Little Stars in AMH
this quilt top sat unquilted for at least a year. this one was NOT neglected because i was feeling meh about it. on the contrary, i've had a special spot in my heart for this little star quilt since i made it. i think i was just saving it for something special, and then then finally i decided this January that it was time to finish it up!
it's made mostly from Anna Maria Horner fabrics, although there are definitely some others sprinkled throughout. you can use this tutorial to make wonky stars like this. only difference is that i made mine smaller. i think i cut my individual squares to 3.5". That would make your star block somewhere around 8.5".
it's machine quilted around the blocks, and then hand quilted around each star. i've done this before, and really like it. first do the machine quilting to stabilize the whole thing. i actually did the binding at the same time, and then just did the hand quilting later.
i tried something new on the back of this one - double gauze! I'd bought this one piece thinking it might make a soft quilt back but not sure of the durability. i finally tried it here and can't see any issues so far. seems like it will hold up nicely and is so very soft. double gauze is two thin layers of gauze kinda 'bonded' together, so it's thick, yet airy. i got mine here.
i also tried something different with the binding. i first sewed the binding to the back, then stitched it to the front with a decorative zigzag. you can read a full tutorial on Rachel's blog.