September 17, 2013

Ohio Star Challenge Quilt - Finished!

Over the past several months, I have been working on a quilt for the STLMQG Ohio Star Block challenge. I am excited to finally get to share my finished quilt with you!

Ohio Star Mini Quilt

I decided to keep this quilt simple and traditional. I chose a block-within-a-block design for this quilt and wanted to make something that I could use to hang on the wall in my new sewing room. The finished quilt measures 27" x 27" and will look great hanging above my drafting table. I can't wait to get it on the wall... once I get walls!

Since navy is my color obsession these days, I knew I had to use a dark blue. I went with the Simply Style Dotty Mums in Navy for my inspiration fabric. I paired it with Happy Go Lucky Lime Jump and some assorted gray prints from my stash. I challenged myself not to use any solids in this quilt, which is a first for me, so I picked a print for my background fabric. I have been in love with Angela Walters Textures Crosshatch in lime since the day I first saw it and I knew it would match perfectly with the other fabrics I chose. 

 I also used this challenge as an opportunity to challenge myself and try a little hand quilting. You are looking at my very first attempt and hand quilting. It is by no means perfect or even so-so, but I am proud of it none-the-less! I have always liked the look that accent hand quilting gives to a quilt. I used a gray Coats & Clark hand quilting thread. I was surprised at how easy it was to work with. It is really stiff and I think the thickness of it is perfect for accent stitches. I am really happy with how this one turned out. I might just try some hand quilting again!


  1. Love the hand quilting! I'm getting a little obsessed with it actually.

  2. I adore navy too. This is a beautiful navy - so pretty!

  3. I especially like your block-in-a-block design on this challenge. It will look fantastic on your wall!

  4. Lovely, the Navy and the green go together so well. The hand quilting is beautiful too.

  5. Yours was one of the three I voted for! I really like the colors and simplicity of it.