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Starling Quilt Sew Alongside Week 6: End Quilt Prime


Keep in mind final week once I stated it was one of the best week of the Starling sew alongside? Properly I completely lied. THIS is palms down one of the best week. Why? As a result of Starling is the chef’s kiss excellent quilt sample to make use of when chain piecing a quilt collectively for pace, effectivity, and an throughout good time!

We have achieved loads of chain piecing on this sew alongside, however that is the primary time we’re taking these expertise and making use of them on a big scale. The rationale Starling is ideal for this system is as a result of the blocks are fairly giant, so your chained threads should not get tangled and the rows will sew collectively zippity fast.

I even tried one thing new and fairly *ahum* daring, if I do say so myself. I am going to inform you about it later. First let’s recap all that we have achieved to date. Do not forget that you’ll find all of those sew alongside posts within the Sew Alongside tab endlessly and all the time. Even if you cannot make this quilt in the course of the scheduled time listed under, that is OK! Comply with alongside at your individual tempo each time it really works for you.

Starling Quilt Sew Alongside Schedule

In the final week of the Starling quilt sew along we sew our star blocks together and finish the quilt top. I've got a video tutorial to help! suzyquilts.com

Week 6 Project: End the Quilt Prime

Tip #1: Lay out all of the blocks.

You are able to do this on the ground, on a big desk, or on a design wall. No matter floats your bloat and lets you see your complete quilt without delay. One factor I love to do at this stage is take an image on my telephone of the blocks laid out. For some cause once I have a look at them on a small display I can spot the locations that do not look proper, so I do know which blocks to rotate or transfer round.

Lay out starling quilt blocks - suzyquilts.com

Tip #2: Chain piece your blocks!

You are able to do any variation of this that you simply discover useful. If chaining collectively your complete high begins to get tangled or really feel overwhelming, simply take it a pair rows at a time.

Though I like chaining collectively quilt blocks, I had all the time gotten to the purpose after chaining collectively my rows that I assumed the chain piecing enjoyable was over. I’d snip all the threads, press the rows, rigorously pin them collectively separately, and then sew my give up high collectively.

This time round I needed to know if I might get away with skipping the center steps and simply sew the rows collectively with out snipping the threads and in addition NOT PRESSING (or pinning! Ack! Who am I???) OMG, ya’ll that’s so bizarre for me to even kind as a result of I’m the self-appointed queen of urgent each. single. seam.

However you already know what? It was a liberating, enjoyable expertise, and the quilt turned out nice in the long run! So hey! Perhaps generally throw the rule e-book out the window and simply do what feels proper! And I actually needed to indicate you this subsequent image as a result of my hair was look FRESH! hahaha!

In the final week of the Starling quilt sew along we sew our star blocks together and finish the quilt top. I've got a video tutorial to help!

Right here is my authentic chain piecing video for those who want a bit extra rationalization. This was filmed precisely 55 years in the past so I appear like a blonde BABY. lol.

Tip #3: Give your complete high a remaining press.

Since I waited till the very finish to press something, my seams wanted some TLC. I flipped it proper facet down on my ironing board and slowly pressed my seams open. As soon as I received all the seams open, I flipped it once more so the appropriate facet of the quilt high was dealing with up.

I sprayed each half with my spray water bottle and gently ironing your complete high — setting all of the seams so it was good and flat. Jenn B Quilts, my longarmer for this quilt, will recognize that. Talking of longarming, how about some backing and quilting bonus suggestions!

In the final week of the Starling quilt sew along we sew our star blocks together and finish the quilt top. I've got a video tutorial to help! suzyquilts.com
In the final week of the Starling quilt sew along we sew our star blocks together and finish the quilt top. I've got a video tutorial to help! suzyquilts.com

BONUS Backing Ideas

Backing Tip #1: Decide the appropriate substrate in your quilting.

Choosing the proper quilt backing can really feel like a problem, however earlier than you concentrate on colours and prints, first contemplate the form of material you need to use. There are much more choices than you could understand. Ask your self who might be quilting it?

