Minnesota is known as “the Star of the North”. It’s our state motto, adopted in 1861. I named this quilt North Star Mini. Let me tell you about the quilt, and then I’ll explain the name.
This little mini quilt, measuring 17 inches square, is from my stack of UFOs. I cannot recall the year I made this little quilt, but I do recall just wanting to make something, so I pulled out some fabric and got to work. The quilt was not a favorite, because I had chosen too many dark fabrics. I do like the pattern though. It’s a fun little mini that makes quite a statement, I think.
I experimented a little with this quilt. I actually did a tiny bit of free motion. First, I outlined the star and added some lines with my walking foot.
Then I tried a little swervy free motion in the trees.
They are a little jerky, but by the time I got to the fourth tree, I was getting the hang of it.
I actually attempted some stippling in the blue sections using grey thread, so it’s difficult to see (both in the photo and while I was quilting). More practice is definitely needed!
The red borders and green setting squares were just a bit wavy, so I just quilted long lines in the red section and an X in the green squares. I tamed the waviness a bit.
Here’s a peek at the back.
I don’t know why I didn’t just use neutral thread in my bobbin. I think it is just habit to match the bobbin thread to the spool. It’s not bad, seeing the colored thread on the back, but I think I would’ve liked the neutral thread better.
The batting is a Quilter’s Dream poly. I picked it up to use on a baby quilt and didn’t work well with the fabric and spray basting. This time, it worked just fine. I’m happy to find a way to use this up.
Why the name North Star Mini?
This little mini will be going to our daughter in Florida. She said she wanted it while she was home and we were reorganizing my quilt room. I thought it would be fun to name the quilt North Star Mini to remind her that Minnesota will always be her home, no matter where life takes her. Besides the big central star, the mini has pine trees and starry skies; all the outdoor things Molly enjoys.
All of the fabrics are from my stash. I actually used up some fabric, so I’m really pleased with that. I need to make some room for the new fabric I’ve acquired lately.
Quilt Along Update
Regatta – my strips are sewn, so I’ll be putting the quilt together soon!
Squiggles – I’m working on the blocks. It’s slow going, but I’m getting there. I worked on these while at the cabin. It took me most of the day just to draw the diagonals on the 2.5″ squares!
Gypsy Wife – I need to get some blocks for the first section done soon.
Postcard from Sweden – I ordered my fabric! Yippee!
There are so many QALs and other sew alongs out there right now. I’m so distracted by so many of them. Haha! Have you seen the cute Candy Cat block on Instagram (#candycatqal)? I’m setting aside fabric so I can make a few of these soon!
So what’s distracting you these days? Tell me about a project you are working on!
Happy Friday, friends!