Starflower Baby Quilt

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just after moving to Missouri, I met a lovely woman in our church named Summer. She loved doing all types of crafts, but especially scrapbooking and cross stitch/embroidery. She had recently completed a set of embroidery blocks with a baby theme. She had used them to teach her elementary aged son how to do cross stitch. He had picked out all the colors and stitched about half of the blocks.


Starflower and embroidery blocks pastel baby quilt

Since I was pregnant (and a quilter!), she decided I was the perfect recipient of these blocks.

Starflower and embroidery blocks pastel baby quilt

I had found a tutorial on Pinterest for the Starflower block and was waiting for the right time to use it. This was it! I had to alter the block size to match the size of the embroidery blocks.

The majority of the embroidered blocks had pastel colors, so that's what I decided to go with for the starflower blocks, too. I purchased the fabrics at Jo-Ann's in Springfield, MO in October 2012. I chose pastel solids and a coordinating print for the back.

Starflower and embroidery blocks pastel baby quilt

I started stitching on January 22, 2013 - I was 6 1/2 months pregnant. I stitched up enough blocks to fill in the front and to have some for the extra blocks on the back too.

The tutorial makes two starflower blocks at a time. After I made the first two, I decided to switch the placement of the two yellows. These first two blocks (along with two more to match) went on the back of the quilt.

Starflower and embroidery blocks pastel baby quilt

I quilted it using my new-to-me darning foot on my Bernina 930 Record. I used a stipple design and was impressed with how much better the quilting turned out than my previous stippling attempts!

Starflower and embroidery blocks pastel baby quilt

This was the first time I used something other than a single fabric for the quilt back. I used the same print for the binding as the backing. I finished it on February 14th - just a month and a half before my son was born!

Starflower and embroidery blocks pastel baby quilt

Once finished, I was able to show it to Summer and her son so he could see what became of his embroidery blocks!
Starflower and embroidery blocks pastel baby quilt

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