Crazy Star Quilt

Crazy Quilt

 As I suspected, finishing unfinished projects seems to be good for the blahs. I put my nose down toward the sewing machine last week and finished the crazy star quilt I’d started a while ago. I held my breath as I used the walking foot on my Bernina for the first time to quilt straight lines across the star, then continued to hold my breath while I free motioned the entire quilt around the star with loop-d-loops. (Are these out of style? Oh please say they aren’t!). Everything worked just like it was supposed to (I love my sewing machine!) and I finished hand-stitching the binding while Peter and I watched Alaska State Troopers on Saturday night (don’t you want to party with us?).

Crazy Quilt
The backing is a cotton flannel sheet. Cream-colored. Actually, the flannel backing is the whole reason I even started this quilt in the first place. We have one flannel-backed quilt in our family room that everyone fights over, so I wanted to make another one to keep the peace. Quilts shouldn’t cause arguments, right?
The pattern is out of Denyse Schmidt’s newest book, Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. It came together quickly and is a very forgiving pattern. Once the star is constructed (foundation-pieced), the rest is adding the solid “ground” around it.
Crazy Quilt
Size: 76″ x 66″
Star– Constructed of all kinds of prints from my stash, a few vintage fabrics, several solids, some corduroy.
Ground– Kona “Celery”. (Many had suggested a deep navy blue, I’m talking to you Melissa and Claire. In the end, I needed the ground to be brighter than the star to work in our family room, so that’s why I chose the Celery (plus its what they had at the fabric store and I didn’t want to order and wait for fabric).
Backing– 1 twin-sized flannel sheet, cut to size
Binding- Kona “Peacock”
Quilting thread was a light green to match the celery.
There are more finished objects to come. I highly recommend making a commitment to finishing things that will make you happy to finish, it definitely does a lot for the psyche.
  • Erin | house on hill road

    October 22, 2012 at 5:42 am

    damn, that is good, blair! i really like the quilting. i have been wondering how to tackle that myself.

  • sue washburne

    October 22, 2012 at 6:04 am

    so very beautiful! just recently discovered your blog and have it in my favorites. you help to bring inspiration into my world.

  • amisha

    October 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    it is absolutely beautiful, blair! i love the mix of prints and the colors, and the quilting looks great. i bet it is so cozy with that flannel!
    p.s. the quilt was in the dryer when i left for work this morning. cannot wait to get home and see it! eek!!

  • lauradodson

    October 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm Lovely.

  • Shannon

    October 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Can you recommend a good sewing machine to purchase? My main requirement is that it needs to be as cheap as possible but still decent. Any ideas? It’s time to retire the machine Mom bought me when I first moved away from home. Poor thing has been repaired too many times and stubbornly refuses to thread a bobbin.

  • Carol

    October 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I like your loops. I prefer to the stippling I see so often. It reminds me of the practice cursive we used to practice in the 70’s on the lined paper with the dotted line in the middle.

  • Cheryl

    October 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    This is really beautiful.

  • Kitty

    October 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Truly a work of art – you really should be proud!

  • Melissa

    October 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Oh, of course this looks more Blair with the celery. I love it. I’m going to go make Paul retrieve that book for me to look at right now.

  • sewkatiedid

    October 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    watch out world, Blair dropped her feed dogs! I’ve got all next week off, wanna party? xo

  • Lori

    October 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Love this! Oh wow!

  • Rachel

    February 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    This is a goofy question, but I am making a similar quilt. When you did the loop-the-loops, did you stop and tie off the thread and then move to the other side of the star? That’s a lot of ends to knot!

  • blair/wisecraft

    February 7, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Hi Rachel, I did the loops d loops after I'd quilted the center star. It caused lots of threads to clip, but luckily my machine does the knotting for me.

  • Rachel

    March 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Just now remembered to check to see if you replied. Ha! Can you tell quilts progress veeeerrryyy slowly at my house? Thanks for the reply. I guess I need to brave up and try quilting it now!

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