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March UFO Finished!

Star quilt at The Crafty Quilter

I just finished my March UFO, “Oh My Many Stars” quilt with two days to spare!

There’s something so good and so right about finishing a quilt that you started seven years ago!  I didn’t realize it had been that long until I saw this:

star selvage

I’m not sure that I used this fabric right away, so I’m giving myself a year of “shelf time” just in case.

I did a speedy binding all by machine, and it turned out really nice.  When I know I’m going to be finishing the binding by machine rather than by hand, I start by sewing it onto the wrong side of the quilt and wrap the binding to the front.  Then I stitch very close to the binding’s edge on the front of the quilt with invisible thread.

star quilt binding

This pattern originally came from American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine and it is now downloadable here.  I changed the center of the chain blocks and made them pinwheels and most of the stars are variations of the original.  I used the book, Stars by Magic, by Nancy Johnson-Srebro (no longer in print) to make all of my stars without any Y-seams!  I love her technique and the star variations are just beautiful.

I had trim pieces left over from the stars and I used them to create a pieced border.  I must have been really ambitious back then!

star quilt

I also had pieces of a star left over (that I somehow managed to save and find) that I wanted to use for a quilt label.  If I put the units together as intended, there would be no room for writing:

star quilt units

So I rearranged them into this:

star quilt label

And now I have lots of room to write all of the information I want!

Star Quilt Label

I’m so happy with this quilt and so glad it’s done!

star quilt rolled Oh my many stars quilt

You can see what everyone else has finished this month at Fiber of All Sorts, Never Too Hot To Stitch and Lily’s Quilts Fresh Sewing Day.

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I hope you all have a wonderful day!


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  1. Julie,
    I’ve just now found you & was so excited with your beautiful creation. Wow–what a great intro to a new site. You did a great job on the stars–your talent is very obvious.

  2. Love the quilt and the changes you made! I recognized the quilt on the FAL – it’s in my UFO pile:).

    Seeing yours really has me inspired to finish up mine,


  3. This quilt makes me fall in love with blues and reds! I love the little pinwheels you put into the design, too. It is sooo pretty!
    You must feel so good about this finish!!


  4. Love it! It’s so beautiful Julie…. So proud of you for sticking with your UFO goal. Never thought of putting the binding on the back and bringing it forward. As always, you got me thinking again. Thanks for sharing.

  5. WOW!! That’s incredible! The design, colours and fabric are right up my street. I love the little changes you’ve made – those pinwheels are perfect. Well done – you must be feeling very good right now :-))

  6. What a beautiful quilt. I love stars and I love anything red, white, and blue. How did you know? But I see you forgot to put my name on the label!!!! But seriously, I love what you did with the label. You are just too clever.

  7. OK…..my new favorite quilt!!! I can just see it as a center of attraction for summertime picnics and parties. You did a fantastic job…love that little red folded border in there so much. And that label – what a great idea for a whole new quilt block! Yay!

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