We Did It! We Finished The Starburst Quilt Top!

It took two of us tag teaming it today, but we finished this baby right around 10 pm.

It’s not a great photograph, but it shows the full quilt top. We’ll try to get a better one in the natural morning light.

It measures 81 x 81 inches, which is right where I though it would end up. So all those calculations my friend Karin provided really did work! I’ll be adding 7.5 inch borders of the red fabric all the way around. That will bring it to around 95 inches. It will be a good size and will allow for some shrinkage with quilting and washing. Better too big than too small.

My friend did al the pressing as I sewed the seams. It went together easily but it did take longer than I anticipated it would.

It feels really good to have it done and it really is pretty. It’s so much prettier when you can see all the fabrics close up.

My friend and I were talking about this quilt last night and we decided that there are likely a couple hundred different fabrics in this quilt top.

That eclectic and varied mix of fabrics is really something special in my book.

While I was helping my friend maneuver that bulk of fabric across the ironing board I got a glimpse of my standing lamp shining through. It was so pretty.

It looks like stained glass.

It did take some effort to keep all the pieces organized and in the right order. So we kept everything labeled to avoid disaster.

The good thing is that the graduated size of the rows made it a little easy to keep the rows in order. And I had to make sure all the triangles were aligned the right way.

We ended up with three large sections at the end. One section for each corner and a four-row strip of the longest center blocks.

We used every available surface in my sewing room to keep it all in order.

And as usual I folded all the bulk up into a narrower section then accordion folded that so I could feed it through my sewing machine.

This is the entire quilt top with that final diagonal seam pinned. I hold the folded pile on my lap as I feed it all through the machine.

Again, this is not my favorite part of making a quilt. But it’s done! Phew!

And the last few inches of the final seam…

It feels good to have this done! I’ll sew the borders on after my friend leaves next week. We need to focus on her quilt the rest of the week.

And to that end we took a quick trip to Pioneer Quilts, a local quilt shop, early this afternoon to pick up some Australian Aboriginal fabrics for her 16 patch that we’ll work on this week. She brought a bunch of 2.5 inch strips with her, but they are mostly dark so we needed to supplement them with brighter colors and some lighter value fabrics.

I picked up a few half yard cuts for myself while I was there. And I’m feeling pretty bad that I didn’t get any of the purple one, second from the left on the bottom row of the photo above. What was I thinking?

They were having an end of bolt sale so I bought all they had of this blue Kaffe Roman Glass to go with the blue fabrics I’m slowly putting together.

I meant to take some photos of the store to share here. It’s my favorite quilt store in the immediate Portland area.

While were were standing by the cutting table with an impressive stack of bolts of Aboriginal fabrics we were chatting with a woman who had brought her out-of-town friend to the quilt store. Then she held up her phone to show me this picture and asked me, “Is this you?”

I laughed and said, “Yes, but how did you know it was me.” Here’s what tipped her off:

  1. She was at the fabric store because I had made a mention of it.
  2. She saw the tall stack of Aboriginal fabrics on the cutting table and knew that I love those fabrics.
  3. She recognized my hair from my photos on Instagram. And I had a mask on!!!

I wish I’d gotten her name. It was fun to chat as we waited for fabric to be cut.

Tomorrow we are hoping to head out to McMinnville to visit a Quilt store that has a good selection of Aboriginal and Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics. We have to wait and see if they’re open since tomorrow is a holiday.

Then we’ll start pressing and cutting from my friend’s quilt.

79 Replies to “We Did It! We Finished The Starburst Quilt Top!”

  1. Delightful post! Well done on the quilt. That must’ve been quite some heft getting that through your machine.
    Also thanks for the gorgeous eye candy.. more inspiration with the pic of your Frankenbag too ( your famous , Anne!).
    After hosting the second 70 th birthday celebration in a week( my brother’s this time) I was too tired to start my next bag but I’ve lined up the scraps and blocks ready…
    Have a lovely week, Lindy x

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    1. I really don’t enjoy this part of making a quilt. It’s a chore dealing with all that bulk. it’s why I don’t make a lot of queen size quilts.

      Famous??? haha! I’m a medium size fish in a very small pond!

      Anne

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  2. Beautiful! It is a stunning work of art!
    And the Aboriginal fabric is gorgeous too! The two of you will have so much fun this week 💕🤗.
    Hugs to Rico and Bender 🥰😘

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  3. The quilt is beautiful! You must feel great getting that quilt top done! Well close to done, just borders now. Helps when someone can do the pressing while you sew. Love the aboriginal fabrics! Have fun continuing the hunt for fabric!

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    1. It feels sooooo good to have this done! I promised my friend the borders will be the first thing I do when she’s gone home.

      I love having someone to do the pressing. It really speeds things up!!! Plus, it’s nice to have someone to talk to.

      Anne

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  4. The quilt is beautiful!!! And… who says you can’t go back and get that purple fabric you wish you’d bought! A little stop on the way to another quilt shop – sounds like a plan to me! Your story about meeting the woman in the quilt shop was interesting. You are an inspiration to many people across the world and some in your own backyard. 🙂

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    1. Found that purple fabric at the store we went to yesterday!

