Star Gazer QAL – Week Four Sewing the Quilt Top and Quilting

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog

Hello and happy day light savings to everyone in the U.S.  This Monday is always tough but the longer days are so worth it.

So, hopefully everyone is making good progress on their blocks and the tips from two weeks ago were helpful.

Here is a picture of my quilt top in its final layout.You can see the funky side pieces where I didn’t totally cut off the “arm” entirely.

And here is a picture of the quilt top sewn together.After I sewed the top together, I trimmed off the sides. You can also see the stay stitching that I added to the sides of the quilt. I sewed regular stitches about 1/8″ from the edge to help keep the pieces from stretching when I was quilting. I find it really helps and would totally recommend it.

And here is the grand reveal! This is also a good shot to show my quilting. I chose to create a V design to mirror the quilting in the top and bottom.  I used a fabric safe marker and drew in matching curves to create this look. I had to go with the petals in the curved pieces and then quilted diamonds in the center of the blocks by drawing them with a fabric marker.   If you are looking for quilting inspiration, be sure to check out Petra’s version as well. She went with all over quilting and it really changes the effect of the top and bottom pieces.

And here is a close up of the front.

And here is a shot of the quilting on the back.

Thank you all for joining this QAL with me. I really hope it helped and I look forward to seeing pictures of your finished quilt.



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