mom said...

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

Bonnie58 said...

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

AliNicole711 C said...

Love the Hunters Star

tink's mom said...

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

Mary said...

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

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

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

Kathy L said...

You did a wonderful job on that tiny quilt.

Kay said...

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

Pamela said...

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

Tu-Na Quilts said...

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

Calicojoan said...

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! ;-)

beaquilter said...

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!

barbara woods said...

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

Cynthia Knapp said...

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

Sherry said...

So pretty! I love minis!

Home Sewn By Us said...

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

Barb said...

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

Nancy J said...

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.

Lee said...

I do love sawtooth stars!

Wendy said...

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.

VA said...

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.

Quilter Kathy said...

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

OhioLori said...

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

Susan said...

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!

Creativeblonde66 said...

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

anna brown said...

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

Carol said...

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.

Denise L said...

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

Heidi D. said...

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

Suze said...

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.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

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

Beth said...

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

Kathleen said...

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!

Tabitha Keener said...

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

Kathy E. said...

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!

LJ said...

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

GranChris said...

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.

Marian said...

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

Jocelyn said...

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

Melissa Meier said...

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.

Lynne said...

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

Susan-Sharon Passmore said...

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

Karen McMahon said...

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

Carla said...

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.

Susan said...

Very nice - simple but effective

Calicojoan said...

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

Kim said...

Love your mini quilt!