      It’s been so much fun to virtually “meet” so many people through this blog. I never thought it would go this direction when I started.

      Anne

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  5. Good morning from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Your quilt is stunning, looking forward to seeing it quilted, your brother and his wife will love it. The like your choice of new fabrics and again looking forward to see what you are going to create. You have a wonderful time creating with your friend and post what you are doing. thanks Doreen Sherk

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    1. Oh my… it must be cold where you are in the winters! I’m not envious of that really cold winter weather.

      I’m looking forward to seeing this beast quilted too! Luckily, I don’t have to piece a backing! Once I get the borders done I’ll reach out to my long armer!

      Anne

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      1. Hi Anne: Im just loving your bright beautiful quilt and have looked and looked for patterns for a “quarter log cabin block” and all of them have tons of strips, whereas you only have SIX strips…what size are your blocks? And what dimensions are your strips? I notice you have 85 blocks total. Thanks again! Susan

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      2. My blocks were squared up to 8.5 inches. My strips varied in width from about an inch to just over two inches wide. You can use any width strips you want. And you can make your blocks as big as you want. I watched a tutorial today where the blocks were 12.5 inches!
        Anne

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      3. Ahh, thank you for getting back to me…yeah, I was looking at videos yesterday myself and some of those blocks are huge and yours were the perfect size of what I am looking for. That quilt you made for your brother is so exquisite and the colors are just phenomenal… great job!!

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  6. The quilt is fabulous! Your blog is witty, yet helpful along with it. I’m enjoying following you! I’m a Kiwi living in Montana and I’m new to quilting but nor sewing. I’ll have to take a road trip to visit this store -looking forward to hearing about the other store in McMinnville!

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    1. thanks for all your nice comments! I had a Kiwi friend when I lived in Utah. Haven’t known too many Kiwis in my life.

      I’m glad you found my blog! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment!

      Anne

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  7. It’s always a relief to get the monster big quilt tops finished. Help at the ironing board is a real plus. Final pressing is one of my most disliked jobs.
    I’m glad the Aboriginal fabric designers are using some brighter colors for contrast in our quilts.

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    1. I love having someone to do the pressing for Me. it’s been a huge help and really speeds up all that construction. Plus, she’s better at it then I am. She’s more patient than I am and gets a nicer and more precise press.

      Yes on the Aboriginal fabrics. I’m loving all the gorgeous colors. It’s a lot of fun to put them together.

      Anne

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    1. Love how your starburst quilt turned out..I almost wrote “sunburst” which is what I see.
      Can hardly wait to see what you and friend do with the aboriginal stash. Congrats to Rico on his recent performance in herding!!!

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      1. Thanks! I’m pretty happy with this quilt. It will be fun to see it quilted and bound.

        I’m getting anxious to see my friends quilt come together!

        Anne

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  8. Beautiful quilt! Did you use a pattern or just figure it out yourself? I know it is a variation of a log cabin. What is the size of the floral square (focal point?)

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    1. Just figured it out myself. There are a lot of tutorials for a quarter log cabin block on Youtube. The sunburst squares are cut from a fabric that is just blocks of those sunbursts. I didn’t cut them all the same or precisely. They do vary a little. If I had to guess, I’d guess they’re about 3.5 inches square… give or take.

      My scrap strips are all different widths… varying from 1 inch wide to a little over 2 inches wide.

      Anne

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  9. Hi!  I’d love to see the back or underside of this quilt to see how you pressed the seams.  

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    1. On the quarter log cabin blocks, I press all the seams toward the outside of the block. The good think it that no seams have to match when you sew the blocks together so precision isn’t an issue.
      Anne

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  10. I love that you have a partner to quilt with and shop at a wonderful quilt store…I use to go to Portland once a year to fabric shop …with a bunch of other women…such a wonderful time….treasured times

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    1. I’ve lived in Portland for almost 13 years now and, sadly, I’ve seen a good number of quilt stores close in that time. It makes me sad. Luckily, we have a few good ones left.

      Anne

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  11. On my goodness! It’s wonderful!! And I’m a bit jealous of your friend getting to spend time with you and putting her quilt top together 😄😄 Can’t wait to see it too!

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  12. The Starburst quilt is absolutely gorgeous! It’s been fun watching the progress of it. Enjoy the time with your friend…waiting to see what you accomplish!

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    1. Thanks! I love the quilt and am glad to have it put together! Now to get the borders done!

      I’m gonna have to crack the whip on my friend. She’s not enthusiastic about this quilt!

      Anne

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  13. Do You have a quilt pattern for the Starburst Quilt Top? Is it for sale, and if so, I would like to buy one.

    Thank You Phyllis Hopkins

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    1. I didn’t use a pattern. It’s just a quarter log cabin block using varying width strips… it’s all quite free form. I squared them up to 8.5 inches.

      You can find video tutorials for a quarter log cabin block on YouTube.

      Good luck!

      Anne

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