Star Parade

For those of you who are fans of the Fun&Done! quilt-as-you-go technique, the newest design is Star Parade:Star ParadeI designed this in part as a good donation quilt, in patriotic colors for our military personnel.  And it doesn’t need to be longarm quilted!  I discovered that some organizations have a minimum size for a donation, so I added another size that is larger than a lap but smaller than a twin.  In case the charity requires a double-fold binding, instead of the super-easy Fun&Done! binding, I included instructions for that too.

Star Parade doesn’t have to be done in patriotic fabrics.  My pattern tester Betty made a beautiful sample in earthtones.  Notice that she used cream in place of the red in my sample, giving it a very different look:Star Parade BettyWouldn’t this look great for the holidays too?  A red, green and gold poinsettia would be great!Star Parade Holiday

Here is a close-up of the front, showing that the reds and blues were done in a variety of fabrics, giving the quilt more depth and sparkle:Star Parade 1

Since this is quilt-as-you-go, I can’t cover any recommendation on how to machine quilt it – the quilting is already done as you construct the blocks!  But I can show you the back anyway.  For this sample, I used a variety of reds, giving the back a little more interest:Star Parade 3For more information on this pattern, see it on my website here.

 

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5 Responses to Star Parade

  1. Maralee Garst says:

    For someone just starting, which would be the easiest pattern, so I can be successful and want to learn more? Thanks.

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  2. Lisa Berney says:

    I love your newest quilt, since my husband is retired army and works for the VA. Also, I do not have a way to quilt the top with the fancy stitching, so your quilt is wonderful. What recommendations do you have instead of tying a quilt? I do not have the proper foot on my sewing machine for the top stitching. I have even tied a quilt using buttons which really turned out cute. Thanks, Lisa

    • Susan Nelson says:

      Thanks Lisa, I’m glad you like the quilt! I’m not sure why you don’t have the right sewing foot for top stitching. I prefer an open toe foot, but have also used a zig-zag foot, zipper foot, and even a 1/4″ foot. A walking foot would be good if you have that too. The Fun&Done! quilts are all done by machine. If you’re not comfortable topstitching the sashing, and want an alternative to tying a quilt, I would recommend a classic patchwork pattern instead (not a quilt-as-you-go pattern). Perhaps you might like hand quilting with a pearl cotton thread, using longer stitches. Good luck!

      • Lisa Berney says:

        I am so new at quilting….I was not aware I could use the other feet! I am in a new small town and have found a quilting group that I will meet at a show here this weekend. I am sure they will be my life line. I will have an antique quilt that is 4 generations old….beautiful hand work! Thank you for responding! Lisa

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