Star light, star bright…

First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.

 

A few months ago I was at my local fabric store and noticed a beautiful batik. These fabrics really appeal to me but I rarely buy them. This fabric just had to come home with me so I bought half a meter ( 20 inches) – without a plan, of course. I knew I wouldn’t be making any thing large but eventually an idea formulated and a star was born !

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I used the Missouri star quilt block tutorial by Jenny Doan. As promised it was very easy. I had just enough to add a bit of a border and voila… a 28″ square table topper/mini quilt.

I’ve been told that not all batiks are ‘real’ but I think this one is. There was the distinctly lovely scent of wax as I was pressing the fabric and the variation & depth of colour is quite special. The additional fabrics are from my stash and the binding is ‘pomegranate’ from Freespirit.

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I backed it with a pink swirly fabric from my stash and did simple grid line quilting. The choice of thread colour may have been a mistake; I was in too much of a hurry to wait until my next trip ‘to the city’ so I just went with what I had on hand. Oh well, one of the pitfalls of quilting in the middle-of-nowhere.

That’s all the quilting news I have for this week but I do want to show you another picture:

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Last week we had a surprise visitor from France !! Our friend Remi first came to our farm five years ago for a 5 month internship while he was studying agriculture in Lille, France. He really became a part of our family and it was so good to have him back – if only for a week !

Thanks for having a look !

I’ll be linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracey Holzer
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 09:06:23

    Great job!! You have perfect points and seams, too. Have a good weekend!

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  2. Tracey Holzer
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 09:09:08

    Four of our quilt guild members are travelling to Bali in Nov 2017. That will be super interesting to see how batiks are made. If you follow Bonnie Hunter at all, she hosted a tour to Bali a couple years ago and extraordinary photos of her trip. Take a peek!

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  3. anudge
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:15:52

    Great table topper. Batiks are my favorite, too.

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  4. Alison
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:41:19

    Very pretty!

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  5. allisonreidnem
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:43:58

    Really liking your little quilt and the fabric choices. I’ve had a bit of a disaster making a table runner of stars using Christmas fabrics. They are far too busy all together so my seam ripper is going to be worked hard. The contrast you’ve created with your fabrics is a good example for me to follow! And what do you know, we have friends in Lille ☺

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    • Colleen
      Jul 09, 2016 @ 07:53:29

      Thanks Allison. Oh, that’s too bad about the disaster…. I just remembered you joking about stuffing a disaster behind my treadmill – good on you for not giving up on it !!! I’ll look forward to seeing how yours turns out 🙂

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  6. Sarah Goer
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 11:03:17

    Your quilt is stunning. I love how the star really pops with the dark background fabric.

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  7. Anne Simonot
    Jul 08, 2016 @ 12:59:45

    Very pretty! I am not a big user of batiks either, but that may change one dsy.

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  8. Carie
    Jul 11, 2016 @ 13:52:40

    Oh that’s a beautiful star! What a lovely way to show off really gorgeous fabric 🙂

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