Sunday, September 8, 2013

Star Surround Quilt-A-Long: Check, Done

I was so happy when I finished this quilt. It's been an emotional quilt for me because it's a memory quilt, using my Dad's work shirts for the stars. He passed away a little over one year ago. This memory quilt will go to my Mom. I snapped some pictures, and then I stepped back to admire...



Don't you hate it when this happens? Ugh!

Go ahead and laugh. I did after I screamed and pulled my hair! Then I whined as I pulled out the seam ripper. We've all been there. This is not the first time I've made this error.

Well, I fixed it. Now I can admire.


I think I will stipple quilt this. I want to keep it simple. Most of all, I want to be done with this quilt, and move on to some prettier fabrics that are awaiting me in my stash. Why couldn't my Dad where something more fun, like Briar Rose or Acacia? :)


Check out all the other Star Surround Quilts at Happy Quilting. There are so many beautiful fabric combinations. Or like me, you can use old shirts!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy Stitching (and seam ripping),


  1. It looks great Katie! We have all been there. I love the idea of incorporating the shirts into the stars. Your mother will love it!

  2. What a stunning finish and what an incredibly special finish. I am sure this will be a treasured heirloom. You did such a great job on the piecing, absolutely stunning. Sorry you had to rip there at the end, I think I would have screamed as well. Just amazing and so very special!!

  3. Sweet memory quilt...and yep I've been there with the trusty seam ripper.

  4. So frustrating just when you think you are done with a quilt top. It looks great and your Mum will love it. I can well imagine you want to work with some pretties now though!

  5. They may be "boring" but it's a lovely color palette. I really like the navy--it frames them wonderfully! I'm sure your mom will love it.

  6. what a wonderful idea! It looks fantastic, and im sure it will be treasured for a very long time! make sure you label it with a story!

  7. Katie, I love that this is made out of your dad's work shirts. I'd seriously have to think long and hard to come up with a more meaningful memorial.

    And on the piecing, I wound up ripping out so many seams when I was making my quilt too. So. many. Maybe we all just found this quilt along so exciting that we sewed and double checked what we were doing afterwards :-)

  8. Thank you all so much for all the wonderful comments!


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