Star Light Star Dark QAL – Finish and Quilting

What a great QAL by Jessica Skultety of! I have had a great time making, sharing, following and supporting everyone. I completed my quilt and couldn’t be more excited with it! Big thanks to Jessica for the design, QAL, encouragement, and guidance along the way.

Overall I have invested a lot of time and extras into this project. All good stuff,  like pressing seams open, pinning, squaring up, and custom free motion quilting. All these extras and time have made this my favorite project to date.

Most notable I am proud and impressed myself with the quilting. Before this I was primarily a straight line walking foot quilter. Before this I have quilted loops e’s and o’s on table runner, swirls on a mini quilt, large figure 8’s on a twin quilt, and my Metro Rings quilt used switch backs and some humps/petals.

I decided to quilt each area with a different design. Sometimes I would repeat the design for all the colors and a few times change it up. I largely used designs and what I have learned from Christa Watson and her book, Machine quilting with Style. It is wonderful for beginners and I highly recommend it. I used switchbacks, string of pearls, swirls, and pebbles from this book.

Additionally I was fortunate enough to see a new design, Goddess Tears, by Leah Day, right when I was contemplating what I use inside the large stars. I instantly loved this design! I watched Leah’s video, practiced the design with pen and paper then went for it! It turned out great with wonderful texture. I shared it on Instagram with Leah and she even added my quilting example to her post! Total fan girl moment for me!! Check the end of this post for all the closeups of my fmq.


For the picture I knew the perfect spot! I love this large outdoor wall art and felt the “new adventure” captured  this quilt and the free motion quilting experience I had with it!


The backing has a Joel Dewberry print on the left, light blue four dots by Denyse Schmidt, navy Cotton and Steel print that I think ties the colors on the back together, and the large amazing Anna Maria Horner print that I just love!


I used a flanged binding. (Amy Butler and Tula Pink)


Here are some closeups of all the quilting.

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In a couple spots I used variegated threads.