Starry Eyed, Long Winded

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Thank you for the votes and comments! They helped me to see things I was missing. Rebecca hit on a method I use for sewing and knitting. Determining the value of colors. Here’s the value of each layout.

Mono on my phone’s editing function

But, they are so small, how can I get a feel for the value? Look at what jumps out at you in each photo. In block 1 all the values are fairly equal. In block 2 a definite center star and heavy corners. In block 3 there’s more balance between the values. In block 4 heavy corners again. So, which one did I go with?

Block 3, the one that matches the original piece. Surely you knew I would?

To keep everything in order while piecing I used my plastic baskets and notes. Sew the squares into rows, sew the rows together, add a white border, and in no time the top is done. A bunch of charm squares yielded an envelope back with zipper. The charm squares don’t really match the front colors, but they won’t be seen together so I am not sweating it. I backed it with a Fat Quarter from the Dixie bundle I didn’t care for.


Quilting it stumped me. I knew I wanted straight lines around the border like piano keys, but what to do for the star? I outlined the center and stitched in the ditch around the white border. Then I just started doing whatever I fancied. Definitely stippling in the white areas in the center, but it would need to be very small and I was working with a new machine. Eek! Practice was called for. I grabbed a scrap sandwich and doodled away. And then I just went for it. The stippling isn’t perfect, but as they say, finished is better than perfect!

Mackie worked like a smooth operator, the only issue was all those layers being sewn together and the binding sewn on and down. And now, the final reveal….


All freshly washed and dried and crinkly as can be. And I LOVE IT!
I need to get a new pillow form, I just stuck an old, flat one in there.

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19 thoughts on “Starry Eyed, Long Winded

  1. Hi Chris,
    Wow – this whole project came together so quickly! It was just Friday (I think) you were debating layouts, and here it is all washed and crinkly perfect. I love it!! I love your fabrics and your layout choice, and the back looks great on its own. I’m debating putting in a zipper in my shams or just an envelope closing . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. By Saturday afternoon I was putting it all together, and at 14″ it took no time to quilt! I just love it!!! I think I may add a pillow project to each month now. LOL I am sold on zippers on the backs, keeps them from gapping on the back.

      On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 7:06 AM, chrisknitssews wrote:


    1. Thank you! I finally put a new form in and it is even puffier now! Great support for my back in the huge recliner!!

      On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 11:03 AM, chrisknitssews wrote:


  2. Hello Chris,

    Your cushion is beautiful. The combination of free motion and straight line quilting is very effective.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your cushion is this week’s featured project!

    Love, Muv

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