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Peaches

by SueJean
(Dot Lake, Alaska, USA)


This quilt is made with rail fence star blocks. I saw a tutorial by Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company and wanted to give them a try. It was love at the first block!

After I was well on my way with this one, I'd already made a plan for a second using a creamy yellow for the star points. Hence the name "Peaches" to go with its future "sister" quilt "Cream".

I used QAYG (quilt as you go) on each 9-patch block that measured 17.5" and then put all of the blocks together with sashing strips on the top and bottom. During the "tute", Jenny mentioned quilting the blocks with "stitch-in-the-ditch", but she asked right after why would you do all that work for something you wouldn't see.

Her question stumbled me as I do a lot of SITD so I had to find an answer. This quilt showed me why I love "stitch-in-the-ditch" because it makes the overall design and the stars, in particular, POP! right up like little puffy pillows.

The quilt came out at 64"x 81" and is entirely made of scrap fabric from my thrift store stash. I had a large piece of the peach fabric that isn't cotton and shreds like crazy - not really a good quilting choice, but the "shiny" worked for me. You can see what I had leftover at the end of the quilt and I pieced a few bits this size just to finish the border.

The borders were also QAYG and made from the trimmings from the snowballed star points. I just couldn't see them going to waste. The binding is cobbled together from two other fabrics. The backing is made from an old sheet(green), two old pillowcases (yellow) and some stray yardage.

This is currently my most favorite quilt....;<}

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