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Expanding Stars by Quilty Love


This spring I’ve been working on this Expanding Stars quilt thanks to a quilt-along Emily Dennis of Quilty Love was running.

Not that I really had that much time to spare, but I love the simplicity and impact of this quilt, and being in a scrap organizing and scrap busting frame of mind lately, I couldn’t wait to try to make this with what I had on hand.

I usually buy materials as I need them, although working at a fabric shop has meant I’ve brought home a few treasures here and there that weren’t strictly earmarked for a project yet. But on the whole, I don’t have a huge stash of fabrics, and large pieces at that. Most of my stash is less than half a yard, because I tend to not buy the bigger pieces until I know I need them, and how much of it.

So I was pretty thrilled when I realized I had enough fabric around to make the throw size quilt, and in my favourite blues as well. Although, it shouldn’t surprise me that my biggest stack of fabrics is blue…

I loved how quickly this pattern came together, and how simple the piecing was. The only fabric I ended up having to buy was the white for the background, and the backing and binding.

I’m in love with this cat fabric for the backing. Meow!

The binding nearly made me cross-eyed when I was stitching it on, but I love the effect of a striped binding. It just finishes the quilt off perfectly.

Pattern: Expanding Stars by Quilty Love / Emily Dennis
Fabrics: Dottie in Bluebird (Cotton + Steel), Classic Dot in Rich Navy (Maywood), Hazelwood Half Square Triangles in Midnight (One Canoe Two), Netorious in Velvet Sky (Cotton + Steel), Tattooed Quantum in Blue Metallic (Libs Elliott), Twist in White (Dashwood Studio), Packed Cats (Whistler Studios), Stripe 1/8 inch in Navy (Riley Blake Designs).
Quilted by Sharyn McKinlay-Key

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