Indian Star Mini Wall Hanging | Quilt Big Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

Indian Star quilted wall hanging | Quilt Big Book Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs #quiltedwallhanging 

I like big blocks and I cannot lie! 

There’s something seriously satisfying about settling in for a sewing session and emerging with a large quilt block in no time flat. The fact that you can turn that big block into several different projects, is just icing on the cake! 

Quilt Big Book

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That’s the beauty of Jemima Flendt’s latest quilt book – *Quilt Big.  

If you haven’t seen Jemima’s work before, then you’re in for a treat! She’s an amazing quilter, EPPer, author, and all-around sweetheart. 

Things have been pretty busy around here, but I couldn’t resist joining this fun book tour to help a fellow quilter out! Plus, who doesn’t love checking out new quilt books – I know I do 😉

So, when Jemima invited me to participate, I was IN. 

Indian Star mini quilted wall hanging | Quilt Big Book Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs #wallart

INDIAN STAR MINI WALL HANGING 

First up, was deciding on a project (more on that in a minute), which was quickly followed by “What fabrics am I going to use?”. 

A natural progression for us quilters, right?! 

Off to my fabric cabinet I went and stood there until inspiration struck. 

And what caught my eye first was this lovely linen in *Eggplant. If you’ve been following me for some time now, you know that linen has my heart. It even snuck its way into my very first quilt. So, it’s not surprising this would be my jumping off point. Next up was this fun floral (which I believe is by Henry Glass but can’t be sure) that I’ve been coveting for awhile now. I know you have those prints too sitting in your stash just waiting for the right project. And that project was the stunning Indian Star that completely inspired me while reading Jemima’s book. 

I rounded out my fabric pull with some purple and *lilac and thought I was done. Only to discover that I didn’t have enough of the lilac on hand. So, back to the fabric cabinet I went and pulled this vibrant *Wasabi.  

Purple floral with Essex linen in eggplant with purple and wasabi featured in Indian Star mini quilted wall hanging | Shannon Fraser Designs #fabric

 

If I had more of the linen, I would have kept on making more and more of these gorgeous Indian Star blocks. But, I didn’t, so I did the next best thing and turned it into a wall hanging. And you can too! Jemima cleverly included some wall hanging projects in her book. Which means, you not only have 22 large blocks to play with, including 12 different full quilts to showcase them, but there’s an additional 5 smaller projects, like the Indian Star Mini, that focus on different ways you can feature those large blocks. 

Quilt Big book open to the Indian Star quilted wall hanging project with purple, wasabi and eggplant fabric pull | Shannon Fraser Designs #quiltedwallhanging

Even better, there were instructions on how to attach a sleeve so you can hang your mini as soon as you’re done stitching it on! 

And if you’ve ever wondered how to re-size your blocks to suit a specific design or size you have in mind, then this book is for you! Jemima walks you through step by step on how to do just that.

But I just fell in love with this classic Indian Star block and couldn’t resist stitching her up! 

Hand quilting detail on the purple, wasabi and eggplant Indian Star quilted mini wall hanging | Quilt Big Book Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs #handquilting

Purple, wasabi, eggplant and floral Indian Star quilted mini wall hanging folded in half | Quilt Big Book Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs #quiltedwallhanging

In one afternoon, I had this pretty mini pulled together. Had the binding prepared and even got the hanging sleeve made. The longest bit was the big stitch hand quilting detail I decided to add for some added texture. So, if you’re on the hunt for a quick project, then look no further than this fun one!

Did you catch the big stitch hand quilting I did on the binding too?! It’s a recent fave way to add even more detail and texture to a finished project – especially on minis like this one 😊 

Pearl cotton thread in purple, wasabi green, lilac and cream with thread gloss tin on top of the Indian Star quilted mini wall hanging | Shannon Fraser Designs #pearlcottonthread

If you’re wondering about the backing, that was created following an improv session inspired by the leftover trimmings from the flying geese blocks. Waste not want not, right?! 

