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”.