  • You’ll quilt it: If you’re quilting this quilt in your machine, and you might be new to machine quilting, I recommend you select a comfortable quilting cotton. I am biased towards Artwork Gallery Materials as a result of they’ve the very best thread rely quilting cotton, thus making their material the softest.

    If you’re snug machine quilting, why not discover a cuddly material like flannel, double gauze, and even minky!

    If you’re hand quilting or tying the quilt, go for a 100% pure fiber like quilting cotton, flannel, or double gauze.

  • A longarm quilter will quilt it:
    Many longarm quilters can use the trickier substrates with larger ease than these of us wielding a home stitching machine. Due to that, attain out to your longarm quilter if you wish to use one thing like a microfiber blanket or cuddle material. Longarm quilting sources:
    – Hiring a Longarm Quilter: An In-Depth Information
    – The Final Information to Longarm Quilters within the USA and Canada

Backing Tip #2: Let your quilt high material be your information.

After getting a quilting recreation plan, subsequent you can begin the hunt for the right backing material. My greatest tip to simplify that is to let your quilt high material be your information. Decide certainly one of your materials from the highest and use it for the backing.

Backing Tip #3: Consider your high and backing as companions reasonably than rivals.

For instance, if my quilt high has lots occurring with many prints (like my Starling sew alongside quilt), I’ll go for one thing refined for the backing. 

My backing decide for this Starling sew alongside quilt is stable Deep Ocean blue Artwork Gallery Materials flannel from International Fiber (with The Reducing Desk 20% off low cost!). Oh gosh I looooove their flannel. It is double brushed and extremely comfortable. Since it is a stable material, it should showcase the quilting in a approach the quilt high facet will not. I plan on giving this quilt away to my 11 12 months previous nephew and I need it to be additional cuddly for him.

However, if I take advantage of all stable material within the quilt high — GAME ON. Let’s discover a splashy print to make the backing pop! My authentic Starling is an instance of that. Plaid is kind of splashy for me. haha! 😉

Use a hero from as backing and coordinate the front fabrics with it! suzyquilts.com

Here is one other instance of blender material within the quilt high, and a louder print because the backing. The juxtaposition appears so good!

Use this beginner-friendly flying geese tutorial plus video to make a classic quilt block. suzyquilts.com

Backing Tip #4: Proceed the vibe of the highest by the again.

The quilt under was made utilizing a Layer Cake, giving it an additional scrappy look. Though the quilt high is kind of busy with prints, utilizing a stable backing on this quilt would have been…properly, I believe a missed alternative!

The vibe of this quilt is quirky, scrappy, and HAPPY. Perhaps a stable yellow or pink would have seemed good, however these cute little strawberries are the right companion.

Starling quilt pattern

I hope these backing suggestions helped! If in case you have any questions or need an additional opinion on material or quilting, ask away within the feedback! It’s also possible to add pics and ask questions within the Suzy Quilts Patterns Fb group.

Quilt Backing & Quilting Assets

Week 6 Sponsor & Prize

Our Week 6 sponsor is Hint Creek Quilting, gifting away free longarm quilting on any throw quilt! Do not forget that you simply get 25% off longarm quilting in your Starling quilt from Favourite Day Longarm Quilting,
Hint Creek Quilting, and Thai Allure by the tip of June 2023. You should point out this deal when filling out their information kinds.

How you can Win

  • Publish a pic to Instagram. The photograph immediate for Instagram this week is to put up a pic of your completed Starling quilt. Use #StarlingQuiltSA within the caption.
  • You should have a public Instagram profile to take part.
  • Every photograph posted is an entry and you may enter as many occasions as you need in a single week. As soon as the week is over, these posts don’t rely within the subsequent week’s giveaway. Each week we begin contemporary.
  • Your photograph have to be posted between Friday, Might 5 and Friday, Might 12. The winner might be picked randomly from all qualifying posts and introduced at roughly 4:00 p.m. Central on the twelfth.


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