QAL 202 | It’s a Finish!

It’s the 31st May, 2020 and just in time, as this is the deadline date, my QAL 2020 hosted by Cecile and Bea is finished!

This year’s theme was “Stars” and as soon as I saw that word I knew what I wanted to make; a revamp of the Star of Hope block had been brewing in the back blocks of the creative part of my brain for some time. I just needed an incentive to get it down on paper and stitched.

Stars were machine stitched in January and February, then the quilt top put together. I’ve been madly hand quilting since getting it back from being basted and finished that on Friday night

Yesterday I chose some of the fabrics to made a scrappy binding, deliberately choosing only the blues and greens as I felt the pinks would blend into the pink border too much

I cut them up, sorted into sequence

then sewed the binding on the quilt and stayed up until 11pm hand stitching it down. I’ve spent this afternoon taking out the basting (and found one square that hadn’t had all the quilting done!). And, Tada!, here is “Hopes and Dreams”

When I worked out the design I was one short of the 16 required blocks so I made a little Evening Star to go in the bottom right hand corner and so happy with that

It shares the fabrics in the bigger star

I chose this Kaffe wideback for the backing which works perfectly for the blue/green scrappy binding

and used Quilters Dream wadding which hand quilts like a hot knife through butter – devine!

The Golfer is at golf so these are the best pics I can muster without help!

Hand quilting, and the wadding, has made this the softest, drapiest (new word!) quilt and I’m delighted.

Thank you Cecile and Bea for hosting this QAL and I’m very happy that you’ve given me the push to complete my “Hopes and Dreams”.

Meredithe x

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9 Responses to QAL 202 | It’s a Finish!

  1. Jennifer Farmer says:

    It’s so beautiful Meredith I love it.

  2. Cécile says:

    Ohhhh what a beautiful finish Meredithe !! Bravo !!
    I will take the picture for the groupe on FB ! Thank you for your participation !!

  3. frayedattheedge says:

    It looks fabulous. What a big undertaking to hand quilt it. Well done on getting finished on time!!

  4. Grace Thorne says:

    an ambitious but well done sew along quilt!

  5. Helen says:

    What a quilt of beauty. Well done

  6. That’s lovely – a great success!

  7. Ann says:

    Absolutely beautiful Meredithe 😍

  8. Gail says:

    Ohhhh, your quilt is gorgeous, Meredithe! As much as hand quilting can be a bit of a long process, it is so very rewarding and the lovely soft finish is well worth the effort. I must get out the quilts I have tucked away for hand quilting and make a start. Very inspiring! 😊🌻

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