Indian Star Mini Wall Hanging | Quilt Big Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY
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!
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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 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.
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.
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!
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 😊
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?!
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:
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:
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!
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!
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 >>>
In the meantime, be sure to snag yourself a copy of Jemima’s *Quilt Big book and get crackin’ on some fun quilty projects!
PS I’m knocking this one off my Q1 FAL 2019 list 😊