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Hello again!  Well, I finished my first 2016 quilt and LOVE it so much, definitely my favorite one so far! And this was such a fun quilt to make, big 16″ blocks that went together really fast.  I decided on Feed Company fabric by Sweetwater for this quilt, one of my favorite lines in 2015, and I just happened to have a couple of Layer Cakes in my stash waiting for the perfect quilt!

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My inspiration for this quilt came from Fat Quarter Shop’s Star Cakes Quilt pattern that I came across while following their Top 10 Videos of 2015 blog posts.   Here’s the link to all their Top 10 quilt videos.  They’re all great, and I have several more of these quilts on my todo list!

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The Star Cake video will teach you a really fun way to make accurate Half-Square Triangles (HST) from a layer cake and how to assemble the Star Cake block and quilt.

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So when I started to lay out my Star Cake blocks, it suddenly occurred to me that I could rearrange my HST’s to create a sampler quilt. So I did!

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I searched Pinterest and Google for different HST blocks, and then plugged them into EQ7 and came up with the below quilt design.  (Of course, I had to change a few of the final blocks and colors when I started laying them out.)  While searching around, I came across this PDF created by Camille Roskelley of 25 HST blocks that you may find helpful if you would like to create your own HST sampler.

EQ HST Quilt

I also came across this EQ Support website that had my Feed Company fabrics available for downloading and importing into EQ7 that really helped with my color layout. Most Moda fabrics and several other manufactures are available for downloading from this site.

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After I had all my blocks laid out, I continued to follow the Star Cake video and pattern for piecing and pressing instructions. I chain pieced most of this quilt (nervously), but took lots of pictures and checked myself after each segment to make sure I didn’t mess up.

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I altered their pattern layout slightly, choosing a different border and 16 blocks instead of 20, for a final quilt size of 78″ x 78″.  I don’t usually make quilts this large because I find them hard to quilt on my domestic machine and take soooo long to straight-line quilt.

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So for this quilt I decided to try free motion quilting in a simple stippling pattern, and love how it turned out.  I was able to complete the whole quilt top in 2 partial days (with no aching back).  New goal — work on free motion quilting patterns this year!

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I plan to post my quilt photo at #FQSTop10 on Instagram for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.  The deadline is Feb 1st, so I should have mine posted just in the nick of time, hope I win!!

Thanks for stopping by and as always, happy, happy sewing!

Teri

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2015 Sewing Projects

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