For the piping, I used Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax for sturdiness. The lining and handles are made from a solid blue from my stash. I used Aurifil Light Sand #2000 for the stitching.
Once I finished the basket, I added a little bird charm keychain and some fat quarters. I plan to make a nesting set of 3 baskets for my sewing room as a pretty way to store my quilty projects in-process.
I finished up my quilt top for the Star Light Star Bright QAL hosted by Melissa over at Happy Quilting. A big thanks goes to Melissa for designing such a fun project and her generosity in sharing the pattern with us, week by week!
Although some of my points are not perfect, I continue to improve my piecing skills by working on quilt-alongs and BOMs. These timed projects give me a definite goal, and I love quilting alongside people from all over the world.
To see a complete list of my fabric selections, you can read my original SLSB QAL post. I pieced the top using Aurifil thread, #2000.
My husband assisted with some outdoor photography as we tried to catch the quilt in the fading evening light. I think these pictures don’t do the fabrics justice. You can see my pretty plum tree blooming in the background.
STSB QAL Quilt Top, Outside
SLSB QAL Quilt Top Outside with Cat Inspector
Then, I brought the quilt top indoors and placed in on the floor and took a couple more photos.
SLSB QAL Quilt Top, Indoors
SLSB QAL Quilt Top, Indoors with Cat Inspector
I hope to be able to quilt it and bind it in time for the grand parade of finishers. Right now, I’m leaning towards using one of the dark brown fabrics for the binding.
Melissa over at Happy Quilting has once again designed a great quilt-along for everyone called Star Light Star Bright. This is a weekly QAL with the cutting instructions posted this week.
For this project, I’m going to make the 3 block by 3 block baby quilt size. I found some wonderful Charley Harper fabrics that I’m going to use along with some other bird/fall themed prints that I think will work well together.
Here’s a look at my fabrics before cutting. They looked so pretty that I almost hated to cut them!
Star Light Star Bright Fabrics
See the beautiful red cardinals peeking out in the back? I’m saving that piece for something special!
You know that you need to take a break from cutting fabric when your quilt inspector jumps onto your cutting table and gives you this look:
Time to Stop Cutting Fabric!
I finished cutting all my pieces this afternoon. Here they are all lined up nice and pretty:
Star Light Star Bright Pieces
These are the fabrics in the photo:
Background is Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax by Robert Kaufman.
Brown twiggy fabric is Bark from Birds of a Feather Nest by Michael Miller.
Yellow/gold fabric is Meadow of Gold from Reminisce by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
Bird and colored dots fabric is Bank Swallow Fall from Charley Harper for Birch Fabrics.
Red arrows fabric is Feathers Sun Print A-7244-0 from Andover.
Brown with white swirls fabric is Brown Rings from Honeycrisp by Dear Stella.