Modern improv backing detail on the Indian Star quilted mini wall hanging with a peek at the big-stitch hand quilted binding | Shannon Fraser Designs #bigstitchquilting

Purple, eggplant and wasabi colored improv quilt on the back of the Indian Star quilted mini wall hanging | Quilt Big Book Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs #modernimprovquilting

MATERIALS USED 

If you’re sticking with the mini wall hanging, then you don’t need a ton of fabric. I know many of us are always on the hunt for fun and stylish projects to add to our repertoire that help us use up our scrap fabric stash – this does that brilliantly! Here’s a roundup of what I used my wall hanging: 

Floral print, I believe by Henry Glass, but not sure (unfortunately, no longer available)
*Indian Star pattern found in Quilt Big book 

 

Bright purple cotton couture solid, purple floral, Kona Cotton in wasabi and Essex linen in eggplant fabric pull for Indian Star mini quilted wall hanging | Quilt Big book tour | Shannon Fraser Designs #fabric 

QUILT BIG BOOK TOUR 

A tour wouldn’t be a tour without other amazing makers! And this tour doesn’t disappoint 😊 Here are all the talented creatives participating: 

28th Jan     Jemima Flendt - @tiedwitharibbon - www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

29th Jan     Melissa LeRay - @ohhowsweetco - www.ohhowsweet.com

30th Jan     Ange Hamilton - @alittlepatchwork - www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com

31st Jan     Nadra Ridgeway - @ellisandhiggs - www.ellisandhiggs.com

1st Feb       Alyce Blyth - @blossomheartquilts - www.blossomheartquilts.com

4th Feb       Lauren Wright - @mollyandmama - www.mollyandmama.com.au

5th Feb       Aurifil - @aurifilthread - auribuzz.wordpress.com

6th Feb       Amanda Castor - @materialgirlquilts - www.materialgirlquilts.com

7th Feb       Samantha Dorn - @aqua_paisley - www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog

8th Feb       Sharon Burgess - @lilabellelane - www.lilabellelanecreations.com

11th Feb      Peta Peace - @shequiltsalot - www.shequiltsalot.com

12th Feb      Elea Lutz - @elealutz - www.elealutzdesign.com

13th Feb      Shannon Fraser - @shannonfraserdesigns - www.shannonfraserdesigns.com (Hi - you’re here!)

14th Feb      Saija Kiiskinen - @saija_elina - www.saijaelina.blogspot.com

15th Feb      Sedef Imer - @downgrapevinelane - www.downgrapevinelane.com

18th Feb      Kate Basti - @katebasti - www.quiltwithkate.com

19th Feb      Minki Kim - @zeriano - minkikim.com

20th Feb      Ayda Algin - @cafenohut - www.cafenohut.com

21st Feb      Elizabeth Chappell - @quilterscandybox - www.quilterscandybox.com

Quilt Big Blog Tour graphic 

There have already been so many stunning projects shared with more sure to come! Be sure to hop over, enjoy some quilty eye candy, get inspired and give them some love too! 

GIVEAWAYS 

You read that right – giveaways – plural! 

Along with having a new book out, Jemima also curated a gorgeous set of Aurifil Thread  *Quilt Big Aurifil Collection – to coordinate with the projects in her book, but these colours are perfect for lots of other projects too 😊 

To celebrate her Quilt Big book release, Jemima is hosting a giveaway of her entire Quilt Big Aurifil Collection, courtesy of Aurifl Threads, over on her blog! That’s 12 large spools all neatly organized in a container for easy storage. All you have to do is leave a comment over on her post here.  

But that’s not all! 

Aurifil Threads has generously given me this set of fun pink large spools of 50wt thread to gift to one of you! 

Pink Aurifil Thread spools

To enter my giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what project you would feature these fun threads in!

How easy is that?! 

I’ll pick a winner on Monday February 18, 2019. 

<<< UPDATE - the giveaway is now closed >>> 

Hand quilting detail on the wasabi and purple Indian Star mini quilted wall hanging | Quilt Big Book Tour | Shannon Fraser Designs #handquilted

In the meantime, be sure to snag yourself a copy of Jemima’s *Quilt Big book and get crackin’ on some fun quilty projects! 

Happy quilting!

xo

Shannon

 PS I’m knocking this one off my Q1 FAL 2019 list 😊 

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